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The Humanistic, Vigorous and Universal Approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Debbie Joffe Ellis, PhD

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the pioneering cognitive approach created by the remarkable Albert Ellis PhD, is an active-directive, assertive and practical approach, yet infused with compassion and unconditional acceptance. Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis will share the main aspects of REBT, the unique qualities of cognitive approaches, its unusual history and development, its multimodal nature, universal relevance and appeal. The principles of REBT include the fact that different norms and beliefs are held by clients from various cultures, and encourages REBT therapists to be mindful and respectful of such differences. A main goal is for therapists to help themselves and their clients to take responsibility for their own emotional destinies: to learn to think in healthy ways, thereby creating healthy emotions – maximizing joy and minimizing emotional suffering.

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, is a licensed psychologist (Australia) and mental health counselor (New York), Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, presenter and writer. She worked with Dr. Albert Ellis, her husband, giving public presentations and professional trainings in his approach of REBT, as well as collaborating with him on writing and research projects until his death in 2007. She continues to present, practice and write about his groundbreaking psychotherapeutic approach of REBT. Recognized as a world-renowned expert on REBT, she was featured in a DVD produced by the APA demonstrating and discussing the approach. APA published the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy that she co-authored with Dr. Albert Ellis.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 |      3:30 – 4:30 pm* EDT

*There will be additional time for discussion after the webinar


Non-members of Div52 Members of Div52
Senior $25 Senior $20
Early Career Psychologist $15 Early Career Psychologist $10
Student $8 Student $5

Note: An Early Career Psychologist (ECP): Less than 10 years of practice since graduation
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For registration questions, contact Veronica Allen, CMP, APA Division Services Office at or 202336-6121.