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EP90 IA19 - Reality Therapy

Invited Address 19 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Reality Therapy, featuring William Glasser, MD.

With discussant Jeffrey Zeig, PhD.

Moderated by Ellyn Bader, PhD.



This address includes a brief history of Reality Therapy, and explains that it is based on control theory and that it is applied to both counseling and managing clients. Case examples are used to show that it is composed of two major components: Creating the counseling environment and the procedures that lead to change.


Educational Objectives:

  1. To teach the history of Reality Therapy and show why I developed it at the time I did
  2. To explain the two major components of Reality Therapy: Creating the therapeutic environment and the procedures that lead to change in the client
  3. To give a brief explanation of control theory, which is the theory that underlies Reality Therapy, and to show how Reality Therapy relates to this theory 


Product Details
Topic Areas:
Invited Address
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
William Glasser |  Jeffrey Zeig
1 Hour 28 Minutes
Audio Only
Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 1990
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William Glasser's Profile

William Glasser Related seminars and products: 38


William Glasser, MD, who received his MD degress in 1953 from Case Western Reserve University was an American psychiatrist. William was awarded an honorary doctorate in human letters by the University of San Francisco. Founder and Director of the Institute for Reality Therapy, he was authoer and editor of ten books on the topics of reality therapy and education. He was also the developer of Choice Theory. His ideas, which focus on personal choice, personal responsibility and personal transformation, are considered controversial by mainstream psychiatrists, who focus instead on classifying psychiatric syndromes as "illnesses", and who often prescribe psychotropic medications to treat mental disorders.

Jeffrey Zeig's Profile

Jeffrey Zeig Related seminars and products: 199


Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in twelve foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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