Teaching Anger Management can be a rewarding and lucrative career. You get to help people overcome their anger problems, whilst at the same time enjoying a job that is rewarding and challenging.
People who attend anger management courses usually come in one of three ways. Firstly they may be appointed by court, as the result of being convicted of a crime. Part of the terms of the sentence would be to attend an anger management programme. Secondly they may be referred by an employer as a result of an incident at work. Finally the person may just refer themselves as they realise they have a problem with anger, or perhaps someone close to them has the problem, and they are attending to learn more about anger at its causes.
So would you enjoy teaching anger management? Ask yourself these questions. You don’t have to answer yes to all of them – but they will get you thinking about what will be required of you.
- Do you get a buzz from helping people?
- Can you think on your feet?
- Do you like interacting with people from all walks of life?
- Do you like to keep improving your knowledge and keep up with latest developments in psychology?
- Do you have previous teaching experience?
- Do you have previous counseling experience?
- Do you derive job satisfaction from helping people rather than the thought of earning money?
Since anger s a complex problem, involving psychology, and is different for each individual, there is a substantial of training required to learn. Usually this would include attending the course you will eventually be teaching, for obvious reasons. Therefore be prepared for the financial commitment to learning. For example the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) provide a course
for anger management certification which involves 27 days over 6 months and costs £5500 (approx $8500), plus value added tax. This I think is a fair price for the amount of education you will receive, and you should be able to make this back quite quickly once your business is up and running.
That brings me to another important point – teaching anger management is business not a job. It would be very fortunate if you could find a job in your local newspaper for teaching anger management, but it is very unlikely. What you will likely need to do is arrange your own classes, organise a venue, perform marketing and get free publicity where possible. You will also probably want to look into professional indemnity insurance.
However the market is the key thing – you will need to work out in advance (before you start training) if there is a market in you area (or your nearest city) for the training you want to provide, and work out which format is going to be most popular. If market research is unfamiliar to you, pop to your local bookstore and you will find plenty of books on starting a business. If you live in the UK, you can get free advice from Business Link which is a government run body providing assistance to businesses. The equivalent in the USA is business.gov
BAAM provide a franchise opportunity (http://www.beatingangerfranchise.co.uk) which is worth looking into. Franchises are useful because the franchise company will help you set up your operation and give you guidance. I recommend you always take advice from a solicitor or lawyer before entering a franchise agreement, and learn as much about business, marketing and sales yourself from books or current employment. The more you know, the better questions you can ask, not only of the franchise but of yourself to see if the offering is really for you.