Conference: 2003 Featured Speakers

Dr. William Glasser


Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925, William Glasser was educated at Case Western Reserve University where he received his BS (1945) and MA (1948) in Clinical Psychology, and his M.D. (1953) in Psychiatry. He completed his medical internship at UCLA from 1954 to 1957, his Psychiatric Residency at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, and was Board Certified in Psychiatry in 1961. The University

of San Francisco awarded Dr. Glasser the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa in 1990.

Dr. Glasser has written twenty-one books, most published by HarperCollins, including his best selling Reality Therapy (1965), Schools Without Failure (1969), Positive Addiction (1976), and The Quality School (1990), The Quality School Teacher (1993), and Choice Theory in the Classroom (1998). In the last four years, he has written Choice Theory (1998), Counseling with Choice Theory (2001) (paperback edition of Reality Therapy in Action published in 2000), What Is This Thing Called Love? (2000), Getting Together and Staying Together (2000), Every Student Can Succeed (2000), Fibromyalgia (2001), and Unhappy Teenagers (2002).

He is president of the William Glasser Institute in Chatsworth, California, an international organization consisting of over 59,000 people who have received training in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, Quality Education and Choice Theory Management all over the world.

Dr. Glasser worked in the private practice of psychiatry in West Los Angeles from 1956-86, while lecturing and writing on a concurrent basis. Since closing his office, he has devoted himself completely to writing, lecturing and intensively training people in his ideas. He has worked and consulted in every area of psychiatry and has taught and lectured at universities in many countries of the world. He is presently an adjunct professor of Counseling at California State University, Northridge.

His major effort is to teach the world Choice Theory, a new psychology aimed at replacing the present psychology of the world, which he calls, external control psychology. He believes that external control psychology is a plague on humanity because it destroys human relationships. In doing so, it prevents us from getting along any better with each other than we ever have as evidenced by our failure to improve marital, family, teacher-student and manager-worker relationships during the present century.

At this time the City of Corning, New York with Dr. Glasser's guidance began a five-year project to teach 20,000 people to replace external control psychology with choice theory. This may be the first time in the history of the world that a whole community has embraced a new psychology. The Corning Choice Community Project has been underway since 1997.

Bill O'Hanlon


Bill O’Hanlon is a psychotherapist who was a developer of Solution-Oriented Therapy and a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies. His clinical work is recognized for its collaborative, respectful approach to clients. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor and clear and accessible presentation style.

Mr. O’Hanlon began his professional career in 1975 as a hippie transpersonal counselor in the A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce) Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz. He studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming and ultimately went back to school and became a marriage and family therapist. During graduate school he met the eminent psychiatrist, Milton Erickson, M.D. He spent 12 years of his career writing and teaching on Ericksonian approaches to therapy. Later, he developed his own ideas about psychotherapy, which he called Solution-Oriented Therapy. He further refined these ideas in Possibility and Inclusive Therapies. Mr. O’Hanlon is the author or co-author of 19 books.

Always looking for a challenge, Bill is now bringing his ideas to a larger audience. In 1999, he appeared on Oprah with his book, Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. He has also appeared on The Today Show, Canada AM, and Body By Jake. His work has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, New Woman, Newsweek, Bottom Line, Self and The Psychotherapy Networker.

Ernest Rossi


Ernest Lawrence Rossi, Ph.D. is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

He is the Science Editor of Psychological Perspectives and the author, co-author and editor of twenty professional books in the areas of psychotherapy, dreams, psychobiology, and therapeutic hypnosis that have been translated into a dozen languages. Dr. Rossi is internationally recognized as a gifted psychotherapist and teacher of innovative approaches to the creative process in hypnotherapy. In recent years he has pioneered new approaches to mindbody communication theory, healing and human consciousness. His most recent book is The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts (W.W. Norton Professional Books, 2002).


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