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NAMA Newsletter September 2015

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS - 2016 NAMA International Conference

THEME: Anger Management Treatment and Tools for All Ages September, 2016, Los Angeles, CA (details soon)
Co-Sponsored: NAMA and CAAMP (California Chapter of NAMA)
TOPICS - Presentation proposals of 150-200 words are invited from anger management, domestic violence, academic professionals and researchers focusing on innovative and effective treatment and tools for all age groups (children, adolescents, and adults)
Please send Presentation Proposals to namass@namass.org

SOULD WE TRUST MENTAL HEALTH STUDIES... EVIDENCE BASED OR EVIDENCE BIASED?

Benedict Carey (NY Times)

The field of psychology sustained a damaging blow this past Thursday: A new analysis found that only 36 percent of findings from almost 100 studies in the top three psychology journals held up when the original experiments were rigorously redone.

After the report was published by the journal Science, commenters on Facebook wisecracked about how “social” and “science” did not belong in the same sentence.

Yet within the field, the reception was much different. Along with pockets of disgruntlement and outrage — no one likes the tired jokes, not to mention having doubt cast on their work — there was a sense of relief. One reason, many psychologists said, is that the authors of the new report were fellow researchers, not critics. It was an inside job.

“It’s like we’ve come clean,” said Alan Kraut, the executive director of the Association for Psychological Science, which publishes one of the journals analyzed in the new report. “This kind of correction is something that has to happen across science, and I’m proud that psychology is leading the charge on this.”

This attitude reflects an enormous culture change that has begun to take hold in psychology. As recently as five years ago, researchers acted largely as their own editors, shaping the story their data told. But well before the publication of the new report, a handful of researchers around the world had begun setting up systems to increase transparency and data sharing. The report’s findings came as no surprise to them.

“We knew there were many results that were too good to be true,” said Jelte Wicherts, an associate professor in the department of statistics and methods at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. “It’s interesting. I’ve just joined a faculty where the young researchers, they’ve completely changed their ways. They share all their data on request, without any regulations; they put everything online before sending out papers for review. It’s a grass-roots effort.”

Since 2011, when a prominent Dutch social psychologist was caught faking data, the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society have instituted stricter guidelines for submitted papers. A few journals, including Perspectives on Psychological Science, have begun to commission efforts by other scientists regularly to redo some studies and see if they come up with the same result.

“We have started asking for much more disclosure on submissions, asked for people to tell us why they selected this number of subjects, to do more sophisticated statistical analysis, to tell us if there were any variables they tested and aren’t reported in the manuscript — those sorts of things,” Dr. Kraut said.

Many journals have also started to insist on what is known as preregistration. When a researcher preregisters a study, he or she spells out the hypothesis and how it is going to be tested. Doing this upfront is a powerful check against moving the goal posts on a study — that is, analyzing the data and working backward, reverse-engineering the “hypothesis” to fit those findings.

That helps prevent “passing off an exploratory study as a confirmatory one,” said Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and the executive director of the Center for Open Science, the data-sharing nonprofit that coordinated the report published Thursday, called the Reproducibility Project.

One piece of evidence that preregistration can act as a strong corrective comes from clinicaltrials.gov, a registry of publicly and privately funded clinical studies involving human subjects. Before 2000, when the site was established, 57 percent of large clinical trials funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute showed a significant benefit of drugs or other intervention, according to a recent analysis published in the journal PLOS One. After the registry was put in place, only 2 percent of such trials found a clear benefit.

Dr. John Ioannidis of Stanford, who predicted in the findings across medicine were inflated or wrong, said that the 36 percent replication rate for psychology might even be high once the results for other disciplines, like economics, animal research, cell biology and other areas of biomedicine, were also tested. “Many of the biases found in psychology are pervasive, Dr. Ioannidis said.

BRAINWAVE TECHNOLOGY


NAMA has been getting questions about the nature of  brainwaves and how brainwave audio technology works. A number of people are wondering about the difference between binaural beats and isochronic tones. Here are some of the asked questions complied into a small guide.

What are the brainwaves?

The human brain consists of billions of cells called neurons, which are able to communicate with one another through the use of electricity.

When millions of these neurons send signals at the same time a huge amount of electrical activity is produced within the brain. This electrical brain activity is commonly referred to as a brainwave pattern due to its wave-like quality.

What are the brainwave types?

While there are millions of brainwave combinations, researchers have categorized them into five general ranges:

bulletAlpha brainwaves are the common type present when dreaming or meditating and range between 8 and 13 cycles per second.
bulletBeta brainwaves are the common type present when in a normal awakened state, and range between 14 and 30 cycles per second.
bulletTheta brainwaves are commonly present during restful sleep and meditation sessions, and range between 4 and 7 cycles per second.
bulletDelta brainwaves are commonly present during deep sleep or during sessions of deep meditation, and range between less than 1 cycle and 3 cycles per second.
bulletGamma brainwaves are commonly present when undergoing periods of problem solving and / or critical thinking, and tend to range between 30 and 60 cycles per second or higher.

While more than one type of brainwave can occur at any given time usually one type will overshadow the others. As a result the body will adjust to the more common brainwave type present.

Alpha brainwaves

Alpha brainwaves are the typical form of brainwaves present when in a calm, deeply relaxed awake state. Once a person closes his / her eyes the brain almost immediately forms alpha brainwaves. This is what a person experiences first thing in the morning and when daydreaming. During this state the mind is open to suggestion and is capable of enhanced visualization.

Alpha brainwaves are the activity of a relaxed brain, and typically cycle between 8 and 12 Hz. Alpha brainwaves automatically occur when the body and mind are free of anxiety and in a relaxed state. This type of brainwave is thought to be the most commonly present type in creative, relaxed people who have a clear mind, and so it is no surprise that adults tend to have lower levels of alpha brainwaves than children. Alpha brainwaves are thought to be the best brainwave range to have, with 10 Hz brainwave frequency being considered the safest to train.

Some of the benefits of alpha brainwave stimulation are:

bulletIncreased creativity
bulletMind and body relaxation
bulletPeak performance
bulletImproved problem solving ability
bulletCalm mood
bulletReduced anxiety and stress
bulletHeightened state of awareness
bulletImproved learning ability
bulletPositive outlook
bulletHigher serotonin levels
bulletSelf-awareness
bulletBeta brainwaves

Beta Brainwaves

Considered to be a quick brainwave activity, beta brainwaves cycle between 12 and 38 Hz, and are normally found in people who have their eyes open and are wide awake, alert and may be somewhat anxious. Beta brainwaves are quite normal in healthy adults.

Benefits of higher levels of beta brainwave activity are:

bulletQuicker thinking
bulletMore energetic
bulletMore sociable
bulletExcitement
bulletFocused on goals
bulletPeak performance
bulletVery focused
bulletIncreased I.Q. level
bulletAbility to write quickly and easily
bulletTheta brainwaves

Theta Brainwaves

Commonly present during sleep and dream states, theta brainwaves are thought to be very relaxed brainwave activity, with cycles between 4 and 8 Hz. This type of brainwave occurs when daydreaming, asleep, very relaxed or even when feeling emotional or lacking focus. People who are considered to have A.D.D. commonly have theta brainwaves, which may account for the highly relaxed, creativity and random thoughts many people with A.D.D. experience. Theta brainwaves are dominant during deep sleep and while dreaming.

Benefits of higher levels of theta brainwaves:

bulletDeep relaxation
bulletEmotionally connected
bulletIntuitive
bulletSubconsciously connected
bulletStrong ability to problem solve
bulletVery creative
bulletLess stress and anxiety
bulletAble to learn new languages
bulletSpiritually connected
bulletSubconscious mind programmable
bulletAbility to experience paranormal activity
bulletQuicker to learn new information and skills
bulletHealthier immune system
bulletBetter long-term memory
bulletHyperfocus
bulletAbility to heal the mind and body

Delta brainwaves

The slowest of all the brainwaves, delta brainwaves typically range between 0 and 4 Hz, and are present in an unconscious mind. Thought to be linked to sleep stages 3 and 4, delta brainwaves have been deemed to be the lowest frequency brainwave. Common signs of delta brainwaves are an increase in empathy, low levels of awareness and access to the unconscious mind. The likes of yogis, monks and other spiritual persons, and those who avidly meditate are often able to access this type of brainwave.

When delta brainwaves are present a person is likely to be unaware of their surroundings and in a trance-like state. When a person is asleep delta brainwaves predominate and other brainwave patterns shut off. A person experiencing confusion, disorientation and irritation at being awoken is likely to have been in the delta sleep stage.

bulletBenefits of higher levels of Delta brainwaves:
bulletAbility to heal the body and mind
bulletSlower aging
bulletLess stress hormone production
bulletStronger psychic and intuitive skills
bulletGamma brainwaves

Gamma Brainwaves

Thought to be the brainwaves that promote the best brain function, gamma brainwaves are typically present when a person is feeling happy, compassionate and the brain is functioning well, with increased mental capacity. Gamma brainwaves typically range between 38 and 70 Hz.

Benefits of higher levels of gamma brainwaves:

bulletAbility to process information quickly
bulletBetter memory
bulletPerceptive to reality
bulletHigher levels of compassion
bulletAnti-depressant 
bulletAbility to learn quickly
bulletHigher I.Q.
bulletPositive attitude
bulletEnergetic
bulletFocused
bulletPerceptive

What is hemispheric synchronization?

This term is used when the brain is in a state where both sides become similar. The right side of the brain is where emotion and creativity come from, while the left side is responsible for speech and logical thinking.

When a person is experiencing this state they will tend to be:

bulletIn a better state of health
bulletFeeling happier
bulletOptimistic
bulletEmotionally calm
bulletLess like to suffer mental issues
bulletClear thinking
bulletEnergized

People who have meditated for a long time often have both sides of the brain in sync. This is also true of people who are happy with their lives, likely not true however for most clients who seek anger management services.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SPECIALIST-I CERTIFICATION (CDVS-I) – Distance Learning Course 

The NAMA  Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I (CDVS-I) credential is now available on the NAMA website. The Certified Domestic Violence Specialist distance learning training/certification course offers NAMA members, professionals, schools, hospitals, agencies, churches, community workers and organizations an opportunity to expand their services by including Domestic Violence education programs.

The CDVS-I credential is strictly for providing DV educational programs. The CDVS-II credential requires additional training and is intended for those who want to provide DV treatment programs. For more credential requirement information please Click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CDVS-I credential from the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) does not guarantee you will be recognized as a domestic violence provider by your state or geographic jurisdiction at this time. Yyou may be required to complete further training; for example, a 40 hour training provided by in-state agencies and/or internships or paid service time at existing facilities. IMPORTANT: Check with your local area for requirements. 

NAMA supports the Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Your status as an Active NAMA Member, Fellow, or Diplomate provides the following:

• Free listing in the very popular (think Google, Bing, Ask search engines) online National Anger Management Association Directory for referrals and credential checks.

• NAMAs continued legislative advocacy, marketing, and research support for the Anger Management field and programs.

• National standardization of credentials to help you become a local community leader in the field of Anger Management.

• Opportunities to network with other Anger Management professionals and experts.

• Monthly NAMA Newsletter

• Did you know that you can add a picture to your profile listing? Research shows that people are attracted visually to profiles that have pictures. Just login to the NAMA website here

Once you are logged in using your username and password, find your profile and click on edit. If you don’t remember your login information click on ‘forgot your password’, enter your email address and the login information will be sent to your email.                                                                        

• Did you know that you can improve you listing placement by upgrading from ‘Member’ to ‘Fellow’ or ‘Diplomate’. If you have been a member for a minimum of 3 years you qualify for Fellow level or 5 years you may upgrade to Diplomate level. You also will receive a new Certificate when you upgrade. 

 

NAMA Newsletter April 2015

Successful and Inspiring!                                                                                            

2015 NAMA International Conference – “Anger, Aggression, and Violence”                      

 


2015 NAMA International Conference “Anger, Aggression and Violence” group photo

A Big Thank You!

NAMA wants to especially acknowledge the wonderful contributions of five of our Midwest Chapter of NAMA members during the conference; Glen Cannon, Lynette Hoy, Alex and Terry Roseborough and Dr. Michael Herz.

NAMA functions as a volunteer professional organization and its existence and day-to-day operation depends almost entirely on the generosity of our members… because cultural evolution depends on it!

Presentation Downloads (PDF)

You may download the 2015 Conference “Anger, Aggression and Violence” Presentations (PDF) on the NAMA website here

Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification (CDVS-I) – Distance Learning Course NOW AVAILABLE

The NAMA - Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I (CDVS-I) credential has been released and is now available on the NAMA website. The Certified Domestic Violence Specialist distance learning training/certification course offers NAMA members, professionals, schools, hospitals, agencies, community workers and organizations an opportunity to expand their services by including Domestic Violence educational/treatment programs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CDVS-I credential from the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) does not guarantee you will be recognized as a domestic violence provider by your state or geographic jurisdiction at this time. Yyou may be required to complete further training; for example, a 40 hour training provided by in-state agencies and/or internships or paid service time at existing facilities. IMPORTANT: Check with your local area for requirements.

NAMA supports the Institute for Credentialing Excellence

CAMS-III and CAMS-IV Application Process on Hold

The NAMA Board of Directors have placed the CAMS-III and IV application process on hold – while a complete review of these credentials standards and requirements are reviewed in conjunction with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence standards and best practices. This review is expected to take about 12 months. Stay tuned.

NAMA and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence

NAMA is a member in good standing with The Institute for Credentialing Excellence, or ICE. In cooperation with the federal government the National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA) was founded in 1977 in order to develop standards for voluntary certification programs. In 1989, the NCHCA was expanded to developing certifications for all professions, becoming the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and forming the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) as a membership association for credentialing bodies. In 2009, the Board moved to change to a new name and became the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

Your status as an Active NAMA Member, Fellow, or Diplomate provides the following:

bullet Free listing in the very popular (think Google, Bing, Ask search engines) online National Anger Management Association Directory for referrals and credential checks.    
bullet NAMAs continued legislative advocacy, marketing, and research support for the Anger Management field and programs.
bullet National standardization of credentials to help you become a local community leader in the field of Anger Management.
bullet Opportunities to network with other Anger Management professionals and experts.
bullet Monthly NAMA Newsletter
bullet Did you know that you can add a picture to your profile listing? Research shows that people are attracted visually to profiles that have pictures. Just login to the NAMA website here: https://nama.memberclicks.net/login once you are logged in using your username and password, find your profile and click on edit. If you don’t remember your login information click on ‘forgot your password’, enter your email address and the login information will be sent to you by email.
bullet Did you know that you can improve you listing placement by upgrading from ‘Member’ to ‘Fellow’ or ‘Diplomate’. If you have been a member for a minimum of 3 years you qualify for Fellow level or 5 years you may upgrade to Diplomate level. You also will receive a new Certificate when you upgrade.

 

NAMA LinkedIn Group provides a place for anger management to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.

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About NAMA
 
he National Anger Management Association is an independent, non-profit, professional organization for the advancement of anger management services, research, and the professional anger management specialist community. All active National Anger Management Association members are listed in the NAMA Online Directory. Fellow members are listed above Members and Diplomate members are listed above Fellows.

If you are not a member, find out more and apply online. If your membership has expired, you can renew your membership on your website.

2015 NAMA International Conference - Anger, Aggression, and Violence  
March 12-13, 2015 - The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL 

Anger Management and Domestic Violence: Integration -- Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, MSW. Dr. Potter-Efron consciously connects anger management and domestic violence, two long separated fields, and addresses treatment options and intervention methods that meet the needs of individual clients, couples, families, and groups. The integration of domestic violence and anger management treatment with an emphasis on safety while also providing anger management skills and techniques have been a long time coming. Ron's latest work, Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment (2015), is the basis of his presentation.

SMART Anger Management: A comprehensive program for probationers – Howard Kassinove, PhD. SMART stands for Selection Menu for Anger Reduction Treatment. It is based on the philosophy that anger management has to be tailored by a knowledgeable therapist who is working with a unique individual in a particular setting. Developed by Dr. Kassinove and Dr. Chip Tafrate, it gives anger management specialists the option of selecting from a menu of useful and tested interventions for any particular case. The presentation combines some theory and research, with practical examples and video presentations.

Coaching Bad: How Anger Impacts Sports – Christian Conte, PhD. This presentation will be filled with interesting and inspiring ways to understand how anger and athletics interact. Dr. Conte is a storied presenter and is the star of the new Spike TV Network series, "Coaching Bad," also featuring NFL great Ray Lewis. He will share his passion for counseling violent offenders and the radical empathy techniques that help him overcome judgment.

A Pathway to Healthy Anger: Mindfulness, Self-compassion and Other Skills in Self-awareness – Bernard Golden, PhD. This presentation is based on the book of the same title set for release this spring (2015) by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Golden will offer a unique framework to help clients cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion in their thoughts, feelings, and physical states associated with anger arousal. It highlights practices in compassion-focused therapy.

Irritability: Construct Clarification and Differentiation – Michael Toohey, PhD. Dr. Toohey will discuss irritability as a transdiagnostic construct as especially related to anger and aggression. Definitions and measures of irritability will be reviewed.

Keys to Defusing Anger and Hostility in Marriage: Part 2 – Lynette Hoy, LPC and Steve Yeschek, LCSW. How can you help couples overcome the angry behavior and hostile attitudes that block love and intimacy? This presentation highlights the keys for helping couples move from anger to compassion with specific counselor interventions. Motivate couples to change through research-based approaches for overcoming anger: interrupting escalation, developing empathy, connecting through assertiveness and breaking the chain of resentment.

Anger and Addictions – Glen Cannon, LCPC. The purpose of this presentation is to educate participants on the relationship between anger and addiction. Both chemical and process addictions will be discussed, along with their reciprocal relationship with anger. Pertinent research on anger and addiction will be discussed.

Anger Management: Integral/Developmental Approach – Laura Moss and Rich Pfeiffer, PhD. Dr. Pfeiffer and Ms. Moss will offer the latest state-of-the-art skills, concepts, and techniques for working with clients from a holistic perspective. The presentation will discuss and demonstrate significant developmental structures, stages, and states of consciousness, as well as powerful and effective techniques and tools for affect regulation.

The Use of Active Symbolism in Anger Reduction – Adam Guss, LCSW. This presentation will discuss four components of the symbolic anger cycle. Mr. Guss will offer applications of active symbolism through an emotional mandala and verbal process. Each component of the symbolic anger cycle will be clarified and demonstrated.

Violence Management – Andy Prisco, PERT Supervisor, Western State Hospital. This presentation will discuss the state-of-the-art Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) program, which represents the latest evidence-based best practices for mitigating violence and managing aggressive behavior on a least-to-most intervention methodology.

Forgiveness: A Strong Antidote for Anger – Seigel Bartley, PhD. This presentation highlights the latest research on forgiveness and anger, clinical models on forgiveness, and the positive outcome experienced through acts of forgiveness. This training course will help participants gain the following skills: learn evidence-based benefits of controlling anger, reducing interpersonal stress and aggression through acts of forgiveness. Understand how the practice of forgiveness helps to eliminate a destructive anger cycle. Understand the importance of helping individuals to forgive themselves to reduce inward anger.

Fighting Community Violence by Creating Community Partners – Cornell Brunson, DTh, LCADC. The Duluth community model of domestic violence treatment will be presented. This model involves agencies working together to intervene in domestic violence cases and to effect change through the sharing of information in order to expedite proper assistance with housing, counseling and treatment.

EARLY BIRD Registration Discount (until 12/31/2014).
Web address:http://www.namass.org/conference2015.htm
Co-Sponsored by: NAMA and the Midwest Chapter of NAMA

 
Benefits of an Active NAMA Membership  
NAMA is a professional association and a Member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). We are thankful for all the benefits that the NAMA community offers:

Enhance your network:
For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. Associations sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker or become a member of a committee. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit.

Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by the association is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you..

Take charge of your career:
Another important reason to consider membership in a professional organization is to take advantage of their career resources. Associations often have job listings online or in print available only to their members. This is a great way to find targeted job postings for your area of interest. Additionally, many associations have career resources available such as tips on effective resumes or cover letters, job searching strategies and negotiating techniques. Some associations even have panels of experts that you can contact for specific questions on career issues. Other benefits include information about seminars, training or certification classes that may be suitable for you. Often these classes can be done through websites or podcasts so you don't even have to leave your home. And don't forget, listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession.

Broaden your knowledge:
Most associations provide an enormous amount of access to resource information such as: case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in your field or area of interest. Also, major journal, magazine and newsletter access is provided as a part of your membership privileges. Another reason to join an association is to learn more or stay informed about issues in diversity.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!

Your status as a Member, Fellow, or Diplomate in the NAMA provides the following:

bulletFree listing in the very popular (think Google, Bing, Ask search engines) online National Anger Management Association Directory for referrals and credential checks
bulletNAMA's continued legislative advocacy, marketing, and research support for the Anger Management field and programs.
bulletNational standardization of credentials to help you become a local community leader in the field of Anger Management.
bulletOpportunities to network with other Anger Management professionals and experts.
bulletMonthly NAMA Newsletter
bulletDid you know that you can add a picture to your profile listing? Research shows that people are attracted visually to profiles that have pictures. Just login to the NAMA website here: https://nama.memberclicks.net/login . Once you are logged in using your username and password, find your profile and click on edit. If you don't remember your login information, click on 'forgot your password', enter your email address and the login information will be sent to you by email.
bulletDid you know that you can improve you listing placement by upgrading from 'Member' to 'Fellow' or 'Diplomate'. If you have been a member for a minimum of 3 years, you qualify for Fellow level and after 5 years, you may upgrade to Diplomate level. You also will receive a new Certificate when you upgrade.

 
Connect on the NAMA LinkedIn Group  
The NAMA LinkedIn Group provides a place for anger management to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.
Visit the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) LinkedIn Group

 
 
Did You Know . .  
  1. knowIt's against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
  2. There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.
  3. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  4. A jellyfish is 95 percent water.
  5. In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.
  6. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
  7. The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.
  8. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  9. Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.
  10. America once issued a 5-cent bill. You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in your lifetime.
  11. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  12. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.
  13. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.
  14. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  15. The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the same man.
  16. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  17. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
  18. In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
  19. There are over 52.6 million dogs in the U.S.
  20. Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year.
  21. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  22. The Pentagon has twice as many restrooms as necessary. When it was built, segregation was still in place in Virginia, so separate restrooms for blacks and whites were required by law.
  23. In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word.
  24. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  25. The drive-through line on opening day at the McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City, Kuwait was at times seven miles long.

 
About NAMA
 
he National Anger Management Association is an independent, non-profit, professional organization for the advancement of anger management services, research, and the professional anger management specialist community. All active National Anger Management Association members are listed in the NAMA Online Directory. Fellow members are listed above Members and Diplomate members are listed above Fellows.

If you are not a member, find out more and apply online. If your membership has expired, you canrenew your membership on your website.

Membership dues reminder notice goes to your email. If your email address is not correct, please update or send it to us at namass@namass.org.

The NAMA LinkedIn Group provides a place for anger management professionals to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.
  

2015 NAMA International Conference - Anger, Aggression, and Violence  
March 12-13, 2015 - The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL 

Anger Management and Domestic Violence: Integration -- Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, MSW. Dr. Potter-Efron consciously connects anger management and domestic violence, two long separated fields, and addresses treatment options and intervention methods that meet the needs of individual clients, couples, families, and groups. The integration of domestic violence and anger management treatment with an emphasis on safety while also providing anger management skills and techniques have been a long time coming. Ron's latest work,Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment (2015), is the basis of his presentation.

SMART Anger Management: A comprehensive program for probationers – Howard Kassinove, PhD. SMART stands for Selection Menu for Anger Reduction Treatment. It is based on the philosophy that anger management has to be tailored by a knowledgeable therapist who is working with a unique individual in a particular setting. Developed by Dr. Kassinove and Dr. Chip Tafrate, it gives anger management specialists the option of selecting from a menu of useful and tested interventions for any particular case. The presentation combines some theory and research, with practical examples and video presentations.

Coaching Bad: How Anger Impacts Sports – Christian Conte, PhD. This presentation will be filled with interesting and inspiring ways to understand how anger and athletics interact. Dr. Conte is a storied presenter and is the star of the new Spike TV Network series, "Coaching Bad," also featuring NFL great Ray Lewis. He will share his passion for counseling violent offenders and the radical empathy techniques that help him overcome judgment.

A Pathway to Healthy Anger: Mindfulness, Self-compassion and Other Skills in Self-awareness – Bernard Golden, PhD. This presentation is based on the book of the same title set for release this spring (2015) by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Golden will offer a unique framework to help clients cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion in their thoughts, feelings, and physical states associated with anger arousal. It highlights practices in compassion-focused therapy.

Irritability: Construct Clarification and Differentiation – Michael Toohey, PhD. Dr. Toohey will discuss irritability as a transdiagnostic construct as especially related to anger and aggression. Definitions and measures of irritability will be reviewed.

Keys to Defusing Anger and Hostility in Marriage: Part 2 – Lynette Hoy, LPC and Steve Yeschek, LCSW. How can you help couples overcome the angry behavior and hostile attitudes that block love and intimacy? This presentation highlights the keys for helping couples move from anger to compassion with specific counselor interventions. Motivate couples to change through research-based approaches for overcoming anger: interrupting escalation, developing empathy, connecting through assertiveness and breaking the chain of resentment.

Anger and Addictions – Glen Cannon, LCPC. The purpose of this presentation is to educate participants on the relationship between anger and addiction. Both chemical and process addictions will be discussed, along with their reciprocal relationship with anger. Pertinent research on anger and addiction will be discussed.

Anger Management: Integral/Developmental Approach – Laura Moss and Rich Pfeiffer, PhD. Dr. Pfeiffer and Ms. Moss will offer the latest state-of-the-art skills, concepts, and techniques for working with clients from a holistic perspective. The presentation will discuss and demonstrate significant developmental structures, stages, and states of consciousness, as well as powerful and effective techniques and tools for affect regulation.

The Use of Active Symbolism in Anger Reduction – Adam Guss, LCSW. This presentation will discuss four components of the symbolic anger cycle. Mr. Guss will offer applications of active symbolism through an emotional mandala and verbal process. Each component of the symbolic anger cycle will be clarified and demonstrated.

Violence Management – Andy Prisco, PERT Supervisor, Western State Hospital. This presentation will discuss the state-of-the-art Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) program, which represents the latest evidence-based best practices for mitigating violence and managing aggressive behavior on a least-to-most intervention methodology.

Forgiveness: A Strong Antidote for Anger – Seigel Bartley, PhD. This presentation highlights the latest research on forgiveness and anger, clinical models on forgiveness, and the positive outcome experienced through acts of forgiveness. This training course will help participants gain the following skills: learn evidence-based benefits of controlling anger, reducing interpersonal stress and aggression through acts of forgiveness. Understand how the practice of forgiveness helps to eliminate a destructive anger cycle. Understand the importance of helping individuals to forgive themselves to reduce inward anger.

Fighting Community Violence by Creating Community Partners – Cornell Brunson, DTh, LCADC. The Duluth community model of domestic violence treatment will be presented. This model involves agencies working together to intervene in domestic violence cases and to effect change through the sharing of information in order to expedite proper assistance with housing, counseling and treatment.

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Forthcoming Title: "Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment" by Ron Potter-Efron  

Dr. Potter-Efron consciously connects anger management and domestic violence, two long-separated fields, and addresses treatment options and intervention methods that meet the needs of individual clients, couples, families, and groups. Anger management specialists will find this book a useful overview and reference for anger and anger management techniques, as well as domestic violence approaches.

Woven through this book is a fair and balanced treatment of gender issues, reflected in the diversity of case examples that address jealousy, chronic anger, behavioral problems, group and individual modalities, and more. Readers are also shown how anger develops and can lead to verbal and physical outbursts, the five types of rage reactions, and how to treat anger turned inward. Dr. Potter-Efron also details four different approaches to treating anger: behavioral, cognitive, affective, and existential/spiritual. Mental health professionals are provided numerous questionnaires and worksheets to utilize with their clients. This handbook is an essential guidebook that illustrates effective theory and practice.

"Dr. Potter-Efron's groundbreaking book is brilliant. The integration of domestic violence and anger management treatment with an emphasis on safety while also providing anger management skills and techniques has been a long time coming. This book provides a map to significantly improve the very poor outcomes of older domestic violence treatment models. The National Anger Management Association (NAMA) wholeheartedly endorses this extremely helpful handbook." -- Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, PhD, President, Board of Directors, NAMA; Co-Director, Growth Central.

"Ron Potter-Efron has done a masterful job in writing an intelligent, balanced, and wise exploration of the origins and treatment of dysfunctional anger. It is a must-read for anyone desiring a deeper understanding of anger, rage, and violent behavior. Highly recommended." -- Lou Cozolino, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University; Author, "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain."

"'Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment' represents a major advance in the treatment of individuals and families affected by high conflict, abuse, and physical violence. The author has a sophisticated understanding of these problems – their varied manifestations, causes, and consequences. Eschewing gender-based paradigms and false perpetrator/victim dichotomies, Potter-Efron instead offers interventions that are both gender-inclusive and systemic, based on cutting-edge social science research. Overall, this is one of the two or three best books ever written on family violence treatment." -- John Hamel, LCSW; Editor-In-Chief, Partner Abuse; Author, "Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Approaches."

Pre-order the Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment with the 20% Discount (Code: IRK71) athttp://www.routledgemh.com/9780415717182

 
NAMA Active Members Receive CDVS-I Credential  
Twenty colleagues successfully participated in the Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification Seminar in Charlotte, NC in October. The training event, presented by Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, and Pat Potter-Efron, MS, has been video-recorded and a distance learning course is being developed. Stay tuned for more information.


Coming up: Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I (CDVS-I) Live Training
March 14-15, 2015 
Hyatt Place, Lombard, IL

 
 
Did You Know . .  
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  1. The croissant was invented in Austria
  2. In eastern Africa, you can buy beer brewed from bananas
  3. African Grey Parrots have vocabularies of over 200 words
  4. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue
  5. Australia was originally called New Holland
  6. "Lonely Planet' for travelers is based in Melbourne Australia
  7. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English alphabet
  8. The Grand Canyon can hold around 900 trillion footballs
  9. All the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes
  10. Your foot has 26 bones in it
  11. The average human brain contains around 78% water
  12. Your brain uses between 20 - 25% of the oxygen your breathe
  13. 1 nautical knot equates to 1.852 Kph (1.150 mph)
  14. If you add up all the numbers from 1 to 100 consecutively (1 + 2 + 3...) it totals 5050
  15. Sponges hold more cold water than hot
  16. Lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute
  17. Fire usually moves faster uphill than downhill
  18. Cats have over 100 vocal chords
  19. Camel's milk doesn't curdle

 
About NAMA
 
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