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WDEP Counseling Technique
Transcript of WDEP Counseling Technique
Created by William Glasser, MD
The practical application of Choice Theory.
Client is not a victim: they can do A LOT to change their lives/circumstances.
Challenges unrealistic or unhelpful beliefs.
"WHAT" do you want?
Love (belonging, connection, opposite of lonelines)
Power (significance, competence, can hold your own in the world)
Freedom or autonomy
Fun, learning, pleasure, experiencing life
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)
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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?
Patients with AIDS & HIV+
Military personnel and their families
Students struggling in Math & Reading
And so many more!
See references frame for more details.