REBT – Primary Certificate Practicum


Primary Certificate Practicum – LIVE REMOTE

in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

of The Albert Ellis Institute

Conducted by Self Align

An Affiliated Training Center of the Albert Ellis Institute

Program: Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in India (REBT )
Number of Didactic hours: 12
Number of Supervision hours: 12

For those interested in attending the Advanced Certificate Practicum in REBT in India please click this link for more details.

Course Content of REBT

Lecture 1:

Introduction to Rational Emotive Behaviour 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 behavioural 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 behaviours (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 Behaviour 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 behaviours. 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 non-disturbing 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 behavioural consequences) connection. This ultimately asks clients to assume responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, 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 behavioural homework assignments.

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 behavioural / 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 Counselling- 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 / 3/ 4: please see above description.


Open to psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, homeopaths, social workers, physicians, nurses and other mental health and allied professionals.

The minimum qualification for certificate candidacy –

  • Master’s degree in Psychology /Counselling
  • MSW, M.D., Registered Nurse
  • Other helping professionals (e.g., alcoholism counsellors) and students still studying, 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 counselling sessions will result in the Primary certificate. In case someone doesn’t pass the Primary, a grace period of one month will be given, to prove they are adequate in their skills (the process would be explained during the course). Certificates are conditional upon successful completion of both trainings, for participants signing up for both.

Individuals who do not qualify under the eligibility criteria may participate in the Practica but will receive a Paraprofessional Certificate. Upon completion of the required educational requirements, they may apply for the Professional Certification.


Dr Kristene Doyle, Ph.D., Director, Training Faculty Level 2, Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

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 20-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 Behavior Therapy (REBT) 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 REBT 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, REBT treatment of children and adolescents, and Cognitive-Behavioral 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 & Cognitive-Behavior 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 19 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.

Gauri Row Kavi, Associate Fellow & Training Faculty Level 2, AEI; Founder – SELF ALIGN, an Affiliated Training Center of The Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

Gauri Row Kavi, MA (Psychology), PGDM (Counselling Psychology), is a Counselling Psychologist and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the Institute of Coaching Federation (ICF), U.S.A. She has also received training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, from the Beck Instititute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Philadelphia. U.S.A.

Gauri is also trained in other psychotherapies and is a certified Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist. A Certified Professional Behaviour Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Values Analyst (CPVA) from Trimetrix, U.S.A; a certified practitioner of various personality profiles like MBTI, 16 PF, E.Q etc., Gauri also counsels students and professionals on the entry level and mid career transitions.

She has trained thousands of professionals in India and overseas, for two decades. Gauri has also conducted several webinars, spoken at forums and trained students from prestigious educational institutes. Mental health professionals and students have benefited greatly from her courses in REBT.



  • Dr Kristene Doyle – Ph.D., Director, Albert Ellis Institute, New York.
  • Gauri Row Kavi – MA (Psychology), Founder – Self Align, An Affiliated Training Center of Albert Ellis Institute, N.Y.

Kristene         Gauri


Dates for Primary – Will be announced shortly

Time –



Required Reading

  1. A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy 3rd Edition by R. DiGiuseppe, K. Doyle, W. Dryden, & W. Backx
  2. A Primer on Rational-Emotive Therapy 3rd Edition By W. Dryden & R. DiGiuseppe
  3. The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion by W. Dryden & M. Neenan
  4. 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, Dr Kristene Doyle (Director of AEI) will train the participants. Additional faculty will be Gauri Row Kavi.

What are the inclusions and exclusions?

The inclusions are tuition, training, supervision, course material, and certificate.

Are there any discounts?

Due to the pandemic situation, the course is already being offered at a discounted fee.

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.

Can I practice REBT after this training? Is this a license to practice REBT?

Certainly you can practise REBT as a psychologist or a counsellor, but you can call yourself REBT therapist only after completion of Associate Fellowship. You have to check local laws in your country about practising psychotherapy.

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, mail


Attendees understand that the Certificate isn’t a license to practice psychotherapy. Attendees will check the laws governing psychotherapy in their area. Seats shall be considered reserved only when a payment is received. The inclusions are tuition, training, supervision, course material and certificate. Attendees shall maintain the decorum of the training and shall not audio/videotape the lectures/peer counselling. Attendees also shall not violate copyrights to the printed/online material shared with in the training. The rights of admission to the workshop are reserved with Gauri Row Kavi. 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). The organisers have the right to change the details of the program e.g. the timing, just in case there is something unavoidable. The dates shall remain unchanged.