SMCA 12th Annual One-Day Conference 2018

Jefferson City, Tennessee
Saturday, February 17, 2018

SMCA 12th Annual One-Day Conference 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Carson-Newman University, Stokely Cafeteria
1646 Russell Ave
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
United States

Map and Directions
Smoky Mountain Counseling Association
Pre-Conference Session
Friday, March 23, 2018
First Baptist Church (Across from Stokely Memorial Cafeteria) 
            1610 Russell Ave

Friday March 23, 2018
Smokey Mountain Counseling Association
Dr. Robert Wubbolding
Pre-Convention Session

Dr. Robert Wubbolding

Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD, is a professional presenter whose workshops always include practical demonstrations of how to counsel a wide variety of clients. He is director of the Center for Reality Therapy in Cincinnati, Ohio, professor emeritus at Xavier University, director of training for the William Glasser Institute (1987-2011) and has taught Reality Therapy from Korea to Kuwait and from Singapore to Slovenia. A counselor and psychologist he has been a high school counselor, elementary school counselor, a halfway house counselor for ex-offenders, and a consultant to the drug and alcohol abuse programs of the U.S. Army and Air Force.

            He has authored over 150 articles and essays, 37 chapters in text books and has authored 17 books including the most comprehensive reality therapy book Reality Therapy for the 21st Century as well as Reality Therapy: Theories of Psychotherapy Series published in 2011 by the American Psychological Association and Reality Therapy and Self-Evaluation: The Key to Client Change published in 2017 by the American Counseling Association. He is a member of many professional organizations. In October 2005 he received the award of Outstanding Graduate for the 1970s decade from the University of Cincinnati Counseling Department. In 2009 he was awarded the Certificate of Reality Therapy Psychotherapist by the European Association for Psychotherapy. In 2014 he received the award “Legend of Counseling” at the meeting of the American Counseling Association in Hawaii.  He introduced reality therapy in Romania, Malta, Korea and other countries.

Pre-Conference Session


Practical and Usable Skills That Are Immediately “Implementable” – Reality Therapy in Action


Reality therapy sees human behavior as purposeful, i.e., aimed at satisfying 5 universal human needs: survival/self-preservation, love/belonging, power/inner control/achievement, freedom/independence, and fun/enjoyment. Satisfying this 5-fold system of needs motivates human beings to generate behaviors in family life and in society. This system of human motivation known as choice theory is the foundation for the process of reality therapy. The WDEP system of reality therapy constitutes the “how to” or specific skills for implementing choice theory. Support and empathy in reality therapy mean not only seeing the clients’ current points of view but also seeing clients as they can become: empowered and effective decision makers who satisfy their needs in positive ways and therefore can relinquish so-called difficult behaviors.

Research demonstrates that clients are likely to improve if they feel understood. This workshop presents specific tools for counselors to understand clients by listening carefully for what they want from the world around them. Reality therapy, congruent with the principles of mindfulness, provides an organized and humanistic but not mechanistic method to understand and empower clients.


Participants will be able to:

List 5 human motivators or needs from which all behavior springs.

Describe the difference between needs and wants.

Discuss the meaning and practicality of W, D, E, P as a summary of reality therapy.

Identify 5 toxic behaviors chosen by clients that impede their skill in making choices helpful to         themselves and others.

Analyze the rationale underlying self-evaluation as the key to client change.

Present 5 characteristics of effective planning.

List 2 types of paradox and describe ethical principles for implementing them.


9:00        Introduction, warm up, expectations.

9:15        Overview of choice theory: five motivators of human behavior;

               four components of behavior;  levels of perception.

10:30      Break

10:45      Simulated demonstrations/DVD and discussion.

11:30      Establishing the counseling environment:

Tonics and Toxins, i.e., behaviors which help or hinder the relationship.

These are related to the previous role play simulation and are discussed

in further detail.

12:00      Lunch

1:15        WDEP system: the Cycle of Counseling, Managing, and Supervising; 

discussion of how Wants, Doing (behavior), self-Evaluation, and Planning

apply to hostility, disruption, and excuses. Special applications to clients of  participants.

2:15        Simulated demonstrations and discussions.

2:45        Break

3:00        Paradoxical techniques and how they are integrated into reality therapy;

ethics and contraindications.

3:30        Simulated demonstration and plans for implementation.

4:00        Evaluation of workshop: Adjournment.


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