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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Basic Instructor Endorsement

Toni SeanA big congratulations to Toni Groundwater and Sean Humphreys who, last week, in Edinburgh, completed their endorsement to become Basic Instructors. This journey has taken some two years, during which time they have supported and co-facilitated on many of the workshops run by Ruth Bradbrook and myself, and additionally have taken a lead teaching role on at least 3 Basic Trainings. Without doubt, Toni and Sean have outstandingly demonstrated their readiness to become a part of our teaching team, and we are delighted to have them "on board".

They have already successfully run introductory trainings within their own organisations, and hopefully their will be many more to come. Sean, who is based in Edinburgh, is the Outreach Co-ordinator with 'Venture Trust', an organisation that works with people to help develop and foster positive personal change, often utilising outdoor and wilderness environments. Toni, who is based in Glasgow, is a Social Movement Manager with 'See Me Scotland', an organisation – funded by the Scottish Government & Comic Relief – that initiates programmes designed to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

The photo here shows them happily at the end of the last endorsement day.

Congratulations, once again.
John Brickell (Director of Faculty Development)

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Faculty Registration

2018 Fees due now
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Website Update - For your information

The William Glasser Institute UK and the European Asscociation for Reality Therapy websites has been upgarded to a secure server, and you should now see the website address has now changed (as the image below shows) from http://... to https://...


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Happy New Year!

I would like to welcome to all our new members to our website and also to wish all our members, old and new, a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

You may be interested to hear that EART (European Association for Reality) Therapy are having a conference in May. We are all invited and there is an early bird rate that ends at the end of next month so get your registrations in soon if you want to go.

Please check their website out for the details.

Please also check on our website for up and coming workshops.

Lets make 2017 a great year!

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Basic Instructor Training

3 New Instructors in the Making

instructorsThe handsome trio here are Sean Humphreys, Toni Groundwater and Richard Cooke, all looking full of positive vibes having just completed the initial training phase of the Basic Instructor Programme, which was held, on 7th & 8th November, at the 'Venture Trust' office centre in Edinburgh. The training was led by John Brickell who will also be overseeing the 'mentoring phase' of the programme that follows next.

Both Toni and Sean work as outreach coordinators for the Venture Trust organisation and Richard is a programme development manager for the 'Prince's Trust/Fairbridge', in Edinburgh. So all 3 have extensive experience of working with young people (sometimes using "outdoor environments") where the focus is on personal development and, often times, dealing with challenging behaviours, and where the ideas and skills of CT/RT & LM are both highly applicable and practically effective.

We look forward to keeping you updated on Toni, Sean and Richard's progress.

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Member's Day 2016

Venue: Hill’s Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PE
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Time: 10am until 4pm
Price:  Members £12.00  non members £25.00

Keynote speaker Brian Lennon

Brian first got involved in Reality Therapy in 1985 when he trained with Dr. Glasser himself.  In 1987 he became a founding member of the William Glasser Institute Ireland.  In 2011 he founded William Glasser International as a fully international replacement for the William Glasser Institute and with Dr. Glasser’s full approval.  He is an advanced instructor in WGI, a fellow of the Irish Institute of Guidance Counsellors, a fellow of the William Glasser Institute Ireland and Chairperson Emeritus of William Glasser International.  Brian worked as a Guidance Counsellor and Psychologist.

He will be running two workshops

 1. Dystraxia 

 2.  Helping victims of Bullying using CT/RT

As well as these two brilliant workshops, there will also be:

  • ample opportunity to share, connect and network with other members, friends and colleagues
  • browse and buy books & resources at reduced prices (at the book store)

Lunch and refreshments included.

To book a place please go to the Schedule Workshops link here (WGI-UK Members log in first to receive discounted price)

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