Professional Diploma In Anger And Stress Management

6 Month Course Curriculum


The Anger Academy is the new training arm of the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM).


Mission Statement

To support and encourage individuals to recognize that the healthy expression

of anger is a powerful opportunity for healing  and transformation.


BAAM was founded in January 2001 by Mike Fisher.

We offer an experiential learning training, teaching trainees to coach and facilitate groups and individuals to manage the negative forces of stress and anger in all aspects of people’s lives. Our pyscho-educational training courses are designed for people to find healthy solutions when dealing with the many emotional obstacles that they encounter, if not create.

Our most popular and effective programmes, BA1 and BA2 have fulfilled this criteria for many years and continues to do so as the need for anger and stress management services grow exponentially across the world.


The Anger Academy, in affiliation with BAAM, is very excited to offer a powerful new training programme for individuals that have identified a need or demand for Anger and Stress workshops in their community or workplace. This six-month Diploma training will cover the fundamentals of anger and stress management enabling trainees to offer courses to a wide market audience facilitating group work, adults, couples, families, teenagers, and children.

BAAM has trained over 210 Anger and Stress specialists in the UK and abroad.  



Agression Prevention Training

The Aggression Prevention Training Model (APT) developed by the Founder of BAAM, Mike Fisher, is a totally unique approach to the management of stress and anger. The APT model evolved out of Mike’s own individual therapy, pyscho-educational training, research and extensive study of the subject. The APT model embraces ‘The Gift’ of stress and anger as one of the cornerstones for transforming relationships into authentic healthy experiences with oneself and others.

The APT model embraces a variety of psychological interventions to teach participants how to identify their sources and triggers of anger and to understand how unconscious forces influence behaviour which contribute to the mis-management of stress and anger.


The goal of the APT model is to:

1. Identify destructive patterns entrenched in primitive and archaic behaviours that were initially developed in order to fundamentally keep us safe in the world.

2. Achieve in a short time frame:
- a commitment to change, mindfulness and radical self acceptance.

3. Identify one’s own traumatic experiences that shape unconscious behaviours, rigid defense mechanisms, limiting self-beliefs and destructive thought patterns that tend to hinder our purpose and growth potential.


Other important aspects of the APT model involve learning brand new skills and changing destructive patterns of behavior through the recognition and understanding of our psychological imperatives, cognitive dissonances, private logic and the healing of historical traumatic occurences.


When the APT model is consistently applied to our relationships it has the potential to be profoundly transformative and healing. This has been supported by post course effectiveness statistics. 

2012 stats:

3% of previous participants said ‘waste of time and money’.

15% of previous participants said ‘It works when I work it’.

82% of previous participants said ‘even after 18 months it’s still working’.

BAAM will do a new course effectiveness survey in Sept 2016.


Referrals tend to come from a wide range of companies and government bodies such as the NHS, Doctors, Police & Court services, children's fund, schools, colleges, youth offending teams, probation services, social services. As well as NGO’s such as national charity’s, Relate, MIND, Sane Line, Samaritans. However, most enquiries tend to be self referrals from individuals desperate to save their relationships or careers.

Training the Trainers


"Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you"

Joel Osteen

All prospective candidates need to attend an initial assessment, which will act as an introduction to the course and provide an opportunity for mutual assessment. Prospective candidates will also have to attend a weekend intensive (BA2) prior to the Diploma course.

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Beating Anger 2 allows prospective candidates to experience a BAAM programme first hand and then decide if you want to be trained in the field of anger and stress management. It also allows Mike Fisher to see whether you are suitably matched for this work in order to be trained in this specialised field. It will also give you an opportunity to discover if this is an appropriate career choice.

The Anger Academy 6month Diploma will only be delivered in East Grinstead, UK.


The course will provide in-depth training for you to work competently with the following groups or one to one clients. This will include organisations, families, couples, children, teenagers and young adults which will help them to manage anger, stress, fear, shame, low self esteem and trauma. In turn this will increase their social and emotional intelligence, help them to self regulate, be more assertiveness in their lives, learn to be mindful and hopefully live more in the present. This will include learning radical self acceptance, empathy, compassion towards themselves and others, offer gratitude and appreciation for the lives they live and learn very specific life skills desperately needed in our society. This will contribute to feeling more relaxed and understanding themselves and others better.


Your training will be to facilitate groups and to offer individual coaching of each BAAM module which have been developed and delivered by BAAM for many years. The progammes below can be adapted and delivered with confidence to your respective client groups needs.

What skills are necessary to be a coach and facilitator in this unique field and are you eligible?

The key component for working in this field is your passion for helping and transforming the lives of other people. In essence, do you care enough to inspire and teach others how to live more emotionally sustainable lives. You will also need a certain amount of life skills because working with this client group can sometimes be very challenging. Ideally, you must be slow to anger and have a fairly strong sense of yourself plus have sufficient stamina to be able to deal with some of the stresses encountered when working with this challenging client group. 



• No previous experience required other than a deep passion to support the well-being of yourself and others. Having knowledge and experience in personal and professional development would be very useful.

• A commitment to your own ongoing personal and professional development and supervision.

• All candidates are required to submit a detailed application form.

Course Curriculum

The 6 month mandatory course curriculum:

(Remember that you must have completed our BA1 or BA2 programme in advance to your Diploma)

The links provided below outline the curriculum
PLEASE  ignore times, dates and fees that are irrelevant.


• Facilitating groups, facilitation styles - 4.5 Days

To establish yourself as a facilitator you will need to have a greater understanding of facilitation and group dynamics. Within five days you will learn the pivotal components of facilitating any size group.  The model used is based on the work of John Heron, a leading light in the field of personal and professional development.


• The six categories of interventions, counselling and coaching skills - 3.5 Days

The six categories of interventions (Helping the client) was developed and written by John Heron. The model maps out six vital interventions to effectively work with both groups and individuals.


• Beating Anger BA1/ BA2 - 3 Days

This is BAAM’s generic programme and can be delivered to groups, individuals, couples, families.

Developed and delivered by Mike Fisher


• Calming Strategy – The Ten Point Plan - 1 Days

This one day programme is a synthesis of the BA1 and BA2 programme and is designed as an introduction and taster to BAAM’s work.

Developed and delivered by Mike Fisher


• Taming The Volcano for Young People  - 1 Days

This programme can be delivered to children as young as 9 and as old as 17. Ideally used in schools and with young people giving them a greater understanding of their anger and how to manage it.

Developed and delivered by Mike Fisher and Linda Bolland


• Beating Stress  - 1 Day

This one-day programme is ideal for working in companies and teaching people how to manage stress within 10 minutes or less.

Developed and delivered by Mike Fisher


• Understanding Anger for Parents, Teachers,Learning Mentors - 1 Days

This programme is ideal for parents either in a face-to-face capacity or group work. This progamme has been delivered to parents in Ealing for over 14 years.

Developed by Mike Fisher and Cici Collins – Delivered by Mike Fisher and Linda Bolland


• Marketing and setting up your business  - 1 Day

Introduction to using Social Media, P.R. and marketing skills


• Group Presentations – presentation by group members  - 2 Days


Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice

The nature of your role as an Anger Management Instructor requires the highest possible ethical standard. BAAM requires all training staff and students to observe a code of ethics and good practice. You can download this information from the following website. BAAM follows the code and ethics of the BACP see link

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself".

John Dewey


6-Month Professional Diploma in Anger And Stress Management
£5,045  (excludes VAT)

Additional costs apply, please see below.


The training programme will run three days a month over a 6 month period (Including 6 Day Residental retreet in July).
(Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9.15am to 6.00pm).


What the above fees include:

  • All course material will be provided which includes PDF’s of training material and workbooks in PDF format for your group and client work.
  • Mike Fisher books ‘Beating Anger’ and ‘Mindfulness and The Art of Managing Anger’ which is a mandatory read before the end of the 6 month Diploma.
  • Free copies of the A2Z of anger and the A2Z of stress -
  • Resource reading material.
  • Diploma in Anger and Stress Management which is recognised by The British Association of Anger Management and the Anger Academy.
  • One year free registration to BAAM’s launch of the international worth £290.00 per year.


Additional costs to the training curriculum:


Once you’re accepted on the training programme, you will need to purchase the following books:

  • The Complete Facilitators Handbook,  John Heron 
  • The Six Categories of Interventions, John Heron
  • There is also our suggested reading list that we like all students to read at some point during their training




Payment Terms

Any queries regarding methods of payment is subject to discussion with the Training Director. Once you have been accepted onto this training, all training days are to be attended and upon completion you will receive the Diploma.

Financial arrangements:

A 50% deposit needs to be paid once you have been accepted on this unique training programme, the balance to be paid 45 days before the programme begins. Once you have committed to this training, no refunds will be issued.

We only accept BACS transfers.


A 10% percent discount will be offered if you buy both modules at the same time.

We will offer arranged payments but only in exceptional circumstances. This needs to be discussed directly with Mike Fisher.


To discuss any of the above information please contact us on:

Tel: 0345 1300 286



Note: All trainings (offline) will take place in East Grinstead UK, 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport with lots of local B&B’s in the vicinity. We can supply you with a list of local B&B’s. 


Mandatory Programme

April - 28th 29th 30th
May - 19th 20th 21st
June - 9th 10th 11th
July - 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
September - 8th 9th 10th
Dates to be announced


Continued Professional Development

Continued Professional Development Training:
Once you have completed the above 6 month mandatory training, you can further your training as part of your ongoing professional development. All aspects of this training will be delivered online whereby you can set your own pace with the last aspect 'Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger & Stress' being a 10-day retreat in Spain.

1. We Need to Talk - the 4 pillars, Healing Dialogue for Couples between-couples/

Developed by Mike Fisher and delivered successfully in South Africa to couples desperate to find a new way of loving and living in harmony.

2. Enough is Enough – Working with Survivors of Emotional Abuse - online

Developed by Mike Fisher for women and men who find it impossible to leave their toxic relations due to low self esteem and fear.

3. Anger Management for Couples - online

Anger Management is a synthesis of BA1/2, We need to Talk and Calming Strategies

Developed by Mike Fisher

4. Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger and Stress - 10 day retreat Spain

This programme is based on Mike Fisher's best selling book 'Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger'.


Online training and Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger Retreat.

£5,500.00 (excludes VAT)


There is an additional cost for the Retreat accommodation, meals and travel.

This module can only be taken after the mandatory training module.



Please note: a 10% percent discount will be offered if you bought the mandatory and CPD modules at the same time.

We will offer arranged payments but only in exceptional circumstances. This needs to be discussed directly with Mike Fisher:


No refunds will be issued 

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on our material. The Anger Academy reserves the right, however, to introduce changes to the information given, including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of the courses and/or fees described herein.



Mike Fisher is the founder of The British Association of Anger Management (B.A.A.M) and is the UK’s leading expert in anger and conflict management.
He has been involved in personal and professional development for 30 years.
As a trained counsellor, facilitator and anger management consultant, Mike’s primary focus has been to assist individuals to prosper in their lives in both the public and private sector.

His initial interest lay very strongly with the mythopoetic work of Robert Bly and men’s issues which led him on to being a co-founder of the Centre for Men's Development in London.
Mike has utilised his ability to synthesise information from across a whole range of theories, models and psychotherapies to develop his own unique model called the Aggression Prevention Training (APT).
He has worked with over 20000 people using this model and continues to develop and deepen the training module educating other practitioners and trainers to offer this model nationwide in schools, businesses, prisons, addiction clinics, NHS organisations, charities and youth organisations.

On an international level, Mike has run anger management trainings in America, South Africa, Britain and Ireland.
He has been responsible for setting up Anger Management conferences and creating a very public awareness of anger in our society through the media as well as the National Anger Awareness Week held once a year.

Mike has been featured on a number of television documentaries including the Angriest Man in Britain, Monstrous Bosses and BBC2’s Inside Out as well as consulting on Red Mist II for LWT.
The latest documentary release was produced by Landmark Films and aired on Channel Five ‘Beat It:Angry with my Father’.

He has featured in many radio interviews and continues to contribute to magazine and newspaper articles offering his anger management expertise.

In 2005, Rider Books, part of Random Housecommissioned Mike to author ‘Beating Anger’ which continues to experience a high sale demand.

Working with Youth Linda Bolland - Youth Worker and BAAM Facilitator Linda Bolland has worked with young people for over twenty years.
She began her career in Hollywood, California teaching and training young homeless women in need of guidance and respect, after being disillusioned by the false promises of drug dealers and pimps on the “star studded” pavements of Los Angeles.

After emigrating to Britain, she continued to work with the young homeless and those in danger of school exclusion, in rural Hampshire and Surrey, having trained with Brunel University and the Hampshire County Council Youth Service to become a qualified youth worker and group facilitator.
She has also specialised in Anger Management group facilitation through the British Association of Anger Management and leads workshops and trainings for both young people and adults in school and community settings.

Working with Youth -  Linda Bolland, Post-graduate in Youth and Community Studies, Brunel University and Facilitator/Trainer for the British Association of Anger Management.

Linda Bolland has worked with young people for over twenty five years. 

She began her career working with young homeless women in Hollywood, California.  Teaching and training young women in need of guidance, encouragement and respect after having been disillusioned by the promise of ‘fame and fortune’ on the star-studded streets of Los Angeles.

After emigrating to Great Britain, she continued her career with homeless youth and those in danger of school exclusion in Hampshire, having trained and served with Hampshire County Council for 16 years.

After receiving her post-graduate degree in Youth and Community Studies, she became a Qualified Youth Worker and Parenting Specialist for Hampshire County Council until February 2011.

She continues to do bespoke group and one to one work with youth in schools and on a private basis.

Having trained with the British Association of Anger Management (2003) Linda facilitates and trains men, women and youth in Anger and Stress management in Britain and abroad.  

She is also trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction and Domestic Violence Groupwork. 

She currently facilitates anger management programmes extensively in the criminal justice system, working with women in prison/ and on probation in Hampshire and the IOW,  with an aim to reduce re-offending.

She has also been interviewed extensively on National television, Radio and Newspaper/Magazine publications on Anger and Stress management.

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