Avoid Simple Mistakes when Selecting the Right Online Anger Management Class © 2012 Thomas Wilson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Internationally Board Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
If you are required to complete an anger management class, then taking an anger management class online is a great alternative for meeting your court requirements. The court often requires you to complete anger managment classes before releasing you from supervision.
However, a simple mistake such as choosing the wrong class or choosing the wrong online program provider could get you into even more trouble with the court. If you want to resolve your case quickly, avoid these common mistakes.
Mistake # 1: Enrolling in a class from a provider that does not have the proper credentials or is not accredited or approved to provide anger management counseling.
Anger management classes are taught by professionals who are licensed in counseling and have several years of experience. If you are unsure, ask for a copy of their license or credentials to provide to the court.
Mistake #2: Enrolling in the wrong class. Be sure to enroll in the right class that is required by the court.
Normally these classes are called anger managment classes. Remember that anger management classes are not the same as domestic violence classes, which can be 26 to 52 weeks in length. If you are unsure or don’t know the exact name of the class, you should call the office of the program provider and ask for assistance. Licensed and credentialed course providers are happy to help you find the right class.
Mistake #3: Enrolling in an online class without getting approval from your court or agency.
A credentialed course provider will not encourage you to sign up unless you have gotten permission from the court or agency that requires the class. Be sure you have permission from the court, agency or your attorney take the online class. It’s always a good idea to call and get an OK.
Mistake #4: Enrolling in the cheapest class.
Just because the class is the cheapest, does not necessarily mean it will meet court requirements, or provide technical support. Some providers charge extra for certificates or other paper work required by the court. Inquire about all the cost involved in getting proof of enrollment, completion of certificates and mailing costs. Some providers make their money by charging inflated fees for services that are normally included at no cost by licensed or credentialed programs.