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William Glasser, MD - Comparing Therapies

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Topic Areas:
Clinical Demonstrations |  Role Play |  Psychotherapy
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Pioneers of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000
William Glasser, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
May 27, 2000
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William Glasser (2000) uses role-play with Marie who is simulating Paul, a male client from her place of employment. Paul has marriage problems. Marie, as Paul, is asked to role-play his wife. Glasser highlights choices, examines the client’s thinking, and focuses on responsible behavior. After the demonstration Glasser explains his work.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe the actual differences between therapies.
  2. To describe what the therapist does that is unique to his/her therapy.

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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.