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June 18, 2021 Volume 11 Number 6 wglasserbooks.com

Graduates of the European Institute for Reality Therapy Are Licensed as Psychotherapists in Europe

Bosiljka (Boba) Lojk was trained as a social worker and counselor in Croatia, and she had become involved in organizing meetings of her collegial organization. In 1986, she met Leon Lojk, who appeared as a trainer in one of the assemblies. Leon was trained as psychologist, philosopher, and scientist, and had been Principal of a boarding school for girls similar to the Ventura School in Southern California.
Coincidentally, a friend gave Leon a copy of Reality Therapy in 1975. Leon was so impressed that he contacted Dr. Glasser and went to visit him in 1980. Following that visit, he had returned to Yugoslavia and begun to implement methods he had learned from Dr. Glasser. These methods drew the attention of the Yugoslav authorities, because at that time only lip service was given to the ideology of a permissive approach to youth. Leon was prosecuted for his ideas, and required to defend himself in court. In the end, he was acquitted of the charges, but lost his job and was excluded from public education in the State of Slovenia. He ultimately started a private business as a consulting psychologist based on his experience with psychological testing and training.
Through his business, Leon invited Dr. Glasser to visit Yugoslavia to meet a small group of of 8 to 10 psychologists interested in Reality Therapy in 1984. During the same visit, Glasser also introduced Reality Therapy to the Croatian Psychiatric Association in Zagreb, Croatia. After than visit, Boba began to collaborate with Leon to organize professional meetings.
In 1986 Dr. Glasser sent Advanced Institute Faculty to give a training in Reality Therapy for about 45 professionals. At the same time, Leon and Boba “found each other” as colleagues and as a couple. And, the Reality Therapy Association of Yugoslavia was founded with Leon as first President and Boba as General Secretary.
Boba remembers how difficult the ideas seemed to her and her colleagues at first, and how participants wanted to understand them through asking about concrete procedures for Reality Therapy. At that time, Choice Theory was not completely developed; and when queried about therapeutic actions, Boba said Dr. Glasser would describe what he had done in role play as an outgrowth of his belief in internal control. (A model of this kind of description can be found in the Identity Society, page 77.)
In 1997, Dr. Glasser had completed the Choice Theory model based on his ideas of circular causality of behavior. He found cybernetics as first described by William Powers (Behavior the Control of Perception, 1973) as confirmation of his ideas. As Leon described it—Dr. Glasser offered a new perspective on behavioral causality--from a linear model of behavior to a circular causality. This means that behavior is not a reaction, but repeated attempts to satisfy needs.
That year, the First European Reality Therapy Conference was held in Slovenia, and Dr. and Mrs. Glasser were attending. They had received an urgent message from Harper’s that Choice Theory would soon go to press. They needed a subtitle. There was a discussion in the group about the meaning of Choice Theory, and the participants’ suggestion was: “a new psychology of personal freedom”. For Boba, the memory of that discussion survives as a significant moment from that conference. (Continued below)


New WGI Faculty Have Been Endorsed in the US and Canada

While he was still working as a consultant and practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Glasser recognized it would be helpful if others taught his methods. To teach accurately, these instructors should master two competency sets:
-First, the practical communications skills required in non-coercive communications.
-Second, the the ability to appreciate components of his psychological theory.
Dr. Glasser had created the How the Brain Works Chart, a general blueprint for how humans process information and create behaviors. Instructors needed to be able to understand and explain these Chart concepts to learners. Eventually, a formal certification program with three intensive sessions and intervening practica, was developed for initial learners.
Presently there is an advanced program organized through William Glasser International for training Choice Theory and Reality Certified (CTRTC) persons as Institute Faculty. The first level of training is for Practicum Supervisors. It entails continuing to develop competence in communications based on Reality Therapy. The new practicum supervisor first connects with a mentor as Faculty Program Consultant. The consultant and the learner review CTRT concepts to assure baseline competency. After the initial mentoring, there is a three to four day initial supervised training.
Supervisors in training then re-connect with their Faculty Consultant and practice further, in preparation for an endorsement session to affirm their competence. They practice training exercises and role plays illustrating CTRT concepts and Lead Management applications. They prepare presentations on all the basic components of Choice Theory to demonstrate their competence to teach them. When prepared, they attend the three to four day endorsement session and give their presentations.
Once endorsed, Practicum Supervisors are expected to support at least three initial learners through practicum before they can advance to the Basic Instructor level. This training level also entails more mentoring and two formal training sessions. The ultimate goal of this program is be competent to teach people naïve to Choice Theory. An Instructor must have a deeper understanding and broader experience to support learners from diverse backgrounds. Working with their mentor, a new Instructor thoroughly reviews Choice Theory concepts, organizing and personalizing an instruction program which includes all the core concepts and their application. In addition, they will be required to be able to market and promote Choice Theory to the general public.
Congratulations to Jean Suffield and Nancy Herrick, who have been very busy mentoring new Glasser International Faculty! We can now welcome these new Basic Instructors and Practicum Supervisors! Here are some details:
NEWLY ENDORSED BASIC INSTRUCTORS
Franchesco (Frenchie) Bazzocchi Educator Quebec, Canada
Willa Casstevens Professor, University of Northern Iowa, Alta IA US
Lacey Glueckert Counselor, Williston, North Dakota, US
Ginette Goguen Career Development Consultant New Brunswick, Canada
Kevin Hanna Educator Saskatchewan, Canada
Ashby Kindler Educator Charlottesville, VA, US
Mary Loughran Educator Falls Church, VA, US 
NEWLY ENDORSED PRACTICUM SUPERVISORS
Andrea Bales Educator, Purdue University Spencerville, IN, US
Marilyn Card Psychologist and Educator Apopka, FL, US
Tia Kofahl University of Tennessee Health & Science Center Memphis, TN US
The Glasser Australia Conference is scheduled for 9/30 to 10/2 at Mantra Twin Towns, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Early bird registration is closing on 6/30. We are offering full refunds for anyone who needs to cancel their attendance due to Covid. If it’s Covid related, we’re happy to give a full refund – no questions asked. That way you can book your conference registration with confidence, knowing that if you have to cancel last minute, you can.
(Continued from above) The development of CT, the New Reality Therapy (NRT) was only a beginning for Leon and Boba, who greatly valued Choice Theory as a revolution in psychotherapy. Leon began to push for the validation and adoption of Reality Therapy as a legitimate school of psychotherapy. By 1999, he had founded The European Association for Reality Therapy with offices in Slovenia, and remained President of this organization until 2010. During this time, there was a lot of effort expended documenting the scientific basis for Reality Therapy and expanding the European Association for Reality Therapy to a European Wide Awarding Organization. This effort led to full recognition of Reality Therapy as a psychotherapeutic school.
In 2009, Leon invited 20 Slovenian colleagues for the purposes of creating an accredited five year training program: the European Institute for Reality Therapy. It has now grown to 60 faculty persons from different European countries who provide the training.
Applicants for admission to the program are required to have a degree in human sciences, and experience working with people requiring support to attain mental health. Graduates of the program achieve the title as a Reality Therapy Psychotherapist from the EART and Certificate as a Psychotherapist from the European Association for Psychotherapy. Leon had realized his ultimate goal by legitimizing Reality Therapy as a psychotherapeutic technique, and he and Boba were pleased with this accomplishment. At the moment, there are about 250 matriculating students and 120 psychotherapists graduated from the Institute.
The European Association for Reality Therapy and the European Institute for Reality Therapy are re-accredited every five years by the European Association for Psychotherapy. Continued accreditation requires active growth of both EART and EIRT, and submission of current evidence of performance to continue the accreditation.
Leon passed away in 2014, leaving the amazing legacy of the EART and EIRT. Boba has honored her commitment to him to carry on their work. She is now Director of Training for EIRT, and has recently completed publication of Reality Therapy: Theory and Practice, the book she and Leon began together.
Danko Butorac from Croatia is now the President of EART. And, the 7th European Reality Therapy Conference hosted by Croatian Association for Reality Therapy is scheduled online from June 24th through 27th. Currently there are 60 presentations exploring multiple applications of Reality Therapy and up to now there are more than 150 registrants. The conference is organized according to the timing needs of persons from around the world.
The EIRT hosts The Days of Leon Lojk annually. This is a clinical practicum for all Institute students and faculty. It is scheduled this year for October 22nd and 23rd with a Faculty Day to follow on the 24th. Here, the emphasis is on the learning and mastery of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, and everyone involved with Reality Therapy in Europe is invited to participate. The program establishes practicum groups, and faculty rotate through the groups to provide multiple opportunities for learning. Ordinarily there are around 300 participants, who meet in Bled, Slovenia.
Boba Lojk is an excellent example of a servant leader, someone who focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of her associates and community. Not only is she extremely active in the European Reality Therapy societies, she has just completed her four year term as a representative to the William Glasser Institute International Board. We would like to thank her for her extraordinary service, and wish her well as she continues her endeavors

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Thank you, Janet Morgan, for your leadership of the Research Committee of the International Board!
Some of the most recent accomplishments:
-A WGI School Research Subcommittee creating research to support the WGI Research Policy.
-A Book Subcommittee to publish CT/RT simulated cases for learning purposes.
-A Student Leadership Committee.
-A validated and normed WGI Basic Needs Assessments available on the WGI Website.
And we:
-Edited and published the largest journal ever published by WGI.
-Wrote and published a Research Policy for the WGI Board.
-Established an annual WGI Scholarship.
-Made Research Instruments and Tools available on the WGI Website.
-We offer a WGI Research Symposium to create relevance and encouragement for WGI research publication.
 Future Committee Schedule

2021-2022 WGI Research Meeting Dates
August 27, 2021
September 24, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 17, 2021
January 28, 2022
February 25, 2022
March 25, 2022
April 29, 2022
May 27, 2022 (Planning Mtg for 2022-23)
 
WGI Research Symposium Schedule:
August 14, 2021 (Dr. Wesley Hartman, Spiritual Distress among 1st Responders and CT/RT)

Presenters Needed:
October 16, 2021 (Need)
January 15, 2022 (Need)
April 16, 2022 (Need)

The Research Committee is a function of WGInternational: https://www.wglasserinternational.org/contact-us/contact-us/
The European Association for Reality Therapy is planning its 7th Annual Conference as a virtual event June 24th through 27th 2021. Sessions are scheduled to accomodate all time zones.
in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy!
Currently scheduled for July 23 thru 25th. Please contact Nancy Herrick (ndherrick3@gmail.com) for further information.

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