Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: The Compassionate, Pioneering Cognitive Psychotherapy

Presented by Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, MDAM, LMHC on 11-19-2020 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific (2:30 p.m. Eastern) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific (4:30 p.m. Eastern)

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), created by Dr. Albert Ellis--who is recognized as one of most influential psychologists of all time--changed the world of psychotherapy. Evidence-based, scientific, no-nonsense, effective, and empowering, REBT is also imbued with compassion. In addition to being a unique therapeutic approach that has inspired and influenced many approaches that followed it, it can also be a way of life for those who choose to apply it as such. REBT provides "how-to's" for minimizing emotional disturbance in order to create a meaningful life that brings enrichment and greater joy, and it also encourages individuals to contribute to the well being of other people and the world around them. It is known as one of the most holistic approaches in the field of psychotherapy.

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis was entrusted by her late husband, Dr. Albert Ellis, to continue his work, and does so with dedication, passion, and humor--making it relevant for the current times. In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Joffe Ellis will share the basic principles, philosophy, and therapeutic techniques of REBT. She will talk about the REBT recommendations and descriptions of ways of successfully coping during times of challenge and crisis. She will also give a brief live demonstration of REBT and answer attendees' questions. 

This introductory web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Outline the basic principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
  2. Describe the differences between rational and irrational thinking.
  3. Explain the differences between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions.
  4. List the main cognitive, emotive, and behavioral techniques in REBT.
  5. Describe the pivotal aspects of an effective REBT therapist.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents the evidence-based pioneering approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. It is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association (APA) which has published books on this approach and produced a video REBT training program for professionals. This program includes strategies for applying the methods taught in a clinically responsible manner, which according to reliable research can be highly effective for achieving therapeutic goals. However, as can be the case with all psychotherapeutic approaches, misapplication of REBT's psychotherapeutic interventions with some mentally and emotionally vulnerable individuals may have little or no benefit.

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2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. To receive CE credit hours for an archived recording, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, MDAM, LMHC

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, MDAM, LMHC

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis is a licensed psychologist (Australia), licensed mental health counselor (New York), presenter, writer, and adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City where she teaches Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Comparative Psychotherapies. She was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. For the past two decades, New York City has been her home.

For years, Dr. Joffe Ellie worked with her husband, Dr. Albert Ellis, the renowned pioneer of modern cognitive therapies, giving public presentations and professional trainings in his approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), as well as collaborating with him on writing and research projects until his death in 2007. Before his passing, Dr. Albert Ellis stated and wrote that he entrusted her to continue his work.

Dr. Joffe Ellis is recognized as a world-renowned expert on REBT, and regularly presents, throughout the USA and around the world to students, academics, practitioners in the helping professions, and to members of the general public. She wrote the second edition of the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (published 2019) that she co-wrote with her husband in its first edition. She is also featured in a DVD produced by the American Psychological Association (APA) demonstrating and discussing the REBT approach. She has written chapters for various text books, articles, and has reviewed publications for APA’s PsycCritiques Journal. In 2014 she was named “Legend in Counseling” at the American Counseling Association annual conference, and has received various other awards and acknowledgments for her work.

Dr. Joffe Ellis joyfully and passionately continues her mission of informing as many people as possible--through her presentations, teaching, writing, and the ways she strives to ‘walk her talk’--that each one of us has the power to create our emotional destinies despite and including challenging circumstances, and through teaching the ‘how-to’s’ of doing so.

You can learn more about Dr. Joffe Ellis at debbiejoffeellis.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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