Choice Theory and Reality Therapy Certified (CTRTC)
The Reality Therapy Certification training programme (CTRTC) in the UK adheres to the guidelines, policies and procedures as laid down by the 'William Glasser International Body', and is administrated and coordinated in the United Kingdom by The William Glasser Institute UK. (formally IRT UK)
The training programme, which usually takes some 18 months, is known as the 'Certification Programme', and is designed to be both accessible and flexible, so that the participants can proceed through the training at their own pace. The training is structured in a five-part, sequential programme, as follows:
1. Basic Intensive Workshop
2. Basic Practicum
3. Advanced Intensive Workshop
4. Advanced Practicum
5. Certification Week
The above stages are summarised below:
• Basic Intensive Workshop - usually 3 1/2 to 4 days, consisting of lecture, discussion, video, role play, demonstrations, skills practice and experiential exercises. This is conducted by a qualified Basic Workshop Instructor.- completion of this workshop does not mean that participants are committed to going on to the next stage, and this basic intensive workshop is suitable as a 'stand alone' workshop.
However, the Basic Intensive workshop is a prerequisit for progressing on to the continuing stages.
• Basic Practicum - between 30 and 60 hours, with evening and / or weekend meetings / sessions (dependant upon location). Consists of study-group meetings, skills practice, experiential activities, casework, skills practice and various study assignments. The practicum is supervised and facilitated by a qualified Basic Practicum Supervisor / Facilitator.
• Advanced Intensive Workshop - usually 3 to 4 days. Provides participants with a 'platform' from which they can really 'take off' with regards to deepening their understanding of Choice Theory, its personal/self application, and to enhancing their skill in using the ideas in counselling (Reality Therapy), in coaching, or 'Lead Managing'. More time is given to the practice of skills, to personal applications, to self evaluation and to experiential activities. The workshop is facilitated by qualified Advanced Workshop Faculty.
• Advanced Practicum - between 30 and 60 hours and, again, organised weekend and / or evening sessions. This practicum phase prepares the participant for the Certification Week, concentrating on more intensive practice of the skills and deeper understanding of the theory and it's wide applications. Again this is done via small group meetings; evening and / or weekends. The practicum is conducted by a qualified Advanced Practicum Supervisor / Facilitator, whose additional task is to help the participant self-evaluate their 'readiness' to participate in the Certification Week.
• Certification Week - usually 4 to 5 days, depending on group size. This is not a 'test-out' or pass / fail situation, but a 'verification' of the participant's 'readiness' to become 'CTRTC' (already ascertained in the Advanced Practicum). During the course of the week, each participant is involved in demonstration, self-evaluation and feedback from his/her peers and instructor. Each participant is expected to demonstrate their skill in using Reality Therapy and/or 'Lead Management' to deal with both familiar and unfamiliar (simulated) scenarios. Each participant is also expected to complete a short (15 to 20 minute) 'sharing', presentation or mini-workshop to the rest of the group on a topic of their choosing, relating to where they have experienced or observed the Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and/or Lead Management concepts and/or skills in action; be it in their work, their personal life or elsewhere.
At the successful completion of the Certification Week, each participant is awarded a certificate which entitles them to use the designation of 'Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Certification' or 'CTRTC'.
Length of Time:
The training consists of between 150 and 210 hours, in total, and is not usually completed in less than 18 months, although it is possible (in exceptional circumstances and according to 'competency') to complete in 12 months. There is no maximum time for completing it. The length of time between a Basic Workshop and an Advanced Workshop, and then again between an Advanced Workshop and the Certification Week, is usually 6 months.
Qualification / Recognition / Accreditation:
There are no educational prerequisites for attendance at a Basic Intensive Workshop, or for pursuing the whole of the Certification Programme.
Reality Therapy Certification is the recognition by the Institute that a person has completed the certification process and demonstrated knowledge and skill in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management. Those completing this are entitled to use the designation of 'Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Certification' or 'CTRTC'.
Although Certification is not a 'licence' to practice counselling / psychotherapy, the hours spent in the training (a minimum of 150) can be used as part of an individual's application for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation and is similarly recognised by many other professional organisations and agencies.