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Keynote Speaker

The Father of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is Featured Speaker at Conference 2001

Among the top notch speakers and workshops at this year¹s conference in Nashville, Tenn. will be Dr. Albert Ellis, the father of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Rivaled only by Sigmund Freud and B.F. Skinner in his ability for making friends and adherents and arousing opponents and detractors, Dr. Ellis will speak to conference attendees on REBT, Saturday, Oct. 6.  He also will present an intensive workshop at the conference later that afternoon.

One of the most controversial figures in modern psychology, Albert Ellis is President of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York.  He has been adjunct professor of psychology at Rutgers University, United States International University and at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.  He served as Chief Psychologist of the New Jersey State Diagnostic Center and Chief Psychologist at the New Jersey Department of Institutions and Agencies.  He has been a consultant in clinical psychology to the New York City Board of Education and to the Veterans Administration.  He has practiced psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, as well as sex therapy for more than 60 years and continues this practice at the Psychological Clinic of the Institute in New York.

A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Ellis has served as President of its Division of Consulting Psychology and as a member of its Council of Representatives.  He is a Fellow (and past President) of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex and has been a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists has qualified him as a Certified Sex Therapist.  His is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology.

Dr. Ellis has been President of the Advisory Council of Distinguished Humanists and has also served as Vice President of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, Chairman of the Marriage Counseling Section of the National Council of Family Relations, Executive Committee Member of the Divisions of Psychotherapy and of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists.  

Several professional societies have honored him.  He holds the Humanist of the Year Award of the American Humanist Association, Distinguished Psychologist Award of the Academy of Psychologists in Marital and Family Therapy and the Distinguished Practitioner Award of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.  The American Psychological Association has given him its major award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge, the American Association for Counseling and Development has given him its major Professional Development Award and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy has given him its Outstanding Clinical Contribution Award.

He is a member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology and was ranked as the ³Second Most Influential Psychotherapist² in a survey of American psychologists and counselors.  A survey of Canadian Clinical Psychologists ranked him ³Most Influential Psychotherapist.²  Dr. Ellis was awarded the Townsend Harris Medal by the Alumni Association of City College of New York for his ³distinguished contributions to his chosen field of work and to the welfare of his fellow men.²  He received the Joseph Zubin Award of The American Psychopathological Association and was awarded the Medal of Sexology of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists.

Dr. Ellis has served as Consulting or Associate Editor of a number journals including the Journal of Marriage and the Family; International Journal of Sexology, Existential Psychiatry; Journal of Individual Psychology; Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Therapy and Research and Psychotherapy in Private Practice to name a few.

In addition, he has published more than 800 papers in psychological, psychiatric and sociological journals and anthologies and more than 150 audio cassettes.  He also has written or edited more than 65 books and monographs, including Sex Without Guilt; How to Live with a ³Neurotic;² The Art and Science of Love and Executive Leadership: A Rational Approach to name a few.

Dr. Ellis has given more than 2,000 lectures and workshops in the United States and abroad and is the subject of feature articles in leading newspapers and magazines.  He also has composed more than 200 rational humorous songs, many of which he has sung at his public talks and workshops as well as many radio and television programs.


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