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Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: Advances in Theory and Practice

ISBN: 978-1-86156-104-6
196 pages
January 2011
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Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) can, on first impressions, appear to be simple to practice. Its model of emotional disturbance and change, ABCDE, describes a clear and uncluttered approach to therapy. However, the easy progression implied by the model belies the often extremely difficult tasks that the therapist has to execute in each component of the model in order to facilitate this progression. For example, if a client's presenting problem is "my hole life", the therapist has to help the client translate this amorphous problem into a specific one and then link it to goals that are behavioural, measurable and observable.

The aim of this book is to demonstrate the complexities of REBT in order to do justice to a system of psychotherapy that is both sophisticated and efficient in tackling emotional disturbance.

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Table of Contents



1. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy 9rebt), An Overview.

2. Trends in Rebt, 1955-95.

3. Rebt and The Question iof Free will.

4. An Elaboration of The Rebt Concept of Ego Disturbance.

5.beyond Low frustration Tolerance and Discomfort Disturbance, The Case for The Term 'non-ego Distrubance'.

6. Some Reflections on Rational Beliefs.

7. The Use of chaining in Rebt.

8. The Intricacies of Inference Chaining.

9. When Laddering and The Downward Arrow can be Used as Adjuncts to Inference Chaining in Rebt assessment.

10. Further Methods of Identifying The Critical A.

11. Blundering into Disputing, The Perils of Inadequate Assessment, Overzealousness and insensitivity.

12. Structured Disputing of Irrational Beliefs.


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