has witnessed this change, seeing his
employee-anger related business increase.
Anderson is a trained psychotherapist and founder and president of Anderson & Anderson, an anger management firm with an office in Lawndale , where Elder leads his groups.
"Things really changed after 9-11, and we saw an overwhelming number of referrals," said Anderson
, 65, in a recent interview at his
But Anderson, who served as an adviser for the film, says that criminal and family courts have been sending people to anger management training for years.
"About 40 percent of my business comes from court-ordered referrals," he
Employees referred to Anderson
usually attend 10 counseling sessions, often as a contingent requirement for continued employment.
Depending on the situation, sometimes the company covers the expense and sometimes it comes out of the employee's pocket, Anderson
Another of Anderson 's primary functions is training facilitators nationwide who can either enact programs within their corporations or at consulting services that contract with companies.
The U.S. Postal Service
, frequently the butt of many workplace anger jokes and a few outbursts of workplace-related violence, recently decided to train its in-house facilitators and disperse them to facilities nationwide.
An official with the Postal Service's
National Center for Employee Development in Norman , Okla. , confirmed that a contract had been signed with Anderson
's firm, but would not comment on the record, saying that the program was in its trial phase.
Once an initial batch of facilitators had been trained, the Postal Service
would evaluate the program's effectiveness, the official said.
noted there was no specific push for the implementation of the course, saying only that like any large corporation, the Postal Service
has many employees who deal with stressful situations.
The key to managing workplace anger, both Driscoll and Anderson
believe, lies in training executives and managers.
offers individual counseling sessions under the euphemism "Executive Coaching.
routinely coaches movie studio executives, esteemed university professors and Fortune 500 CEOs.
"Controlling your anger and your emotion is a skill," Anderson
Regulations to standardize anger management are slowly being drafted, modeled on techniques used in domestic violence prevention programs, said George Anderson, a psychotherapist and founder of Anderson & Anderson, an anger management business in Los Angeles that claims to have trained about 4,500 instructors.
Anderson, who helped author the state's domestic violence legislation, has been working with Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City) and other state leaders to establish standards for materials, teacher qualifications and an overall curriculum for anger management.
But given the state's current budget crunch, progress isn't expected any time soon.
"The state isn't going to have the money to implement it now," said Anderson
, who gets nearly 40% of his
clients from county court referrals.
speaks to 400 members of the Philippine Psychiatric Association
The topic of the speech was: Anger Management
, A cost saving intervention.
The speech was well received and Anderson
has been invited to return in March to train Psychiatrists in the Anderson & Anderson model of anger management.
Take a glance at the convention below:
George Anderson, director of Anderson & Anderson, has appeared on National Public Radio on "All Things Considered" with Robert Siegel.
On December 3, 2004, George Anderson
taped a segment of "Starting Over," a daytime reality television show aired on NBC
I, George Anderson
, will not hold an office position, but rather will assist in providing clerical support and membership marketing.
"This movie will have a major impact on increasing the comfort level of people enrolling in anger management classes, " says George Anderson, BCD, technical consultant on the feature film, "Anger Management.
"Despite the movie being a comedy, it will help people to look at their own issues with anger," says Anderson, an Anger Management expert who has taught thousands of people how to channel their raw emotions.
The Anderson and Anderson anger management model is the only one of it's kind approved by the California Board of Corrections
to train probation, parole, and correctional officers.
made concentrated efforts to make sure the anger management sessions in the movie were authentic.
's workbook, "How to Manage Anger: Gaining Control of Ourselves" is featured in the film, and Jack Nicholson, whose character facilitates anger management sessions, studied tapes on how Anderson conducts his classes.
"I was honored to have Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler using my model," says Anderson
clients that anger is a secondary emotion and helps them become aware of the symptoms.
"There is always something else that comes before anger," he
"It's often frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, and stress that comes first.
is one of the most misunderstood and overused of human emotions.
It's a reaction to an inner emotion and not a planned action."
had plenty of experience studying people' emotions as a licensed clinical social worker with extensive training and experience in the treatment of children and adolescents.
postgraduate training in child and adolescent psychotherapy at Harvard University
He has served as a mental health consultant for numerous organizations including the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles City Schools, and the Center for Training in Community Psychiatry.
Anderson has also taught at UCLA, both in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Social Welfare.
"All forms of violence including road rage, desk rage, spousal abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, and elder abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States," says Anderson
, who teaches acceptable ways of expressing anger.
is increasingly becoming one of the most sought after interventions worldwide.
Consequently, major universities are routinely making referrals to Anderson & Anderson providers nationwide