Trainings for Correctional Staff
(Institutional & Community-based)

Dr. William Winogron Psychologist

Psychologist, Author, Trainer

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Controlling Anger & Learning to Manage it

A 4.5 day skills training to prepare staff for facilitation of an internationally successful, evidence-based anger & emotions management program

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Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it (CALM) is a 24-session group training program intended to reduce anger, violence, and emotional loss of control in males with a history of problems of self-control. Highly structured and sequential, CALM delivers 48 hours of standardized intervention based on the cognitive-behavioral approach to understanding and controlling emotions and aggression. Specifically, the principles of Albert Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, and Donald Meichenbaum’s Stress Inoculation Training provide the key underpinnings of CALM.

CALM is multimodal, employing psycho-educational instruction, role-plays, discussions, practical exercises, and homework assignments to convey new knowledge and skills to participants. The program consists of 6 segments, each with its own Participants’ Guide. These guides include: 1) Introduction (Two sessions; introduction and ground rules, and participant motivation), 2) Managing Arousal (Four sessions; arousal awareness and reduction), 3) Thinking Patterns (Four sessions; recognizing and remedying cognitive and perceptual distortions), 4) Assertiveness/communication (Five sessions; assertive communication skills), 5) Other Emotions (Four sessions; identifying and controlling depression, jealousy, anxiety, and “Superman” feelings) and, 6) Relapse Prevention (Five sessions; anticipating and preparing for relapse). Near-complete attendance and participation are required of all group members, and homework assignments are a routine part of the program.

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CALM was designed for male offenders with anger control difficulties evidenced by behavioral or criminal history, or the appropriate psychometric profile. Appropriate candidates will have volunteered or freely agreed to participate, and must have adequate cognitive skills to complete the required tasks (a 6th grade level of comprehension is recommended). Offenders who should not participate in the CALM program are men with histories of schizophrenia or other psychosis, or primarily instrumental use of aggression.

An earlier version of the CALM program has been in use in Canada for a decade and has been extensively field tested and validated with high risk, violent offenders in the Canadian federal correctional system. An early study released in 1999 by their research branch revealed dramatic reductions in re-offending rates, both violent and non-violent. The relevant studies are available from Dr. Winogron.

Internationally-acclaimed American psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis, considered by many to be among the world’s most influential psychologists, has favorably reviewed and endorsed the cognitive components of the CALM program.

CALM was written by three clinical psychologists with broad and varied experience in correctional institutions and community-based settings: Dr. William Winogron, Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten, and Dr. Lawrence Gauzas. Winogron Psychology Professional Corp. offers trainings in the theory and practical delivery of CALM to qualified coaches. The training culminates in Certificates of Completion, the basic requirement for approved delivery of CALM.

“Dr. Winogron has made both our treatment staff and our supervisory staff feel like they own this evidence-based CBT program for anger”.

Dr. Winogron Biography

Dr. Bill Winogron is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in assessing and treating psychological disorders in a variety of clinical settings. His involvement with correctional work began with front-line clinical work in community corrections, and went on to include program creation, training, custom curriculum development, and training of trainers. By theoretical orientation, Bill is a practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapies (CBTs), particularly Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, the original short-term CBT. He holds an Associate Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, where he was trained and supervised by Dr. Albert Ellis (‘the grandfather of CBT’) personally.

In addition to being a seasoned clinician and training facilitator, Bill has authored internationally- successful, evidence-based treatment programs (Anger and Emotions Management Program; CALM – Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it; CALMER – the CALM Effective Relapse Prevention program; etc.) , and has trained, mentored and supervised students, graduate students and correctional staff for much of his career. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (Albert Ellis Institute) and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Yorkville University. Additionally, Winogron has authored and facilitated training programs for organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK, both “classroom” and online, on a range of mental health topics.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Winogron at his new location:
1559 Alta Vista Drive
P.O. Box 59030
Ottawa, ON., K1G 5T7
Phone: +1 (613) 978-1054 | Fax: +1 (833) 939-3549