Debbie Joffe Ellis speaking to a group of people during a presentation.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Series with Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis

Workshops Offered on Monday Evenings, 7:30 – 9 p.m., January 24 - March 21, 2022

Photo of Debbie Joffe EllisAbout the Event

The College of Education and Human Services, in partnership with the  New Jersey Collaborative for Emotionally Focused Therapy, are pleased to present a six session, certificate program on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy led by Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis. The certificate program includes 9 CE* for NJ Psychologists, LPCs, MFTs.

Dr. Joffe Ellis is a psychologist, mental health counselor and professor at Columbia University. She has championed the work of her late husband, the esteemed Dr. Albert Ellis, who pioneered Rational Emotive Therapy in 1955. RET has provided the foundation of modern cognitive therapies, using an action-oriented approach to manage cognitive and behavioral disturbances. Since Albert Ellis’ passing in 2007, Debbie Joffe Ellis has dedicated much of her work to promoting and sharing REBT worldwide. She is the co-author, with Albert Ellis, of "Rational Emotive Therapy: Second Edition," published by the American Psychological Association. 

"REBT is a holistic approach and a way of life for those who choose it," Joffe Ellis explains. "It's imbued with compassion and empathy." With a focus on the mind/body connection, she adds, REBT helps people gain the skills to "think in healthy ways and claim the power of their own emotional destiny."

The Series 

Each program includes a presentation by Dr. Joffe Ellis on a different REBT topic, followed by a live demonstration applying the REBT approach with an audience volunteer, and a concluding Q&A session.

The Schedule

Monday, January 24, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Understanding the basic principles of REBT.

Monday, January 31, 7:30  – 9:00 p.m.
The History, Development and Unique Elements of REBT.

Monday, February 7, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The Tools and Techniques of REBT

Monday, March 7, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Transforming and Healing Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation and Other Debilitating Emotions.

Monday, March 14, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
REBT for Individuals, Couples, Children and Groups. 

Monday, March 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Pivotal Aspects of REBT Therapy: The Role of the Therapist, the Client and Challenges for Advanced Practitioners.


Register Today!

Registration is being handled by New Jersey Collaborative for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NJCEFT).


These events will take place on Zoom.


Sponsored by Seton Hall University’s Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy in the College of Education and Human Services, and the NJ Collaborative for Emotionally Focused Therapy.

For more information please contact:

Alan Groveman, Ph.D.
[email protected]

About Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis

Dr. Joffe Ellis was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. New York City has been her home base for the past two decades. She is a licensed psychologist (Australia), licensed mental health counselor (New York), presenter, writer and adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City where she teaches Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Comparative Psychotherapies.

For years Dr. Joffe Ellis worked with her husband, the brilliant and renowned pioneer of modern cognitive therapies: Dr Albert Ellis, giving public presentations and professional trainings in his approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), as well as collaborating with him on writing and research projects until his death in 2007. Before his passing he stated and wrote that he entrusted her to continue his work. Dr. Joffe Ellis is recognized as a world-renowned expert on REBT, and regularly presents, throughout the USA and in countries around the world, to students, academics and practitioners in the helping professions, and to members of the general public. She wrote the second edition of the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (published 2019), the first edition of which she co-wrote with her husband. Dr. Joffe Ellis is also featured in a DVD produced by the American Psychological Association (APA) demonstrating and discussing the REBT approach. She has written chapters for various text books and articles, and has reviewed publications for APA’s PsycCritiques Journal. In 2014 she was named “Legend in Counseling” at the American Counseling Association annual conference, and has received various other awards and acknowledgments for her work. She joyfully and passionately continues her mission of informing as many people as possible - through her presentations, teaching, writing, and the ways she strives to ‘walk her talk’ - that each one of us has the power to create our emotional destinies despite and including challenging circumstances, and through teaching the ‘how-to’s’ of doing so!