For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Lecture on Anger as a Clinical Disorder at Georgian Court University

Anger Proposed as Its Own Clinical Diagnosis Rather Than a Symptom of Other Disorders

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 16, 2009—Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University, New York City, and director of professional education at the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy, will present “Anger as a Clinical Problem” on Monday, January 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood. The lecture is free and open to mental health professionals. Reservations are required by calling 732.987.2680.

“Despite the prevalence of, and the problems created by excessive anger today,” says Dr. DiGiuseppe, “anger still is not considered a primary clinical problem.” Anger is treated as secondary to depression, mania, impulse, and personality disorders.

“I wanted to bring Ray to the campus because he is one of the world’s leading authorities on anger management and anger as a clinical issue,” said Dr. John Viterito, a counselor at Georgian Court University. “He has a lot to offer, and I know people will learn a great deal from what he has to say.”

Dr. DiGiuseppe’s presentation will propose a model to understand anger as a clinical problem that can guide research, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. “Not recognizing anger as an independent clinical problem has led to inadequate assessment strategies, lack of diagnostic models to help clinicians understand anger, and few effective treatments,” he adds. He is proposing that anger be categorized as an Axis I disorder, that is on the level of diagnosis and not symptomatology, in the DSM—Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. DiGiuseppe has served the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as program chair in 1996, coordinator of conventions and continuing education, and representative at large.  He was a founding member of the Diplomate Board for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and has served on the Editorial Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice since its inception. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and coauthored 6 books, including Understanding Anger Disorders, published by Oxford University Press.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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