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)


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

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


Symposium 4 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): The Practice and Training of REBT Across Cultures: Status and Considerations 


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


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


Symposium 8 (maximum 90 minutes; each presentation maximum 15 minutes): REBT with Women: What the Research and Practice Tell Us


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Characteristics of the North Macedonian Attitudes and Belief Scale 2


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)

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

The Frustration Discomfort Scale - Validation study on forensic population

Irrational Beliefs of Teachers. A measure for Romanian population

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

Scale of Low Frustration Tolerance for students

Irrational performance beliefs inventory: Reliability and validity study

Dynamic/formative assessment of rational/irrational beliefs

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

REBT and psychoses: Conceptualization, treatment, and preliminary data

Using REBT in the pharmacotherapy treatment of schizophrenia patients

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

REBT and difficult personality disorders

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Overcoming academic procrastination in teenagers through CBT vs REBT group intervention


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.

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

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

Negative dysfunctional emotions and couple satisfaction

The relationship between irrational beliefs and couple satisfaction in university students


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

Preventive Emotional Education in Indian school

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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