RE&CBT – Primary Certificate Practicum


 3 day - Primary Certificate Practicum

in Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RE&CBT) in India 

Conducted by Self Align

An Affiliated Training Center of the Albert Ellis Institute

Program: Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in India (RE&CBT )
Number of Didactic hours: 12
Number of Supervision hours: 12

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

Course Content of RE&CBT in India

Lecture 1:

Introduction to Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RE&CBT). 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 RE&CBT 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 RE&CBT 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. RE&CBT’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 RE&CBT’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:

RE&CBT’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 RE&CBT- Beginning therapists practising RE&CBT 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 RE&CBT 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 practising 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, counsellors, social workers, physicians, nurses, and graduate students.

The minimum qualification for certificate candidacy -

  • Master’s degree in psychology or counselling;
  • MSW, M.D., Registered Nurse; and
  • Other helping professionals (e.g., alcoholism counsellors) 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.

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 Ann Vernon, Ph.D., President, Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

Ann Vernon, Ph.D., Sc.D., LPC, is President of the Albert Ellis Board of Trustees, one of the first Diplomats of the Albert Ellis Institute, a member of the International Training Standards and Review Committee of the AEI, a member of the Board of Consulting Advisors for the Journal of Rational-Emotive Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and former Director of the Midwest Center for RE&CBT.  In addition, she was selected by the American Psychological Association to do a counselling video demonstration entitled Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Over Time: Psychotherapy in Six Sessions. Dr Vernon is recognized as the leading international expert in applications of RE&CBT with children and adolescents and has written numerous books, chapters, and articles about counselling this population, including Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An Emotional Education Curriculum, What Works When with Children and Adolescents: A Handbook of Individual Counseling Techniques, The Passport Program, and More What Works When with Children and Adolescents.

Dr Vernon is Professor Emerita, University of Northern Iowa, where she served as Coordinator of the School and Mental Health Counseling programs for many years. In addition to her university appointment, Dr Vernon was in private practice, working with children and adolescents, as well as couples and individuals presenting with problems such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. She currently conducts RE&CBT training programs at the Albert Ellis Institute and at affiliate training centres throughout the world.  For many years she has been an active presenter, offering workshops on a variety of topics related to counselling children and adolescents, couples, and RE&CBT.

Gauri Row Kavi, MA (Psychology), PGDM (Counselling Psychology), Associated Fellow & Supervisor, AEI; Founder - SELF ALIGN, a RE&CBT Affiliated Training Center of The Albert Ellis Institute.

Gauri is an Associate Fellow and Supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and Founder of SELF ALIGN an Affiliated Training Center of AEI, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the Institute of Coaching Federation (ICF), 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. Mental health professionals and students have benefited greatly from her courses in RE&CBT.


  • Dr Ann Vernon – Ph.D., President, Albert Ellis Institute, New York.
  • Gauri Row Kavi – MA (Psychology)


Date for Primary - 25th - 27th November 2019

Time - 10.00am - 6.00pm

Venue - Hotel Green Park, Begumpet Rd, Leela Nagar, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500016


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 Ann Vernon (President 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, lunch, two rounds of tea/coffee, course material, and certificate. Exclusions are travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred by the participant for the training.

Are there any discounts?

Yes, since we believe that learning should be made available to as many learners as possible. Please call on the number provided to know the available discounts.

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, please contact on the number provided.

Can I practice RE&CBT after this training? Is this a license to practice RE&CBT?

Certainly you can practise RE&CBT as a psychologist or a counsellor, but you can call yourself RE&CBT 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, write to


Attendees understand that the Certificate isn't a license to practise psychotherapy. Attendees will check the laws governing psychotherapy in my area. Seats shall be considered reserved only when a payment is received. The inclusions are tuition, training, supervision, lunch, two rounds of tea/coffee, course material and certificate. Accommodation/travel isn't included. 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 me for the training. The rights of admission to the workshop are reserved with Gauri Row Kavi. We are committed to a greener planet and shall minimise the use of single-use plastic and paper at the training. 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). There is a certificate processing fee of USD 50 per certificate for Primary and Advanced that has to be paid during the application of certificate. Attendees will be required to sign a legal undertaking before the practicum begins. If you are being sponsored by any institution/organisation, and the payment approval is pending, you shall pay 100% of the fee from your own account. Once your cheque is approved, we shall refund this amount. If you cancel admission this amount will not be refunded. We regret the inconvenience. The organisers have the right to change the details of the program e.g. the venue, the timing just in case there is something unavoidable. The city and dates shall remain unchanged.