Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Treatment of Addictions - LIVE REMOTE
Dates: November 11*, 12, 18, 19, 2022
*Prerequisite: Primary Certificate in REBT (If you have not taken this practicum, you will be required to attend a one-day training on REBT held Friday, November 11, 2022 in order to attend the 3-day REBT Treatment of Addictions Practicum November 12, 18, & 19, 2022)
24 CE Credits/Contact Hours (for 3-day Treatment of Addictions Practicum)
33 CE Credits/Contact Hours (for 3-day Treatment of Addictions Practicum + Prerequisite)
Prerequisite Lecture 1: Basic Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Theory & Practice- This is an introduction to Albert Ellis’ theory of emotional behavioral disturbance, including its origins and the ABC framework (Activating event-Beliefs-emotional and behavioral Consequences). Core irrational beliefs (demandingness, frustration intolerance, awfulizing, global rating of self, others, and the world) and the consequential unhealthy negative emotions (anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, shame, hurt) and maladaptive behaviors (procrastination, abuse of substances, verbally and physically lashing out at others, etc.) will be addressed. The distinction between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions, as well as rational versus irrational beliefs will be highlighted. The distinction between practical versus emotional problems and solutions; why REBT proposes addressing emotional problems before practical problems; and the prerequisite insights necessary before disputing client irrational beliefs will be addressed. Restructuring of irrational beliefs, the core of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, will be taught. A live demonstration with a participant will take place, showing in vivo the application of REBT to a real problem. The focus of this lecture is teaching participants that in the face of uncontrollable adversity, they have control over their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Prerequisite Lecture 2: Clinical Interventions and Strategies- This lecture will cover the clinical implications of Ellis’ distinction between disturbed and nondisturbed emotions; how one goes about assessing irrational beliefs; There will be a focus on the B (belief) C (emotional and behavioral consequences) connection. This ultimately asks clients to assume responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, thereby giving them control to change them. The distinction between Beck’s challenging of the inferences, versus Ellis’ elegant solution of challenging the evaluations clients make from their inferences is highlighted. REBT’s active-directive hypothesis-driven approach to assessment will be taught. Strategies to identify clients’ irrational beliefs, including Inductive awareness, Inductive interpretation, and Inference Chaining will be taught. A focus on inference chaining will occur, as this is the heart of REBT’s approach to eliciting client irrational beliefs. Finally, challenging/disputing strategies will be taught to participants to replace client irrational beliefs with rational alternative beliefs. The use of various cognitive, emotive, and behavioral homework assignments will be emphasized.
Prerequisite Lecture 3: REBT’s Conceptualization of Emotions- This lecture discusses the binary model of distress as it relates to emotions. A review of the inference themes of the dysfunctional negative emotions (depression, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, hurt) and the functional negative emotions (sadness, concern, annoyance, disappointment, regret) as well as the respected behavioral/action tendencies will be addressed.
Addictions Lecture 1: Assessment of Stages and Motivation for Change- This lecture discusses Stage of Change Theory and Motivational Interviewing to assess the client’s readiness for change. Specifically, it will consider assessing a client’s current level of motivation and how this level of motivation corresponds to the client’s current stage of change. For each level of motivation and stage of change discussion will focus on the typical cognitions, emotions, and behaviors observed and the implications for developing an REBT treatment plan for the client. With respect to assessment of motivation of change, the important intrinsic and extrinsic factors that function as intrinsic motivators and extrinsic motivators will be discussed. It will include brief consideration of integrating family sessions given the important role of family as an extrinsic factor.
Addictions Lecture 2: REBT Cognitive, Behavioral, & Emotive Interventions for Treating Addictions- This lecture will build upon the information discussed in Lecture 4, namely, the cognitions, emotions, and behaviors associated with the levels of change and motivation of the client. For each level, REBT cognitive, behavioral, and emotive interventions will be discussed and demonstrated. Also, discussed will be how Motivational Interviewing interventions can be integrated with REBT to help the client increase motivation for change in ways that consider both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
Addictions Lecture 3: REBT Treatment of Addictive & Co-Occurring Disorders- This lecture will discuss the major disorders co-occurring with addictive disorders with a focus on major depression, generalized anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. It will also discuss the debate regarding the timing of the treatment of the addictive disorder vis-à-vis treating the co-occurring disorders. Consideration will be given to the interaction between the disorders and the role of client history to help determine whether the addictive disorder functioned as self-medicating the co-occurring disorders. It will discuss factors to consider in developing a treatment plan to address the addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Addictions Lecture 4: Integrating REBT and Peer-Led Support Groups- This lecture will discuss the major peer-led support groups, such as SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and some faith-based support groups, etc., and their conceptualization of addictions. It will consider the debate on the use of psychotherapy vs. support groups to treat addictions. Major discussion will be given to the integration of SMART Recovery and individual REBT treatment. Given the role of faith or spirituality within many support groups for addictions, the ways REBT addresses faith and spirituality within treatment will be discussed.
Peer Counseling 1: Practicing REBT in Peer Counseling- Participants will be assigned to small groups for practice incorporating the skills taught during the didactic portion of the training. An REBT certified supervisor will meet with the group, with participants practicing REBT with each other in dyads. Participants will be asked to bring up real problems (at their discretion) and each will have an opportunity to be a therapist and then a client. Participants will receive in vivo supervision of their demonstrated skills. There are four rounds of peer counseling during the training.
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By the end of this practicum, participants will be able to:
- Explain the REBT theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance and change
- Describe REBT’s conceptualization of emotions from a binary distress perspective
- Identify and restructure clients’ maladaptive beliefs
- Construct and teach clients how to develop new adaptive beliefs, emotions, and behaviors
- Integrate Stage of Change Theory and Motivational Interviewing with REBT
- Identify the dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and cognitions at each level of client motivation
- Construct a treatment plan that addresses client’s addictive disorder and co-occurring disorders
- Identify relevant peer-led support groups and integrate REBT with the activity of the client’s chosen peer-led group
Open to psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, and graduate students. The minimum qualification for certificate candidacy is a master’s degree in psychology or counseling, M.S.W., M.D., or R.N. Other helping professionals (e.g., alcoholism counselors) may be eligible to participate in the full Practicum but will receive a Paraprofessional Certificate. Proof of degree or license must accompany the registration form.
Prerequisite Required Reading:
A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy 3rd Edition by R. A. DiGiuseppe, K. A. Doyle, W. Dryden, & W. Backx
The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion by W. Dryden & M. Neenan
Am I Addicted?: 64 Questions and Answers to Help You Change an Addictive or Semi-Addictive Behavior by Michler Bishop
SMART Recovery 3rd Edition Handbook by Rosemary Harding
Evaluation and Minimum Scores for Completion of the Primary Certificate in REBT:
- Successful completion of (70%) of an examination at the end of the training on the theory and practice of REBT.
- Skills rating of a minimum average of “3.5” across the four (4) live peer counseling sessions. If the participant does not meet this requirement, they can provide an additional demonstration(s) of peer counseling skills as necessary, to be reviewed by an approved faculty member at a cost to the participant.
Core Faculty Trainers:
Steve Johnson, Ph.D., Sc.D., President of AEI Board of Trustees and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute
F. Michler Bishop, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D., Sc.D., Director and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute
Windy Dryden, Ph.D., Sc.D., Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute
Michael Hickey, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Evaluations and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute
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