Take Charge of Your Life

How much do you feel in control of your life?


Why do you allow some people to control you and yet you won’t allow others to do so? Does anyone control you, really? If you believe that the world around you controls you, it could be said that you are externally controlled.  But in reality, is that really true?  Do you choose who you allow to control you?  Or, are you actually controlled by the beliefs and principles by which you live? Where do those principles and beliefs come from?  Do they come from your parents, from your friends, from the society in which you live?

What if…

  • you could better understand why you do the things you do?
  • you could make better choices to get along with those people who are important in your life?
  • you could take charge of your life?

William Glasser, M.D. taught that all human beings are born with at least five genetic needs, the need to stay alive, Survival; the need for affection and caring, Love and Belonging; the need to be able to make choices, Freedom; the need to have value, Power; and the need to enjoy life, Fun.  How we perceive  or  understand  these  needs,  and  how  we  act  to  satisfy  them  each  day,  are  the  internal motivation for all of our behaviour.  Dr Glasser taught that all our behaviour is purposeful in an attempt to satisfy these needs, and that we are doing the best we can at any moment of time due to the information and beliefs that we have.

Choice Theory Psychology, described by Dr Glasser, is the information upon which this program “Take Charge of Your Life” is based. With the concepts and beliefs of Choice Theory, every human being can manage their lives more effectively and learn to self-evaluate each choice of behaviour so that we can be productive and pursue happiness throughout our lives.  In this program, the concepts of Choice Theory® will be presented for you to decide whether you think this theory of behaviour is accurate and helpful for you.

To find someone to speak to about Take Charge of Your Life, see the Facilitators below:


What is the “Take Charge of Your Life” workshop?

This is a special workshop developed by William Glasser International open to the general public and intended to help people take better control of their lives.  It serves as a basic introduction to Choice Theory Psychology as a way to understand how we can improve the quality of our own lives and our personal wellbeing.

How long does the workshop last?

It takes a total of six hours and these sessions may be delivered in one day or may be distributed over several days to suit the needs of the participants.

Who may do the workshop?

Anyone can attend.

What is involved in the workshop?

This takes the form of six different sessions and these include short presentations and activities.  There is a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Is a certificate issued?

The workshop is officially recognised by William Glasser International, the body formally appointed by Dr Glasser to continue his work. Your facilitator will organize a certificate.

How much does it cost?

WGI wish the cost of the workshop to be as reasonable as possible. Your facilitator will determine the cost and there is a small administration fee for a formal certificate from William Glasser International.

Who can I talk to about the workshop?

A list of Accredited Facilitators is available below

Who facilitates the workshop?

list of Australian Accredited Facilitators  is available by clicking this link.

If I wish to join a “Take Charge of Your Life” workshop, what should I do?

Go to the Glasser Australia Training page to see what training is available in Australia.

Accredited Facilitators

For further information about Take Charge of Your Life please contact

Bette Blance, William Glasser International: betteblance@gmail.com

Sue Berry, Glasser Australia: sueberrycounselling@bigpond.com

or one of the following :

Australian Accredited Facilitators


John Archibald jarch001q@gmail.com Toowoomba, Queensland
Sue Berry sueberrycounselling@bigpond.com Port Lincoln, South Australia
Bette Blance betteblance@gmail.com North Island , New Zealand
Maggie Bolton barebone@ozemail.com Sydney, NSW
John Cooper john6@iinet.net.au Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Di Childs dichilds00@gmail.com Adelaide, South Australia
Susan Fleming slf96a@bigpond.com Brisbane, Queensland
Aaron Grugan aaron.grugan@det.nsw.edu.au New South Wales
Sylvia Habel sylvia.habel@leadingpotential.com.au Adelaide, South Australia
Ines Pintos-Lopez counsellingbythebeach@gmail.com Gold Coast, Queensland
Marian Ruyter mariandalf@hotmail.com Bendigo, Victoria
Maureen Sansom  maureen@thetcoyl.com Port Stephens, NSW
Lorraine Shaw shawlorraine10@gmail.com Gold Coast,  Queensland
Nancy Snow nancyelizabethsnow@gmail.com Newcastle, NSW
Jeff Steedman jeffsteedman@bigpond.com Lower Plenty, Victoria
Kalikamurti Saraswati Suich kalikamurti@centredinchoice.com Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Lauren Want odenshomoe@yahoo.com Springfield Lakes, Queensland
Gayle Williams gjwilliams@idl.net.au Victoria
Graeme Willox willgrae@yahoo.com.au Swan Hill, Victoria

Further information about the ideas behind what we teach can be found using the drop-down menu

For information about training in these ideas, explore the TRAINING section

For information about the evidence base of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy see https://www.wglasserinternational.org/research/evid-based/