Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling & Human Services



Committee Director

Theodore P. Remley, Jr.

Committee Member

Kaprea F. Johnson

Committee Member

Kathleen Levingston


Arrest for criminal offenses sometimes result in court systems mandating that offenders attend anger management treatment programs. Mandated anger management treatment places a demand on mental health professionals to provide these services. In order to prepare counselors to be effective in providing services, it is important for counselor educators to examine counselors' beliefs and attitudes about mandated anger management treatment. Using a survey method, this study asked counselors to rate the degree they perceived the anger management treatment they provide to be effective and to rate the degree they perceived they were prepared in their training programs to provide anger management treatment to court mandated clients. This study also explored if there was a relationship between provider attitude and perceived effectiveness of court mandated anger management treatment. Results indicated that providers perceived that anger management treatment has a high level of effectiveness and that they perceived they had a moderate level of training preparedness to provide anger management services. A small, positive correlation was found between provider attitude and perceived effectiveness of court mandated anger management.


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