FAQ For Anger Management Classes with Anger Management 818
- Q: Does Anger Management 818 offer court-approved anger management classes or court-approved Anger Management programs?
By attending classes at Anger Management 818, courts and probation will accept the courses completed. However, since there is no legislation regarding anger management yet, there is no court-approved Anger Management program.
- Q: My partner/ friend would like to attend the anger management classes with me. Can s/he come to the anger management intake appointment with me?
Partners and family members cannot be in the same anger management class together unless they are attending a private session. Your partner may, however, attend another anger management class offered by our program. The class schedule can be found at https://angermanagement818.com/anger-management-class-schedule/ We currently offer 14+ anger management classes weekly, so there are many options.
- Q: Does Anger Management 818 offer a sliding scale for anger management classes?
To help accommodate participants with financial concerns, Anger Management 818 offers a fee-voucher class on Tuesday mornings. In addition, as a way to give back to our Veterans, we offer free anger management classes to Veterans who attend voluntarily, or a discount if they are court-ordered.
- Q: Do you accept insurance for the Anger Management program?
We can accept insurance, but only when doing therapy. Insurance does not cover psycho-educational classes such as anger management since it is not therapy. A diagnosis needs to be treated for insurance to cover fees. Should you want to use insurance, you can request therapy sessions with our clinical staff. In addition, if you are court-ordered, note that many insurance companies do not cover court-ordered therapy. Please check with your insurance company.
- Q: How many anger management classes do I need to take if I’m coming voluntarily?
26 group classes are the recommended length of the program or 12 individual sessions. During the anger management registration process, your counselor will offer a clinical overview and assess your needs as it pertains to our program. During this process, you will work with the counselor to identify what contributes to irritability and aggressive behavior. Based on the assessment, the anger management intake counselor will suggest the number of classes recommended. In general, we recommend a minimum of three months (one session per week) for a healthy habit to be formed, and six months to maintain the newly learned skills.
- Q: Are there any free anger management courses?
We do offer a fee-voucher group for participants who received one from the judge for experiencing financial hardship. We also offer free anger management classes to veterans coming to our program voluntarily (no reports are provided in this situation).
- Q: How many participants are there in each anger management group?
Our anger management classes consist of 3-10 participants in each anger management class.
- Q: Do I need my paperwork from the courts in order to enroll in your Anger Management program?
Yes, we recommend that you bring your court minutes (minute order) if you are interested in receiving a progress report from us to offer to the courts. No, you are not required to have your court minutes to enroll in our Anger Management program, however, it is helpful for the anger management counselor to review and confirm that you are in the correct program. If you need progress reports for the court you are required to provide a copy to your counselor.
- Q: How is the parking situation? Is there free parking? Where do I park?
Glendale: There is free parking on Arden. If you park at the nearby building, the rate is $10 for the day.
Sherman Oaks: There are metered parking spaces on the surrounding block, and an additional option to park in the building lot, however, please note that the hourly rate is $15, and we do not validate.
Studio City: There are free and metered parking spaces along the streets.
Woodland Hills: Free parking is available on Ventura Blvd.
- Q: Do you accept walk-ins for anger management enrollment?
All participants are required to enroll online prior to scheduling an intake appointment with the counselor. Both enrollment and an intake appointment are required to attend any of our anger management classes. Be sure to contact (818) 990-0999 to schedule your intake.
- Q: How many anger management classes can I take in one week?
Once you are enrolled in our anger management program, you may select any of our available classes. Though we can offer accelerated classes, you can only attend a second class a week if you meet one of the following requirements:
a- You sign our “Verification of Volunteer” form declaring that you are a volunteer and that no paperwork will be requested for proof of enrollment or progress;
b- You provide us with a signed form from the judge stating that you are permitted to take more than one class per week;
c- Your court minutes reflect that you are permitted to take more than one class per week; or
d- Probation/ Workplace / DCFS Worker informs us in writing that you are permitted to take more than one class per week.
- Q: How long before I can see results in my behavior?
Anger management counselors will suggest at least 26 sessions of anger management classes for results to be practiced and noticeable. The results will also depend on whether you are practicing the anger management skills learned in class outside of class. Some participants have reported a change within a few weeks, so your progress will depend on whether or not you are practicing the skills learned in your anger management classes.
- Q: I need to show proof of enrollment for an anger management program right away! How fast can I get it?
Proof of enrollment for anger management can be provided once you enroll and complete an intake. This process can take 24 – 72 hours during the week. Our Center does charge $50 for any rushed reports, meaning, any report needed less than a seven (7) day written notice. Please request a progress report in writing (via text or email) at least seven days in advance to avoid the $50 expedited fee. In general, you have three weeks to enroll from your initial court date. It’s your responsibility to enroll soon enough to get the appropriate paperwork.
- Q: Is it required that I purchase the anger management book to be enrolled in the Anger Management program?
You will be required to purchase the anger management workbook for $21. The book can be purchased through Amazon, or through our company. All classes require you to have your workbook in order to follow the material and discussion and to review anger management tools and anger management tips as necessary.
- Q: Can your anger management program provide my attorney with any information as needed?
Our anger management facilitators can only release information if we have signed consent from the client authorizing us to do so. Once we have a signed release, we can speak to your attorney and provide the necessary reports for the courts and probation.
- Q: What form of payment is accepted in your Anger Management program?
Anger Management 818 accepts Credit Cards, PayPal, Checks and Cash.
- Q: Do I have to pay for anger management classes in advance?
No, you do not have to pay for the anger management classes in advance. It is your choice whether or not to pay in advance for anger management services. Payment is due at the time of service.
- Q: Do you offer individual anger management sessions or executive coaching?
Yes, we do offer executive coaching at all of our locations. You would have the option of working with a licensed clinician, a pre-licensed clinician, or a certified anger management counselor. This is a great option for anonymity, and for those who do not feel comfortable in a group setting. In addition, the program will be customized to your needs.
- Q: Is there any penalty for coming in late to an anger management class?
Clients are allowed to attend class if they arrive on time with a grace period of five minutes. If a participant is more than 5 minutes late, the session will not count for the courts.
- Q: Will I get a certificate once I have completed my anger management sessions?
Yes. Once anger management classes are completed you will receive a progress report for the courts to show your completion of the Anger Management program.
- Q: Do you offer Anger Management for Teens?
Yes. Anger Management 818 offers a teen anger management group for ages 13-17 at the Sherman Oaks and Glendale locations. Positive and negative interactions with others are explored along with skills covering stress management, and communication. Raising self-awareness is also of focus. The program will also help teens express anger productively while enhancing relationships with others.
- Q: Do you offer Anger Management for Women only?
Yes. Anger Management 818 offers anger management for women only. If there is no current active group, one can be started upon request. The participant fee doubles during this process until a second person joins the group. For example, if the anger management group fee is $30, the participant will pay $60 until a second person joins.
FAQ About Anger Management in General
- Q: I’ve been court-ordered to do anger management, but they didn’t specify how many anger management classes to take. What does this mean?
When a court orders you to complete an anger management program and does not specify the number of classes, this usually means you to take 26 weeks, which is a full course of an anger management program. It is advisable to verify this information with your attorney.
- Q: Will anger management classes help me never be angry again?
Anger is a basic human emotion and it is unrealistic to expect to never feel anger. Anger management classes are not designed to eliminate anger; however, they teach you effective skills to help manage your anger in both healthy and appropriate ways.
- Q: How do I know if I need anger management?
Anger management is helpful if you are having difficulty controlling your temper, or are having angry outbursts that lead to significant problems with the law, at work, at school, or in public situations such as driving. If someone has complained to you about your anger, that would be an indicator that you may need to look into receiving support to help you manage your aggression.
- Q: What is the difference between anger management and batterer’s treatment program?
Anger management is designed to help folks dealing with issues outside of their home as it relates to their aggressive behavior whereas batterer’s treatment is to help folks harming their partner and family members (domestic- within the home). Anger management programs are sometimes utilized in place of the batterer’s intervention program. While excellent at what they are designed to do, anger management programs do not generally meet the needs of most batterers. We do not offer classes for batterer’s intervention or domestic violence.
Anger management is extremely inappropriate for domestic abusers if it is the only treatment/counseling the abuser will be receiving. Anger management is appropriate for perpetrators of stranger or non-intimate partner violence, road rage, simple battery, and workplace violence.
- Q: Is anger management a form of therapy?
Our anger management program is not used for therapy; rather it is used for coaching and learning different tools and techniques to manage and prevent aggressive behavior. You can enter therapy with a focus on managing aggressive behavior.
- Q: Can cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) help with anger management?
Many of the methods used in anger management classes lean on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT teaches people to evaluate the underlying thoughts creating strong emotions, and helps to retrain people to avoid needless and untrue thoughts that have predicted behavior in the past. Moving away from black-and-white thinking to a stance of considering a multiple range of interpretations may prove useful in helping to quell anger or learning to express it in different ways.
- Q: How do I know whether I have a problem with substance use rather than anger?
Finding yourself only getting angry when under the influence is an indicator of a substance use problem. Though some participants will say that using substances helps them relax, when the substance wears off the emotions begin to surface. Sometimes the emotions become too overwhelming, especially if one does not have the necessary coping skills to help them through the vulnerable emotions.
- Q: Would it be more beneficial for me to be part of an anger management class or executive coaching?
In a class setting, participants learn from others’ experiences and feedback; however, the material being reviewed is kept more general. When receiving executive coaching, the anger management program becomes tailored to the participant’s needs. Anger management tools will be reviewed in both settings.