From the Expert: Dr. William Glasser

CE Credits Online is introducing a new course created in partnership with Dr. William Glasser

Choice Theory in the Classroom: Every Student Can Succeed

Dr Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist who is best known as the author of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy he created in 1965 and that is now taught all over the world.

Glasser’s path has been one of a continuing progression from private practice to lecturing and writing and ultimately culminating in the publication of over twenty books. After writing the counselling book, Reality Therapy (1965), he published his first book on education, Schools without Failure (1969). He went on to write four additional books related to education: Choice Theory in the Classroom (1986), The Quality School (1990), The Quality School Teacher (1993), and Every Student Can Succeed (2000).

In the late 70’s, Glasser was introduced to control theory systems through the writings of William T. Powers. In consultation with Powers, Dr Glasser applied Powers’ knowledge of how systems work to the field of human behaviour. That theory of why and how we behave is now called Choice Theory.

In his next key book, Choice Theory (1998), Glasser greatly expanded the understanding of motivation and behaviour. He then added, Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health (2003), to help people improve their mental health and happiness. In 2005 he produced a booklet, Defining Mental Health as a Public Health Issue to provide a new resource for mental health professionals. Finally, in 2007, Eight Lessons for a Happier Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Carleen, became his third book to help couples learn important tools for improving their relationship.

Very early, he came to the conclusion that genetically we are social creatures and need each other and that the cause of almost all psychological symptoms is our inability to get along with the important people in our lives. He offers choice theory to replace external control and has dedicated the remainder of his life to teaching and supporting this idea.

In 1967, he founded The Institute for Reality Therapy. Since that time, over 75,000 people worldwide have taken Intensive Training to gain knowledge on how to apply his ideas in their professional life. They have discovered that by using choice theory, their personal relationships have improved as well.

Although Dr Glasser is retired from the speaking circuit, he remains interested in all the Institute training that is occurring worldwide.

Some of Dr Glasser’s many accomplishments are as follows:

  • Listed in Who’s Who in America since the 1970s;
  • 1990 – awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the University of San Francisco;
  • 2003 – presented with the ACA Professional Development Award recognizing the significant contributions made to the field of counseling;
  • 2004 – presented with the “A Legend in Counseling Award” by the ACA;
  • January – 2005 presented with the prestigious Master Therapist designation by the American Psychotherapy Association; and finally,
  • 2005 – Presented with the Life Achievement Award by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology for his enormous influence as a psychotherapist and author.

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