Reality Therapy in Action

Date

Start: Thursday, October 4, 2012 @ 8:30 AM (EDT)

Address
The Brattleboro Retreat One Anna Marsh Lane P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro , VT 05302
Organizer's Website

http://www.regonline.com/realitytherapy

About This Activity

Clients often display an inability or unwillingness to deal with the reality of their situations and choose fruitless methods of coping instead. This workshop will provide therapists with skills, strategies and innovative techniques for helping clients move from helplessness to more effective control of their lives. Dr. Wubbolding will offer an in-depth understanding of human motivation, while employing simulated role play, demonstrations of specific cases presented by participants, group activities, and the formulation of implementation plans.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

 1) Identify five motivators for all human behaviors

2) Explain why some individuals resist, make excuses and shun personal responsibility

 3) Discuss behaviors which are toxic to therapy and behaviors that enhance to the therapeutic alliance.

 4) Describe the components of the WDEP system of Reality Therapy.

 5) List at least three types of self-evaluation which are pre-requisites for behavioral change.

Course Content

INTRODUCTION
    Overview of goals
    Emphasis on practical and immediately usable ideas

HUMAN MOTIVATION
    What drives all human behavior?
    Why people resist and make excuses
    Why people avoid responsibility and project blame on others

ESTABLISHING CLIMATE FOR CHANGE AND THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE
     Eight toxic behaviors to avoid in therapy
     Eight tonic behaviors facilitating change and better human
            relations
     Alternatives to resistance

SIMULATED DEMONSTRATIONS
     Volunteer activity: Specific ways to deal with resistance
    Discussion of five human motivators applied to the demonstration

THE WDEP SYSTEM
     Each letter represents a cluster of interventions for use with
difficult clients
        W—exploration of Wants and perceptions
        D—Doing: examination of feelings, cognition and actions
        E—assisting clients to conduct a searching self-Evaluation
        P—formulation of concrete and realistic Plans for improvement
     Specific, practical skills and techniques based on solid theory and "best practices"     
    Eight types of self-evaluation
    Importance of self-evaluation to changing behaviors
         from resistance to self-responsibility

SIMULATED DEMONSTRATIONS
     Participants present cases
    Role play application of the WDEP system

EFFECTIVE, PARADOXICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DEALING WITH
        DIFFICULT BEHAVIORS
    Reframing
        new applications of time-tested technique
     Prescriptions and directives
        “joining the resistance” as a way to remove control from
            ineffective behaviors
     Ethical considerations
        caveats and contraindication

ROBERT E. WUBBOLDING, EdD, is an internationally known teacher, author and practitioner of Reality Therapy with over 30 years experience. Dr. Wubbolding wrote Reality Therapy (2011), the first book on Reality Therapy published by American Psychology Association in its Theories of Psychotherapy Series.

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