Certification

Choice Theory® and Reality Therapy Certification and
Faculty Endorsement

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

The courses described on this page are part of the legacy training developed by Dr. William Glasser from the 1960s until his death in 2013. He created a process to certify people in Reality Therapy first and then added Choice Theory in the 1990s. Certification is a 5-step process and is invaluable for people from all walks of life, from counselors and teachers to business owners and family members. To ensure the quality of the courses, Dr. Glasser developed a program to train and endorse Faculty members who would fulfill his vision of teaching the world Choice Theory. This process is described below. Join the tens of thousands of people all around the world who are a part of the movement to preserve Dr. Glasser’s legacy by enrolling in a course today.

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

Objectives

The eighteen month process to Certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy (CT/RTC) is composed of 5 steps. This program includes extensive interactions with several instructors certified through the William Glasser International Faculty program. There is ample opportunity for discussion and practice with those instructors. Students are encouraged to incorporate materials from their own lives and develop new meaningful applications for Choice Theory to be shared with others.

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 their own appropriate role.
  • Leadership in evaluation and re-evaluation of progress toward agreed upon goals.

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

    Step 1: 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 Behavior System
    • Sensory, Total Knowledge & Valuing Filters
    • Differences between a situation not in effective control (Situation A) and one which is gaining more effective control (Situation B).

    Total of four (4) online or in-person instructor-led, interactive work sessions to review and practice Choice Theory Concepts.

    Pre-requisite: completion of Step 1: Basic Intensive Training

    Cost: $500
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    Step 2: 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.

    Competence-Based

    • 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 Reality Therapy
    • Connections to related works

    At the completion of the Basic Practicum, the participant will receive a self-evaluation/ application form, which is signed by the Practicum Supervisor. This form must be submitted to enroll in Step 3:  Advanced Intensive Training.

    3 day in-person intensive workshop covering more complex ideas and application of principles. It is highly recommended that the  instructor for this course be different from either of the previous 2 courses.

    Pre-requisite: completion of Step 2: Basic Practicum

    Self-evaluation/application form from Basic Practicum must be submitted to course instructor.

    Cost: $500
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    Step 3: 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 Choice Theory through Role Play: understanding the intent of the questions
    • Role-play with a wider variety of client populations as counselor/interviewer, client, and process observer
    • Familiarity with the differences with counseling, 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.

    Pre-requisite: completion of Step 3: Advanced Intensive Training

    Cost: $500
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    Step 4: 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 Role Plays
    • Connections to related works

    At the completion of the Advanced Practicum, the participant will receive a self-evaluation/application form, which is signed by the Practicum Supervisor. This form must be submitted to enroll in the Certification Training.

    The final step in the Certification process includes participants’ demonstration of both skills and knowledge resulting in the award of a certificate of completion. 

    Pre-requisite: completion of Step 4: Advanced Practicum

    Self-evaluation/application form from Advanced Practicum must be submitted to course instructor.

    Cost: $500
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    Step 5: Certification

    Certification Week

    Please note: Certification Week training is expected to be started no sooner than 18 months from the date of the participant’s Basic Intensive Training.

    • Set the environment by building connections among participants
    • Shape expectations together for presentations
    • Respect learning styles of all participants
    • 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/RT Certified (CT/RTC) you can attend a Faculty Program to become a Faculty Member of William Glasser International (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.

    Prior to registering for the Practicum Supervisor Training, the applicant must work with a Faculty Program Consultant (FPC), who is an endorsed Faculty member. The purpose is to provide mentoring in the field to ensure that the applicant is ready to enter the Faculty program. Any of the applicant’s previous instructors may be able to fill that role or have suggestions. Fees for this consultation process are set by the individual Faculty member.

    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.

    If you are interested in attending a faculty program to become a Practicum Supervisor or Basic Instructor, make a request for training here:

    Register

    The list of competencies, requirements & necessary forms for the Faculty programs and registration for Senior Faculty training, may be found on the WGI website.

    Learn More

    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 requirements for beginning the process to become Senior Faculty are:

    • hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent
    • endorsed WGI Basic Instructor
    • have taught at least five Basic Trainings

    Senior Faculty training is conducted by William Glasser International. More information about that process is included on their website.