Yesterday, I gave a presentation to over 400 students and faculty at Chapman University on the subject of Anger Management. Their interest was to learn more on how to help college students become aware of the skills needed to better manage and control their own anger and aggression. I went over the concepts of our curriculum, "Anger Management for the Twenty-first Century", which is approved by the California State Board of Corrections for the training of Parol, Probation and Correctional officers. Topics covered where skills in effective communication and listening, how to have better judgement and impulse control, empathy, stress management, forgiveness, positive self-talk, and much more.
College students are under a tremendous amount of stress and are often over looked as a population that has a problem with anger. Most of the students as this conference raised their hand when asked if they "had an anger problem". Most felt that if they could get exposed to skills in how to more effectively control their anger outbusts they would want to participate.
I believe that every college as part of their risk management program should install an anger management requirement using a model that focuses on the skills in our curriculum. If colleges can teach students to effectively manage anger, they will ultimatly reduce the number of violent acts agaists their classmates.