News & Information about Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in the UK

Faculty Retreat - Scotland 2018

IMG 20180916 WA0024At the end of the 2018 European Association for Reality Therapy Faculty Retreat, on a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning on 16th September in Stirling, situated quite close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, the UK organising committee of Moira Oliver, Ruth Bradbrook, Claire Gardiner and Sean Humphreys paused for a moment to reflect on what felt like the ending of a journey that had been two years long. It had started in a much warmer and also beautiful setting in Malta when the four of us began to share our perceptions, our hopes and expectations for Scotland 2018. The details were still to come, but after a wonderful time in Rabat, we all agreed that we hoped to achieve the goal of creating another important and powerful learning experience. As all of us present shared with each other during our self evaluations and feedback at the closing session in a room near to the Wallace Monument at the beautiful Stirling University, it would be appropriate to conclude that the whole group together had achieved (this goal.

Around 72 hours prior to this, we began the conference by sharing our hopes and expectations for the coming days. We welcomed some new additions to the group and we acknowledged that some of our friends and colleagues were sadly missing on this occasion. I noticed two distinct themes in the opening meeting that were commonly shared by most of the group at least. One theme was that the group felt a warm closeness and a strong bond of love and friendship, and another was that people thought that it was possible that we could become closer together in terms of our ideas about our professions and about how we practice these.

Although it was commonly felt that one area of development had more potential than the other in terms of distance to be travelled, which says as much about our close friendships as it does about differences in perceptions about our work, it would be fair to say that we had lots of opportunities to develop both! The parallel journeys continued with a workshop by one of our special guests, a member of the Senior Australian Faculty - Maggie Bolton - who showed us some demonstrations of how she teaches Choice Theory. The energy in the room was clear to see as we enjoyed what we were learning. A series of no fewer than ten workshops from presenters from Slovenia, Croatia and the UK were enjoyed before the penultimate session facilitated by the EART President Danko Butorac where he demonstrated the science behind Choice Theory and its application in Reality Therapy. In between, the group and also our guests (including star appearances from some very talented children) learned to dance as is done at a Scottish Ceilidh and we danced some more familiar moves at the disco. We played music together and we sung, we ate Haggis and Stovies, we explored some general knowledge on topics ranging from Scottish Geography to music and history, and we saw some of Scotland together including a castle that was built at a time when most people in the world chose external control psychology as their belief system. Why are you laughing?!

As our time together progressed, maybe the parallel journeys to deepen our already strong friendships and to grow closer together by learning more about each other's work, began to feel like one combined journey of enjoyable discovery. As I remember learning from Ljiljana Supraha in Malta two years ago, this feeling of fun must be an indication that we are 'doing some things right'.

The end of the journey in terms of this EART Faculty Retreat may be here, but the journey of learning and loving together continues as we look forwarded to the next stop in Bosnia 2021. Before this, we have lots more work to enjoy doing together.

(Sean Humphreys September 18th 2018)

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Latest Advanced Workshop

The latest CTRTC programme workshop was held in Sothhampton recently.

The workshop was held at Southampton University Hospital, from left to right : Rory Norton, John Perry, Aubin de Gruchy, John Brickell (wokshop leader), Ann-Kristin Elvestad Odegaard, and Leonard Citron. A very enjoyable and quality learning experience was had by all, and John Brickell's evaluation is that all 5 participants are right on track for Certification in the not-too-distant future. Congratulations to everybody !

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Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Certification 2017

Congratulations to the latest group in the UK to have completed the Certification programme, and to have demonstrated skill, knowledge & understanding of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy to a high level, thus earning the status Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Certified (CTRTC)

Left to right: Dalal Al Bahar, Graham Helm (with Jenni Broadhead Graham's assistant), Chris Brain, Lou Willis-Keeler and Craig Wilson


The workshop was held in East Burgholt, Suffolk - the Certifying Instructor was Adrian Gorman.


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Members Day 2016

Members day 2016

Our first WGI-UK Member’s Day took place on 22nd October 2016 in Cambridge. It was well attended and it was good to connect again with members that we hadn’t seen for a while as well as welcoming new people who came along to find out more about Choice Theory / Reality Therapy. The venue, Hill’s Road Sixth Form College was perfect, a wonderful new building with all the facilities we needed. Rob Leslie, his wife Goska and Carol Way laid on an amazing spread for lunch and kept us topped up with hot and cold drinks all day.

IMG 7u3e9tThe main event was a presentation from Brian Lennon who came over from Ireland to deliver two inspiring workshops: The first one, on his fascinating work with children and young people with a condition he calls Dystraxia and the second, on Helping Victims of Bullying with CT/RT.

Both sessions were stimulating and generated a lot of discussion. I certainly went away feeling that I had learnt a great deal and had increased my understanding of Dystraxia. I’m sure that those of us who work with children and young people will be better able to support them in the future due to this workshop.

During the day there was a range of resources for sale at heavily reduced prices and people went away with lots of bedtime reading. I also valued the opportunities to connect with others and I went home with my CT/RT batteries well and truly recharged!


We are planning to have more days such as this in the future so role on the next one and thank you to all those who attended.

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Workshops Update

Below is the list of our scheduled workshops

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Advanced Workshop: Prerequisite: This workshop is the 3rd phase of the CTRTC training programme and is open to anyone having successfully completed the Basic phases 1 and 2.

Basic Intensive Week: This 4 day workshop is for anyone interested in supporting people more effectively, including those who work with young people in
the areas of personal development, mental health, employability, education, addiction, care or outdoor
activity settings. You might be a youth worker, teacher, support worker, sports coach, mentor,
occupational therapist, counsellor, social worker, probation or other criminal justice staff.

1 Day Intro Workshop:  If you are interested in knowing more about Choice Theory & Reality Therapy - this is a 'taster' day. The location is Brighton, East Sussex right next to Preston Park railway station.

For more information and registratiuon click here

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