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Ronald Potter-Efron, Ph.D., CADCII, LICSW

Ronald Potter-Efron, Ph.D., CADCII, LICSW

Ronald Potter-Efron, Ph.D., CADCIII, LICSW is a clinical pyschotherapist, director of the Anger Management Program at First Things First Counseling and Consulting Center in Altoona, WI, and an internationally recognized anger expert.

He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and in his private practice he specializes in the treatment of individuals with severe aggression and domestic violence concerns. Ron is also author of 15 books, including Handbook of Anger Management (for professional readers); Angry All the Time; Letting Go of Anger and Letting Go of Shame (both with Patricia Potter-Efron), and his newest release, Healing The Angry Brain (New Harbinger, 2012) – a self-help book intended for chronically angry and aggressive persons. Dr. Potter-Efron is also Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association.

Dr. Potter-Efron currently facilitates a 50 session domestic violence prevention program that utilizes the principles of neuroplastic change (long-term potential) to help clients devise and implement individualized brain-based behavioral change plans. He has trained thousands in professional seminars throughout the United States and abroad. Ron is known for his ability to make difficult material easier to understand and utilize, as well as for his good sense of humor and practical orientation towards therapeutic change.



The ‘Healing the Angry Brain Workshop’ was the most informative and current information I have been taught on this subject. It helped me understand how the brain’s electrical and chemical systems work and how this affects people who handle anger poorly. Dr. Ron also includes empirically-supported techniques and practical case scenarios for helping clients who are struggling with anger and aggression issues. Dr. Ron’s engaging presentation is helpful, humorous and will benefit anyone who wants to understand and provide effective anger management services.”
– Lynette J. Hoy, NCC, LCPC, BCPCC, CAMS-IV | Oak Brook, IL


“It would have been excellent to have a full day with Ronald Potter-Efron.”
– Shelley Willier | Winnipeg, MB | November 19, 2015


“The workshop was fantastic! I could see where it could be applied to work and personal lives. Thank you!”
– Richmond, BC | November 30, 2015


“Excellent talks and knowledge. Very good clinical tools shared.”
– Richmond, BC | November 30, 2015