Anger Management for Physicians

Coaching for Physicians and Patrick Hudson MD have developed an individualized anger management course for doctors. It is usually a 10-12 session program that is primarily psycho-educational. If completed satisfactorily, you will be provided a letter confirming attendance and completion of the program. Dr. Hudson is a Fellow of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) and an anger management specialist certified by the NAMA. He is also certified as an Anger Management Professional by Century Anger Management© and often uses the Century Anger Management workbook for his clients. He is able to speak with program directors, medical boards, hospital administrators, or employers to confirm satisfactory attendance. Physicians are often the victims of bullying from other members of the healthcare team, including administrators, nurses and other doctors. One study suggests that physicians self identify as victims of bullying more than nurses. We can help you develop the skills you need to respond to bullying in an assertive, non-aggressive way. If you need information about managing a disruptive physician or have been called a disruptive physician, we are here to help.

This anger management program is suitable for any physician or surgeon, who may have difficulty with anger and frustration, especially in the work place. All sessions are with Dr. Hudson who is a physician certified in anger management. The program is usually a one-on-one program and many sessions can be completed by telephone. In this way physicians living at a distance can complete the program with fewer visits to Albuquerque and less disruption to their work schedule. At Dr. Hudson’s discretion sessions can be at your office (additional fees apply). Dr. Hudson has found that most physicians prefer individual sessions over group sessions. There are several reasons for this. Physicans are high-profile clients and as a public figure he or she may wish to protect their status. As a rule they do not like to reveal things about themselves publicly and prefer private sessions, even though more expensive.

REFERENCES AND COMMENTS: I was sent by the State of California… to remedy a series of complaints (about) my manner which was felt to be rude (and) unsympathetic…I did not look forward to speaking with Dr. Hudson as an "anger management" remedy…I came to look forward to speaking with Dr. Hudson…I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Patrick Hudson as an excellent choice to help physicians weather this age of: politically correct speech and behavior…I am confident that you will be happy with your choice of Dr. Hudson as your "coach" for physician’s attitudes in this age of unfettered criticism. Orthopedic Surgeon/California

Intensive Coaching for Anger

This psycho-educational program will cover most of the following topics but the order and emphasis may vary:

  • Information about stress and anger in medicine
  • How to recognize stress in yourself
  • Learn to develop empathy
  • Learn to be less reactive and respond appropriately
  • Change your internal conversations with yourself
  • How to communicate assertively
  • Adjusting your expectations and set boundaries
  • Learn how to forgive but not forget
  • How to recognize anger, retreat and think things over
  • Understand background issues, including low self-esteem and shame based behavior