The William Glasser Institute
The Institute for Reality Therapy was founded in 1967 by Dr. William Glasser, lecturer, author and board-certified psychiatrist, as a response to the requests by professionals for formal training in Dr. Glasser’s counseling method, reality therapy. In 1994, The Institute was renamed The Institute for Control Theory, Reality Therapy and Quality Management to reflect the scope of The Institute’s teachings. Two years later it became The William Glasser Institute with Dr. Glasser renaming his theory, choice theory. It is now William Glasser International, and in the United States of America the William Glasser Institute-US.
Initially, The Institute was active only in the United States and Canada but under Dr. Glasser’s direction, his teachings have now spread to many countries: Australia, Albania, Bosnia, China, Colombia, Croatia, England, Germany, Herzegovina, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, and Sweden. For a full list of International contacts, visit The Institute website, wglasser.com. His books have now been translated into several languages.
Since 1967, more than 75,000 people-among them educators, clinicians and managers-have completed the intensive introductory course in reality therapy. More than 7,000 have gone on to complete the training process leading to reality therapy certification by The Institute. The certification is now in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy.
Linda Harshman was the Executive Director, and consulted with Dr. Glasser, Institute Advisory Board members, the Director of Training, faculty members, the general membership, as well as the various branches of The Institute in countries outside of North America. Linda was also a member of The Institute’s Legal Board of Directors. She had a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education and a Master's Degree in Social Work. Prior to being employed by The Institute in 1983, she worked extensively in Canada in the fields of corrections and mental health.
Robert Wubbolding was the Director of Training and Chair of the Professional Development Committee and is a Psychologist, a Professional Clinical Counselor, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is also Professor Emeritus of counseling at Xavier University and Director of the Center for Reality Therapy in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally he is the author of 10 books including, Reality Therapy for the 21st Century, Counseling with Reality Therapy, and a Set of Directions for Putting Yourself Together. Together with the Executive Director, he was responsible for developing, monitoring, supervising and evaluating all North American training programs under the auspices of The Institute.