Choice Theory, developed by Dr. William Glasser, is the explanation of As Dr. Glasser explains in the most recent of his widely read books, Choice Theory, all. Therapy” represent the life's work of the late psychiatrist and author. William Glasser. Choice Theory rests on the belief that all human behavior. Introduction to Choice Theory: Teaching Students. Responsible Behavior. A Distance Learning Graduate Course. Based on the Work of Dr. William Glasser.
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→ Degree in Chemical Engineering. – → Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. – → Established Educator's Training. Center to create a model. Reality Therapy is an approach to counselling developed by Dr William Glasser in the. United States in the s and s. Choice Theory explains why. What is Choice Theory? ▫ Theory developed by William Glasser, M.D., that is put into practice via. Reality Therapy. ▫ Belief that unsatisfactory or non-existent.
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True Conflicts In a true conflict there is no single solution which will satisfy both sides. In a false conflict there is a solution, often tough and unpalatable, which will resolve the issue. Mary insists that she wants to live in Dublin, John insists that he wants to live in London. Neither is willing to live anywhere outside of one of these cities. This is a true conflict.
There is no solution which will satisfy both. How might they handle this conflict? Here are some possibilities good and bad, satisfying and unsatisfying, from the perspective of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory: 1. Keep the conflict going. One way is to keep the conflict going for a long time. This could include fighting, threatening, coaxing, sulking resenting, depressing getting depressed , getting sick or drinking to name but a few.
This may be ineffective and painful and could destroy the relationship. Turn it over to time. In other words, postpone a decision and get on with doing things which both find meet their needs.
The things which meet their needs may not be the same for each of them — what matters is that each can put his or her energies into satisfying activities in which they are not in conflict, while postponing a decision on the major conflict. Perhaps Mary wants to do an evening course which will take three months.
Perhaps John wants to join a health club and get into shape. The world never stands still and something may happen in the meantime to resolve the situation that they are most in conflict about — which city to live in. Try it and see. A third approach is to agree to try one solution for a time and then to assess whether it is acceptable to both parties. So John might agree that they will live in Dublin for four months and then look at the situation again.
This approach is common in industrial relations — usually where the union agrees to try out a new work arrangement and the management agrees to a joint review after six months or a year. Grieving over someone who has died or over a relationship which has irrevocably ended or over a situation which has changed for the worse perhaps children grieving because their parents have split up is an example of a true conflict. There is a conflict between wanting the old situation and having to live in the new.
There is no immediate solution which will resolve the conflict in a satisfactory way. Only time, and doing other things which are satisfying, will heal the grief. False Conflicts There is no true conflict between maintaining my weight at its present level and eating all I like — so long as I am willing to run many miles a day. There is no true conflict between working and studying for a degree — so long as I am prepared to spend my evenings studying and my money on fees instead of other things.
If there is a single behaviour which would resolve it, then the conflict is a false conflict. Perhaps we stay because we are afraid of failure if we try to go it alone, or for the sake of someone else caught in the same bad relationship or because we need the money to educate our children. So there are good and bad reasons for staying in a false conflict.
Good reasons often reflect our values: doing our best for our children, for instance. Bad reasons may have to do with fear, a poor self-image or a habit of blaming the rest of the world for our problems.
Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Depression In Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, depression is seen as a way of dealing with the gulf between what we have and what we want. Because depression is seen in this way, Choice Theory always holds out the possibility of overcoming depression. And, as is clear below, Choice Theory does not see depression as being bad all the time. Sometimes it is better than the alternatives — what is important is not to trap ourselves in depression. What is more important is to know that the path out of depression begins with changing what we want or changing how we behave.
Depression can do four things for us and knowing what these are can help us to begin the climb out into the light. These four things can be thought of under the letters ACHE. A for Anger Depression is often considered an alternative to anger and sometimes it can be better to choose depression than anger. If you make a habit of lashing out when anything goes wrong, you can alienate other people and often make matters worse. Consider how many relationships anger has destroyed.
Consider how many lives anger has destroyed. Anger has its place, and it often gives us the energy for change, or the energy to stand up for ourselves. But it can be destructive too. Depression can be a safe, temporary alternative to anger. It becomes unsafe when it goes on for too long. C for Control Depression gives us a certain amount of control over people and situations. It may help us to avoid taking risks, to stay in a safe environment.
To a certain extent, people will try to avoid upsetting us when we are depressed. If we are absolutely devastated by something that has happened, depression may give us the only control over our lives that we can handle at the time.
The price for this control, however, can be high because of the suffering that comes with depression. By definition, nobody enjoys depression — if we did, it would not be depression. H for Help Depression brings us a certain amount of help.
This may be help from friends, from a doctor or from an institution. Some people need this help for a time. Again, if it goes on too long people may stop helping us and in any event depression is a high price to pay for the help we get. Depression can get us help without us having to ask for it.
E for Excuse Depression can excuse us for not doing what we should do. It can be a way of avoiding pain. If I am depressed, how can I be expected to get out and about, dress well, work, face my problems etc? Yet, very often, it is only by doing these things — even, at an extreme, by doing something, anything at all — that I can start to climb out of a depression.
So if I am depressed Choice Theory would say that I can begin to climb out of the depression by taking action. I have no direct control over the feeling of depression. The reality therapist aims to maintain a positive, non-judgemental, enthusiastic frame, using humour, warmth and counselling microskills Glasser, to convey care for and interest in their client Corey, This approach can be taken to an individual issue or relationship, and is non-prescriptive in its order and specifics.
Wubbolding also suggests the use of a series paradoxical techniques to dissolve client resistance and escape client excuses Wubbolding, Paradoxical techniques involving behaving or recommending a behaviour that runs counter to client expectations or actively encourages a client to reinforce unhealthful thinking or behaving in order to place that behaviour under their control Wubbolding, Both approaches avoid the syndromal classification of psychological disorder typified by the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness APA, , in favour of conceptualising the client as a whole person whose symptoms are efforts to successfully navigate their lived experience.
The faith of psychoanalytically derived therapies in the power of insight to resolve psychological conflict Dilman, ignores the very real situational components of many psychological problems. One vivid example is his presentation of a graph of human technical progress as compared to human progress since Glasser, , which seems entirely arbitrary, ignoring the changes in human and civil rights over the period; for example decolonization, suffrage for women and African Americans, gay rights, the legalisation of contraception and the acknowledgement of the criminal status of rape within a marriage.
In advocating CT as a methodology to prevent social problems Glasser , Glasser seems to make the logical mistake of confusing the efficacy of an intervention with the underlying causation of a problem, like a doctor deducing that a shortage of antibiotics is the cause of a bacterial infection.
But in the absence of research confirming such a hypothesis, its application in the clinical setting could be irresponsible. The assertion that all behaviour in chosen is deeply problematic too. Self directed behaviour occurs within a matrix of social learning, conditioning and available opportunities that delimit choice.
Many disease processes physical and neurological curtail choice, as do social, wealth, racial and gender inequalities Marmot, By allowing the client to direct the course of discussion, and practicing unconditional positive regard, the person centred counsellor could potentially collude in ignoring problematic behaviours and irrational beliefs, and neglect unexpressed perhaps unconscious problems underlying dysfunction.
Choice theory suffers from a blindness to situational inequalities physiological problems, varying intellectual resources, risk and resilience factors etc. Relationship dysfunction may spring from underlying neurological disorder, personality disorder APA, or addiction Bradshaw, : suggesting that in some cases relationships or their lack may be a symptom of, rather than the problem underlying, client distress.
Historically mental health services have often been used to suppress dissent for example within Soviet Psychiatry — and a disagreement about the aspects of our socially constructed reality underlies all social development e. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
In an era of commercialised bio-medical treatment of mental illness, both approaches offer a humane alternative. While they disagree in their conception of the person and their methodologies for intervention, both paradigms provide a positive, hopeful engagement in which therapeutic change can occur.
In the contemporary integrative context, the core conditions of a person centred way of being may offer a useful relational style for the Reality Therapist. While the plan making, future focused positivity of Reality Therapy could offer a useful addition to the skill set of Person Centred Therapists, especially with clients who seek concrete changes in their lives, or whose time in therapy must be brief. References Allen. Barker, C. London: Sage.
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