"BEING CLASSIC IS GOOD AND BEING RATIONAL IS COOL!"
The general theme of the Congress: The Role of “The Classics” in the Present and Future of Psychology
Motto: REBT, as an elegant form of CBT, goes to the essence of what we call scientific psychotherapy (Albert Ellis)
Today, many people take the information processing paradigm (i.e., cognitive paradigm) for granted, not being aware about the “scientific paradigmatic wars”, which had to be fought, to have what we consider today the best academic/professional practices in psychology! Indeed, in 1985 Albert Ellis’ fundamental role in the ignition and development of cognitive revolution in psychology and the role of REBT as an innovative treatment was acknowledged explicitly by the American Psychological Association by awarding him the Distinguished Contribution to Knowledge:
“… Dr. Albert Ellis’s theoretical contribution has had a profound effect on the professional practice of psychology. His theories on the primacy of cognitions in psychopathology are at the forefront of practice and research in clinical psychology…Dr Ellis expanded his clinical work in marital and sex therapy into a comprehensive theory of psychopathological treatment, Rational-Emotive Therapy. His theories have provided a starting point for many who investigate the nature of human emotional disturbance and its treatment …” (text selection from the APA Award).
Our general objective is to explore how the legacy of Albert Ellis and REBT can impact and be better related to the present and the future of psychology.