Primary Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) - Online Course

Primary Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) - Online Course

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$600 - Didactics Only (Completion of the didactic portion does not result in a Primary Practicum Certificate.)

$900 - Didactics and Peer Counseling (Upon successful completion of both portions, you will receive a Primary Practicum Certificate.)


The focus of this course will be on strategies to identify and restructure clients' dysfunctional beliefs and constructing more adaptive beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. REBT’s conceptualization of emotions and common errors new REBT Therapists make will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives for the Didactic Portion Only

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the REBT theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance and change.
  • Describe the B-C connection.
  • Identify clients’ dysfunctional beliefs.
  • Utilize cognitive restructuring of clients’ dysfunctional beliefs.
  • Describe strategies to develop new adaptive beliefs, emotions, and behaviors.
  • Explain common errors new REBT Therapists make.
  • Discuss at least 4 strategies to correct common errors REBT therapists make.
  • Identify dysfunctional negative emotions and maladaptive behaviors.
  • Demonstrate to clients the functional emotions and adaptive behavior counterparts.
  • Plan and create with clients clinically relevant homework assignments.

Learning Objectives for the Peer Counseling Portion Only

Participants will learn to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify an Activating Event, Emotional and Behavioral Consequences, and Irrational Beliefs.
  • Apply cognitive restructuring strategies to irrational beliefs.
  • Create healthier rational beliefs to change dysfunctional emotions and maladaptive behaviors to functional emotions and self-preserving behaviors. 



Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D., Sc.D., is the Director of the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI). Dr. Doyle is also Director of Clinical Services, founding Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center (EDTRC), and a licensed psychologist at AEI. During her 21-year tenure at AEI, Dr. Doyle has held various leadership roles including Associate Executive Director, Training and Development Coordinator, and Director of Child and Family Services. She is also a Diplomate in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (RE & CBT) and serves on the Diplomate Board.

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Sc.D., is Director of Professional Education and licensed Staff Psychologist at the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI). After earning a B.S. degree from Villanova University, Dr. DiGiuseppe received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1975. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at AEI in 1977. In 1980 he became the Institute’s Director of Professional Education, a position he has held since then.

Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D., Sc.D.,  is a Fellow, Approved Supervisor and Diplomate in REBT through the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC. He was mentored by Dr. Albert Ellis himself and currently serves as the President of the Institute. he is also a professor in clinical counseling and the director of the graduate program in addictions counseling. His specialties include treating PTSD, substance use disorders, and behavioral/process addictions. 



Program:  Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy 

Number of Didactic hours: 21

Number of Peer Counseling hours: 2

  • 21 Contact Hours/ 21 Continuing Education Credits will be provided by the Albert Ellis Institute for completion of the Didactic portion only.
  • 23 Contact Hours/ 23 Continuing Education Credits will be provided by the Albert Ellis Institute for completion of the Didactic and Peer Counseling portion.


Module 1: The Theory of REBT

This module is an introduction to Albert Ellis’ theory of emotional 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 and others) 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.

Module 2: Clinical Interventions and Strategies

This module will cover the clinical implications of Ellis’ distinction between disturbed and non-disturbed emotions; how one goes about assessing irrational beliefs; 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. There will be a focus on the B (Belief) and 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.

Module 3: Dealing with Emotions in REBT

This module 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 respective behavioral/action tendencies, will be addressed.

Module 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, and allowing clients to spend too much time talking about their past, etc. This lecture reviews the common errors therapists make as well as strategies to correct them.


Required Reading:

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

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

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


Evaluation of Knowledge:

  • Successful completion (75%) of a written examination provided by AEI on the theory and practice of RE&CBT within three months of commencement of the program.


Online Peer Counseling (optional):

If you are interested in receiving a Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, participants will be required to conduct four 20-minute sessions of peer counseling, where they will serve as the therapist to demonstrate the skills learned in the didactic portion of the training. During peer counseling, an REBT certified member of the Training Faculty will observe each participant working with a volunteer, who will discuss a real problem.  Participants will receive in vivo feedback of their demonstrated skills with the opportunity to correct their errors and enhance their practice.

Evaluation of Skills:

  • Skills rating of a minimum average of “3.5” utilizing the Albert Ellis Institute ITSPRC Evaluation form (see attached) across the 4 live peer counseling sessions by at least two ITSPRC-approved Training Faculty Members. If the participant does not meet this requirement, they can provide additional demonstration(s) of peer counseling skills as necessary, to be reviewed by an approved faculty member at an additional cost to the participant.
  • Participants are required to complete the Didactic and Peer                        Counseling components within six months of the commencement of the program.

Eligibility for Professional Certificate:

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., R.N., or an equivalent degree based on the regulations of the jurisdiction where one practices.  Proof of degree or license must accompany the registration form.





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.



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