Choice Theory® and Reality Therapy Certification

This program is an educational approach to competence in building relationships, problem solving, and leadership in any area of human endeavor.

  1. Objectives
  2. Basic Intensive Introductory Course
  3. Basic Practicum
  4. Advanced Intensive Course
  5. Advance Practicum
  6. Certification
  7. Faculty Programs


The entire eighteen month course to Certification includes presentation of materials by William Glasser Institute certified instructors. There is ample opportunity for discussion and practice. Students are encouraged to use materials from their own lives and develop applications for choice theory in their own lives.

Participants will learn and demonstrate:

  • Effective utilization of Reality Therapy principles.
  • Accurate description of the choice theory model of how the mind works.
  • Ability to use internal control in communications within any context.
  • Development of new strategies for problem solving in consultation with person(s) involved.
  • Encouragement (supervision and/or management) by following through on a plan in your own appropriate role.
  • Leadership in evaluation and re-evaluation of progress toward agreed upon goals.

Each participant will be able to:

  • Identify the components of choice theory.
  • Discuss the connection between the components of choice theory.
  • Describe the difference between theory and practice. Choice theory is the train track; reality therapy is the train.
  • Analyze 4 main reality therapy interventions.
  • Apply and practice, as counselors and managers, 4 main reality therapy interventions to clients, students and employees.

3 or 4 day in-person intensive workshop covering basic concepts and practice. No pre-requisites or application fee.
Cost: $500
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Register for Online Basic Training

Basic Intensive Introductory Course

Reality Therapy Model, Skills and Practice

  • Creating a need-satisfying environment
  • Building relationships using CT/RT concepts (Relationship Habits)
  • Learning Procedures that lead to change
  • Self-evaluation
  • Role-play with client types in a variety of settings

Choice Theory Concepts

  • Basic Needs
  • Quality World
  • Perception
  • Perceived World
  • Comparing Place
  • Total Behaviour system
  • Sensory, Total Knowledge & Valuing Filters
  • Differences between Situation A and Situation B (Control system loop)

Total of four (4) online or in-person instructor-led, interactive work sessions to review and practice Choice Theory Concepts. Requires completion of Basic Intensive Training.
Cost: $500
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Basic Practicum

The Basic Intensive Course is followed by four interactive basic practicum sessions managed by an Institute Certified Basic Practicum Instructor, so students can review and practice the application of Choice Theory ideas.


  • Self-evaluation and co-verification
  • Criteria for Quality Work
  • Brainstorming Topics
  • Relationship to Research, if possible

Suggested Activities:

  • Familiar client scenarios
  • Case studies
  • Language of Choice Theory
  • Use of a learning journal • Applications of RT
  • Connections to related works

3 day in-person intensive workshop covering more complex ideas and application of principles. Requires completion of Basic Intensive Training and Basic Practicum.
Cost: $500
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Advanced Intensive Course

Content Overview

  • Concepts as outlined in Basic Intensive but in greater depth
  • Sixty percent of time allotted to role-playing and the processing of role-plays
  • Increase knowledge of CT through RP: understanding the intent of the questions
  • Role-play with a wider variety of client populations as counsellor/interviewer, client, and process observer
  • Familiarity with the differences with counselling, teaching, and managing within role-play
  • Management styles : Boss – Leader – Laissez-faire
  • Practice lead management process within role play scenes (school or business setting)

Total of four (4) online or in-person instructor-led, interactive work sessions to review and practice advanced Choice Theory Concepts. Requires completion of Basic and Advanced Intensive Training.
Cost: $500
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Advanced Practicum

Criteria for Quality Work – Review

  • Demonstration of Knowledge/Skill rather than personal account
  • Discussion of samples of Quality Work and Presentation at Certification
  • Current Interests/ Projects in Workplace or community

Suggested Methods

  • Familiar client scenarios
  • Case studies
  • Language of Choice Theory
  • Use of a learning journal
  • Practice RP
  • Connections to related works

Self-Evaluation–readiness for Certification with co-verification from Supervisor

The final step in training which includes participants’ demonstration of both skills and knowledge resulting in the award of a certificate of completion. Requires completion of Basic and Advanced Practicums.
Cost: $500
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Certification Process

  • Set the environment by building connections among participants
  • Shape expectations together for presentations
  • Respect learning styles of all participants
  • 4 Collaboratively set the criteria for self-evaluation on Quality work presentations
  • Collaboratively set the agenda and time for presentations

Celebratory in nature as participants:

  • Demonstrate skills
  • Give a fifteen [15] minute presentation to the group
  • Participate in role-play practice
  • Self-evaluate
  • Discuss Choice Theory and Reality Therapy materials relevant to the group
  • Up-grade any skills requested

Faculty Programs

Once you have achieved the status of CT/RTC you can attend a Faculty Program to become a Faculty Member of WGI.

The purpose of these programs is to ensure that faculty members who represent WGI have the appropriate knowledge and skills to teach the certification process.

The role of the Faculty Program Consultant is central to the process because the mentoring in the field replaces one or two phases previously done in a structured group training session.

There are three levels of faculty status:

  • Practicum Supervisor
  • Basic Instructor
  • Senior Faculty

Each stage builds on the previous one, i.e. one must be a Practicum Supervisor before starting a program to become a Basic Week Instructor. Each Faculty Program consists of preparation, training, practice and endorsement.

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If you are interested in attending a faculty program training please complete this form:

Once you have achieved the status of Advanced Practicum Supervisor you can attend a Faculty Program to become a Basic Instructor.

For a list of competencies, requirements & necessary forms for both Practicum Supervisor and Basic Instructor, please click on learn more below.


Senior Faculty

The minimum requirement for beginning  the process to become Senior Faculty is that you have a Masters Degree or it’s equivalent, be a WGI Basic Instructor, and have taught at least five Basic Trainings.

Senior Faculty training is conducted by WGI.