ANNUAL CONVENTION 2018

JOIN US FOR THE WGII CONFERENCE 2018! Date: October 6th Venue: Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Cost (Includes lunch): €90 (Non-Members) €81 (Members – discount on web payment if logged in)   CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 8.45 Registration and Coffee 9.30 KEYNOTE: Ruth Bradbrook: ‘Working creatively and actively with young people using Choice Theory’ Ruth is a Reality Therapy and Choice Theory Instructor with the WGI-UK Faculty. Her background is teaching Choice Theory to young people, especially those who are from challenging circumstances. She is the Co-Founding Director at Developing Youth Practice whose mission is to support and develop the youth sector workforce by using Choice Theory to build aspirations and promote sustainable behaviour change. Ruth loves to be active and has a strong need for fun! Her Keynote will be interactive and fun,. Drawing on her extensive experience working with young people, she will share a range of fun and engaging activities and games to teach key concepts from Choice Theory to young people and facilitate learning from the lived experience.   10.30 Annual General Meeting 11.15 Coffee 11.45 Workshop Session 1 Workshop A: Choice Theory and Teenager Wellbeing. Presenter: Brian Lennon. Workshop B: Certification Presentations: Two of our newly-certified RTCs will share the presentations they offered for certification. Anita Doyle will present on: “Lead Management”, and Tracy Fox will present on “Parenting with Choice Theory” 1.15 LUNCH 2.30: KEYNOTE: Padraig O’Morain: Self-Compassion and the Quality World Self-compassion has been defined as friendship towards the person you are now, combined with an awareness of what we have in common with other people, and mindfulness. Padraig O’Morain, author of ‘Kindfulness – be a true friend to yourself with mindful self-compassion’, will look at how we can use self-compassion as a filter to help us make good choices between our quality world pictures. Padraig is certified in Choice Theory and his books include ideas – acknowledged – from Dr Glasser’s work. He writes a weekly column, That’s Men, for The Irish Times Health supplement. His website  is www.padraigomorain.com   3.30 Coffee 4.00 Workshop Session 2 Workshop A: Creating the Quality Primary School: Engaging children, parents and teachers. Presenter: Stacey Hearne. Workshop B: Self Care using Choice Theory. Presenter: Norah Finn. 5.30 Closure We will send you details of the Workshops closer to the Conference PAY ONLINE HERE! Members will be shown the discounted fee if logged in. If you are not a member, why not join now here.    

WGI Conference in Bogotá

A very succesful international conference has just concluded in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Over 300 delegates attended with over 80 of these from countries outside of Colombia.  From Ireland we had Gisela Oates, Patrick Coughlan and Brian Lennon.  In addition Dr. Terry Lynch was one of the keynote speakers and made a great impression with his very clear exposition of the abuse of psychiatric medication. The photograph shows the European group in Bogotá with delegates from Croatia, Spain and Ireland. Keynotes and workshops continued from Thursday to Saturday.  As usual, there was a wide range of topics covering all the applications of Choice Theory psychology.  A significant number of the presenters were from Colombia itself, a clear measure of the success of the local member organisation, Fundación Eligir.  In this conference they presented a wonderful showcase of Choice Theory and of Colombia itself, a country that is rapidly moving towards greater peace and stability.

Annual Conference 2017

Click on the photo to start slide-show! There was a special buzz about the Annual Conference in Naas on Saturday 7th October last.  Participants were very aware that the last few years had been especially difficult but that WGII was now moving into a new era of optimism.  New structures and new approaches will be needed and WGII appeals to all its members to join forces in this task.   A recent refresher workshop in Dublin had shown the level of enthusiasm that is out there.  The conference programme speaks for itself (see below) and will give all a good idea of what was a very productive day.   Full credit to Arthur Dunne and his team for putting together this event on behalf of all our members and trainees.