Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Basic Concepts and Applications



Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a treatment modality developed originally as Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) by Albert Ellis. It shares some commonalities with other cognitively based therapies that include Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.  REBT is a short-term form of psychotherapy that helps you identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenge the rationality of those feelings, and replace them with healthier, more productive beliefs. In this workshop, an overview of REBT and its similarities to and differences with other cognitively anchored therapies will be introduced. Various applications of this paradigm with the disorders it is most often used to treat will also be briefly discussed.


  • Discover a brief history of the origins of REBT.
  • Name the major components and assumptions of REBT.
  • Express the pros and cons of this therapy model.
  • List the most common disorders with which this approach is used.
  • Identify which disorders would likely not be a good fit for this treatment approach.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, & LMFT
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDPB # 50- 29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 35
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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      Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy: Basic Concepts and Applications

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.


Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 4-6 PM EST.

3-5 Central Standard Time