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Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 14 Feb 14 in Albert Ellis Institute / AEI, Announcements |



AEI News & Updates 

Hello?! I Am Not Sure If You Are Hearing Me!
By Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.



How many times have you been told that communication is key? However, the complexity of this process is often overlooked. There are many different forms of communication and subtle societal rules that outline how to proceed in a conversation. For instance, "hey, what's up?" may be appropriate for a friend, but using such slang on a job interview may cost you the position. Aside from the robust pool of language we are to select from, there are also more discrete ways of communicating to consider. Nonverbal gestures and tone of voice are two aspects of conversation that, if overlooked, can lead to a complete miscommunication.


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The Bad, the Ugly, and the Awful
By Kristen Tobias, M.A.



The theory of REBT postulates that people possess the intrinsic capability to think both rationally and irrationally. We actually all engage in both types of thinking, but differ in the degree to which each type is our M.O. One type of irrational thinking is, awfulizing, which is a tendency to focus on, or exaggerate, the negative aspects of a situation. Ellis made the clear distinction between that which represented what was truly awful, horrible, terrible, or the worst, from what was bad, unfortunate, a hassle, or difficult. Something is awful or horrible only if you can truly imagine nothing worse.


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Upcoming Events

Professional Workshops

Training in the DSM5: Understanding and Adapting to Changes in the Diagnostic System
Friday, February 21, 2014 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm | 3 CE Credits
Presenter: Frank L. Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP



Changes made to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria will be presented and discussed in this workshop. This workshop will also provide a description of changes pertaining to the chapter organization in DSM-5, the multiaxial system, the introduction of dimensional assessments, controversies and challenges, and likely future directions. The purpose of this workshop is to provide the mental health professional with a working knowledge and understanding of the new diagnostic system, including changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V, and will provide a useful guide to the ways in which these changes require an adaptation of day-to-day clinical practice.


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Motivational Interviewing
Friday – February 28, 2014 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm | 3 CE Credits
Presenter: F. Michler Bishop, Ph.D.



Increasing motivation to change is a key skill all therapists must practice in their offices on a daily basis. Many clients are only half motivated to change. They want to change but they also want to go on doing what they are doing, for example, engaging in addictive behaviors, depressing themselves, and procrastinating. This workshop will provide practitioners with an opportunity to practice a variety of MI techniques designed to motivate clients to make important changes in their lives.


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Public Lectures

Organize Your Life!
Thursday – February 20, 2014 | Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenter: Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D.



Is your mailbox overflowing with papers, magazines, and catalogues, some important, some junk? Does your work area get mistaken for a teenager's bedroom? Do you feel like you don't know whether you are coming or going? Well, this is the lecture for you! With today's fast moving pace, it is easy to become overwhelmed and disorganized. Too many emails, voicemails, and appointments can run you ragged. Learn cognitive and behavioral techniques to help you take back and manage your life in a way that works for you.


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Managing Your Money Worries
Wednesday -March 12, 2014 | Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenter: Mark Terjesen, Ph.D.

With tax day around the corner, many of us start looking more closely at our finances. At the same time, many of us spend a considerable amount of energy making ourselves anxious about money. Oftentimes, this anxiety may lead us to make money-related decisions that are not healthy for us or our finances. This talk will discuss some common patterns of thinking that lead to money worries as well as address some emotional and practical solutions to help manage this worry more effectively.


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See how leading REBT therapists help audience volunteers' deal with everyday problems, followed by questions and discussion. Difficulties addressed range from family, work or relationship issues. Demonstrations are guaranteed to be educational and stimulating!
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Next Date: February 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30

Presenter: Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D. 
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"Insisting that things 'ought' to go smoothly, that mishap 'must' not occur, and that the important people in our lives 'should' behave as we have told them so many times we 'need' them to behave…is fundamentally irrational. Yet, as a species, we naturally tend to think in those distorted and self-defeating ways."


Albert Ellis, Ph.D.





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