AEI News & Updates : Oct-Nov 2014

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Albert Ellis Institute

October-November 2014

AEI News & Updates 

Shannon O’Neill, M.A. 


Many would agree that our primary objective in life is to become the best version of ourselves. In order to achieve this, individuals attempt to avoid uncomfortable emotions (e.g., anger, depression, anxiety) by making calculated choices that promote happiness. Yet, if an individual is reluctant to experience present moments of discomfort, how will they be able to appreciate future moments of happiness? This does not mean we should actively seek out painful experiences; however, suppressing the discomfort that is already present will only allow unwanted experiences to continue occurring. …


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Functional versus Dysfunctional Anger: Part 2 – Functional Anger

William Taboas, M.A.

In this entry, we will first make the distinction between healthy and unhealthy anger. We will then discuss healthy beliefs to maintain a rational perspective in the face of potentially maddening situations. You may be asking yourself “I was taught that anger is, and will always be, an undesired, unwanted, and bad emotion. But how could anger be healthy and functional?!” I would respond with this: You may be imagining anger as only being unhealthily enraged….


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Upcoming Events

Professional Workshops 

Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy Professional Skills Development: The Basics

Friday – October 17, 2014 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm | 3 CE Credits
Leader: Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D.


In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of REBT’s theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Techniques for identifying and restructuring irrational beliefs will be taught, as well as generating homework assignments to reinforce session content. Strategies for motivating clients to agree on the goals and tasks of therapy will also be discussed. A live demonstration with a volunteer will bring the theory and its applications to light.    


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Unconditional Self and Other Acceptance  

Friday – October 24, 2014 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm | 3 CE Credits
Leader: Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D., Sc.D.


This workshop will focus on REBT/CBT and its valuable contribution to the work on unconditional acceptance of the self and others, which are so important for mental and emotional health and a sense of wellbeing and happiness. Simple but effective techniques will be covered to help individuals move away from negative self-rating and condemnation to unconditionally accepting the self and others to become more resistant to depression, anxiety, and anger. Attendees will have the chance to practice these fun techniques within the encouraging and supportive environment in the workshop.


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Public Lectures

Holiday Myth Busters

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Presenter: Michael Hickey, Ph.D.


A popular holiday song states, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But does it truly need to be? The expectations and demands we put on ourselves and others during this time of year often lead to unnecessary stress and unhealthy emotions. Using principles of Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RE&CBT), participants will learn to identify and challenge maladaptive beliefs and thought patterns that can often be triggered by the imposed myths and expectations of various aspects of the holiday season.


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Drop That EggNog! Curbing Emotional Eating & Drinking During The Holiday Season
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenters: Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D. & Kristen Tobias, M.A.

Tis’ the season….for managing difficult family members, for multiple office holiday parties, for just one more glass of eggnog. We often make excuses for over-indulging during the holiday season; however, sometimes, we eat to numb ourselves from uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom. If this scenario sounds familiar, then this lecture is for you! Come learn the triggers of your emotional eating and drinking, and more importantly, effective strategies for overcoming this self-sabotaging behavior.


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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!
Register today! 

Next Date: October 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30

Presenter: Richard Pecoroni, L.M.H.C.
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