Finland 2017

6th European Reality Therapy Conference, FINLAND 2017
Northern Perceptions for Choice Theory

Conference Report

The 6th European Reality Therapy Conference, FINLAND 2017 is behind us.
We met in Tampere, where for Finland it all begun: the first Reality Therapy training in Finland and the establishment of the Finnish Association. Approximately fifty people attended the conference. There were people from Australia, Croatia, England, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Slovenia and USA.

We all had a chance to enjoy the conference as well as the beautiful environment of the Varala sports institute. I am convinced that we have taken this opportunity in the best possible way.
At the beginning of our gathering we were welcomed by our host Jari Harkenon. Jari emphasized that the conference theme 'Northern Perceptions' was not just a perception for the north of Finland, but it was their shared perception(s) of Dr. Glasser's Choice Theory and Reality Therapy - our common ground.

We had the pleasure to hear the message from the EART President, Danko Butorac. Among other things, Danko emphasized that both of two giants, Dr Glasser and Leon Lojk, who have passed away, still inspire us and live in us – in our beliefs, in our quality worlds.

Particular pleasure for us was to hear and see Kim Olver, executive director of the William Glasser International. She shared with us her opinion that whenever we support and encourage one another, we carry on Dr. Glasser's legacy. And whenever we teach others the information of Choice Theory, we are spreading the internal control psychology that has the power to change the world and create peace – between countries, in communities and within ourselves.

In the working part of the conference we had the opportunity to attend 18 workshops. We heard about the beauties and challenges of the Choice Theory, about change and choice, about creative ways of recovery from chronic pain and stress, about how we offer Choice Theory in different contexts, about coaching with Choice Theory, about life balance, good relationships with ourselves and others, about applying Choice Theory in working with youth, about perspectives in treating addictions; we heard about the pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy; we enjoyed Choice Theory through fun and games; we had the opportunity to attend reality therapy in action - through a role play, and to see the Choice theory through LEAN glasses.

So ... total behaviour is a real Pandora's box ..... Our perception is like music ... Only seven basic notes make up many different music pieces ...just as our universal capabilities and characteristics make up a multitude of incredible and different perceptions ...

Because our perceptions rely on Choice Theory beliefs, we could not do anything but enjoy everything, and enjoy each other’s company.
Along with our workshops we had more opportunities for fun, laughter, music and good food. We had an organized great bus sightseeing tour around Tampere; we visited the reception at Central Vapriikki where we were welcomed by city officials, we had a great conference dinner with live music.

We had a chance to swim in the lake, try out saunas and bake the sausage ourselves. We had a great time with guitars, songs and music.
How do we sum it all up? Choice Theory is a brilliant theory, life is beautiful, and we are all so exceptional people.
Still, there is something unusual in all of this ... This is a rare conference where our night-time gatherings finished before the dark ... But, you know it wasn't because they were short-lived parties ... 

I am so happy and grateful that I am part of the CT family.

So long, with warm and friendly greetings to all of my CT sisters and brothers!

See you all, soon......

Ljiljana Šupraha
EART Vice-president

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Days of Leon Lojk

dec012A professional meeting: “Days of Leon Lojk” will be organised for the first time this year. We hope that it will be held in October each year in order to facilitate continuous professional development for all those who use Dr. William Glasser’s ideas in their professional practice all over Europe.

This meeting is also a tribute to Leon Lojk – Slovenian psychologist and psychotherapist. He was the man who enabled recognition of Reality Therapy in Europe as a psychotherapeutic modality. He was also the first President of European Association for Reality Therapy and a founder of European Institute for Reality Therapy – our tacher and friend.

The first “Days of Leon Lojk” will be held on October 21st – 23rd, 2016 at Kompas hotel in Bled, Slovenia. We expect a big interest. Registration and entrance should be free of charge.

Details & Registration

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William Glasser Institute UK

William Glasser Institute UK (formally The Instutute for Reality Therapy UK)

wgi ukFinally after being off line for nearly 12 months the new William Glasser Institute UK has been launched. The WGI-UK's new executive of Moira Oliver, Ruth Bradbrook, Geraldine Rowe and John Brickell will now be looking to bring new ewnergy to the Institute, and are looking at ways to attract new members and workshop participants.

Although Adrian Gorman had stepped down from any Executive role within the WGI-UK, he has agreed to continue to help with the website and so we have a brand new look (see image left) and a new website address which is

Contact reguarding CT and RT matters within the UK should now be addressed to Ruth Bradbrook.

Although a little late - Happy Easter everyone.


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Finland Workshop Completed

Finish colleagues continue the training toward Reality Therapy Psychotherapy Certification.
November 12 -15, 2015 eight of our colleagues in Helsinki attended the beginning of the 3rd year of training. They completed 4 days workshop lead by Boba Lojk.



Workshop Participants:
Sini Pasanen, Olli Nikoskelainen, Marianne Chant, Samu Hisso, Jouni Lehto, Miia Järvinen, Katja Hakkarainen, Katja Ahonen (Instructors Boba Lojk & Jari Harkonen)

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From Russia with Love

Russian Association for Reality Therapy (R.A.R.T.) was organized February 11, 2015.

The Charter was accepted and President (Sergei Bogolepov) was elected.


RART is aspiring to become the newest member of the EART


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