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Anger Management and Effective Discipline to Prevent Violence, Part I

Anger Management and Effective Discipline to Prevent Violence, Part I & II


Course Description

The unhealthy expression of anger disrupts instruction, creates a hostile environment and negatively impacts the relationships and emotional well-being of educators, students, and parents. By helping educators understand the relationships among anger, the brain, violence prevention, and effective discipline, Diane Wagenhals empowers educators with knowledge, skills, and principles to help them become more aware and confident in managing and responding to anger, and better equipped to teach students, colleagues, and parents effective ways to be in charge of their own anger.

In addition to providing detailed information on the complex nature of anger, Ms. Wagenhals also presents information and strategies for dealing with anger’s related emotion, shame, including ways to eliminate shame-based discipline approaches, and replace them with methods that protect and promote relational and emotional health in children and adults. By the end of the course, educators will incorporate healthy philosophies of anger and discipline into their teaching practice.


Part I

Course Presenters

Diane Wagenhals

Diane Wagenhals brings over 25 years of experience in the field of family education. She has been a childbirth educator, a family therapist and founder of a parenting education company, has designed extensive training programs for family professionals and parents and has authored many published articles and curricula. Her training has touched over 400 parenting educators and since the inception of The Institute for Family Professionals in 2003, close to 1,000 family professionals and early childhood educators in Philadelphia.

Diane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Chester State College (now West Chester University) and taught elementary school for two years. She did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland in Rehabilitation Counseling. She received a Master’s of Education in Psycho-Educational Processes specializing in Family Therapy from Temple University and worked as a family therapist with a local psychiatrist for ten years before shifting her focus entirely to psycho-educational processes. She is a Certified Family Life Educator. She is a Fellow with the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX.

She is working with Dr. Bruce Perry on creating his Neurosequential Model for Educators and with Dr. Sandra Bloom to incorporate her Sanctuary Model into the field of Early Childhood Education. She is currently the Program Director for Institute for Professional Education & Development of Lakeside Educational Network and The Institute for Family Professionals.


Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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