It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Leon Lojk passed away this afternoon (Monday 17th November 2014). Leon died at home in Slovenia with his wife Boba and his sister at his side.
It is impossible to think of Leon without the words "giant", "legend", "thinker" and "friend" coming to mind. He was all of those things and, in the context of Choice Theory, he was an outstanding leader and teacher. It was mainly his initiative that led to the recognition of Reality Therapy by the European Association of Psychotherapy. The amount of documentation he produced in that cause would fill several filing cabinets. Leon's profound understanding of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy ranged from philosophical aspects to the world of scientific research. His vision was as deep as it was broad. For a man of such amazing talent, he was remarkably humble.
My most recent memory of him is from only two months ago in a wayside restaurant near Pula in Croatia, where he and Boba enjoyed the ancient sounds of Istrian music in the company of fellow Choice Theorists. In spite of his loss of mobility and his illness, Leon was participating in everything with the same clarity of mind and nobleness of spirit that were his hallmarks.
Our hearts go out to Boba at this saddest of times. Also to Leon's family and to his colleagues in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina whose lives he enriched so much. He loved his country, its music and traditions.
Today we have lost a great friend but his inspiration will continue to enlighten our quality worlds.
May he rest in peace.
NEW: CHOICES A set of activities by Alan White, aimed at helping young people understand their mental health.
Biography of Dr. William Glasser
What do you do when you find that most of what you were taught is wrong?
This is one man's story of courage, sacrifice and sheer determination!
William Glasser: Champion of Choice
For anyone who is interested in Reality Therapy or Choice Theory psychology this book will provide amazing insights into their creator, Dr. William Glasser. His story has at last been told and has amazed even his closest followers. Dr. Glasser had always been reluctant to talk about his own past and most of those who worked with him did not know his remarkable story. The keen interest and sharp research skills of author Jim Roy appealed to Glasser and he opened up his life as never before.
The end result is a remarkable story of courage, an account of the development of ideas most of the world was not ready to hear. This book is more than a simple history of a life; it is inspirational. Jim Roy has known how to capture the drama that must have been an unwelcome backdrop to most of Glasser's professional life. This makes a very good read!
WGII hopes to stock paper-back copies of the biography in September.
"William Glasser: Champion of Choice" by Jim Roy Ed.D. Published 2014 by Zeig, Tucker & Thiesen, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 420 pages.
The author, Jim Roy, seen here with Dr. Glasser in 2012, is a professor in the teacher education program at Pacific Union College in California, USA.
He is also a faculty member of William Glasser International and has applied Choice Theory Psychology in a school setting for over 20 years.
This conference has now concluded but this link will take you to information about how to obtain recordings!
Choice Theory Psychology is a new explanation of human behaviour. It challenges many traditional views about human behaviour:
- how we live our lives
- how we relate to others
- how we interpret "mental illness"
- how we understand education
- how we view management
Reality Therapy is the counselling approach based on Choice Theory Psychology.
It is with profound sadness that we bring you the news that Linda Harshman passed away on 4th April after a brave fight with illness. Linda had been the administrator of the William Glasser Institute for many years. It was her deep understanding of Choice Theory that helped shape Institute policy and practice. A favourite phrase of Dr. Glasser's, was "ask Linda". He placed full trust in her and the decisions she took on his behalf.
William Glasser, Champion of Choice
It is with a very heavy heart that we bring you the news that Dr. Glasser has passed away. He died at home in Los Angeles on Friday 23rd August at 6.30pm local time. He was in the company of Carleen and his family. His son Martin and his grandson had just spent some wonderful days with Bill and were with him at the end.
Although Bill had been in poor health for some time his death has come as a massive shock to all. We extend our deepest sympathy to Carleen his wife, to his children Martin and Alice and to his grandchildren and wider family.
We celebrate our acquaintance with Bill as friend and mentor, as someone whose inspiring ideas will continue to flourish with our help.
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