Angry? There are classes for you

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Those who have issues controlling their anger have a new source for help.

The Covington County District Attorney’s Office now offers anger management classes.

Drug Court Director Sabrina Cobb is organizing the classes.

“We went through the training and everything because there wasn’t any certified classes offered that we knew of,” she said.

District Attorney Walt Merrell said that since his office is about fixing the problem, they started the program for the folks they interact with in the court system

“In every instance of domestic violence, most instances of assault, or any other crime where the facts would suggest the defendant has an anger problem, we will require anger management as a condition of any plea agreement or we will ask the judge to require it as a condition of sentencing,” he said. “If you’ve previously been ordered to complete anger management, here is a new opportunity for you.”

The American Psychological Association says the goal of anger management is to reduce both the person’s emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes.

“You can’t get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.”

Cobb said one doesn’t have to be court ordered to take part in the class.

“They can be recommended by an employer or a spouse,” she said.

Cost is $200 and will be led by certified instructors.

To start the class, they need at least eight people to register and pay in full.

The classes will be held from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., every other Saturday.

The classes will be held at the Covington County Administration Building on Hillcrest Drive.

For more information or to sign up, call Cobb at 428-2683 or email