New Marijuana Education Class Online from Alcohol Drug Class™

Marijuana is single handedly the most commonly used drug in the United States as of January 2014.  While there are close to 20 states that have allowed the use of marijuana for the treatment of certain illnesses, the drug can cause serious problems for those that casually use.

Problems with marijuana range from physical issues to psychological issues as well as legal problems that come with the illegal possession and consumption of the drug.

Alcohol Drug Class recently created a new online course for those cited for a possession of marijuana, possessino of paraphanelia, or under the influence of marijuana or THC.  Typically when someone is arrested or issued a citation for having marijuana in their possession they will be required to completed a marijuana education class by the court.  The court or ones probation officer will want to make sure they completed an educational program by a licensed provider.

These online educational classes teach students about the risks of using marijuana as well as the legal ramifications that the drug can play on ones life.  Marijuana can have a wide range of effects, and often can alter ones mental health and cardio-pulmonary health.  Think twice before smoking and make better choices.  Remember, pot smoking IS smoking, and in most cases is illegal.

A recent review of Anger Management in the Twenty-First Century

Here is a recent review of our anger management curriculum:
Hi Ari,
I wanted to thank you for your thoughtfully constructed workbook, Anger Management for the Twenty-First Century. I have used your book with anger management groups and domestic violence groups and now with individuals in my private practice. It is simple to read and has some very helpful surveys that help to make it more interactive. Perhaps next time I am in Laguna Beach we could meet for coffee if you are open to that. I sometimes get down your way to visit my cousin who also lives in Laguna. I think I respond well to this subject because unlike some other areas of counseling your book gives very specific things to do to make things better. Also if you are in the San Francisco Bay area it might be productive to have you give a training at my old intern site. Think about it.
Dennis Y., MFT
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AJ Novick Group – County of Orange Anger Management Provider on Network of Care

Please find us on the County of Orange, Network of Care website for anger management providers.  Orange County, CA is one of those counties where finding a quality anger management program, particularly in south county can sometimes be difficult.  The County website gives a very brief list of providers that can be contacted for anger management services.  Anger Management services include group classes, one/one anger management coaching services, and are a great resource for companies, and individuals who want or need to take a class for personal growth or a court or legal requirement.  Find us here.

New Parent Instructor Certification-Teach Parenting Classes

The AJ Novick Group, Inc. just launched a new parenting certification training program for facilitators.  Ever want to teach your own parenting classes or need some specialized training for your agency or private practice?  This new 40 hour parent instructor training is an ideal way to gain a powerful new certification in a growing niche.  Parent instructors are in high demand because there are so many parents going through divorce, separation, custody and other related legal disputes that require parenting programs.

Most state courts will require parents to attend either a parenting or co-parenting class as part of their requirements for anything involving children.  Most parent instructors are either licensed mental health professionals or para professionals with little training, but experience working in the field.

The AJ Novick Group has developed a structured curriculum using our client workbook, “Parenting in the Twenty-first Century, 10 tools for better parenting”, which every student of a parenting class will use in class sessions.  The training teaches parent instructors how to teach classes, set up a business, gain court approval and set up group and individual class session.  Click here to learn more about our parent instructor training certification.

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Learned?

A very interesting article came out in the New York Times this weekend on Emotional Intelligence and it’s application to early intervention among children.  The article discusses how social emotional learning can have positive impact on future out come.  Primarily the ability for empathy starting early is crucial for success.

“Social-emotional learning programs often rely on strategies from conventional therapy, like the ability to get distance on a feeling, or to unpack the deeper emotions that may be hidden within it. But fostering these skills in a child is a complex undertaking. For a child to master empathy, Jones notes, she first needs to understand her own emotions: to develop a sense of what sadness, anger or disappointment feels like — its intensity and duration, its causes. That awareness is what lays the groundwork for the next step: the ability to intuit how another person might be feeling about a situation based on how you would feel in a similar circumstance.”  Read more.

As a provider of anger management curricula, I know how Important gaining skills in emotional intelligence is for becoming socially aware and more attuned to others.  While anger management isn’t the single solution for social emotional learning, many would be surprised to learn that emotional intelligence training is part of learning how to improve ones anger.

United States Marine Corps Uses Century Anger Management

For the last several years, the United States Marine Corps has utilized the anger managementMarine corps curriculum written by Drs. Ari Novick and Tony Fiore.  The anger management program is taught on all 16 military installations throughout the U.S. as well as several locations abroad.  The ease of use of this program coupled by the simplicity of the client workbooks make the anger management program a smart choice for any large or small organization.  The military also utilizes the volume discount option provided on our website, so purchases of a 100 books or more get reduced by over 30%.  The anger management certification training can be completed online or through a home study/DVD option.

If you want to learn more about this program, or call 949-715-2694

Dr. Ari Novick Featured in Men’s Fitness Story on Stress Management

In the leisure section of Men’s Fitness today, Dr. Ari Novick was featured in a story on stress management called “Fifteen Simple Strategies for Managing Stress”.  The story discusses ways of better managing stress, which is often a contributing factor in many psychological and physical problems.

The story is by Maggie Parker:

When stress strikes, it’s hard to rationalize a way out of the hole it feels like you’re buried in. The best you can do is prepare in advance so that when you are in over your head, whether it’s from work, relationships, finances, or just a stalled subway car, you know exactly what to do to crawl out of that dark hole. To help you nail down a stress survival plan, we booked some time with three of the best stress doctors out there, who shared these 15 quick-hits for getting out of a maddening situation.


1. Go Outside: Fresh air is nature’s antistress medication. Use this as an excuse to set aside time for your favorite adventures, like hiking, biking, or surfing. “If you like the activity, then you’ll be more inclined to do it more frequently, which will help ward off stress,” says Ari Novick, Ph.D., a therapist specializing in stress management.

2. Master Time Management: “Those who plan well tend to feel less stressed,” notes Novick. He suggests going at your tasks like this: Tackle more difficult to-do-list items early in the day, week, or month, and save easier duties for later in the day, week, or month. “We have more time and more energy earlier in the day, week, or month than if we wait until a deadline,” he explains.

3. Set Boundaries: Learn the power of saying no. “While most people like to please others, doing it too often results in overextension, which leads to stress,” warns Novick. Don’t commit to things you can’t or don’t want to do. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

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The Novick’s Meet President Clinton

Well, this last weekend was a real treat. In addition to attending one of the most amazing charitable events I’ve even seen, my wife and I also were also able to meet President Clinton. Such a charismatic and extraordinary man. The event was for the Starkey Foundation in St. Paul, MN and was a spectacular venue.  This organization does incredible work and I was so impressed with everything they do to help children around the world with hearing loss.  It was a real honor to attend this event.
Novick's Meet President Clinton Talks About Fan Conduct Class and Ari Novick

In today’s issue of the, Jacob Klinger interviews Dr. Ari Novick about his fan conduct class program and it’s usage in both the NFL and MLS leagues.  The article mostly focuses on it’s usage for Major League Soccer.  To date there have been no repeat offenders take the class, which is a great sign of success of the program.  Read the full story here