A Practitioner's Guide to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-08-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Extensively updated to include clinical findings over the last two decades, this third edition of A Practitioner's Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy reviews the philosophy, theory, and clinical practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). This model is based on the work of Albert Ellis, who had an enormous influence on the field of psychotherapy over his 50 years of practice and scholarly writing.

Designed for both therapists-in-training and seasoned professionals, this practical treatment manual and guide introduces the basic principles of rational-emotive behavior therapy, explains general therapeutic strategies, and offers many illustrative dialogues between therapist and patient. The volume breaks down each stage of therapy to present the exact procedures and skills therapists need, and numerous case studies illustrate how to use these skills. The authors describe both technical and specific strategic interventions, and they stress taking an integrative approach. The importance of building a therapeutic alliance and the use of cognitive, emotive, evocative, imaginal, and behavioral interventions serves as the unifying theme of the approach. Intervention models are presented for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, personality disorders, and addictions. Psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychotherapists, and students and trainees in these areas will find this book useful in learning to apply rational-emotive behavior therapy in practice.

Author Biography

Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Psychology at St. John's University in New York City. He is also on the professional training faculty at the Albert Ellis Institute and is President-Elect of the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association.

Kristene A. Doyle, PhD, is the Director of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at St. John's University.

Windy Dryden, PhD, is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Wouter Backx, drs Psych, is Founder and Director of the Dutch Institute for REBT in The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition by Albert Ellis
About the Authors

Part I Basic Introduction to REBT
1. Albert Ellis and the Philosophy of REBT
2. Rational-Emotive Behavior Theory
3. The Irrational Beliefs
Part II General Therapeutic Strategies
4. The A-B-C Model and Teaching Clients the B to C Connection
5. Getting Therapy Off to a Good Start
6. Basic Therapist Skills
Part III The A-B-C's of REBT: Assessment
7. Identifying the A
8. The C: The Emotional and Behavioral Consequences
9. Assessing the B
Part IV Therapy: Getting Down to D - Disputation, and E -the New Effective C
10. Cognitive Change Strategies
11. Challenges to Specific Irrational Beliefs
12. The Effective New Belief (EB)
13. Emotive, Evocative, Imaginal, and Behavioral Change Strategies
14. Problems and Solutions in Disputing Irrational beliefs
15. Therapeutic Styles: the What and the Not to Dispute
Part V The Therapeutic Whole
16. Homework Assignment
17. Comprehensive Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy
18. The Course of Therapy and Beyond


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