The 4th International Congress of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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

Open papers/Symposia

An open paper will be presented in about 15 minutes (including questions/answers); if this is invited, it can take 20 minutes. The open papers will be grouped in symposia.The time dedicated to the symposium also includes the discussions.

The objectives of this section are:

  1. To stimulate CBTs and other evidence-based psychotherapy professionals to participate in the Congress, to explore bridges and collaboration strategies with the goal of moving the field closer to a more integrative CBTs and/or evidence-based psychotherapy;
  2. To stimulate professionals from the major fields of psychology and REBT to relate to each other (e.g., developmental/educational/school psychology to rational emotive education; work/organizational psychology to REBT/CBT coaching; pastoral/spiritual psychology to REBT pastoral counseling);
  3. To encourage researchers from clinical cognitive neurogenetics sciences to participate in order to explore together the role of REBT in understanding human mind and behavior;
  4. To encourage the approach of REBT in the following contexts: personalized evidence-based treatments/technology/machine learning-data mining/transdiagnostic-network analyses/cross-cultural.

The applications will be open between 15 January 2019 to 28 February 2019. The announcement of the selected papers will be made in 15 March.


I. THEMATIC SYMPOSIA (Based on top-down proposals - The chair will be also the discussant)

Symposium 1 (maximum 120 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 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 – fundamentals of REBT/neurogenetic cognitive sciences) & Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA – fundamentals of REBT)-Co-Chairs /Aurora Szentagotai (Romania – positive psychology)/Silviu Matu (Romania - technology)/Monica Bianca Bartucz(Romania – cross cultural approach)/Răzvan Jurchiș & Adrian Opre (Romania – cognitive sciences)
    • 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


Symposium 2 (maximum 80 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT and Cross-Cultural Psychology

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

Symposium 3 (maximum 45 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 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)


Symposium 4 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 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)/MárciaVerônica de Paiva Machado (Brazil)


Symposium 5 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 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 6 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): Rational Emotive Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching: Present and Future

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


Symposium 7 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes)Using Humor and Metaphors in REBT/CBT

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


Symposium 8 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 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)


Symposium 9 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT and Technology

  • Silviu Matu (Romania)– Chair /Daniel David (Romania)/Oana David (Romania)/Anca Dobrean (Romania)/Aurora Szentagotai (Romania)
  • Based on research infrastructure/grants of the International Institute for Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (

Symposium 10 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): Reflections of RE&CBT Training Strategies

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


Methodological Symposium 11 (maximum 120 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT and New Methodological Developments

  • Guy Montgomery (USA) – Chair (5 minutes introduction)
  • Robert Balazsi(Romania): REBT and new developments in SEM (30 minutes)
  • Ioana Cristea (Romania/USA): Individual patients data metaanalysis (30 minutes)
  • Daniel David (Romania): Big data (data mining/networks analyses) (20 minutes)
  • Silviu Matu (Romania): From case analyses to complex single case experiments (20 minutes)
  • Julie Schnur (USA): Qualitative methods - Trainee challenges in applying REBT to cancer: A qualitative study (15 minutes)
    • Each presentation will point to the fundamentals of the method, examples (REBT/CBT/Clinical, if possible), why it is important for REBT research, and resources (e.g., how to get more training in using it)


II. OPEN SYMPOSIA (Based on bottom-up open paper proposals - The chair will be also the discussant)

Open Symposium 1 (80 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT AND ASSESSMENT-I (Co-Chairs: Chrysoula Kostogiannis/Raymond DiGiuseppe)

The current status of rebt assessment on (ir)rational beliefs: The example of Attitudes and Beliefs Scale 2 as a valid tool for beliefs assessment

  • Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)/Demetris Katsikis (Greece)

The factor structure of the Attitudes and Beliefs Scale 2: Implications for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

  • Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA)/Bernard Gorman (USA/Joanne Raptis (USA)

Construct validity of the full ABS 2 Scale through confirmatory factor analysis: Data from a Hellenic sample and clinical implications

  • Demetris Katsikis (Greece)/Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)/Zoe Lioliou (Greece)/Raymond DiGiuseppe (USA)

A Turkish translation of a measure of irrational and rational beliefs (TABS): Reliability, validity studies, and confirmation of the four-cognitive-processes model of REBT

  • Murat Artiran (Turkey)

Characteristics of the North Macedonian Attitudes and Belief Scale 2

  • Lence Miloseva (Macedonia)


Open Symposium 2 (120 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT AND ASSESSMENT–II (Co-Chairs: Carmen Bora/Anca Dobrean/Gabriel Roseanu)

Introduction to measuring rational and irrational beliefs (10 minutes)

  • Anca Dobrean (Romania)/Horea Oltean (Romania)

The Frustration Discomfort Scale Revisted: The use of frustration intolerance categories in therapy

  • Neil Harrington (UK)

The Frustration Discomfort Scale - Validation study on forensic population

  • Simona Chereji (UK)

Irrational Beliefs of Teachers. A measure for Romanian population

  • Carmen Hortensia Bora (Romania)/Gabriel Roseanu (Romania)/Simona Trip (Romania)/Michael Bernard (Australia)

Validation study of the Child and Adolescent Scale of irrationality on the Romanian population

  • Simona Trip (Romania)/Gabriel Roșeanu (Romania)/Carmen Hortensia Bora (Romania)/Michael Bernard (Australia)

Scale of Low Frustration Tolerance for students

  • Gabriel Roșeanu(Romania)/Simona Trip (Romania)/Carmen Hortensia Bora (Romania)

Irrational performance beliefs inventory: Reliability and validity study

  • Tijana Ćirković Higl (Serbia)/Zorica Maric (Serbia)

Dynamic/formative assessment of rational/irrational beliefs

  • Szamoskozi Stefan (Romania)

Discussion: Neil Harrington (UK) & Simona Trip (Romania) (10 minutes)


Open Symposium 3 (110 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT FOR MAJOR/DIFFICULT CLINICAL CONDITIONS (Co-Chairs: AG Ahmed/Mariusz Wirga)

Evaluation of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy based substance use treatment program for forensic psychiatric inpatients

  • AG Ahmed (Canada)

REBT and psychoses: Conceptualization, treatment, and preliminary data

  • Radu Soflau (Romania)

Using REBT in the pharmacotherapy treatment of schizophrenia patients

  • Mihaela Fadgyas Stanculete (Romania)

Using REBT in the medical treatment of (major) psychosomatic conditions (in clinical health psychology/behavioral medicine)

  • Cristina Pojoga (Romania)

REBT and difficult personality disorders

  • Paula Stroian (Romania)

Integrating Maultsby’s Rational Behavior Therapy into your CBT practice for the benefit of your most “difficult” or “resistant” patients

  • Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA)/Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA)/Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)/ Agnieszka Hottowy (Poland)

Utilizing Maultsby’s Rational Behavior Therapy (RBT) as a foundational component in the treatment of human trafficking survivors

  • Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA)/Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA)/Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)


Open Symposium 4 (90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS (Chair: Simona Stefan)

Contrasting various Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches - REBT/CT/ACT - for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A randomized clinical trial

  • Simona Stefan (Romania)

A sleeper effect investigation of exposure-based vs. cognitive-only intervention for anxiety disorders: A longitudinal multilevel meta-analysis

  • Ioana Podina (Romania)

Shame-proneness and its association with global evaluations: A longitudinal study

  • Diana Candea (Romania)

Testing the role of the frustration intolerance construct in the ABC model in Hellenic adults

  • Stella Kassapis (Greece)/Natalia Maravegias (Greece)/Demetris Katsikis (Greece)/Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)

Does dysfunctional pride lead to impaired performance on analytic task and increase risky behaviour?

  • Alexandru Zorila (Romania)

Initial validation of the ABC model of REBT in a Hellenic sample: The differential role of automatic thoughts

  • Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)/Demetris Katsikis (Greece)/Sofia Arkalis (Greece)/Steven Hollon (USA)


Open Symposium 5 (45 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT IN GAMBLING: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE (Chair: Viorel Lupu)

The role of irrational cognitions in the appearance and maintenance of problem gambling with applications in psychotherapy

  • Viorel Lupu (Romania)

The importance of rational emotive and behavioral education in the prophylaxis of problem gambling in children and adolescents

  • Ramona Lupu (Romania)

Can Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy be effectively used for gambler’s family?

  • Carmen Soanca (Romania)


Open Symposium 6 (90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT FOR PARENTING AND CHILDREN (Co-Chairs: Demetris Katsikis/Ruth Malkinson)

Relationship betweenthinking patterns, rational and irrational, and emotional adjustment: Similarities between parents and their children

  • Nira Shmueli (Israel)/Ruth Malkinson (Israel)

The role of parental (ir)rational beliefs in the relations among parental self-efficacy, anger and parenting style/strategies

  • Demetris Katsikis (Greece)/Doira Anagnostellos (Greece)/Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Greece)

The role of parental irrational cognitions and emotion regulation in the relation between parental motivational systems and parenting practices

  • Georgiana M. Roșca (Romania)/Oana David (Romania)

The feasibility of a video-based REBT program for internalizing problems in children

  • Costina Ruxandra Pasarelu (Romania)

The effectiveness of a REBT intervention program on the reduction of career decision-making difficulties in high school pupils

  • Viktoria Kulcsar (Romania/Hungary)

Overcoming academic procrastination in teenagers through CBT vs REBT group intervention

  • Lohan Petra (Romania)


Open Symposium 7 (80 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT AND COUPLES (Chair: Paul DePompo)

When “stuck” with an unavailable partner, a 6-session integrative REBT and CT approach for the other woman.

  • Paul DePompo (USA)

Can couple satisfaction be enhanced through a brief online Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy-based intervention?

  • Ionuț-Stelian Florea (Romania)

Examining the effectiveness of Gottman seven principles workshop and REBT on improving marital satisfaction and couple's intimacy

  • Asira Chirmuley (India)

Negative dysfunctional emotions and couple satisfaction

  • Costina Ruxandra Pasarelu (Romania)

The relationship between irrational beliefs and couple satisfaction in university students

  • Ana-Maria Ceban (Romania)


Open Symposium 8 (110 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT/CBT IN PREVENTION AND EMOTIONAL REGULATION (Co-Chairs: Shishir Palsapure/Jeffrey Warren)

Predicting grit and resilience: Exploring college students’ academic rational beliefs

  • Jeffrey M. Warren (USA)

Preventive Emotional Education in Indian school

  • Karol-Julien Wild (Romania)

Emotion regulation deficits during an autobiographical recall task in a sample of individuals with emotional disorders

  • Razvan Predatu (Romania)

Acceptance, cognitive restructuring, and distraction in the treatment of acute pain: An investigation of different psychological approaches for pain control

  • Raluca Georgescu (Romania)

Addressing spiritual, religious, existential and philosophical beliefs with Maultsby’s Rational Behavior Therapy

  • Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA)/Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA)/Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)

The Effect of CBT in increasing emotional stability in Romanian medical students

  • Cosmin Popa (Romania)


Open Symposium 9 (110 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): COGNITIVE SENSITIVITY TO ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION (Chair: Zorica Marić)

Prospective longitudinal study of depressive sensitivity

  • Zorica Marić (Serbia)/Nikola Petrović (Serbia)

Irrational beliefs, automatic thoughts and early traumatic experiences in psychotic and nonpsychotic forms of Major Depressive Disorder

  • Ivana Peruničić Mladenović (Serbia)/Zorica Marić (Serbia)/Nikola Petrović (Serbia)

Does the process of maturing decreases the intensity of irrationality: the difference between depressive and non-depressive persons

  • Tatjana Vukosavljević Gvozden (Serbia)/Ivana Peruničić Mladenović (Serbia)

Relationship between low frustration tolerance, emotional intelligence, and personality traits associated with depression

  • Stefan Dimić (Serbia)/Nikola Petrović (Serbia)

Depression and anxiety factors as a predictors of suicidal ideation in patients diagnosed with major depressive disorded

  • Borjanka Batinić (Serbia)/Barbara Kecman (Serbia)

Cognitive sensitivity to anxiety in a sample of subjects diagnosed with depression and anxiety

  • Helena Rosandić (Montenegro)/Tatjana Vukosavljević Gvozden (Serbia)

The role of cognitive vulnerability factors in occurrence and distinguishing of clinical and subclinical depression in adolescence

  • Lence Miloseva (Macedonia)/Tatjana Vukosavljevic Gvozden (Serbia)/Zorica Maric (Serbia)    




  • Mariusz Wirga (Poland/USA)– Chair /Michael DeBernardi (Poland/USA)/Aleksandra Wirga (Poland/USA)


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

Open (Applied) Symposium 3 (maximum 45 minutes): REBT IN PASTORAL COUNSELING: NEW ADVANCEMENTS

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

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