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Primary Certificate practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior therapy
Primary Certificate practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior therapy

Sat, 02 Oct


Online, synchronous and offline

Primary Certificate practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior therapy

Primary Certificate practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior therapy. Certificate by Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA. Faculty- Shishir Palsapure MD (Hom), MSc (Psy), Director of ATC of AEI, Asira Chirmuley, Director of Atha centre for psychotherapy and training, Mumbai.

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02 Oct 2021, 9:00 am – 05 Oct 2021, 7:00 pm

Online, synchronous and offline


About The Event

Primary Certificate Practicum in RECBT

of Albert Ellis Institute

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

With BONUS Lectures! Longer duration, more lectures and, supervision.

Syllabus approved by the International training standards committee, Albert Ellis Institue, New York.

You can opt for Online or offline. Both will run simultaneously—limited seats for offline.

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

Number of Didactic hours: 14

Number of Supervision hours: 14

Course content: 

Part 1:  Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)- This introduces 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 show 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.

Part 2:  Clinical Interventions and Strategies- This part 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 the client's 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. 

Part 3:  REBT’s Conceptualization of Emotions- This part discusses the binary model of distress related 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.  

Part 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.

Part 5: REBT and the eastern philosophy- Learn about REBT and its similarities with Eastern philosophy, especially Indian philosophy. 

Time table and table of contents

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 the above description.

Supervision 3: please see the above description.

Supervision 4: please see the above description.

Supervisors:  Dr Shishir Palsapure MD (Hom) MSc (Psy), Asira Chirmuley, Zohra Master. With 3 supervisors, each participant will get more time to demonstrate therapy and get supervision. They also experience a variety of supervision styles. 


Open to psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, and graduate students. The 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 receive a Paraprofessional Certificate. Proof of degree or license must accompany the 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.


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 (Level 2 Training faculty of AEI, 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 trained mental health professionals for over 16 years 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. Antonio Puente has won accolades, the President of American Psychological Association- 2017, and has reached over 10,000 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.

Asira Chirmuley is an associate fellow, approved supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, (Level 2 Training faculty of AEI, New York), Director of Atha center for psychotherapy and training, Mumbai. 

She has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT University, Mumbai.

 She has also received CBT training from Beck Institute,  PA.  ​

She has been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is a Gottman leader. 

Asira Chirmuley has worked as a visiting faculty for Masters Program, Clinical Psychology, at Vivekananda College, Kurla. She also has worked as a guest faculty at KC College, Mumbai.  She has conducted more than 150 workshops, training programs, community mental health webinars for mental health professionals, psychiatrists,  social workers,  special educators,  students, the general public.

Supervisors: Dr Shishir Palsapure, Asira Chirmuley, Zohra Master

Zohra Master is trained in RE-CBT Psychotherapy and is a Certified RE-CBT Supervisor and Associate fellow from The Albert Ellis Institute, New York City, USA (Level 2 training faculty). She has done her Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT University, Pune. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over half a decade and has done numerous trainings for corporate giants like TATA and John Deere and life skills training across the country. She has also been actively training young aspirants of psychology to step into professional psychotherapy practice.


REDUCED INVESTMENT INR 58901 till September 25th (with the early bird discount)

Thence INR 79990

Primary+ Advanced with early bird discount with COMBO offer INR 1,36,135. 

A certificate processing fee of USD 50 has to be paid at the time of application for the certificate. The certificate shall be mailed to you directly by AEI on your email.


Option 1: Purchase tickets on this website. You will have to pay 3% portal fee on the payment gateway. But this option gives you the flexibility to use your Credit/Debit card.

Option 2. CLICK HERE and register, then transfer online by NEFT to the following account. (No convenience fee)

If you pay in the account, you can save the 3% portal fee. Else, you can pay using a credit/debit card by purchasing the ticket online.

The account details are as follows:

Account holder name: Shishir Subhash Palsapure

Name Shishir Subhash Palsapure.

HDFC account number 50200043802909.

Ifsc. HDFC0000502.

Central Avenue Nagpur.


Make sure you email the transaction details to with UTR number/bank receipt with the participant's name. It can be difficult to trace your payment, resulting in you losing the seat as they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Dates: October 2-3-4-5th 2021

Venue: Online on Zoom and Offline at the training center (address below)

Training provided by and at

Morphic Minds

An Affiliated Training center of Albert Ellis Institute

700. Prime 9, Above Domino's. Next to traffic Park, Bhagwagar Layout.

Dharampeth, Nagpur 440010


Nearest metro station: Insitute of Engineers

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


Option 1: Purchase a ticket on this website. You will have to pay 3% portal fee on the payment gateway. But this option gives you the flexibility to use your Credit/Debit card. 

Option 2. CLICK HERE and register, then transfer online by NEFT to the following account. (No convenience fee)

Name Shishir Subhash Palsapure. HDFC account number 50200043802909. IFSC HDFC0000502. Central Avenue Nagpur. Current account. You MUST email your transaction details to once done. It would be impossible for us to trace your payment without this.


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 the same. The certificate, too shall be issued by the parent institute- Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA. Only the CE credits aren't offered in this training. 

2. I am not a psychologist, can I still enroll?

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

​3. What are the inclusions and exclusions?

The inclusions are tuition, training, supervision, training kit, certificate processing fee, postage if any. The exclusions are travel, accommodation, and other expenses incurred by the participant for the training.

4. Are there any discounts?

Yes certainly. To avail of the early bird discount of INR 6490, use the coupon code EARLYBIRDPRIMARY while booking the ticket on this website till August 25th 2021.

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 practice RECBT after this training? Is this a license to practice CBT and REBT?

Certainly, you can practice RECBT as a psychologist or a counselor, but you can call yourself a RECBT therapist only after completing the Associate Fellowship. You have to check local laws in your country about practicing psychotherapy.

Disclaimer: I understand that the Certificate isn't a license to practice psychotherapy. I will check the laws governing psychotherapy in my area. My seat shall be considered reserved only when my full payment is received. The inclusions are tuition, supervision, training kit, tea/coffee, cookies, lunch.  I understand that a certificate processing fee of USD 50 has to be paid at the time of application, and AEI will directly email the certificates to me. The certificate is issued from New York and may take few months to be received and is subject to the satisfactory completion of the 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). I shall maintain the decorum of the training and not audio/videotape the lectures/peer counseling. 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.  I will be required to sign a legal undertaking before the practicum begins. If any institution/organization is sponsoring me, and the payment approval is pending, I shall pay 100% of the fee from my own account/card. Once my cheque is approved, Morphic Minds shall refund this amount. If I cancel admission, this amount will not be refunded. MM regrets the inconvenience. 

For any queries, call or WhatsApp +918793509828 or email


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