Our Anger Management Program provides education for people who are interested in or who need to learn how to manage their own anger or someone else’s anger in a positive, functional way. Participants may include people who internalize anger or those who act out verbally or behaviorally towards friends, family, work, or personal relationships.
We offer a 32 hour program which meets the State requirements for Anger Management. In fact our curriculum was originally developed for Court ordered clients, and has been revised since its original publication. Participants will be provided with a Workbook which they will use throughout the group. The workbook focuses on the causes of anger and provides alternatives to violent outbursts and abusive behavior through educational lessons that challenge old and inappropriate ways of expressing anger. We focus on 4 main areas in the group: Communication, Managing Anger, Stress Management, and Emotional Intelligence. Upon completion the participants will understand the signs and signals that lead them to anger, they will learn to identify their stressors and how they experience stress, they will learn healthier ways to cope with stress and to manage their anger, they will learn to identify and communicate their feelings as well as to identify how others are feeling so that they experience more positive relationships, and will learn how to more effectively communicate with others. After completion of the group, graduates will keep their workbook, which is a useful tool that they may refer to before their anger gets out of control
Domestic Violence Program
The Freedom Center, Inc. offers a 52 week Batterers’ Intervention Program. Our program meets the requirements of California’s Court mandated “Batterer’s Intervention Program”. Our groups are gender-specific (men or women) and are offered in both English and Spanish. We are a Certified provider of Domestic Violence services in San Mateo County, and our groups are facilitated by Certified Domestic Violence Counselors.
In California, Penal Code 1203.097 and .098 defines “domestic violence” as violence that occurs in an intimate relationship. Mandated Batter’s Intervention” is required of all perpetrators of domestic violence. The participants will receive a workbook that they will use throughout the 52 week program. Upon initial enrollment into the program the participant will receive “Proof of Enrollment” that they may take to Court, we will provide reports throughout the program to their Probation Officer reflecting their progress in the group, and when a participant has met all the requirements of the program notification will be sent to the Probation Department.
Domestic violence is person-directed violence that is a learned behavior. The program focuses on the dynamics of Power and Control in relationships and provides alternatives to violent outbursts and abusive behavior. Their belief systems and inappropriate behaviors will be challenged through education, they will learn the alternatives of Equality and Responsibility in relationships and the effects of violence on children and others. The participants will understand gender roles and how socialization reinforces the belief that person-directed violence is an acceptable behavior. They will learn to recognize and express feelings appropriately, will practice communication skills, and they will develop their own plan on what to do when they experience anger and stress. Upon completion participants will receive a certificate of completion and required paperwork will be provided to the Probation Department.