A Rational-Emotive Model of Assessment

  • Raymond DiGiuseppe
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Rational-emotive therapy has always been presented as an active, directive, efficient form of psychotherapy (Ellis, 1957, 1962, 1985, 1989a). It is often described as a no-nonsense, no-cop-out form of therapy because it advocates forceful, active disputing, challenging and confronting clients’ irrational beliefs. An extensive RET literature has developed that explicates the theory (Bernard & DiGiuseppe, 1989; Ellis, 1962, 1973, 1985), specifies the application of RET to different populations and hypothesizes specific irrational beliefs likely to be held by various client populations (Ellis & Bernard, 1983, 1985; Ellis, McInerney, DiGiuseppe, & Yeager, 1988; Ellis, Sichel, DiMattia, Yeager, & DiGiuseppe, 1989), and details disputing strategies to be used with clients (Ellis, 1985; Ellis & Dryden, 1987).


Medical Model Cognitive Therapy Therapeutic Alliance Irrational Belief Disturbed Emotion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond DiGiuseppe
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySt. John’s UniversityJamaicaUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Rational-Emotive TherapyNew YorkUSA

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