Trainings for Correctional Staff
(Institutional & Community-based)

Dr. William Winogron Psychologist

Psychologist, Author, Trainer

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Controlling Anger & Learning to Manage it – Effective Relapse prevention

A 1-2 day training to prepare staff to deliver a proven anger & emotions aftercare program in the community

Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it; Effective Relapse prevention (CALMER) is a community-based follow-up or “booster” program, created and designed as an adjunct to the CALM program. CALMER was designed for delivery by one or more qualified coaches to groups of two-to-eight males who have demonstrated a history of problems in the control of anger and aggression, and who have successfully completed CALM. The program consists of individualized intake sessions delivered on a “continuous intake” basis followed by eight or more two-hour group intervention sessions.

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As a booster program, CALMER does not introduce any principles or skills to participants that were not previously taught and rehearsed in CALM. The goal of the program is to maintain and enhance the gains, both cognitive and behavioral, derived from CALM. Specifically, CALMER employs the time-tested principles of relapse prevention and focuses on skill enhancement to help men live without anger and violence in the community. The program was designed for, and is only intended for delivery to males who have completed CALM training, are living in the community, and have willingly accepted to participate in the program.

“Community-based anger management program”.

  • CALMER is intended to reduce anger and aggression in non-institutional settings via:
    Real world personal assignments completed between all group sessions
  • Didactic review of all anger and aggression reduction methods taught in CALM, including progressive muscle relaxation, thought stopping, taking time out, coping with self-talk, rethinking auto-pilot thoughts, disputing hurtful thoughts, and assertive communication
  • Mutual support among participants via group discussion and feedback, designed to encourage participant motivation
  • Use of utility (cost-benefit) analyses of personal homework assignments in order to refine employment of skills acquired in CALM training
  • Relapse prevention exercises targeting individually identified risk situations.

Each session in CALMER follows a standardized lesson plan format, which includes the completion of post-session evaluations by coaches. While the content of sessions is determined by the real-world experiences of participants, each session involves: Review of personal assignments, Skills review (A skill booster segment on the “skill of the day”, derived from the CALM program), Relapse prevention exercise, Review of successes, and the assignment of Personal Homework Assignments.

CALMER includes individualized intake and orientation, an evaluative component (Pre- and Post-testing on the CALMER Knowledge Test), and strict standards for participation (attendance of eight sessions, completion of all personal assignments). After-care guidelines are also built-in.

CALMER was designed and written by Dr. William Winogron and Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten, two of the authors of the CALM program. Training in the appropriate delivery of CALMER is offered by Winogron Psychology Professional Corp. This training culminates in Certificates of Completion, the basic requirement for approved delivery of CALMER.

“Our staff training specialists will ready your agency to deliver proven trainings”.

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