Primary / Paraprofessional Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

The Primary Certificate Practicum at the Centre for REBT is run in the same format as the training events held at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

Dates: March 2018 (please contact and we will inform you of dates when they have been finalised). 

The Primary Certificate Practicum is the first level of training in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. It is an intensive three-day training course that has been specifically developed to introduce the fundamental concepts of REBT in addition to 12 hours of supervised practice.

The course facilitates participants to:

  • develop their understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning REBT and the cognitive behavioural therapies that followed;
  • engage in consideration about how REBT can be applied to many types of clinical problems;
  • develop skills in the application of REBT to real emotional and behavioural problems safely within supervised peer counselling sessions;
    learn the major techniques of belief identification and disputation as pioneered by Albert Ellis;
  • to construct and teach clients strategies to develop and maintain new adaptive beliefs, emotions and behaviours;
  • to develop homework protocols for the treatment of anxiety, depression, anger, shame and the other common emotional problems identified by clients

See the Primary Certificate reading list (PDF 714KB)

Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

Fees and funding

The cost of this course is £495

Entry requirements

Qualified professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, M.D’s, counsellors, marriage and family counsellors, social workers, clergy, registered nurses, physicians assistants) may apply for this programme. Individuals who do not qualify for the Primary Certificate but work under supervision in a mental health facility may apply for the Paraprofessional Certificate.  For any further queries, please contact

How to apply

To apply please complete the application form (PDF 549KB) and email it back to or post to:

Claire Ford
Centre for REBT in School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Room 208, Frankland Building
B15 2TT

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