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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): Clinical Applications for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Shame & Anger

Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
5 Hours 47 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 17, 2015
Media Type:
Online Learning


Join international trainer and presenter Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, wife of the late Dr. Albert Ellis, for this one-day seminar on the practical, clinical applications of evidence-based Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Albert Ellis was one of the most influential psychologist of all time, founder the cognitive-behavioral therapies and the developer of REBT, Dr. Ellis is a legend in the field of psychotherapy and revolutionized the field. The core of his approach and its strategies remain in today’s most effective evidenced based approaches.

Dr. Joffe Ellis brings the same passion, enthusiasm and irreverence her late husband brought to his trainings. This is an exclusive opportunity to learn from a master who will provide you with unique insight into REBT. Along with a live demonstration of these effective techniques you will also have the opportunity to learn from the late Dr. Ellis himself through very rare video footage.

In this seminar you will learn specific cognitive-based techniques from REBT to move your client beyond merely correcting their symptoms, to helping them unconditionally accept themselves, their relationships and their lives. As a result they will be better able to meet life’s challenges with greater resilience.



  • Development of the REBT approach
  • Discerning healthy rational thinking from unhealthy irrational thinking
  • Low Frustration Tolerance vs. High Frustration Tolerance
  • The ABC self-help tool of REBT
  • Vigorous REBT Disputing techniques


Cognitive Techniques:

  • The ABC method
  • Assessing Cost-Benefit Ratio
  • Distraction Methods, Modeling

Emotive-Evocative Techniques

  • Rational Emotive Imagery
  • Shame-Attacking Exercises
  • Use of Coping Statements
  • Role Play
  • Humor

Behavioral Techniques

  • In-Vivo Desensitization
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Using Reinforcement
  • Skill Training

Choosing the most effective techniques for specific issues

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Shame/guilt
  • Rage
  • Addictive behaviors
  • PTSD
  • OCD


  • Exercises in pairs and small groups
  • Practice REBT using handout describing the ABC Method as a guide
  • Mindfulness and 'Thinking about our Thinking'
  • REBT and spirituality
  • Unconditional acceptance, compassion and empathy
  • “The REBT Therapist”
  • Recommendations for greater effectiveness and impact as a clinician

Discussion and Q & A's


  • Discuss the origin of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Demonstrate how to use the ABC self-help REBT tool.
  • Demonstrate how to conduct a shame-attacking emotive evocative technique.
  • Describe the most effective REBT treatment techniques to use with anxiety.
  • Summarize the aspects of mindfulness that relate to REBT.
  • Describe how to effectively choose the appropriate technique for the clinical disorders of anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors.

To order the book, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy), please visit our product store.

To order the book, The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians, please visit our product store.


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General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. 



Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis Related seminars and products

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis is a licensed mental health counselor in New York. She has an active private practice in New York City and also delivers lectures, workshops and seminars throughout the USA and across the globe on the effectiveness of REBT treatment techniques.

In 1993, Dr. Joffe Ellis was (along with Mother Teresa and the physician to the Dalai Lama) awarded a gold medal by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, in affiliation with the World Health Organization, for her contributions to the field of alternative medicine.

Dr. Joffe Ellis spent several years studying yoga, meditation and philosophy in India, and whilst there also did volunteer work to help local villagers.

She has been recognized for her volunteer work with recovery workers and family members of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001 and beyond, and for her contributions to the international development of educational programs on addiction treatment in Mexico in 2008.

In addition to presenting on REBT and related topics throughout the USA and around the globe, Dr. Joffe Ellis is completing a book she and her husband started working on together about REBT and Buddhism.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals

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