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“Great, interesting presentation! I feel like I came out with some techniques and insights I can use with my clients and in my life.” – Joan Hoch, Social Worker, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12)

“I found your seminar unique, practical and refreshing. Thanks so much!” – Counselor, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12)

“Engaging and provocative. Helpful tools for professional practice and in one’s own personal life. Thank you!” – Kristin Bell, Social Worker, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12) 

“Because of this seminar’s ‘good’ and appropriate use of role playing, I have learned to respect role playing more than I did before. I can use a lot of information in my personal life. The approach taught by the presenter, Izzy, definitely ‘made easy’…” – Judith Telenson, Social Worker, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12) 

“Good mixture of lecture, discussion and role-play. Presenter is down to earth and approachable. Very practical stuff.” – Michael McNeil, Psychologist, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12)

“Excellent material–well presented! I appreciate Izzy’s personal journey, sharing his real process, the hope that brings to clients, to us.” – Darla Dehaanburch, Marriage and Family Therapist, Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12)

“An excellent, practical approach to maintain integrity in relationships when anger seems like your only alternative response.” – Matthew Burch, Marriage and Family Therapist Des Moines, Iowa (9.11.12)

“Fully enjoyable, good use of humor.” – Allethina Harker, Social Worker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“I found that the role playing was an effective way of working with clients. I learned skills that will be helpful in my own life. I especially liked the six rules for turning Bullies into Buddies.” – Carol Besch, Counselor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“Izzy did a better job explaining true Christianity than most priest or ministers. Good job.” Mary Stinski, Marriage and Family Therapist, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“Very practical, felt like presentation provided an outline and structure for things that I have already been thinking about and trying with myself and my clients. Thank you!” – Lauren Baker, Social Worker/Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Des Moines, Iowa (11.10.09)

“A new perspective. It hits the root of the real problem.” – Alan Henderson, Educator, Des Moines, Iowa (11.10.09)

“Fully enjoyable, good use of humor.” – Allethina Harker, Social Worker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“I found that the role playing was an effective way of working with clients. I learned skills that will be helpful in my own life. I especially liked the six rules for turning Bullies into Buddies.” – Carol Besch, Counselor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“Izzy did a better job explaining true Christianity than most priest or ministers. Good job.” Mary Stinski, Marriage and Family Therapist, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (9.10.12)

“Very practical, useful approach, with many personal and professional applications. Enjoyable, too! I will find many opportunities to use this approach”. Mary Eggert, Psychologist, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5.29.08)

“The presenter was very knowledgeable and was able to present relevant helpful material in an up-to-date way which held my attention throughout the seminar. I aspecially appreciated the use of humor and the very practical teaching methods employed”. Pam Correll, Social Worker/Counselor/Marriage and Family Therapist, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5.29.08)

Articulate, knowledgeable and easy to follow speaker that was effective in subject matter and ability to teach in role-playing. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to manage anger control. Bravo! Michele Gilliam, Nurse, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5.29.08)

Enjoyed candidness, honesty, passion for his subject. Very practical demonstration that is effective. Ted Wernimont, Social Worker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5.29.08)

Good sense of humor and great ideas. Love the marshmallow theory, very true. Very interesting. Will try some techniques with some clients! Katie O’Donnell, Case Manager, Des Moines, Iowa (5.28.08)
Where is my friend, mentor Al Ellis? Wayne Dyer attended his seminars and then wrote his book. Have you not read, How to Live with and without Anger? (Before Al’s death I was a fellow of the Institute.) Have you heard Al’s Garland of Rational Songs? Congratulations on your song! Allan Demorest, Psychologist, Des Moines, Iowa (5.28.08)

Overall great job. Knows his stuff. Love to hear him speak again. Gary Lachapelle, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor, Davenport, Iowa (1.29.08)

Great presenter, makes information easy to learn. Great, new way of looking at human behavior. Margaret Rigdon, Counselor, Davenport, Iowa (1.29.08)

It was great to have so many hands-on examples and information for how to handle real situations rather than only getting book knowledge. Great balance of knowledge and humor. Amy Warrick, Social Worker, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

Great conference. Everything Mr. Kalman said was right on the mark. All teachers and parents should be required to take this seminar! Carla Davis, Counselor/Social Worker/Nurse, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

Izzy gave me the opportunity to look at an important topic (bullying) from a different angle and with different insights. Thank you. John Byrkeland, Counselor, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

Great seminar and really good presenter. Topic was highly relevant and role plays were helpful. I love the level of detail in the manual and also the supplementary materials for purchase. Maria Ogden, Psychologist, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

Izzy, keep spreading the word, no matter what the critical comments are. You know what you are talking about! I really appreciated the deep philosophical foundation and grounding to support the model. P.S. This dovetails so great with Howie Glasser’s The Nurtured Heart approach. Izzy  you are a founding father in the truest sense of the word! Edith Haenel, Counselor/Social Worker, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

Thanks for giving us the experiences to understand what you’re teaching. This is great material and great tools. I’m delighted to have it to share with clients and my family. Ellen Saul, Psychologist, Des Moines, Iowa (5.4.06)

I really enjoyed this workshop. It is such a common sense way to get kids to accept responsibility for their behavior. Kids also learn that they play a part in their conflicts. Danelle Lyon, Counselor/Educator, Davenport, Iowa (4.25.06)

The course workbook is fantastic! The applications from these ideas are widespread and great. Kristine Weis, Social Worker, Davenport, Iowa 4.25.06)

Common sense approach. I like it! Wisdom, role-plays, win-win approach. Very effective. I will take this back to my district! Kelly Swift, Counselor, Davenport, Iowa 4.25.06)

Fun presenter who demonstrated what he taught. Sandy Werner, Counselor, Schaumberg, Iowa (1.11.05)

Always kept my attention. Content and presentation outstanding. Role play demos very helpful. A great seminar. M.G., PhD, Schaumberg, Iowa (1.11.05)

The role play are really helpful. Izzy’s song was so fun. It shows how creative and fun he can be. Christiane Christiansen, Community Educator/Facilitator, Davenport, Iowa (1.12.05)

An excellent useable approach with lots of examples and roleplays to show how to use it! I can’t wait to use this at home and at work! G.C., Counselor, Davenport, Iowa (1.12.05)

The role playing of Izzy’s game was very beneficial, it helped clarify how your treating of someone as a friend really deescalates an argument and anger! C.K., Special Education Teacher, Davenport, Iowa (1.12.05)

I really appreciated the role-playing. It brought alive what you’re teaching and the day flew by so fast. Thank you! P.S. I loved the song and really feel I learned a lot today. C.H., Case Manager, Davenport, Iowa (1.11.05)

This gave me some good ideas to work with both children I work with and in my personal life. Thanks! Catherine Esser-Crans, Therapist, Davenport, Iowa (1.11.05)

Israel Kalman was a terrific speaker, presenting the material in a way that all could understand. Rev. John Langrehr, Director, Christian Family Care Center, Davenport, Iowa (1.11.05)

Really appreciated value base, clear teaching, humor. Steven M. Ziebell, Therapist, Des Moines, Iowa (1.11.05)

Presenter is high powered and dynamic. His enthusiastic presentation was captivating. No one fell asleep on this one! Mark A. Kloberdanz, Therapist, Des Moines, Iowa, (1.11.05)

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