William Glasser Institute - US
Welcome to the William Glasser Institute - US.
Helpers: Are you a counselor, therapist, or social worker looking for a way to be more effective with your clients, making everything you do strength-based and client-centered? Are you someone who works with non-voluntary clients who aren't exactly happy to have you in their lives?
Educators: Are you a teacher who is overwhelmed by all the mandates of what you must do with your students that just doesn't seem humanly possible? Do you recognize that the way you were taught to teach only works for your top students?
Administrators: Are you a school administrator who is looking for a school-wide system to address classroom management, school culture, student achievement and teacher satisfaction all in one package?
Leaders: Are you a manager struggling to connect to your workers internal motivation? Do you sometimes feel that no one is following when you are attempting to lead?
Parents: Are you a parent who wants a close relationship with your child while helping him or her to become a responsible, happy adult?
Individuals: Are you in a relationship and know it could be better? Are you a person who wants to gain more effective control over your life? You are in the right place!
Choice Theory Psychology
Dr. Glasser developed his theory of human behavior that explains why people do the things they do. It explains all human behavior. Learning Choice Theory helps people understand themselves and better manage the events and people in their lives over which they have no control. Choice Theory Psychology is the foundation for Reality Therapy, Quality Schools, and Lead Management.
Choice Theory also teaches the deadly and caring relationship habits. Learning to decrease the deadly and increase the caring habits, strengthen our interpersonal relationships and increase our happiness and satisfaction. Living our lives with conscious intention of using Choice Theory principles becomes a way of life.
Our mission is to teach the world Choice Theory. Once people have a need-satisfying alternative to the external control way many of us live, they have freedom to choose the way they want to live. Since 1967, more than 86,000 people have completed a Basic Intensive Training, the introductory course in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory. Dr. Glasser's work is now taught in over 30 countries.
William Glasser, Champion of Choice
It is with a very heavy heart that we bring you the news that Dr. Glasser has passed away. He died at home in Los Angeles on Friday 23rd August at 6.30pm local time. He was in the company of Carleen and his family. His son Martin and his grandson had just spent some wonderful days with Bill and were with him at the end.
Although Bill had been in poor health for some time his death has come as a massive shock to all. We extend our deepest sympathy to Carleen his wife, to his children Martin and Alice and to his grandchildren and wider family.
We celebrate our acquaintance with Bill as friend and mentor, as someone whose inspiring ideas will continue to flourish with our help.
In the near future we hope to open a special tribute page online.
Dr. William Glasser Eulogy
On August 23, 2013 Dr. William Glasser died peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife Carleen and his son Martin. He had been in a state of declining health for several years and had been retired for four years.
He will always be remembered for founding reality therapy. His groundbreaking book Reality Therapy, published in 1965, created a stir among professional people. This book was the result of his experience and research in a mental hospital and a correctional institution. He described how he believed people chose their behavior and could therefore alter it. Even though he was a psychiatrist the psychiatry profession did not readily accept his work. But counselors, psychologists, social workers and educators welcomed it enthusiastically and began implementing it in schools, clinics and correctional institutions. As time passed Dr. Glasser developed an educational reform program now known as "The Glasser Quality School".
For 50 years Dr. Glasser traveled throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia lecturing to large groups of professional people and others who wished to assist their clients more effectively or who wished to improve their own lives. As time went by he added a theoretical basis to the practical delivery system. He called the theory "choice theory" and described it as the train track for the train, reality therapy. Choice theory provides the validation for the application of his ideas to education, parenting, corrections, addictions and all human relationships.
In 1974 he developed a certification process in reality therapy. Since that time, thousands of people have taken training programs and been certified in reality therapy through the William Glasser Institute. At the present time this program exists in over 20 countries and on six continents.
In his many books, lectures and conversations he always stressed the importance of human relationships as central to effective mental health. As a visionary he wanted to teach his system to the world. As a practical service provider he always demonstrated his method in his teaching by asking members of the audience to present him with difficult situations. He frequently said, "Give me your toughest clients" and immediately related to them with empathy, firmness and most of all with his eye-twinkling humor.
Reality therapy and its theoretical basis choice theory are now represented in most counseling textbooks and are taught in counseling and psychotherapy courses. His system has gained respect and prestige as a scientifically proven methodology applied to persons from cultures around the world.
He was a frequent presenter at American Counseling Association conferences delivering keynote addresses. He especially enjoyed talking to students and practitioners in the exhibit hall while spending hours each day answering questions and autographing books. In 2004 he was pleased to receive the Legend in Counseling Award for his development of reality therapy presented by the American Counseling Association.