Advanced Practicum

Admission to Advanced Practicum requires prior completion of an Advanced Week. In structure it is similar to the Basic Practicum but there is greater depth and detail to the work done under supervision of a WGI faculty person.

One strong theme running through Advance Practicum is the trainee’s preparation for the final stage of his or her training, the Certification week.

Advanced Practicum Requirements

(Reality Therapy Certification Programme Stage 4)


As with the Basic Practicum, the Advanced Practicum requires 40 hours attendance to complete. 26 hours are with the Practicum Supervisor, and 14 hours are unsupervised peer work. The Practicum normally is held on Saturdays, from September to May.

Course Outline

Having worked to internalise the Control Theory model into their own lives, participants now begin to learn how to apply the model to help others. The aim of the Practicum is to develop competency in using Reality Therapy/Choice Theory to the level required for Reality Therapy Certification. The Advanced Practicum uses role-play practice to develop the skills required for counselling with Choice Theory, or Reality Therapy. Participants need to have a client base, where they interact with people who seek help with their lives. Through role-play, demonstration by the Supervisor, watching Dr. Glasser and others use the model on DVD, case review and discussion, they become competent in using the Reality Therapy/Choice Theory model with a variety of client problems. They continually self-assess their progress, in a process of co-evaluation with the Supervisor. If both agree that competence has been achieved by the end of the Practicum, the Supervisor recommends them for the Certification Week.

The participants also continue reading Dr. Glasser’s work, and make presentations to their group on aspects that interest them.

Specific Course Work

  • Six case studies using a minimum of four clients
  • Two presentations including the one for summer certification
  • A journal to be kept, three extracts from which are to be submitted
  • Ethics: final revision
  • “Choice Theory”: a critique of an aspect of the book that appealed to you, showing what impact it had on your life
  • “Reality Therapy in Action” (or paperback version: “Counselling with Choice Theory): a review of the book highlighting the aspects of Reality Therapy used in the cases
  • A review of a third book. e.g.  “Getting Together and Staying Together”, “The Control Theory Manager”, “Every Student Can Succeed”

Preparation for Certification Week (Reality Therapy Certification Programme Stage 5)

The aim of the Advanced Practicum is to prepare participants for Certification Week, which is a 30 hour programme during which participants demonstrate their understanding of Choice Theory psychology and their competence in using Choice Theory in counselling and lead management in order to be awarded the Reality Therapy Certificate from WGI. They will demonstrate their competence using the model with both familiar and unfamiliar clients.

As part of the Certification process is a brief presentation by each participant of some aspect of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy or Lead Management, there will be time give during the Practicum to developing the presentations for Certification Week.

During the Practicum, there is ongoing co-evaluation of the participants’ progress on the road to competency, and it is necessary for the Advanced Practicum Supervisor to sign off on each participant at the end of the Practicum, recommending them for attendance at Certification Week.


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