3- Day Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) - Zoom

3- Day Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) - Zoom

Regular price $999.00

Dates: January 27th - 29th, 2023

Friday - 8:45 am EST - 7:15 pm EST

Saturday - 9:00 am EST- 7:15 pm EST

Sunday - 9:00 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

Program:  Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Number of Didactic hours: 12

Number of Supervision hours: 12

24 Contact Hours/ 24 Continuing Education Credits will be provided by the Albert Ellis Institute upon successful completion of the training.

Location:  Live Zoom


Lecture 1: Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)- 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. 

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. 

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. 

Lecture 4: Mistakes to Avoid in REBT- Beginning therapists practicing REBT make a variety of errors, including not being active and directive, not setting an agenda, not recognizing when the target emotion has changed during a session, allowing clients to spend too much time talking about their past, etc.  This lecture reviews the common errors therapists make as well as various strategies to correct them.  

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.

Peer Counseling 2: please see the above description. 

Peer Counseling 3: please see the above description. 

Peer Counseling 4: please see the above description. 


Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Demonstrate how to develop new adaptive beliefs, emotions, and behaviors

  • Describe at least ten (10) common mistakes new REBT therapists make



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.


Required Reading:

A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy 3rd Edition by R. A. DiGiuseppe, K. A. Doyle, W. Dryden, & W. Backx

Dealing with Emotional Problems- Using Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide by W. Dryden

The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion by W. Dryden & M. Neenan

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: 

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Sc.D., Director of Professional Education and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute 

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

Steve Johnson, Ph.D., Sc.D., President of AEI Board of Trustees and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute

Michael Hickey, Ph.D.Director of Psychological Evaluations and Core Faculty Trainer, Albert Ellis Institute



Albert Ellis Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Albert Ellis Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Albert Ellis Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5145. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Albert Ellis Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Albert Ellis Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0133.

Albert Ellis Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0131.

Albert Ellis Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0019.


Transfer or Cancelling of Registration

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100% of the registration fee

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