Success Counseling is an internal control psychology which redefines what motivates us and shows us how to have much greater control over our emotions and happiness than most of us feel we have. Internal control psychology leads to win-win relationships rather than relationships filled with conflict, and as we understand the powerful role that perception plays in our lives, we can change patterns that we no longer find useful or effective.

The skills and concepts of Success Counseling have profound implications for the way we live our lives, especially in the realm of relationships. Whether you are a teacher, parent, spouse, counselor, manager, leader, or colleague, this workshop will have a direct effect on both your happiness and effectiveness.

You do not need to have any special knowledge to take these courses. They are designed to work with both those who have no knowledge of the Success Counseling model and with those have had fairly extensive exposure. You will get a full picture of the theory and its applications and also will have time to develop skills that you can use immediately, both personally and professionally.

Success Counseling has its roots in the work of William Glasser (Reality Therapy, Choice Theory) and William Powers (Perceptual Control Theory, Applied Control Theory) but has taken these ideas several steps further to be even more impactful in the educational settings of today.



We can create training of any length or content focus, as well as providing standard training opportunities which lead to a basic set of skills and understandings, as well as providing participants with an ability to put these concepts to work immediately.

A sample list of workshop components for our Basic 3 day Educator training workshop are listed below.

Please feel free to contact Barnes about ways we can help your organization be more the organization it aspires to be.


ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The format will be a mix of presentation, demonstration, and practice. Facilitated small-group work will be a big part of the process.

Topics covered will include:

  • Creating powerful and self-sustaining classroom communities, where all members feel connected, involved, and responsible
  • How to work more effectively with motivated, unmotivated, and antagonistic students
  • The power and process of perception
  • “Managing discipline situations with minimal conflict and maximum positive outcomes
  • Developing healthy expectations about what you can and cannot accomplish with your students
  • Letting go of what you can’t control, without giving up your core responsibility as a teacher and a leader
  • Distinguishing when to use a power-based approach and when to use a relationship-based approach to teaching and problem-solving
  • Internal vs. External Control Psychology
  • Learning to use language that minimizes conflict in the classroom, and that promotes genuine engagement
  • Helping students take responsibility for themselves, their work, and their attitudes
  • Changing the way you perceive yourself and your students, leading to greater connection, competence, fun, and freedom in your school and classroom
  • Clarifying and moving forward towards becoming the teacher you want to be