Richard Pulk Day

In memory of one of our very first instructors, Richard Pulk, we have an annual day focusing on professional development of our members.

After Dr. Glasser himiself gave the first RT/CT course in Dublin in 1985, he sent Suzy Hallock Bannigan to continue his work in 1986. As the demand for training grew, Suzy brought along Richard Pulk in 1987.

Richard Pulk

From 1987 to 1996, Richard became very highly respected both as an instructor, as a person and as a friend among all the Irish students of Dr. Glasser’s ideas. Dick, as he was known to us all, gave a total of 23 courses in those nine years. His knowledge of RT/CT was impressive but more noteworthy was how he lived out the principles of Choice Theory. He was a wonderful listener, always showing total respect for those in his company, and there was nothing he enjoyed more than a good laugh.

Sadly he passed away in 1998 after a short illness. We established this special day to remember him. Dr. Glasser always claimed that we could sometimes get strength from the past and that is exactly why we choose to remember Richard Pulk. He was and continues to be an inspiration to us all.


DATE: Saturday 18th May 2024

VENUE: The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin (Coordinates: 53.314750, -6.384168)

KEYNOTE: “A Choice Theory Approach to Working with Suicide Ideation”

PRESENTER: Danko Butarac, EART.



KEYNOTE: Danko Butorac – Employing Choice Theory in understanding one creative behaviour that could end all suffering at once – suicide

Working in private psychotherapy practice in Senj, Croatia. In his daily practice he works with individuals, couples, families and groups. As the member of the European Institute for Reality Therapy faculty board, he is involved in providing clinical supervision and training in Choice Theory. Currently President of the European Association for Reality Therapy (EART). Happily married, father of five wonderful children.

In the keynote I will try to explain behaviour creation starting with a simple client’s thought. Then I’ll walk through philosophy, biology and psychology that supports my understanding of Choice Theory to explain behaviour of some suicidal clients I’ve worked with. Then I’ll finish by quickly going through suicide risk assessment that I hold an important counselling skill.

Austin Tuohy: Choose life. The therapeutic use of Mindfulness and Choice Theory

Austin is an addiction rehabilitation specialist with over 20 years experience in the area of addiction recovery. Currently working with the HSE’s rehabilitation and integration service and in private practice teaching mindfulness based stress reduction practices in corporate hospital and clinical settings.

He has delivered Mindfulness, emotional regulation and CT/RT teachings to cohorts including recovering addicts, psychology students, diploma students psychiatry registrars and the legal and corporate world. He is a Graduate of UCD, in rehabilitation, University of Massachusetts Qualified MBSR teacher and certified in CT/RT, currently studying innovation and creativity for education at masters level with UCD’s innovation academy.

For anyone who has made the choice to stop engaging in the total behaviour of addiction, choosing to maintain the current way of life and not to return to old behaviours is an ongoing process on a daily basis.

In this presentation I will share some experiences of supporting others to live their best lives through personal achievements, the practice of mindfulness and need fulfilling behaviours and learning, always modelling the model.

Paulette Murray: The Power of William Glasser’s Lead Management: Empowering Employees for Success

Paulette is certified in CT/RT in 2008.QFA,BA,PGD,Dip.,CT/RT, TCOYL Facilitator. Paulette works in the Financial Sector as an Analyst and volunteers in her Diocese as a Pastoral Lay Minister.

We will exploring the benefits of Glasser’s Lead Management approach and the benefits of Choice theory in the work environment from the employees internal motivation perspective. The importance of effective self-leadership in the workplace.

Stacey Hearne, Ann Mannion and Doreen Maher: Quality Schools

Stacey is a Senior instructor with WGII and has been a primary school teacher for 26+ years. She was also Principal in various schools for 10 years.

Ann had worked as a Guidance Counsellor in a busy highly diverse Post Primary school over many years. Additional experiences include work as a practising supervisor with Guidance Counsellors. She is actively engaged in the provision of training for participants wishing to journey on the road to Reality Therapy certification. Her work has been strongly influenced and enhanced by her training in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory and she has blended this influence into both her professional and personal life.

Doreen has worked in the field of education for the past 30 years as a manager in in Youthreach, as a teacher, a Guidance Counsellor and a Deputy Principal in a DEIS secondary school. She is presently working as a Counsellor /Psychotherapist in her own private practice. Over the years she has become convinced of the importance of Choice Theory in Education and has worked constantly since she certified in 2014 to bring Choice Theory and William Glasser’s idea of Quality Schools to as many teachers and educators as possible. Doreen has been on the executive committee since 2018 and is presently chairperson of WGII.

If you are part of a school community or work with young people this workshop will be of interest to you. Quality Schooling gives leaders an effective way of leading the organisation, teachers an insight into how and why students behave as they do, students the ability to self evaluate and take responsibility for their learning and helps parents stay connected with their children. This is Well Being at it’s best.

The workshop will be a forum for discussing the progress of Quality Schools in Ireland and globally. QUALITY SCHOOLS are underpinned by the principles of Choice Theory and based on Glasserian Psychology. We will explore how the process works and how a school can express their interest and begin this process. We will examine how the WGII can support Educators and school leaders to develop Quality Schools. We will share strategies, tools and resources which have been effectively used in primary, post primary and adult education settings.

Arthur Dunne: Follow the Feeling! A person-centred approach to Reality Therapy

Arthur is an accredited Reality Therapy Psychotherapist and holder of the ECP In Reality Therapy. He worked as a guidance counsellor for more years than he cares to remember, and is currently training guidance counsellors in counselling skills and theory in Maynooth University. He was the person who met Dr Glasser at the airport on his first of many visits to Ireland and was one of the founder members of the WGII. He is an Advanced Instructor with WGI.

Choice Theory is a psychology that explains how we humans work – how we live our lives and how we might choose to live them more satisfyingly. If it is the most powerful explanation of how and why we live our lives, as I believe it is, it can explain and inform all other therapeutic models. In this experiential workshop I will explore how Reality Therapy can be enhanced by a person-centred approach, which places our felt experience at the heart of the process.

Graham O’Connor: Addiction and Choice

I have been working in the Voluntary sector for the last decade specialising in the field of Addiction rehabilitation through one-to-one support, interagency initiatives and the rollout of various training programmes and groups within this context. Educated in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Addiction and Community Development as well as Group therapy, CBT and others. I am certified in Choice theory/ Reality Therapy and am currently in training to become a practicum supervisor with the WGII.

In this workshop I want to create a space to reflect on the concept of addiction through the lens of CT/RT. The workshop will explore the ideas of the Basic needs and how an individual learns to meet these through addiction. I will also explore the application of the caring habits in the support of individuals affected by addiction. In this experiential workshop, I will explore Dr. Glasser’s writings on addiction and discuss the benefits of CT/RT when working with addiction in one-to-one and group settings. Involvement will be encouraged throughout through an open discussion exploring attendees’ experience and knowledge of addiction.

Norah Finn: Using Reality Therapy in the Therapy Room

Norah Finn is a practicing Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Senior Faculty Member of the William Glasser Institute of Ireland, Member of Executive Committee at WGII, and Irish representative on WGI board. She works in private practice and has trained our students at WGII for many years.

In Norah’s own words “I meet amazing souls in my therapy room. People looking for ways to lose old ways of behaving and old ways of being that do not serve them anymore. The true gift of the therapist is in helping our clients to help themselves. That is true empowerment. There is no therapist who can heal another’s life, but what they can do is give them the tools to heal their own life. This is the true goal of Choice Theory/Reality Therapy.

“Choice Theory/Reality Therapy is an outstanding skill and tool set to have not only in life, but in every profession and in particular, the counselling room. In this workshop I will bring the use of the concepts of CT/RT in the therapy room. I hope it will be helpful to anyone offering a caring and supportive service to those they work with”.

Danko Butorac: Several therapists and one client counselling exercise

Using the “assisted chain” method, we are going to provide single therapy appointment for a volunteer “client”. I’m going to assist the “group of therapists” with the counselling process by providing instruction and support in understanding what the client is saying and “translating” that into Choice Theory.

The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is located on the Naas Road at Newlands, (heading into Dublin City on the N7). If coming from the city or the M50 by car, you need to reach Newlands Cross to turn back towards the hotel. The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is adjacent to Joel’s Restaurant. DO NOT pass Circle K Service Station. The entrance to the hotel is clearly marked and between Joel’s Restaurant and the Circle K Service Station. Arrival by car (or taxi) is recommended.

The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is 45 minutes to an hour from Dublin Airport.

The postal code of the hotel is D22 X5N7 and the coordinates are: 53.314750, -6.384168 (alternatively N53 18′ 53″, W006 23′ 3″).

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