Century Anger Management Model of Intervention
About This Program
Target Population: Adults who have anger control and/or communication problems; can also be used with adolescents
Century Anger Management Model of Intervention teaches eight essential tools of anger control to participants, usually in a class or group format. It is a highly structured 10-hour core program around the program’s workbook titled Anger Management for the Twenty-First Century. Usually, the classes are held on a weekly basis for one hour each, although accelerated weekend intensive programs are offered.
All participants are provided with this workbook (separate workbooks are available for adults and adolescents) which provides many worksheets and questionnaires to personalize and apply the tools of anger control in their daily lives. Participants are also encouraged to practice the tools between sessions and then briefly share their progress or challenges with the rest of the class. A certificate is issued at the completion of the program. Graduates are invited to return to future classes for a free “tune-up,” if needed.
The goals of Century Anger Management Model of Intervention are:
- Recognize and understand the nature and normalcy of anger as a hard-wired reaction for survival when triggered
- Understand the high costs of inappropriate anger expression in today’s society
- Learn that the emotion of anger is separate from the expression of anger
- Respond to anger triggers in more appropriate ways
- Learn the skill of assertive communication as an alternative to angry outbursts or suppression of appropriate angry feelings
- Gain skills in empathy, emotional intelligence, stress management, forgiveness, and improving judgment and impulse control
The essential components of Century Anger Management Model of Intervention include:
- Group curriculum with optimally 10 members per group
- Eight tools that are focused on within the curriculum:
- Tool #1 - Teach participants how to better deal with stress in their lives: This includes learning to differentiate external stressors from feeling stressed, learning to make life changes to reduce stressors, how to utilize emotional and social resources to reduce stress, and specific stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, exercising, diet, good sleep habits, etc.
- Tool #2 - Develop Empathy: Explain what empathy is and how it decreases anger. Teach improved listening and communication skills including learning to better understand body language. Teach the importance of social awareness.
- Tool #3 - Respond Instead of React: Differentiate these two concepts explaining that “reacting” is what happens automatically when exposed to an anger trigger while “response” is a conscious decision on how to handle it. Explain that anger expression is a choice.
- Tool #4 - Change Self-Talk: Teach participants the basic principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with specific new ways to think in order to decrease anger and increase tolerance of frustrating events.
- Tool #5 - Assertive Communication: Explain that anger expression is a form of communication which usually does not work to effectively influence others. Instead, teach students how to communicate assertively by giving specific formulas and examples.
- Tool #6 - Adjust Expectations: Anger often results when there is a gap between what is expected and what actually occurs. Teach this concept to participants as well as how to develop more realistic expectations about people or situations.
- Tool #7 - Forgive But Don’t Forget: Research shows that learning to forgive is good for your health, your relationships, and your life success. Teach what forgiveness is and isn’t, how to let go of grievances and resentments, and how to protect yourself from future harm. Teach how to, also, successfully receive forgiveness from others.
- Tool #8 - Retreat and Think Things Over: Learning to take a time-out before responding to an anger trigger is an essential ingredient in anger control. Practitioners will teach students five “rules” for successful implementation of this tool, what to do during the retreat period and how to think correctly before returning to deal with the original issue.
Century Anger Management Model of Intervention directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:
- Anger control issues
1-hour weekly sessions typically; can be modified to be 4-hour sessions twice a month for less duration
10 weeks is the typical length; can be one month if 4-hour session format used
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Outpatient Clinic
Century Anger Management Model of Intervention includes a homework component:
Participants are expected to practice one tool per week and also to complete exercises in their workbooks.
Century Anger Management Model of Intervention has materials available in a language other than English:
For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
All that is required is a classroom that will accommodate 10-15 people. Participants will need to purchase workbooks or agency will need to purchase the books to supply to participants.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
A background in mental health, education, law enforcement, ministry, or substance abuse is required to be trained in the program. Students in these areas may also be trained.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Dr. Ari Novick, PhD
Century Anger Management
phone: (949) 715-2694
Training is obtained:
Two training options are available.
- Live training option in Orange County, CA
Number of days/hours:
Home Study consists of an eight-hour DVD followed by 32 hours of online training. Live training consists of two 4-hour trainings and then completing the 32 hours online portion at their convenience.
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Century Anger Management Model of Intervention.
The Anger Coach website retrieved from http://www.angercoach.com
The AJ Novick Group Website retrieved from http://www.ajnovickgroup.com
Frequently Asked Questions retrieved from http://www.centuryangermanagement.com/FAQs/tabid/57/Default.aspx
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2019
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2011