Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Certificate
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Become a counsellor / therapist, chose to work online or from home, become self-employed & learn psychology!
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Have a solid knowledge of what REBT is and how it is used
  • Understand how to structure REBT sessions with clients
  • Use REBT approach in therapy or counselling with the clients
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  • You should be able to access video lectures on Udemy
  • You should have some basic knowledge of what 'therapy' is about!

Are you interested in a career as a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist? Do you want to build a new career working from your own practice or is this your first step towards professional qualifications?

In this course you will take 27 informative lectures which you can listen to at home or on the way to work! You will be guided with the step-by-step approach in becoming a professional REBT therapist who work with clients in counselling and therapeutic settings. 

You will learn:

  •  how to spot the irrational beliefs in your client,
  •  how to change them to healthier and happier thinking patterns instead
  •  how to use the ABC model that will become your effective guide and framework in your work with clients
  •   how to use REBT for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress related disorders and so much more! 
  • how to work with couples and individuals, for example in relationship- and family related matters, 
  • and how you can structure your own sessions from start to finish! 

Are you interested in becoming a Rational Emotive behaviour therapist? Would you like to help individuals to truly transform their lives with this fascinating psychotherapeutic approach ? 

Then enrol now in our class!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in Psychology or Counselling-related information
  • Anyone who would like to use REBT in their work
  • Anyone who wants to learn about REBT as a psychotherapeutic tool
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
2 Lectures 06:11

In this lecture, you will learn about your instructor, her background and why she is here teaching you Psychology! 

Preview 02:05

Here you will understand what you need to pay attention to when you are taking this course, what this course is covering, and how you will benefit in the end of the course!

Preview 04:06
REBT: Its Theoretical Principles & Philosophy
5 Lectures 43:25

In this lecture we will be talking about the origins of REBT, its founder and its theoretical proposer Albert Ellis. His life and story is very interesting, and here you can find out a bit about him. Of course if you will be interested in his biography, then at the end of this lecture I will make some recommendations on the websites and books that describes his life in a more detail.  

The main focus of this lecture is the use of philosophy in the initial creation of REBT by Albert Ellis. 

Preview 09:33

In this lecture we will be discussing theoretical concepts of REBT, what exactly REBT was initially - when Albert Ellis proposed it in the 1950s, what was the philosophy of this approach, and how it has changed since then. 

Lots of great and very interesting information not to be missed!

Philosophy & Theory of REBT

In this lecture we will be looking at theoretical model of CBT and discuss the connection between REBT and the modern CBT approach. 

Now we know that the philosophy of REBT is based on a scientific evaluation of person’s beliefs, whether they are valid or not valid, and so on. In this lecture we will be looking at the similarities and differences of this approach to that of CBT.

Theoretical principles of CBT (post-REBT)

In this lecture we will be looking at the ABC model which is the foundation of REBT. We will be covering topics such as 'what is ABC model', what it stands for, how it is used, and how frequently. 

The ABC model is the framework for any REBT session, so it is essential that you learn about this model to the best of your ability!

The original ABC model

Welcome to our next lecture where we are continuing to discuss the REBT model, or to be exact its foundational ABC model which was expanded at some point to the ABCED model. 

Now you know what the framework of ABC is, how it is used, and what it stands for. In this lecture you will be learning about its expanded model and the difference of it to the original ABC model. Another important lecture!

The expanded ABCED model
Thinking patterns & Beliefs
7 Lectures 51:40

Some of our emotions can be really helpful, whereas others are clearly not. Some can be really positive, whereas others are clearly negative. But does it mean that negative emotions are bad and is something we should always try to stop and change? Well, not necessary! 

In this lecture we will be looking at the difference of negative helpful and negative unhelpful emotions, and in which case we should focus them in order to change them for the better ones!

Adaptive (healthy) and maladaptive (unhealthy) emotions

From the previous lectures we know that our beliefs affect our thinking, emotional state, and behaviour. They are all interconnected. Sometimes our beliefs are helpful to us, but other times they are unhelpful, and at times they just don’t make sense (and we can call them 'irrational').

What are rational beliefs? Let's have a look at various definitions of them first!

What is ‘rational’ belief (examples)?

Well, from the previous lecture you know what 'rational' belief is. Now let's have a look at 'irrational' belief: what exactly it is, how it can be defined, how it affects the individual's thinking and so on. 

We'll start with the definition first, and then proceed to the main types of irrational beliefs focusing on the characteristics of each of them during the lesson.

What is ‘irrational’ belief (examples)?

The 3 basic musts are also known as 3 major musts or 3 main beliefs. In the previous lecture we’ve learned that must as in expression ‘I must achieve it’, ‘he must give me his attention’, ‘others must treat me with respect’, all these goes into the category of irrational beliefs which is known as 'demandingness'. 

Albert Ellis identified that there is an endless amount of irrational beliefs that people can create in their mind, but the majority of them can be placed into the 3 basic or major categories. Let's have a look at each of them here. 

The 3 basic ‘musts’

From the previous lectures you know that 'demandingness' is one of the types of 'irrational' beliefs. In this lecture we will be looking at this type of irrational belief in a more detail such as why it appears in the first place, how to spot them in the person's talking, how to change it, and so on. 

This is one of the essential pieces of information to know that is related to REBT and irrational thinking. So pay attention here!


In this lecture we will be looking at the second type of irrational belief which is called 'awfulizing'. We will be discussing how to recognising when the client is using it, how it affects their thinking and behaviour, and how we can help the client to change it for a healthier alternative. 


In this lecture we will be looking at the next type of irrational beliefs proposed by Albert Ellis. These types of irrational beliefs have not been changed since Ellis proposed them many years ago. They still valid and get addressed during any REBT therapy. 

Low (& High) Frustration Tolerance
Using REBT for various psychological problems
6 Lectures 56:53

In this lecture we will be focusing on one very common psychological condition - depression. Depression can be studied in a stand alone course (check out my Depression Counselling Diploma course for that!). Very interesting and very useful information. 

Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders all over the world. Every third person experienced some bout of depression, even if it was mild and short-term. But here we are focusing on clinical depression that needs to be treated with a therapy and antidepressants

REBT for depression

You might be familiar with the psychological disorder called ‘anxiety’. In reality it’s a group of disorders which includes a wide range of symptoms, for example panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and social phobia). 

 Frist, lets’s have a look at what anxiety really is. And then we can have a look at how REBT is used for the treatment of anxiety 

REBT for anxiety

Substance abuse is a complex disease because it runs on many levels, it affect the person’s cognition and their physiology, create changes in the chemical structure of the brain, affect the individual’s personality, their emotions and moods. 

In this lecture we'll have a look at research behind substance abuse, what is causing it, and why some people are resistant to it. And then we will discuss how REBT has been used for treating substance addictions 

REBT for Substance Abuse

Stress is a very common occurrence in people’s daily lives. Who doesn’t know what stress is? 

It is vitally important to reduce stress levels on daily and weekly basis, to develop individual stress management and to minimise it through any possible means. But let's have a look at what REBT says about 'stress-related conditions' and how to treat them through therapy!

REBT for Stress-Related Conditions

REBT can be used in various forms of therapy and as a counselling approach , or a part of a counselling approach. REBT can be used with individuals, couples as in relationship counselling, and groups. 

In this lecture we will be looking at using REBT on individual basis, how the client can benefit from it, and what would be the difference between the individual and group (couple, family) type of counselling 

REBT in Individual Therapy / Counselling

If you are interested in 'couple therapy' (relationship, marriage guidance, etc), then this lecture is for you! Here we will be looking briefly at the history of 'couple therapy', the reason for seeking this type of therapy, and how this type of therapy can help two individuals seeking help. 

We will also discuss some potential problems applicable to many couple-related problems and how we can address them through REBT therapy. 

REBT in couple therapy / counselling
How to work as REBT therapist
8 Lectures 51:13

Therapeutic relationship is different from any other relationship, and the main difference is the therapist’ objectivity. The therapist does not demonstrate emotions or taking the client’s side as a family of the client can do. The therapist remains objective at all times and this what gives such effectiveness to the therapy. Let's continue talking about therapeutic relationship in this lecture! 

Establishing therapeutic relationship

From our previous lecture you have already learned some essential qualities that have to be present during any therapy in order to be successful. For example, a therapist needs to be open, honest, and genuine in their approach. Empathic and understanding towards the client and treat the client with unconditional positive regard, or in other words, accept them without any judgements and reservations. 

So what makes the REBT practitioner different from any other therapist? Let's discuss it here!

Qualities of good REBT therapist

As you know by now, the fundamental framework for REBT is using ABCDE through which we are identifying irrational beliefs. After we identify those beliefs, we work on them - we dispute and challenge them, we are helping the client to find suitable alternatives. 

What are the goals of the therapy? Let's discuss this topic in this lecture! 

Identifying treatment goals

In the previous lecture we’ve been discussing how to set goals in a correct way with your client. We’ve been also talking about the importance of visualising it, planning it, overcoming obstacles, and thinking of rewards for completing it. In this lecture we are looking at problems with achieving it. 

What to do if the client have not achieved the planned goal and did not do their homework? What to do if they came up with excuses and you are not even sure if they are valid? Let's discuss it here!

Problems with Achieving Goals

Throughout this course we’ve learned a lot of information on REBT: its theoretical and philosophical approaches, the ABCDE framework, the identification of irrational beliefs and what to do with them, the practical aspects of REBT sessions, we’ve discussed how to set up therapeutic relationship and what qualities you would need to have as a therapist, and so much more. So you have already started thinking like REBT specialist! 

But let's not stop here and develop this thinking ability further! Let's have a look at how experienced REBT practitioners think and consider!

How to Think like REBT Specialist

During this course we’ve mentioned a few times what REBT sessions involve. Perhaps you can tell me with ease what you would discuss in your sessions, how you would use the ABCDE framework, and how you would conclude each session. Or perhaps this is all in your head, and you just don’t know in which order you would put it all together. And this is what we will be discussing here

How to Structure Sessions with Your Client

The end of the therapy doesn’t mean that all the problems are deal with, al the challenges are overcome, and all the solutions are found. It also doesn’t mean that the client feels happy and carefree. However, the client has to feel empowered and more confident about their own abilities to meet the new challenges, using the learned strategies confidently and independently from the therapist. So in a way, they become their own therapist. Let's continue this discussion here!

When and How to Conclude Therapy?

Here I would like to say thank you and good bye for taking my course(-s)! I would like to remind you how you can contact me in the future and what other courses I have created for you!

Thank You and Good Bye!
About the Instructor
Elmira Strange
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Motivational Psychologist, 4000+ students

Hey, my name is Elmira Strange, and I am Motivational Psychologist and Certified Life Coach. I am passionate about working with students who want to become online instructors and coaches.

My previous work involved Research Psychology and Lecturing at University (UK).

The unusual bit: I was born in Northern Kazakhstan (where it's freezing cold in winter -40C), then moved to Russia, then to the United Kingdom.

The interesting bit: I had a life-saving surgery and near-death experience in 2012. The near-death experience made me realise that we are here to share our knowledge, help each other, and enjoy this life.

My interests: Psychology, Motivation

My previous experience: Whilst I was working at University (Wales, UK) as a Senior Researcher and Psychology Lecturer (prior to Udemy), my focus was on 'Researching Stress in Families of Disabled Children' where I had to learn what makes people stressed and unhappy. 

Since 2006 I am working as an 'online entrepreneur' as well: writing blogs and books, and now 'teaching online' which became my true passion. In my Udemy courses I combine my extensive knowledge of 'online entrepreneurship' and my passion for 'Motivational Psychology and Coaching'.