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December 2014

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Holiday Message  
I am writing this message on Thanksgiving Day eve and some of us are reeling from the recent Ferguson, MO grand jury decision. The judgment has been made that there will be no trial for the officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The streets have erupted in Ferguson and many other cities across the US with flames of anger. This is a recurring nightmare of violence from which we cannot seem to awaken. Our hearts and minds are broken open and we are filled with questions regarding a justice system that is not working the way we would expect.

Perhaps you share some sense of despair and sinking hope. How can we, as anger management specialists, be a voice of reconciliation and justice when we live in a world that is seemingly so troubled?

I want to remind us (and myself) that it is precisely in this moment in history that we may be of greatest value. We need the conviction and courage to carry on with the work that we know uses anger effectively, NOT destructively. The anger that we might feel at what happened in Ferguson -- and the violence that continues to happen all over this country in many, many other communities -- will not be the final chapter. It will not have the final word.

No, no, no! Instead, love will have the final word. We must believe this is the case, because it is our courage of conviction that will propel us to engage in the healing work required and invite us to actions that will lead humanity to a higher consciousness . . . to promote cultural evolution.

I encourage all NAMA members to give serious consideration to being part of the 2015 NAMA International Conference: Anger, Aggression, and Violence – at the Westin Chicago Northwest, March 12-13, 2015. You can take advantage of the early bird registration fees until 12/31/2014.

Rich Pfeiffer, President NAMA Board of Directors

Get Inspired! Come to our very important NAMA 2015 International Conference:

 
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.
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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.

Click for EARLY BIRD Registration (until 11/30/2014).
Web address: http://www.namass.org/conference2015.htm
Download the conference flyer.
Co-Sponsored by: NAMA and the Midwest Chapter of NAMA

 
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 . .  
know
  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
 
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.

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.

 

                         

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