Rational Emotive Behavioral Approaches to Childhood Disorders

Theory, Practice and Research

  • Albert Ellis
  • Michael E. Bernard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction, Rationale, and Basic Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raymond Digiuseppe, Michael E. Bernard
      Pages 85-114
    3. William J. Knaus
      Pages 133-155
  3. Disorders of Childhood

  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. John F. McInerney, Bridget C.M. McInerney
      Pages 369-384
    3. Mark D. Terjesen, Maria A. Esposito
      Pages 385-414
    4. Ann Vernon, Michael E. Bernard
      Pages 415-460
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 461-474

About this book


Since the groundbreaking first edition of Rational Emotive Approaches to the Problems of Childhood by Albert Ellis and Michael Bernard two decades ago, our understanding of the nature and treatment of children’s problems has grown considerably. Now in a completely new volume, Albert Ellis and children’s REBT specialist Professor Michael Bernard have revised and updated this pioneering volume to reflect both the latest in clinical practice and research.

Fourteen expert contributors (including many from the original) share with the editors a deep commitment to integrating REBT with other cognitive-behavioral methods, and to providing young people with developmentally appropriate care. Together they give readers a practical framework for conducting assessment, treatment, and prevention with individuals, clients and groups as well as in family and school settings.

Key features of this new edition include:

  • Developmental considerations in using REBT with children and adolescents
  • Specific chapters devoted to major disorders -- aggression, phobias anxiety, depression, academic underachievement, and ADHD
  • Latest strategies for challenging and changing the irrational beliefs of young people
  • Techniques for building key REBT skills: emotional resilience and frustration tolerance
  • Extensive research findings on the efficacy of REBT with young people
  • Brand-new material on special issues -- involving parents, conducting group sessions, and working with exceptional children
  • An overview of Rational Emotive Education and You Can Do It! Education, school-based applications of REBT

With coverage this thorough, Ellis, Bernard, and collaborators have created a resource of immediate value to child and adolescent mental health practitioners including school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, behavior therapists, and family therapists, and educators involved in helping young people overcome behavioral disorders.


Assessment Depression Emotion Training attention deficit disorder (ADD) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) hyperactivity intervention

Editors and affiliations

  • Albert Ellis
    • 1
  • Michael E. Bernard
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert Ellis InstituteNew York
  2. 2.University of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-26374-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-26375-5
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