Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy - LIVE REMOTELY

Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy - LIVE REMOTELY

Regular price $999.00



Friday - 8:45 am - 7:15 pm

Saturday - 9:00 am - 7:15 pm

Sunday - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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: Albert Ellis Institute, 145 E. 32nd Street, 9th Fl, New York, NY 10016


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: Learning from Errors 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

  • Construct and teach clients 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. DiGiuseppe, K. 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

 * Please note, that at the end of this training, participants will be asked to complete an exam.  A passing grade on the exam (70%), along with satisfactory reviews by supervisors from the peer counseling sessions will result in the Primary certificate.  



Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Director of Professional Education, Albert Ellis Institute 

Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D., Director, Albert Ellis Institute



Albert Ellis Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The 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 (NYSED) State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #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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