Anger Academy is the training arm of The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM).
We believe that healthy expression of anger is a powerful opportunity for healing and transformation. Our purpose is to support others in this journey.
BAAM was founded in January 2001 by Mike Fisher. Mike is a leading international anger management coach and pioneer. He’s been a therapist in the field for over 30 years. His book Beating Anger is considered the area’s definitive text and was followed up with Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger.
Anger Academy offers experiential training to potential trainees to help manage the negative forces of stress and anger in our world.
Our psycho-educational training courses are designed to lead patients to healthy solutions when they find themselves dealing with the emotional obstacles that they both encounter and often create themselves.
The British Association of Anger Management’s most popular and effective programmes, BA1 (online) and BA2 (a weekend intensive course) have fulfilled this criteria for many years.
The need for anger and stress management services is growing exponentially across the world. A Gallup poll published in 2019 shows that levels of stress, anxiety and anger are higher than they have ever been in the past decade – and that was before the Covid-19 crisis.
The Anger Academy, in affiliation with BAAM, is 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 eight-month programme covers the fundamentals of anger and stress management, enabling trainees to offer their own courses to a wider audience. It also covers facilitating group sessions in addition to working specifically with adults, couples, families, teenagers, and children.
BAAM has been training Anger and Stress specialists since 2001.
Aggression Prevention Training
The Aggression Prevention Training (APT) model, developed by BAAM’s founder Mike Fisher, is a unique approach to the management of stress and anger.
The APT model evolved out of Mike’s own individual therapy, plus his pyscho-educational training, research and extensive study of the subject.
This approach embraces stress and anger as catalysts for transforming relationships into authentic, healthy experiences – both for oneself and others.
The APT model explains a variety of psychological interventions that teach participants how to identify their sources and triggers of anger. They begin to understand how unconscious forces influence behaviour, and how these contribute to the mis-management of stress and anger.
The goal of the APT model is to:
Identify destructive patterns entrenched in primitive and archaic behaviours that were initially developed in order to fundamentally keep us safe in the world.
Rapidly achieve a commitment to change, mindfulness and radical self acceptance.
Identify one’s own traumatic experiences shaping unconscious behaviours, rigid defence mechanisms, limiting self-beliefs and destructive thought patterns, that go on to hinder our purpose and growth potential.
Teach brand new skills to change destructive patterns of behaviour, through the recognition and understanding of our psychological imperatives, cognitive dissonances, private logic and the healing of historic, traumatic occurrences.
When the APT model is consistently applied to relationships it has the potential to be profoundly transformative. This is strongly supported by our course effectiveness statistics.
Referrals come from a wide range of companies and government bodies including the NHS, doctors, police court services, children’s fund, schools, colleges, youth offending teams, probation and social services. We also work with NGOs including major charities Relate, MIND, Sane Line, and Samaritans.
Most enquiries though are self-referrals from individuals desperate to save their relationships or careers.
Do you have what it takes to become an anger and stress management specialist?
Training the Trainers
The BAAM programme modules have been developed and honed during twenty-plus years of practical application in the field. The training course is designed to be both straightforward to learn, and versatile to apply.
Previous experience is not mandatory, although any previous experience in personal and professional development is undoubtedly useful. But much more importantly is a keen enthusiasm to support the well-being of yourself and others, and a commitment to your own personal growth.
The techniques you learn will help your clients to manage anger, stress, fear, shame, low self-esteem and trauma. Their social and emotional intelligence will increase in turn, helping them to self-regulate, be more assertive, plus be mindful and hopefully live more in the present. They will learn radical self acceptance, empathy, compassion towards themselves and others, plus gratitude and appreciation. These are very specific life skills, that are desperately needed in our society. Your clients will understand themselves and others better, and this will contribute to them being more relaxed too.
A passion for helping and transforming the lives of other people is the most important trait for an anger management coach. Do you care enough to inspire and teach others how to live more emotionally sustainable lives?
Working with this client group can sometimes be very challenging. Ideally, you must be slow to anger and have a fairly strong sense of self. You’ll need stamina to be able to deal with some of the stressors encountered when working with this complex client group.
First, please fill in and send over the detailed application form.
Secondly, all prospective candidates need to attend an initial assessment. This acts as an introduction to the course, and provides an opportunity to see if the training is right for you too.
Finally, prospective candidates will also need to attend a weekend intensive (BA2) or an online (BA1) anger management programme prior to the training course itself. This is so you have first hand experience of a BAAM programme. This is the best way for you to find out if training in anger and stress management, or indeed a career in the field, is right for you. It also allows our founder Mike Fisher to see whether you are suitably matched for this work.
Should you continue with the full training, the course will provide in-depth coaching for you to work competently with organisations, families, couples, children, teenagers and young adults, either in groups or as one-to-one clients.
Do you want to help people:
- Deal with anger, stress and shame
- Stay out of prison
- Keep families together
- Increase health and wellbeing
- Stop feeling alone and depressed
The curriculum is split into three parts:
1. Live (Zoom) online evening sessions (54hrs)
2. Compulsory individual E-learning time. (70hrs)
3. Final four-day in-person coaches retreat (32hrs)
TOTAL: 156 hours.
1. LIVE ZOOM online sessions – 3 hours in an evening, 6.30PM-9.30PM GMT. (54 hours)
Every Monday evening for 18 weeks starting on the 9th November 2020 and ending on the 24th May 2021.
We will cover:
2. Compulsory individual E-learning time – (70 hrs) 10 hours per month
• Reading of course material in PDF format
• Web links
• Videos to watch
• Suggested book reading list
• Final online questionnaire before you proceed to the next stage of the course
Topics will include:
• Shame • Trauma • Anxiety • Group Dynamics • Dealing with Challenging People
• Stress • Negative Core Beliefs • Attachment Theory • Working with Couples – Gottman Method
• Unconscious Bias • Non-violent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg • Co-dependancy • Five Love Languages
• Groups – Forming, Norming and Storming • Young People – Jesper Juul
3. Final four-day coaches retreat (32hrs) – Thursday 3rd June – Sunday 6th June 2021. Venue TBA.
To complete your certification, you need to:
Deliver a minimum ten hours of BAAM’s generic programme, either online or on behalf of BAAM. The alternative would be to deliver six hours’ footage of your own courses, online or offline, videoed for presentation.
At the end of the eight months you’ll be trained to deliver:
- Taming the Volcano is a course taught to children, teenagers and young adults. It can be delivered in either small groups or a one to one capacity online or in person.
- Facilitation of groups and design of courses according to request, and/or any bespoke opportunities available to you.
- Use coaching and basic counselling skills from the six categories of interventions (based on the work of John Heron) when faced with challenging group dynamics in either your group work or one-to-one work.
- Deliver Understanding Anger for Parents, Teachers and Learning Mentors. This can be presented to groups or families, online or in person.
Note: all the above programmes are offshoots of BA1 and BA2 and can be delivered online using ZOOM or in person either in one to one or group settings.
Did you know that:
* 82% of previous participants said ‘Even after 18 months it’s still working’.
* 15% of previous participants said: ‘It works when I work it’.
* Only 3% said: ‘Waste of time and money.’
Note: Before you can attend the Anger Academy programme you will need to complete our online BA1 programme OR our BA2 weekend intensive course in one of these four locations: East Grinstead, London, Bristol or Manchester (pending the pandemic restrictions), before November 2020.
View our course schedule here: https://www.angermanage.co.uk/course-schedule/
*Additional costs apply, please see below.
What the course costs include:
- All course material will be provided, including digital PDFs of training material and workbooks for your group and client work
- Mike Fisher’s books ‘Beating Anger’ and ‘Mindfulness and The Art of Managing Anger’, which are required reading before the end of the eight month course
- Free copies of The A2Z of Anger and The A2Z of Stress – www.a2zeq.com
- PDFs of further resource reading material
- Hard copy Diploma in Anger and Stress Management which is recognised by The British Association of Anger Management and The Anger Academy.
Additional costs: £820 / £970 (ex-VAT)
- Online BA1 (£495) or BA2 Weekend Intensive (£645) – must be attended before November 2020
- Initial interview ninety minutes online or face-to-face: £200
- Administrative costs: £125.00
- Before undertaking your own coaching, you will need insurance: http://www.balens.co.uk/services/individual-professionals/complementary-therapists.aspx
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
- Emotional Agility – Susan David
- Non-violent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg
- It Did not Start with You – Mark Wolynn
- Anything on Attachment Theory – John Bowlby
- Hold onto your children – Gabore Maté and Gordon Neufield
- Read anything on Internal Family Systems
- There is also our suggested reading list that we like all students to read at some point during their training
Any queries regarding methods of payment is subject to discussion with the training director.
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 can accept BACS transfers or card payments.
Note: The final retreat will take place in a location TBC.
3 hours every Monday evening, 6.30PM-9.30PM GMT. (54 hours)
starting 9th November 2020 and ending on the 24th May 2021.
November 2020 – 9, 16, 23
December 2020 – 14, 21
January 2021 – 11, 18, 25
February 2021 – 8, 22
March 2021 – 8, 15, 22, 29
April 2021 – 26
May 2021 – 10, 17, 24
Final 4-day Retreat:
June 2021– 3, 4, 5, 6
Mike Fisher is the founder of The British Association of Anger Management (B.A.A.M) and is one of the UK’s leading experts 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. Mike also works with organisations in both the public and private sector.
Mike’s initial interest lay very strongly with the mythopoetic work of Robert Bly and men’s issues. This led him on to being a co-founder of the Centre for Men’s Development in London.
Mike has assembled information from across a whole range of theories, models and psychotherapies to develop his own unique anger management model titled Aggression Prevention Training (APT).
He has worked with over 20,000 people using APT and he continues to hone his training module, educating other practitioners and trainers to offer it 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 public recognition of anger in our society, both through the media and National Anger Awareness Week held on the 1-7th December every year.
Mike has been featured on a number of television documentaries including The Angriest Man in Britain, Big Brother’s Little Brother, Monstrous Bosses and BBC2’s Inside Out as well as consulting on Red Mist II for LWT.
The latest documentary release Beat It:Angry with my Father was produced by Landmark Films and aired on Channel Five.
Mike 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 House, commissioned Mike to author ‘Beating Anger’ which continues to experience a high sale demand. The Times newspaper recently included Beating Anger in its Top 15 best self-help book list.
In 2012, Leaping Hare Press commissioned Mike to author his second book ‘Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger‘ which has also been translated into Spanish.
Linda Bolland is a post-graduate in Youth and Community Studies at Brunel University, and a facilitator plus trainer for the British Association of Anger Management.
Linda has worked with young people for over 25 years. She began her career working with young homeless women in Hollywood, California. Often she found herself 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 Linda continued her career with homeless youth and those in danger of school exclusion in Hampshire. She served with Hampshire County Council for 16 years.
After receiving her post-graduate degree in Youth and Community Studies, Linda 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.
After training with the British Association of Anger Management in 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 group work.
She currently facilitates anger management programmes extensively in the criminal justice system, working with women in prison and on probation in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with an aim to reduce re-offending.
She has also been interviewed extensively on national television, radio, plus in newspapers and magazines.
When I said you changed my life yesterday – I meant it. I know there is still lots of work to do but you gave me the chance to breath again and start to see life with new eyes. I trusted you and it worked and I’ll ALWAYS be grateful to you, really grateful….. I don’t believe anyone else could have helped the same. That’s my genuine belief.
I want to thank you for your wisdom and expertise and your inspiring dedication to the subject, because you have undoubtedly made me a better practitioner, and I hope, wife and mother too.
Thank you for sharing your story, for writing such a comprehensive book on anger, and for creating and facilitating such an insightful, eye-opening and potentially life-changing experience in your 3 day course – so worth the investment. With love
Thank you to both Mike and my colleagues on the programme for making this one of the best things that I have done in years, you guys will always have a very special place in my mind and heart.
What I specifically liked about the course is that Mike has a profound ability to deliver complex theories and concepts in a relaxed, gentle, and patient style that made them and him incredibly easy to understand. No need to learn any “counsellor” speak. Phew.