Where To Find Effective Free Anger Management Classes
Updated August 24, 2019
Reviewer Kelly L. Burns, MA, LPC, ATR-P
A productive way of dealing with your emotions may include taking advantage of free help tools available online. Whether you're on a budget, lack insurance, or want to learn about affordable options to handle your emotions, you have choices on where to find the support you need. While you may not find free classes directly aimed at managing anger, there are resources providing tools and advice on dealing with anger. You may find free options locally where you live or through online support groups sponsored by credible sources with interests to help others cope.
No Cost Online Courses
Some online options are providing free study materials, but they may not meet required training aspects necessary if you're seeking something to fulfill a court order or employer requirement. You may find introductory options providing information about their program through a free trial offer to encourage people to pay and sign up for the entire course. Free courses that lead to paid classes are something to consider when exploring potential possibilities to advance your anger coping skills. Free course materials may include previously recorded content to use for independent studies.
It is important to compare options available to understand what is provided through the course study. Some free options provide necessary materials but vary depending on the scope and how users apply the tool to meet their personal goals. There are a few things to know to help make an informed decision about which options are best for your interests. Here are details to pay attention to when considering online help tools for managing anger.
- Option to provide free sessions by the hour online that includes taking an assessment and exploring personal challenges behind your anger.
- Some require no fee to access full course materials, but a small payment may be required if you need a certificate of completion proof to provide another source.
- Instructional videos may be provided by some sites you can watch for free without signing up. But if the site offers course materials you can use along with the videos, registration may be necessary even without fees.
- Ability to learn materials at your own pace with unlimited access upon registration. Again, some may not require a fee but provide materials in different formats allowing access from a computer or mobile device.
- Specific organizations may provide wellness training online featuring self-control techniques and anger management exercises. For example, there are courses online for veterans and service military members. Organizations with mental health interests may also have free tools through their website.
- Money-back guarantees may apply if a course requires a fee.
Using your preferred search engine along with getting leads from people you know are good starting points for seeking free courses. Consider resources available by providers with an extensive history and background experience providing emotional support to others. The provider may specialize in behavioral management, health & wellness, personal development, stress management, or other related educational resources to encourage improving interpersonal and leadership skills. Some free options are available locally through certain community agencies by referral or upon request.
Local Class Options
Community agencies and organizations may offer free courses, but you'll have to do some research to learn where they are. The way the course is offered may vary depending on the entity providing it. Consider the following suggestions on where to start research:
- State welfare agencies. These agencies are created through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most counties in the United States have a local agency providing support for qualifying individuals. These agencies provide support, such as food and cash benefits, job training, and more. Such agencies may refer you to free classes recognized by the state.
- Mental health organizations with local chapters. There are nationally recognized mental health organizations with local chapters providing free support. Many include anger management groups or provide assistance to help you deal with your emotions.
- Online listings for local events. Many cities have calendars featuring upcoming events, but you may also find local organizations such as hospitals, health clinics, and local non-profits sharing dates for upcoming events related to managing your emotions. Also, search on social media for local groups that meet up regularly providing support.
- Local university colleges. Students who are training in the mental health field may provide counseling and mental health services free or low cost. They may offer a specific list of services provided through their local training center that operates on campus.
- Local behavioral health and family counseling community centers and non-profits. This category may also include your local health department. Many of these sources have websites with information about emotional management. You can contact them and ask about free classes. Some will work with you if you are not able to pay, but a small fee may apply if you need certification for legal purposes.
Try expanding your search if you come up short on leads by looking for depression or anxiety support groups and free classes. Such subjects may provide support on how to be less angry if you are coping on either situation. Learn about local therapists providing sessions on the topic of anger at a low cost through personal counseling sessions.
What About Online Assessments For Anger?
An anger management exercise may include completing an online assessment or anger test. Many credible sources are providing these assessments to view your emotions from another perspective. The purpose is to assess your risk and give insight about your behavior and reactions to situations. These assessments are beneficial because you learn how to deal with anger, and if it's in a healthy way. You also learn if anger management is an option you should consider.
Scores are based on understanding your style of anger and how it impacts your environment and emotions. The assessment highlights areas of concern that influence how you choose healthier actions and coping skills. Assessment tools are available for personal, business, and youth or school use. While there are free assessment tools online, they are also available through your doctor, therapist, and human resources department via your employer or school counselor.
Online assessments may help you get comfortable exploring your emotions. Questions asked range from being critical about yourself to assessing things that make you unhappy. Some questions may ask about revenge, being misunderstood, relationship issues, and how you handle arguments. Remember, anger is a common emotion that most people experience in life. The questions explore whether or not there are issues about how you control it.
Using Free Resource Tools Online
Free tools online such as anger worksheets may give more insight about angry outbursts and ways to cope productively. They are useful for understanding your feelings, and some are used in class or coaching settings. Sheets may be accessed anytime and downloaded for personal use. Reliable sources providing useful worksheets will have writing tools on the following topics:
- How to identify triggers
- Causes behind your anger
- Anger management strategy and techniques
- How to constructively express anger
- Coping with anger in hypothetical situations
- Time out and reflection exercises
- Understanding how your anger affects your health
Using worksheets effectively includes being honest about your emotions and how they affect you and your relations with others. Some may require regular use to track your feelings for comparison and to note progress. Keep your sheets and review them to see what methods are helpful. Let someone you trust review your worksheets for encouragement and accountability.
The worksheets, when used with other techniques such as stress or meditation for anger, may improve your results. These useful tools should not replace seeking expert assistance from a licensed professional. What you learn from the free tools may help with presenting your concerns about anger to a mental health specialist.
Tips On Preparing To Participate In Free Classes
When you are ready to attend, have an open mind to advice and suggestions. If you are attending a local course, don't be afraid to ask questions and share your thoughts. Make observations and take notes. Invite a friend or family member to attend with you if you feel uncomfortable. For online classes, think about the best time during the day or evening to complete the material. It may include watching videos, taking notes, or completing writing exercises. Online classes offer flexibility, but self-discipline is essential. Make an effort to establish a routine for either online or local class options if you want to get the most from the time you're investing.
Seeking support to deal with your emotions is a positive start. After assessing potential sources that provide support for how to deal with anger, consider which may complement your needs and goals the most. Think about the time and effort required on your part to participate to see progress. Besides local agencies and online groups you're familiar with, there are affordable alternatives online, including various types of online therapy options and free online exercises related to assessing personal emotions you can research. Check with your doctor or mental health expert about free or low-cost support available.