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Primary Certificate practicum of Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA
Primary Certificate practicum of Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA

Thu, 03 Jan


Grandeur Hotel

Primary Certificate practicum of Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA

The primary certificate practicum in RECBT of Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA. Faculty- Kristene Doyle PhD, Director of AEI, New York, Shishir Palsapure MD (Hom), MSc (Psy), Director of ATC of AEI.

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Time & Location

03 Jan 2019, 9:00 am – 05 Jan 2019, 4:30 pm

Grandeur Hotel, Al Barsha First (Behind the Mall of Emirates) - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

About The Event

Primary Certificate Practicum in RECBT

of Albert Ellis Institute

3-Day Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Information copied from Albert Ellis Institute's website

Program: Primary Certificate in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Number of Didactic hours: 12

Number of Supervision hours: 12

24 Contact Hours/CE Credits (APA, NBCC, New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work & Mental Health Counselors).*

Course content:

Lecture 1: Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)- This is an introduction to Albert Ellis’ theory of emotional 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 and others) 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. Disputation 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. This lecture will look into irrational beliefs therapists may hold that lead to burnout and turnover.

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; 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. 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 get to 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 strategies to correct them.

Supervision 1: Practicing REBT in Peer Counseling- Participants will be assigned to small groups of no more than eight. 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.

Supervision 2: please see above description.

Supervision 3: please see above description.

Supervision 4: please see above description.


Open to psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, and graduate students. 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 registration form.

* 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.


Learn from the faculty from Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and director of Morphic Minds, Affiliated Training Center of Albert Ellis Institute, India.

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

Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D., Sc.D. is the Director of the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI). Dr. Doyle is also Director of Clinical Services, founding Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center (EDTRC), and a licensed psychologist at AEI. During her 18-year tenure at AEI, Dr. Doyle has held various leadership roles including Associate Executive Director, Training and Development Coordinator, and Director of Child and Family Services. She is also a Diplomate in Rational-Emotive & CognitiveBehavior Therapy (RE & CBT) and serves on the Diplomate Board. In addition to training and supervising AEI’s fellows and staff therapists, Dr. Doyle conducts numerous workshops and professional trainings throughout the world. With a distinguished international presence, Dr. Doyle has influenced the growth and practice of RE & CBT in countries spanning several continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr. Doyle’s clinical and research interests include Eating Disorders & Weight Management, RE & CBT treatment of children and adolescents, and CognitiveBehavioral Therapeutic Process, Outcome & Dissemination. Dr. Doyle is co-author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, 3rd edition. She is also the co-editor of Cognitive Behavior Therapies: A Guidebook for Practitioners. She is co-editor of The Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. She has contributed numerous book chapters on topics such as the treatment of eating disorders, ADHD, group therapy, and coping with loss. She has presented her research at several national and international conventions, including those of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In addition, Dr. Doyle has published in numerous scientific journals, some of which include Journal of Social Behavior and Personality and The Journal of Rational-Emotive & CognitiveBehavior Therapy. In addition to her work at AEI, Dr. Doyle is appointed as Full Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in both the Clinical Psychology and School Psychology Doctoral Programs, where she has taught for 18 years. Dr. Doyle serves on the Board of Directors for The Institute of General Semantics, serves on The Advisory Council for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLF), and is a member of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Medical Reserves Corps. Dr. Doyle has served as an expert commentator during multiple media appearances spanning ABC’s 20/20, Access Hollywood, Channel 2 and Channel 11 News. Dr. Doyle has also been quoted in prestigious publications including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr Shishir Palsapure MD (Hom) MSc (Psy), Director, Morphic Minds, Affiliated Training Center of Albert Ellis Institute.

Dr Shishir is an associate fellow, approved supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and founder of the Morphic Minds ATC in India. He is also the founder of the CORE emotional Education program for schools. Dr Shishir has been training mental health professionals over a decade and has trained thousands of professionals, non-professionals and students in CBT, RECBT and mental health-related concepts internationally. His CORE program has been successfully running in three schools in Mumbai, India and has won accolades from Antonio Puente', the President of American Psychological Association- 2017, and has reached over 5000 students and their families. Dr Shishir's training workshops are in huge demand due to his down to earth nature, expertise in therapy and training.

Supervisors: Kristene Doyle PhD, Dr Shishir Palsapure MD (Hom) MSc (Psy)

Investment: TBA

Dates: January 3- January 6th 2019


Grandeur Hotel

Al Barsha First (Behind the Mall of Emirates) - Dubai - United Arab Emirates



3rd and 4th Jan 2019: 9 am - 7.15 pm

5th Jan 2019- 9 am- 4.30 pm

Required Reading: This is NOT just recommended reading. This is REQUIRED READING. Please order ASAP.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy 3rd Edition by R. DiGiuseppe, K. Doyle, W. Dryden, & W. Backx

A Primer on Rational-Emotive Therapy 3rd Edition By W. Dryden & R. DiGiuseppe

The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion by W. Dryden & M. Neenan

Dealing with Emotional Problems- Using Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide by W. Dryden


What is the difference between this training and the one offered in New York? Are they equivalent?

The course content, duration of training and supervision are exactly the same. The faculty from Albert Ellis Institute, Kristene Doyle PhD (Director of AEI) is coming down to train the participants. The CE points too are exactly the same, the certificate is also the same. Additional faculty will be different here- Dr. Shishir Palsapure.

2.*What are CE points?

Continuing Education points of APA and NBCC. A continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession. These are currently useful in the USA, and not necessary in India to continue license to practise psychotherapy.

​3. What are the inclusions and exclusions?

The inclusions are tuition, training, supervision, lunch, tea/coffee, cookies twice a day, training kit, postage if any. The exclusions are certificate processing fee (USD 50). Other exclusions are travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred by the participant for the training.

4. Are there any discounts?

Yes, certainly. Only for psychologists over 100 years old. Valid proof of date of birth is mandatory.

5. Am I eligible?

Please check the eligibility criteria in each section. If you are not in the criteria, you will have to apply for a paraprofessional certificate. For further doubts, you can write to

6. Can I practise RECBT after this training? Is this a license to practice CBT and REBT?

Certainly you can practise RECBT as a psychologist or a counselor, but you can call yourself RECBT therapist only after completion of Associate Fellowship. You have to check local laws in your country about practising psychotherapy, but generally, you can call yourself counselor and still practise RECBT as a counselor, without calling yourself a therapist in most places in India.

7. I am not a psychologist, can I still enrol?

Yes, you will have to apply for the paraprofessional certificate while filling up the form of Albert Ellis Institute. This is for the Primary and Advanced Certificate practica. For further queries, write to

Disclaimer: I understand that the Certificate isn't a license to practise psychotherapy. I will check the laws governing psychotherapy in my area. My seat shall be considered reserved only when my payment is received. The inclusions are tuition, supervision, training kit, tea/coffee, cookies, lunch. Accommodation/travel isn't included. I shall maintain the decorum of the training and shall not audio/video tape the lectures/peer counselling. I also shall not violate copyrights to the printed/online material shared with me for the training. The rights of admission to the workshop are reserved with Dr. Shishir Palsapure. We are committed to a greener planet and shall minimise the use of single use plastic and paper at the training. The certificate is issued from New York and may take few months to be received at my address and is subject to satisfactory completion of fully filled up application form (you will receive after full payment), supervision, lecture hours and passing the required tests as prescribed by the International Training Standards and Policy Review Committee (ITSPRC). There is a certificate processing fee of USD 50 per certificate for Primary, advanced that has to be paid during the application of certificate. I will be required to sign a legal undertaking before the practicum begins.

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