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The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

SKU# 9780826122162

Second Edition

Author: Albert Ellis PhD, Windy Dryden PhD

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Reissued with a new foreword by Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, ScD, St. John's University

New trainees often get the theory of psychopathology; they struggle to get the case conceptualization and the strategic plan. Then they ask themselves. "What do I do now?" Going from the abstractions to the actions is not always clear.

The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy represents a compilation of years of theoretical and clinical insights distilled into a specific theory of disturbance and therapy and deductions for specific clinical strategies and techniques....The structure of this books focuses on an explication of the theory, a chapter on basic practice, and a chapter on an in depth case study. A detailed chapter follows on the practice of individual psychotherapy. Although the book is not broken into sections, the next four chapters represent a real treasure. The authors focus on using REBT in couples, family, group, and marathons sessions. Doing REBT with one person is difficult to learn. Once the clinician adds more people to the room with different and sometimes competing agendas things get more complicated. These chapters will not only help the novice clinician but also the experienced REBT therapists work better in these types of sessions.

So, consider yourself lucky for having picked up this book. Reading it will help many people get better." - From the Foreword by Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, ScD, Director of Professional Education, Albert Ellis Institute; Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, St. John's University

This edition, involving a unique collaboration between Albert Ellis and the world's greatest Ellis scholar, Windy Dryden, modernizes Ellis's pioneering theories. The book begins with an explanation of rational emotive behavior therapy as a general treatment model and then addresses different treatment modalities, including individual, couple, family, and sex therapy. The authors have added material new since the book's original edition on teaching the principles of unconditional self-acceptance in a structured group setting. With extensive use of actual case examples to illustrate each of the different settings, and a new brand new foreword by Raymond DiGiuseppe that sets the book into its 21st-century context.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 31, 2007
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122162
  • EISBN 9780826122179

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Want to learn more about author Albert Ellis and rational behavior? Watch an excerpt from the television series Thinking Allowed featuring Dr. Ellis:

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, by Raymond DiGiuseppe
  1. The General Theory of REBT
  2. The Basic Practice of REBT
  3. A Case Illustration of the Basic Practice of REBT: The Case of Jane
  4. Individual Therapy
  5. Couples Therapy
  6. Family Therapy
  7. Group Therapy
  8. Rational Emotive Behavioral Marathons and Intensives
  9. Teaching the Principles of Unconditional Self-Acceptance in a Structured Group Setting
  10. The Rational Emotive Behavioral Approach to Sex Therapy
  11. The Use of Hypnosis with REBT

  12. Appendix: How to Maintain and Enhance Your Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Gains