NAMA Certifications

 National Anger Management Specialist Certifications

The National Anger Management Association – NAMA Certified Anger Management Specialist-I, II, III, IV, V (CAMS-I, CAMS-II, CAMS-III, CAMS-IV, CAMS-V) have been developed in response to the increased global call for accessible and effective anger management services and the accompanying need to provide training programs for mental health providers including professional counselors, chaplains, certified coaches, educators, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, pastors, social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse and domestic violence counselors and other professionals working in community settings. Visit the National Anger Management Association for Certification and membership information.

NAMA Certified Anger Management Specialist standardization offers professionals, schools, hospitals, agencies, and organizations an opportunity to expand their services by including anger management programs.

CAMS-I (Certified Anger Management Specialist-I) – Anger Management Classes/Educational Services – Some anger management participants are court mandated to take classes as a condition of probation, or by their employer. These are individuals who generally are not seeking traditional mental health services, but rather an educational approach. Their freedom and/or livelihood may depend on the completion of a recognized anger management program or classes. The Anger Management Specialist-I Certification (see requirements below) is designed to fill this need. You must fulfill the requirements of taking NAMA approved workshops/training. See: NAMA Certification Training Schedule.
If you have completed a NAMA approved training/program then complete and Print this Anger Management Specialist-I Application

CAMS-II (Certified Anger Management Specialist-II) – Anger Management Professional Services – Some anger management participants want a more rigorous approach to anger management. Anger Management Professional Services includes various clinical and evidence-based mental health approaches by an Anger Management Specialist-II (see requirements below) who is a professional thoroughly trained to work with complex anger management issues. Anger management professional services are not traditional psychotherapy or group counseling—rather it is a complex combination of insights from various psychological traditions that requires additional training in anger management skills, concepts, and techniques.

CAMS-III (Certified Anger Management Specialist-III) – Anger Management Supervision Services – Individuals may become approved Anger Management Supervisors by qualifying to become Anger Management Specialist-III (see below). This designation is for authorized supervisors of individuals in training programs leading to Anger Management Specialist-I and Anger Management Specialist-II certification, as well as, for other mental health professionals seeking anger management case supervision.

CAMS-IV (Certified Anger Management Specialist-IV) – Anger Management Content Providers – Individuals may become approved Anger Management Content Providers by qualifying for Anger Management Specialist-IV Certification (see below). This designation is for facilitation of training programs for individuals to obtain the Specialist-I and II certifications.

CAMS-V (Certified Anger Management Specialist-V) – Distinguished Anger Management Leaders –     This designation is reserved for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of anger management in research, theory development, publications, and leadership. The NAMA Board of Directors periodically determines this designation.

Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-I Certification –

This certification requires a minimum of a BA degree or significant community service experience. Certifies trained individuals to provide community anger management educational services including Anger Management Classes and Anger Management Educational Programs. This Certification is recognized by all courts.

1.     Basic Anger Management Content Component

Completion of a Basic Anger Management Content program sponsored by or approved by NAMA. Approved programs include (at minimum) an overview of anger problems, an understanding of the nature of anger, anger management skills & concepts, utilization of anger log and the role of trigger thoughts, and an understanding of brain functioning, cognitive distortion, the role of communication and assertiveness, the role of empathy, the role of stress, and the role of consequences.

2.     Supervision Component

Completion of a minimum of 4 sessions of anger management supervision with a NAMA approved supervisor. This supervision can be arranged by appointment in person, by telephone, or by teleconference. A fee for the Supervision sessions will be charged beyond the cost of the Basic Content.

3.     Application Component

Complete Application (fee $100) and provide resume for NAMA Review.

 Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-II Certification – Download Anger Management Specialist-II Certification Requirements (PDF)

This designation certifies individuals to provide advanced anger management professional services. This certification requires of ALL candidates a minimum of 6 months (500 hours) work experience as CAMS-I;

There are two tracks for qualifying for CAMS-II beyond the experience component.

    Track 1 – requires a professional mental health state license, and professional liability insurance, plus 5 NAMA CEUs (see CEU Information (PDF).

Track 2 (for those who do not hold a state mental health license)

Degree/License/Certification Level

 

Required Qualified Work Experience

 

 Hours of Qualified Experience   Hours of NAMA CEUs*  

Required Examination

CAMS-I + Master’s One year (1,000 hours) qualified work experience in the past three years

50

 

50

 

CAMS-II Examination
CAMS-I+ Bachelor’s Two years (2,000 hours) qualified work experience in the past four years

100

 

100

 

CAMS-II Examination
CAMS-I+ Associate’s Three years (3,000 hours) qualified work experience in the past five years

150

 

125

 

CAMS-II Examination
CAMS-I+ HS Diploma / GED Four years (4,000 hours) qualified work experience in the past six years

200

 

150

 

CAMS-II Examination

CEUs* Download NAMA CEU Guidelines (PDF)

1.    Qualified Work Experience Component -2 references required to document experience.

2.   Supervision Component

Supervision must be with a NAMA Authorized Supervisor. Each Authorized Supervision session = 5 Content Units. Completion of a supervised clinical review session with a NAMA authorized supervisor. The supervision can be completed in person or by telephone/skype. The fee for the review session will be determined by your authorized supervisor.

3.   Application and Examination Component

Complete Application (process fee $100) and provide documentation of CAMS-I, qualified work experience and CEUs. Upon review of completed Application you will be notified for taking the CAMS-II Examination.

CAMS-III and CAMS-IV designations have been put on hold until further notice.

Please visit this NAMA page for all current information.

Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-III Certification Authorized Anger Management Supervisor

This certification requires previous Anger Management Specialist-II Certification and a minimum of 5 years of anger management experience. This designation (also known as ‘Authorized Anger Management Supervisor’) certifies individuals to supervise other professionals to become Anger Management Specialists.

1.     Advanced Anger Management Supervision Training Component

The Advanced Anger Management Supervision Training includes (at minimum) a specialized understanding of the supervision process, a continued understanding of anger problems from various mental health perspectives, advanced anger management skills & concepts, an advanced understanding of brain functioning, an advanced knowledge of communication and assertiveness issues, an advanced understanding of the role of empathy and perspective taking, an advanced understanding of stress management, and the role of consciousness and awareness in anger management. The Training also includes specified goals, objectives, and approaches to be used in the supervision process.

2.     Supervision Test Component – Completion of the NAMA Anger Management Supervision Examination.

3.     Application Component

Complete Application (process fee $100).

Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-IV Certification Approved Anger Management Content Provider

This certification requires previous Anger Management Specialist III Certification and a minimum of 10 years of anger management experience. This designation (also known as ‘Anger Management Basic Content Provider’) certifies individuals to train other professionals to become Anger Management Specialist I.

1.     Basic Anger Management Content Curriculum Component

Submission of a comprehensive Basic Anger Management Content Curriculum for training of individuals as Anger Management Specialist-I. The curriculum will include (at minimum) an overview of anger problems, an understanding of the nature of anger, anger management skills & concepts, utilization of anger log and the role of trigger thoughts, an understanding of brain functioning in anger management, cognitive distortion, the role of communication and assertiveness, role of empathy and perspective, role of stress, and the role of consequences. The Curriculum will also include specified goals, objectives, and activities to be used in the Basic Anger Management Content training.

2.     Review of Curriculum Component

Completion of two ‘Review of Curriculum’ interviews with 2 different NAMA approved anger management Content providers . A fee for each interview will be charged.

3.     Application Component

Complete Application (process fee $100).

Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-V Certification

This certification requires previous Anger Management Specialist IV Certification and a minimum of 15 years of anger management field experience or 1000 . The designation certifies individuals to supervise other professionals to become Anger Management Specialist I, II, III, IV.

1.     Nomination by the NAMA Board of Directors

3.     Application Component

Complete Application .

Requirements for Anger Management Specialist-S Certification –(for Students only)

This certification provides training for students who are currently enrolled in a university or institution of higher learning to provide community anger management educational services including Anger Management Classes and Anger Management Educational Programs. Upon graduation from their program this certification may be upgraded to CAMS-I by recommendation of a NAMA approved supervisor.

1.     Basic Anger Management Content Component

Completion of a Basic Anger Management Content program sponsored by or approved by NAMA. Approved programs include (at minimum) an overview of anger problems, an understanding of the nature of anger, anger management skills & concepts, utilization of anger log and the role of trigger thoughts, and an understanding of brain functioning, cognitive distortion, the role of communication and assertiveness, the role of empathy, the role of stress, and the role of consequences.

2.     Supervision Component

Completion of a minimum of 4 sessions of anger management supervision with a NAMA approved supervisor. This supervision can be arranged by appointment in person, by telephone, or by teleconference. A fee for the Supervision sessions will be charged beyond the cost of the Basic Content.

3.     Application Component

Complete Application (fee $25) and provide resume for NAMA Review.

Go to the National Anger Management Association site for more information on becoming certified to provide anger management services.

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