Since 2007 LMU and the WGI have been in dialogue about preserving the work of Dr. Glasser and planning for the future of choice theory and reality therapy. This dialogue has resulted in the formation of The William Glasser Institute for Research in Public Mental Health. The goal of the LMU Institute is to promote, study and research the implications of mental health as a public issue. A major emphasis will center on research across 13 dimensions: counseling and therapy; relationships; quality schools; business and management; child advocacy; criminal justice and corrections; volunteerism and giving; addictions; violence, abuse and trauma; health and wellness; ministry and faith traditions; and finally world peace and global relations.
Other initiatives include: infusion of choice theory and practice at the university, training faculty and staff, establishing a professorship dedicated to research and public mental health. These challenging and futuristic goals are congruent with the university mission and spring from the mission of The William Glasser Institute.
Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution, enjoys the highest reputation as an institution of higher learning and community service. The connection between LMU and WGI points toward a promising and lasting societal impact for choice theory and reality therapy.