Keynote “The Remarkable Life of Albert Ellis and his Heralding in the Cognitive Revolution in Psychotherapy with his Passionate and Compassionate Approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy”
Albert Ellis can rightly be considered the Grandfather of cognitive approaches.
His work certainly and explosively changed the world of psychotherapy in the twentieth century, his influence lingers till this very day and in all probability will continue to do so for generations to come.
Sadly as time rolls on since his 2007 passing, his work appears to be neglected and overlooked by many. This may in part be due to the superb body of CBT research which is more prominent that that of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in current times, and also due to the fact that a large number of people who trained with Ellis and previously championed REBT are now favoring a hybrid approach of REBT combined with CBT.
Whilst CT, CBT and other cognitive approaches stand on the shoulders of Ellis’s REBT and many similarities can be seen, there are also unique qualities in REBT that are not so much emphasized in other cognitive approaches.
It is very important for the integrity of maintaining a factual account of the historical evolution of our field that the chronology of its development remains accurate and that credit where credit is due is given. It is also a beneficial contribution to students and practitioners in the caring professions to encourage them to learn about the unique offerings in REBT in addition to those in CBT and other cognitive modalities.
Albert Ellis (Al) was my husband, we adored one another, loved working together and held the same goal of sharing the brilliant approach of REBT with as many people as possible: both to professionals and also to members of the general public in order that they could learn the ‘’how-to’s’’ of taking responsibility for creating their own emotional destinies. I was with Al in his final years, we worked together writing, researching, teaching, running groups and workshops, providing professional trainings and seminars, and more!
He entrusted me to continue his work, which I do with immense enthusiasm, humility and gratitude.
In my presentation I will talk about the challenging and inspiring chapters in the life of my husband and how many of the ways he constructed to overcome his own challenges from childhood till his final days contributed to the development of his REBT approach. I will describe the basic elements of REBT and those within it that differ from other cognitive approaches. Finally I will talk about the current status of REBT, and my emphases in my mission to make REBT relevant to current times and to keep the knowledge of the brilliant contributions of Albert Ellis alive and shining!