Using Reality Therapy in Schools: Its Potential Impact on the Effectiveness of the ASCA

Dr. Cynthia Palmer Mason, Western Kentucky University
Dr. Jill D. Duba, Western Kentucky University

Document Type Article

The definitive version will appear in International Journal of Reality Therapy fall 2009.


The primary purpose of this manuscript is to examine the application of Reality Therapy in schools. The basic components of the American School Counseling Association’s National Model and also the core tenets of Reality Therapy are reviewed in terms of pertinent literature. This is followed by a focus on the delivery system of the national model. Lastly, specific emphasis will be placed on the potential impact Reality Therapy can have on student academic achievement, personal/social development, and career decision-making skills when applied to each program component.