From the Back Cover
Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is a cognitive behavioural approach to psychotherapy that pays particular attention to the role that thinking and behaviour play in the development and maintenance of emotional problems. It is a relatively simple approach that is difficult to practice well. In this fully revised second edition of The Fundamentals of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: A Training Handbook , Windy Dryden and Rhena Branch recreate the atmosphere of an REBT training course. They alert trainees to the areas of difficulty that they are likely to experience whilst training in REBT, and demonstrate how to deal constructively with such problems. Verbatim transcript material between trainee and trainer is extensively used in order to highlight trainee difficulties and trainers′ responses. In addition, this innovative training manual makes use of actual and constructed dialogue between therapist and client, and of peer counselling dialogues. Key topics covered include: How to present and explain ′ABC′s of REBT to clients Helping clients to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy emotions Assessing meta–emotional problems Goal–setting Disputing irrational beliefs Negotiating and reviewing homework assignments A comprehensive and engaging read, this training manual will complement REBT courses, and will be welcomed by students, trainers and practitioners alike.
About the Author
Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He began his training in REBT in 1977 and became the first Briton to be accredited as an REBT therapist by the Albert Ellis Institute. In 1981, Windy spent a six–month sabbatical at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania, one of the first British psychologists to do an extended training in Cognitive Therapy. He is a Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. While his primary therapeutic orientation is REBT, Windy has been very much influenced by his cognitive therapy colleagues and by the working alliance theory of Ed Bordin. His research interests are in the historical and theoretical roots of REBT (with Arthur Still) and the phenomenology of hurt, the study of which is informed by REBT theory. Windy is perhaps the best known for his voluminous writings in REBT/CBT and the wider field of counselling and psychotherapy. To date he has authored or edited over 160 books, making him probably the most prolific book writer and editor currently alive in the field today. He has also edited 17 book series including the best selling ′Counselling in Action′ series. Windy was the founding editor of the British Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy in 1982 which later merged with the Cognitive Behaviorist to become the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly. Windy was co–founding editor of this journal with E. Thomas Dowd. In 2003, Windy became the editor of the Journal of Rational–Emotive and Cognitive–Behavior Therapy. Rhena Branch is an accredited CBT therapist. Rhena runs her own private practice in North London and also teaches on the Masters (MSc RECBT) at Goldsmith′s University.