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Rational emotive behaviour therapy

Mario Di Pietro

Edizioni Erickson, Trento

Half a century on from its creation, REBT continues to be an essential point of reference for those who work in the cognitive-behavioural field: this book aims to provide a practical guide to the application of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy procedures and techniques, updated in line with the most recent research. Targeting those who have already undertaken, or who are undertaking, clinical training and wish to integrate and explore with further and more in-depth information, the book is full of suggestions for therapists and also tools and practical materials to be used with patients. After an introductory part on the theoretical foundations of REBT, in fact, the author describes the structure of a typical intervention, walking the operator through the main therapeutic phases; identifying the main problem, defining objectives, revealing the meta-problem, the distinction between thoughts and emotions, verbalisation and the calling into question of irrational thoughts. The book comes complete with a selection of the most effective imaginative and behavioural techniques, a sample treatment plan and methods for assigning and completing homework, in addition to targeted exercises for each intervention phase. Clear, easy to use in clinical practice and adaptable to a wide range of case types Rational emotive behaviour therapy is the essential practical guide for the thorough and effective preparation of a REBT therapist.

I ntroduction

PART ONE   Theoretical bases
CHAP. 1 - REBT: the basics and distinctive characteristics
CHAP. 2 - The relationship between thoughts and emotions

PART TWO   REBT in practice
CHAP. 3 - Structure of a REBT intervention
CHAP. 4 - Identifying the main problem
CHAP. 5 - Defining objectives
CHAP. 6 - The meta-problem
CHAP. 7 - Teaching the client to understand the relationship between thoughts and emotions
CHAP. 8 - How to verbalise thoughts
CHAP. 9 - Questioning thoughts and other cognitive techniques
CHAP. 10 - Imaginative and behavioural techniques
CHAP. 11 - The treatment plan
CHAP. 12 - Assigning homework
CHAP. 13 -Self- supervision

Ideas Inventory
Diary of emotions
Recognising thoughts
Scale of catastrophes
ABC sheet
Emotive self-help
Glossary of REBT terms
Solutions to exercises