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Albert Ellis, PhD - Brief REBT Demonstration

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Clinical Demonstrations |  Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) |  Anger |  Humor |  Psychotherapy
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Albert Ellis, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
May 27, 2000
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Albert Ellis (2000) demonstrates with two volunteers. The first volunteer is angry and intimidated by her supervisors. Humor and imagery are incorporated. The second volunteer feels a need to control others and is angry when she can’t. Ellis uses imagery to correct cognitive patterns and produce an emotional shift.

Educational Objectves:

  1. To list three main techniques of brief REBT.
  2. To list three advantages of brief REBT.

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Albert Ellis, PhD, was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He also founded and was the President of the New York City-based Albert Ellis Institute for decades.

He is generally considered to be one of the originators of the cognitive revolutionary paradigm shift in psychotherapy and one of the founders of cognitive-behavioral therapies.[2]

Based on a 1982 professional survey of US and Canadian psychologists, he was considered as the second most influential psychotherapist in history (Carl Rogers ranked first in the survey; Sigmund Freud was ranked third).[3][4] Psychology Today noted, "No individual—not even Freud himself—has had a greater impact on modern psychotherapy."[5]