The 4th International Congress of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

13 - 15 September 2019
Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, ROMANIA

Final Program

The final program can be downloaded here.


Thursday, September 12th

9.00-18.30 Pre-congress workshops

Raymond DiGiuseppe: REBT in personality disorders: New REBT innovative treatments (8 hours, also translated in Romanian)

Kristene Doyle: Assessment and treatment of eating disorders: Digesting the facts (8 hours)

Silviu Matu & Daniel David: REBT and technology; Implication for anxious, depressive, and psychotic symptoms (8 hours)

Steve JohnsonFundamentals and new advancement in the treatment of PTSD (REBT Treatment of PTSD: Bridging Exposure-Based and Present-Centered Therapies) (8 hours, also translated into Romanian)

Douglas Mennin & David Fresco: Emotion Regulation Therapy for worry, rumination, and other self-referential processes (8 hours)

Guy Montgomery: REBT+Hypnosis for the management of cancer-related side-effects (8 hours)

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch


Friday, September 13th

8.15 - 9.00 Opening ceremony

  • AEI Awards Public Ceremony 

                   Albert Ellis Award for Research - Presented by Daniel David and Raymond DiGiuseppe

                          Lifetime Science Award: Professor, M.D., Ph.D., Aaron T. Beck & Professor, Ph.D., Donald Meichenbaum

                          2019 Albert Ellis Award for Research (to be announced)

                   Albert Ellis Humanitarian Award - Presented by Ann Vernon & Kristene Doyle

                          The 2019 winner: Professor, M.D., Ph.D., Aaron T. Beck & Dr. James McMahon

9.00 - 9.50 Keynote - David Daniel: Integrative and Multimodal CBT: The role of REBT and its evidence-based status (in human development-optimisation/life problems-subclinical conditions/clinical conditions)

10.00 - 13.30 Symposia/ Open Papers

  • Symposium 2 (80 minutes): REBT and Cross-Cultural Psychology

               Murat Artiran (Turkey), Swati Khanolkar (India) & Mircea Comsa (Romania) - Co-Chairs: Monica Bianca Bartucz (Romania) /Simona Stefan (Romania)/Shishir Palsapure (India)

  • Symposium 5  (90 minutes): Genetics/Neurobiological Underpinnings of Rational/Irrational Beliefs: Emerging Findings

               Andrei Miu (Romania) & Aurora Szentagotai(Romania) - Co-Chairs: Ioana Cristea (Romania/USA) /Daniel David (Romania)/ Claudio Gentili (Italy) /Ruben Nechifor (Romania) /Pietro Pietrini (Italy)

  • Symposium 7 (90 minutes): Using Humor and Metaphors in REBT/CBT

               Dmitrii Kovpak (Russia) – Chair: Windy Dryden (UK)/ Arthur Freeman (USA) /Mark Gilson (USA) /Jane Yates (USA)

10.00 - 13.30 Workshop - Michler Bishop: Fundamentals of Smart Recovery for substance-related and addictive disorders (3.5 hours; also translated in Romanian)

10.00 - 13.30 Workshop - Raymond DiGiuseppe: The Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Anger Disorders (3.5 hours)

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break

12:00 - 13:30 Symposia

  • Symposium 4 (90 minutes): The Practice and Training of REBT Across Cultures: Status and Considerations

                María Celeste Airaldi (Paraguay) & Natalia Ferrero Delgado (Peru) – Co-Chairs: Minerva Cazares Escalera (Mexico) /Márcia Verônica de Paiva Machado (Brazil)

  • Symposium 6 (90 minutes): Rational Emotive Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching: Present and Future

               Oana David (Romania), Windy Dryden (UK) & Arthur Freeman (USA)- Co-chairs: Loana Comșa (Romania)/ Cristina Lorinț (România) /Zorica Maric (Serbia) /Tijana Ćirković Higl (Serbia)

  • Symposium 8 (90 minutes): REBT with Women: What the Research and Practice Tell Us

               Monica O'Kelly (Australia) – Chair: Kathryn Gilson (Australia)/ Bronwyn Tarrant (Australia) /Montse Rovira (Spain) /Leonor Lega (USA) /Izaskun Orue (Spain)

13.30 -14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.20 Keynote –Raymond DiGiuseppe: What aspects of REBT are common to all psychotherapies, common to all CBTs, and what aspects are unique? 

15.30 - 19.00 Workshop - Windy DrydenUsing REBT in Single-Session, One-at-a-time Therapy (3.5 hours; also translated in Romanian)

15.30 - 19.00 Workshop - Michael Hickey: Advancements in science and practice: RE&CBT treatment strategies for anxiety disorders (3.5 hours)

15.30 - 17.00 Meet the Experts - Kristene Doyle & Arthur Freeman

15:30 - 17:00 Symposia

  • Symposium 11 (90 minutes) (part 1): REBT and New Methodological Developments

               Guy Montgomery (USA) - Chair: Robert Balazsi (Romania)/ Ioana Cristea (Romania/ USA)/ Daniel David (Romania/ USA)/ Silviu Matu (Romania)/ Julie Schnur (USA)

               Silviu Matu (Romania) – Chair: Daniel David (Romania) /Oana David (Romania) /Anca Dobrean (Romania)/Aurora Szentagotai (Romania)

17.00 - 17.30 Coffee break 

17.30 - 19.00 Symposia/ Open Papers

  • Symposium 11 (30 minutes) (part 2): REBT and New Methodological Developments

              Guy Montgomery (USA) - Chair: Robert Balazsi (Romania)/ Ioana Cristea (Romania/ USA)/ Daniel David (Romania/ USA)/ Silviu Matu (Romania)/ Julie Schnur (USA)

  • Symposium 10 (90 minutes): Reflections of RE&CBT Training Strategies

               Monica O’Kelly (Australia) – Chair: James Collard (Australia) /Bronwyn Tarrant (Australia)

               Paul DePompo - Chair (USA): Ionuț-Stelian Florean (Romania)/ Asira Chirmuley (India)/ Costina Ruxandra Pasarelu (Romania) /Ana-Maria Ceban (Romania)

19.00 - 20.00 "The Classics" in Romanian Psychology: Florian Ștefănescu-Goangă (Founder of Cluj-Napoca School of Psychology and Romanian Experimental Psychology)

20.00 Welcome Reception



Saturday, September 14th

9.00 - 9.50 Keynote - Steven Jay Lynn: Science and nonsense in psychotherapy: Problems and pitfalls in evaluating claims

10.00 - 11.30 Symposia/ Open Papers

               Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Grece) /Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA) - Co-Chairs: Demetris Katsikis (Grece)/ Bernard Gorman (USA)/ Murat Artiran (Turkey)/ Lence Miloseva (Macedonia)

  • Open symposium 3 (90 minutes) (part 1): REBT/CBT For Major /Difficult Clinical Conditions

              Mariusz Wirga (Poland) - Chair:  Radu Soflau (Romania)/ Mihaela Fadgyas Stanculete (Romania)/ Cristina Pojoga (Romania)/ Paula Stroian (Romania)/ Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA) /Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)/ Agnieszka Hottowy (Poland)

  • Open symposium 9 (90 minutes) (part 1)Cognitive sensitivity to anxiety and depression

             Zorica Marić (Serbia) - Chair: Nikola Petrović (Serbia)/ Ivana Peruničić Mladenović (Serbia)/ Tatjana Vukosavljević Gvozden (Serbia)/ Stefan Dimić (Serbia)/ Borjanka Batinić (Serbia)/ Barbara Kecman (Serbia)/ Helena Rosandić  (Montenegro)/ Lence Miloseva (Macedonia) 

10.00 - 13.30 Workshop - Ruth Malkinson: Clinical applications of the continuing bonds with the deceased: The ABC of facilitating healthy grief 3.5 hours) 

10.00 - 13.30 Workshop - Ann Vernon: REBT with couples: Practical Applications and Innovative Interventions (3.5 hours; also translated in Romanian) 

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 12.30 Symposia

  • Open symposium 3 (30 minutes) (part 2): REBT/CBT For Major /Difficult Clinical Condition

                AG Ahmed (Canada) /Mariusz Wirga (Poland) - Co-chairs/ Radu Soflau (Romania)/ Mihaela Fadgyas Stanculete (Romania)/ Cristina Pojoga (Romania)/ Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA) /Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)/ Agnieszka Hottowy (Poland)/ 

  • Open symposium 9 (30 minutes) (part 2)Cognitive sensitivity to anxiety and depression

             Zorica Marić (Serbia) - Chair: Nikola Petrović (Serbia)/ Ivana Peruničić Mladenović (Serbia)/ Tatjana Vukosavljević Gvozden (Serbia)/ Stefan Dimić (Serbia)/ Borjanka Batinić (Serbia)/ Barbara Kecman (Serbia)/ Helena Rosandić  (Montenegro)/ Lence Miloseva (Macedonia) 

12.00 – 13.30 Symposia

               Simona Stefan (Romania) - Chair/ Ioana Podina (Romania)/ Diana Candea (Romania)/ Stella Kassapis (Greece) /Natalia Maravegias (Greece) /Demetris Katsikis (Greece) /Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)/ Alexandru Zorila (Romania)/ Oana David (Romania) /Sofia Arkalis (Greece) /Steven Hollon (USA)

12.30 - 13.30 Symposia

  • Symposium 3 (45 minutes): A Cross-Cultural Redefinition of Rational Emotive & Cognitive Therapy. How RE & CBT differ in the Middle East, Italy, and the United States

               Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA) - Chair: Murat Artiran (Turkey) /Giovanni Maria Ruggiero (Italy)

              Steve Johnson (USA) - Chair: Daniel David (Romania) /Bianca Macavei (Romania) /Adrian Opre (Romania)

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.20 Keynote - Douglas Mennin: An emotion regulation framework for emphasizing commonalities in cognitive behavior therapy

15.30 - 17.00 Round Table/ Poster session/ Symposia

  • Round Table - REBT Research

              Daniel David (Romania)/ Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA)/ Irving Kirsch (USA)/ Steven Jay Lynn (USA)/ Douglas Mennin (USA)/ Guy Montgomery (USA)

               Viorel Lupu (Romania) - Chair: Ramona Lupu (Romania)/ Carmen Soanca (Romania)

  • Poster Session

15.30 - 19.00 Workshop - Arthur Freeman: Reaction, counter-action, and resistance in psychotherapy (3.5 hours; also translated in Romanian)

15.30 - 19.00 Workshop - Douglas Mennin & David Fresco: Emotion Regulation Therapy for worry, rumination, and other self-referential processes II (3.5 hours) 

  • Eligible only for those who attended the 8-hour Pre-Congress Workshop by Mennin & Fresco

17.00 - 17.30 Coffee break

17.30  - 19.00 Director of affiliated centers Meeting

17.30  - 19.00 Open Papers/ Symposia

  • Applied symposium 1 (90 minutes): Maultsby’s Group Rational Behavior Therapy– Practice In Effectively Addressing Spiritual, Religious, Existential, And Philosophical Beliefs

               Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA) - Chair: Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA) /Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)

  • Applied symposium 2 (90 minutes): Rational Emotive Education - SELF-KIT: A Preventive- Curative Program For School Settings

               Adrian Opre (Romania)– Chair: Ramona Buzgar (Romania) /Bianca Macavei (Romania)

               Demetris Katsikis (Greece) /Ruth Malkinson (Israel) - Co-chairs: Nira Shmueli (Israel)/ Doira Anagnostellos (Greece)/ /Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)/ Oana David (Romania)/ Costina Ruxandra Pasarelu (Romania)/ Viktoria Kulcsar (Romania/Hungary)/ Lohan Petra (Romania)

20.00 Gala Dinner (requires preregistration)



Sunday, September 15th

9.00 - 9.50 Keynote – Windy Dryden: Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? Single-session REBT

10.00 - 10.50 Keynote – Guy Montgomery: The role of irrational beliefs and response expectancies in cancer treatment-related side-effects

10.50 - 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 - 14.30 Workshop - Ann Vernon & Shishir Palsapure: Promoting Prevention: Rational Emotive Education in School Settings (~3.5 hours; also translated in Romanian) 

11.15 - 13.15 Symposia/ Open Papers

  • Symposium 1 (120 minutes): Evidence-Based Status of REBT: Current State of the Art and New Developments (From Neurobiology through Cognitive sciences to Cross-cultural in the Technology context)

               Daniel David (Romania/ USA)/ Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA) - Co-Chairs: Aurora Szentagotai (Romania)/ Silviu Matu (Romania)/ Monica Bianca Bartucz (Romania)/ Răzvan Jurchiș (Romania)/ Adrian Opre (Romania)

  • Irving Kirsch (USA - invited reflections): From Evidence-Based to Scientific Psychotherapy
  • Richard Wessler (USA - invited reflections): Personal Beliefs and the Greatest Challenge to the Future of REBT

                Carmen Bora (Romania) /Anca Dobrean (Romania) /Gabriel Roseanu (Romania) - Co-chairs: Horea Oltean (Romania)/ Simona Trip (Romania)/ Zorica Maric (Serbia)/ Szamoskozi Stefan (Romania)

  • Open symposium 8 (120 minutes): REBT/CBT In Prevention And Emotional Regulation

               Razan Predatu (Romania) /Jeffrey Warren (USA) - Co-chairs: Karol-Julien Wild (Romania)/ Raluca Georgescu (Romania)/ Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA) /Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA)/ Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)/ Cosmin Popa (Romania)

13.15 - 14.30 Round Table - REBT Practice

            Daniel David (Romania)/ Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA)/ Kristene A. Doyle (USA)/ Windy Dryden (UK)

14.30 - 15.30 Lunch

15.30 - 16.20 Keynote – Irving Kirsch: Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect: Implications for Psychotherapy

16.30 - 17.20 Keynote – Kristene A. DoyleREBT training from a global perspective: How we have evolved and continue to grow

17.30 - 18.00 Closing ceremony

18.00 ITS Meeting (reserved to ITS members)/ 

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