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December 29, 2021 Volume 12 Number 12
Judy Hatswell Has Pioneered
CT/RT in Australia
Judy Hatswell was already a fully qualified school psychologist working in an Australian school with a multi-cultural and economically disadvantaged high school population. In 1978, she first encountered Reality Therapy, and Dr. Glasser’s other books about Realilty Therapy in schools. She realized the value in the internal motivation approach right away, and began study groups for school staff based on Glasser films. Her sessions were well attended, and this success left her with the desire to learn more.
In May, 1982, Judy was awarded a Teaching Service Fellowship and traveled to Los Angeles to take a Basic Intensive course with Bill Glasser and FitzGeorge Peters. She also met Naomi Glasser, who encouraged her to connect with Institute instructors and continue presenting Reality Therapy in Australia. Judy officially became Advanced Week Instructor in May 1997. By this time she had organized over 40 Basic Intensive Weeks.
In 1985, she co-authored “Working Ideas for Need Satisfaction: W.I.N.S.” which was published by the New South Wales Department of Education Division of Guidance and Special Education.
Since there were no Glasser Institute Senior Faculty based in Australia, Judy finished her Advanced Training in 1987 with Barbara Garner, an American instructor who traveled to Australia. Then, with Judy McFadden and Alison Wiseman, she started the Reality therapy Institute in Australia.
In 1989, she arranged a grand tour of Australia for both Dr. and Mrs. Glasser through her professional association. During that trip, she completed her own CT/RT Certification and sponsored workshops attended by more than 3000 people from all over Australia. This tour marked the beginning of widespread Glasser training in Australia.
In 1993, she presented a paper “The School Perspsective” in the Learning Disabilities Conference of New South Wales. Her paper was published in the proceedings of the meetings, which were focused on “attention deficit disordered children”. By that time she held a State-wide position in the Head Office of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education, responsible for all programs for students with educational and behavioral disabilities.
Judy continued to arrange for workshops in Australian schools, and hosted numerous instructors from the US to conduct the programs. In 1995 she became a Basic Instructor herself, and retired from her school post to begin her own firm. She completed her Senior Faculty endorsement in 1997. By the time she became a Life Member of the Australian Institute in 2006, she had organized 442 Intensive Weeks! She estimates she has done about 150 additional programs since then, mostly with school personnel, but also did lead management programs for people from the hospitality industry.
Then, in 2013, a big opportunity came because she was awarded a contract by the school principals association of Australia to offer leadership programs. (see below)
Another New Year, and
Some People May Suggest Choice Theory Is Obsolete

At, we think Choice Theory is more relevant than ever. We understand there are many challenges to the validity of Choice Theory on the grounds that it was, developed over fifty years ago, and is not often mentioned in the “evidence based” body of work comprising the current literature. This point of view completely ignores the development of Dr. Glasser’s ideas and their context in medicine and mental health.
All medical practice training began as apprenticeship. In 1910, The Atlantic described formalized medical education in the US “ a supplement to the apprenticeship system still in vogue during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, psychiatry was behind general medicine, and developed even later. In The Body Keeps the Score, Dr.Bessel van der Kolk describes psychiatry as talk therapy through the 1950’s. (see the initial discussison in the book). 
Dr. Glasser studied medicine at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio, completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA in 1957, and was Board Certified in Psychiatry in 1961. He had had some of the best possible training for the practice of psychiatry available at that time. But he also had a dilemma. He did not know why the therapeutic approach he learned from the VA Veterans and his mentor, Dr. Harrington, is effective.
He had already written a book about psychiatric practice called Mental Health or Mental Illness,, so he had a publisher. His second book, Reality Therapy, published in 1965, would make the best seller list and earn him national name recognition, opening doors for future connections. He continued testing his ideas in his clinical practice and by working with community organizations, which included penal institutions, hospitals, and educational facilities.
Two of Dr. Glasser’s greatest influencers were William T. Powers, an engineer, and Dr. Hans Selye, the well-regarded physiologist who first described the stress response. Powers contributed a “Forward” and Selye an “Introduction” to Stations of the Mind where Dr. Glasser introduced his concept that behavior is internally generated as a negative feedback loop. From there, he went on to develop the How the Brain Works Chart. So, Choice Theory, based on Dr. Glasser's clinical experience, became a unified theory of human behavior: a construct explaining the fundamentals of why and how we behave. So far, no one has disproven any part of Choice Theory.
Dr. Glasser’s work leaves us with a formula for evaluating the validity of present day publications. For instance, does the author assume all behavior is internally controlled and regulated? Does the author assume that every individual is making the best possible choices they know about to meet their needs? Do they accommodate the idea that all behavior is total, consisting of thoughts, actions, feelings, and physiology? Is it possible to account for individual creativity? In other words, is it consistent with the Behavior Chart?
We are bombarded with all kinds of information from multiple sources, and it may seem difficult to discern whom to believe and follow. Choice Theory and the How the Mind Works Chart provide us with a tool to test whether any new proposition presented is consistent with mental health and good public mental health policy. In what is sure to be a challenging year, we are better prepared than many people to create happiness and success in our lives. 

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(from above) Judy partnered with experienced school principal and Glasser Institute Senior Faculty member Rob Stones, to design the two part leadership program, a total of six days in two 3 day sessions. Each course was filled as often as it was offered. This program has been completed nine times, and three master classes were created for students’ continuation of the material. There are about 26 participants per session, and the classes have filled quickly. Now they are working hard to make up for interruptions caused by the pandemic.
Involvement in presentation of the material for the leadership course led to the publication of The Window of Certainty: Defining What Matters in Your School, Exploring the Difference It Makes. The book’s reviewer explains, “The importance of balancing individual autonomy with collective purpose is thoroughly explained in this book...” The clarification of values and beyond—beliefs—are critical to groups functioning with shared purpose. Per Judy, the idea that beliefs seem to be truths, when they are not truths, is a major challenge at the core of successful team building.
Judy had participated in Institute work all along, and is now past President of Glasser Australia. The group has maintained an active training schedule as well as placed an emphasis on training faculty to support organizational growth in Australia. In NSW Judy and Rob Stones have established a highly successful faculty mentoring program where they now have 7 new Instructors and 10 new Practicum Supervisors. They have about 15 people waiting to complete their next level of Faculty programs.
Presently Judy’s independent training business is continuing successfully, with an active roster of courses scheduled into 2022. She says courses fill rapidly, and she anticipates a busy year. In addition to a full roster of Glasser Intensive Trainings, she has additional courses entitled Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness, From Blame to Gain (with Ali Sahebi), and Coaching for Success and Sustainability (with Kalikamurthi Saraswati Suich). Judy has taught Faculty training programs in Australia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Columbia and Iran.
Judy has involved her entire family in Choice Theory. She is proud that her husband has developed a business based on the idea of quality in real estate development, and her daughter is participating in Glasser training activities. She shares that using quality as a central motivator in work grows from learning Choice Theory, and leads to consistency in results. Thank you, Judy, for all you have done to foster William Glasser’s mission. We wish you continued success.

Glasser Ideas In the Age of the Internet
I remember all the years that my husband, William Glasser—I called him Bill--would get up every morning and after breakfast, go to his office to write on his computer. He never used his computer for any other purpose except as a glorified typewriter. When Bill began writing books, he used to write them by hand and have a secretary type the manuscript from his longhand. Every time he would edit the typed manuscript the poor secretary would have to re-type the whole thing over again from the beginning. Bill said he had to keep hiring new secretaries every so often because he kept wearing them out, one after another.
 How things changed when Bill purchased his first computer and could edit his own manuscript while writing! From the very beginning of our relationship, Bill asked me to help him edit his books. The printer was a huge asset for this work. When the first draft was ready Bill would print it for me to read and I would edit the copy in red pen. Then we would sit at the computer together and I would read the edited printout out loud. As I read, Bill would make the changes directly into the original manuscript he had saved on his computer. We did this together for eleven books over the next twenty years.
 Bill’s dream was to teach Choice Theory to everyone in the world. Fast forward to the present, the ways we teach the Glasser ideas have been greatly enhanced by modern technology. The computer is so much more than a glorified typewriter! Bill would be so pleased to know that an idea he wrote about in longhand in 1969 for Schools Without Failure is now an online course. Anyone who teaches students in the classroom, works in group counseling or perhaps corrections and wants to learn an easy way to teach Choice Theory to a group can sign up for this online course. It is called Glasser Class Meetings and is currently available at GIFCT-US. In addition you might consider other training opportunities on-line and in person through GIFCT and WGInternational
Nathanael Seers Ong, member of the Choice Theory Group in Singapore has a suggestion for teaching Choice Theory. He has created a deck of multipurpose choice theory cards which might be used as a game, as flash cards, or as daily reminders to name a few. They cover a wide range of Glasser concepts--even from the Brain Chart. Shipping is included in the price.

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