Advanced Reality Therapy Group Counseling: A Practical Demonstration

Mar 30, 2019 10:30am ‐ Mar 30, 2019 12:00pm


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Counselors cope with feelings of being stuck and not knowing what to say by using reality therapy. In feeling lost for words, both experienced and neophyte counselors sometimes report a sense of self-doubt and powerlessness. Reality therapy provides specific alternatives for counselors whose feelings of intimidation intensify when counseling groups whose problems seem overwhelming. The advanced use of the WDEP system also helps counselors relate to clients who are different from them or are resistant and rebellious.

  • Describe 5 human motivators (survival or self-preservation, love or belonging, power or inner control, freedom or independence, fun or enjoyment) and their relationship to at least 3 of the 4 stages of group development as they apply to culturally diverse clients exemplified through the role-play demonstration. Participants will be able to teach clients about these 5 motivators and link them to chosen behaviors.
  • Demonstrate the use of 3 techniques for helping clients self-Evaluate their behavior and their wants and understand the connection between self-Evaluation and other components of the WDEP system: W: wants, perceptions and locus of control; D: action and cognition; P: specific and attainable change for positive change. Learning these techniques assists counselor to develop interventions for getting unstuck with clients.
  • Discuss 2 paradoxical techniques and how they are they are usable with reality therapy interventions for each group developmental stage discussed: facilitating inclusion, resolving conflict, building cohesion among group members, carrying the learning further with applications to more effective and productive living. Participants will discuss these interventions in triads with the opportunity to share a summary of their discussions with the larger group. The summary will include specific ideas about what to say when they don’t know what to say.

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