Leading Figures

Ed Ford - Scottsdale, Arizona

Ed Ford

Ed Ford is president of Responsible Thinking ProcessĀ®, Inc. His organization trains educators and parents in using the Responsible Thinking Process (RTP) to assist the young in conducting themselves more effectively, relating better with others, and becoming more responsible people. The Responsible Thinking Process is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT)

He feels it is unfair to expect teachers to change those things over which they have no control. Instead, he believes teachers should teach students how to understand what they want for themselves in life and how to develop plans for getting what they want while not infringing on the rights of others. This is the essence of RTP.

Mr. Ford served in the U.S. Navy, was a newspaper reporter, and later worked in the industrial relations department of a large steel factory. He taught high school for six years, then earned a master's degree in social work and went into private counselling. Not long afterward, he joined the faculty of the Institute for Reality Therapy and began teaching Reality Therapy and consulting in schools and other institutions in Ohio.

For the past 30 years, he has taught and consulted in alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres, in mental heath centres for residential and outpatients, in approximately 70 school districts, and on the faculty of Arizona State University's School of Social Work.

Mr. Ford, a founding member and past president of the Control Systems Group that researches and promotes Perceptual Control Theory, has authored 13 books, including Discipline for Home and School, Book One (3rd edition, 2003) and Book Two (revised edition, 1999).

Currently, he consults and trains extensively with school districts that want to use the Responsible Thinking Process.

Ed has written a number of enlightening books including Creating Peace Within and Freedom From Stress. For a full description of RTP, along with a wide range of electronic and printed resources, see www.responsiblethinking.comĀ 

More details on RTP are provided in this website, in the section on Education.