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WDEP Counseling Technique

Discuss the technique used in reality therapy.

Jennell Evans

on 17 July 2013

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Transcript of WDEP Counseling Technique

Choice Theory & Reality Therapy
WDEP Technique
Choice Theory
Created by William Glasser, MD
Reality Therapy
The practical application of Choice Theory.

Inspires hope

Client is not a victim: they can do A LOT to change their lives/circumstances.

Challenges unrealistic or unhelpful beliefs.
WDEP Technique
"WHAT" do you want?
Observe technique:
Basic needs:
Love (belonging, connection, opposite of lonelines)
Power (significance, competence, can hold your own in the world)
Freedom or autonomy
Fun, learning, pleasure, experiencing life

Total Behavior:
Acting (can choose)
Thinking (can choose)
Feeling (cannot choose)
Physiology (cannot choose)

Choice theory helps the client focus their efforts only on what they CAN control or choose: their own thoughts and behaviors.
what are you "DOING" now?
in what "DIRECTION" are those actions/choices taking you?
self-"EVALUATE" (is it realistic? is it genuinely beneficial? are my actions really getting me there? do I really have no/total control over the situation? etc...)
discuss a "PLAN", revise it, & refine it (brainstorming and goal setting)


George-Mrazek, B. (1983). Reality therapy in the air force. Journal of Reality Therapy, 3(1), 10-11.

Hale, J. V. (2011). An examination of reading and mathematic achievement among second grade students who have received instruction from either teachers who have been trained in choice Theory/Reality therapy methods or teachers who have not been trained. ProQuest LLC). Proquest Llc, (ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site: http://www.proquest.com.ezproxy.net.ucf.edu/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml)

Ignoffo, M. (1995). Quality living when there is no cure: Using reality therapy and control theory with HIV+ and AIDS patients. Journal of Reality Therapy, 15(1), 46-55.

Moore, S. E. (2001). Substance abuse treatment with adolescent african american males: Reality therapy with an afrocentric approach. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1(2), 21-32.

Morgan, J. F. (2012). Counseling military couples. In P. A. Robey, R. E. Wubbolding & J. Carlson (Eds.), (pp. 79-91). New York, NY US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

What populations benefit?
Helpful for:
Substance abuse
Patients with AIDS & HIV+
Military personnel and their families
Students struggling in Math & Reading
And so many more!
See references frame for more details.
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