NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Albert Ellis, world-renowned father
of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, announced today that in response to
overwhelming public demand he will resume his popular Friday Night Workshops
beginning on October 28th at the American Federation of the Arts, 41 East 65th
Street, which is located next door to the Albert Ellis Institute. Dr. Ellis
will hold the workshops independently of the Albert Ellis Institute, which
suspended Dr. Ellis from conducting his Friday Night Workshops without
providing him with a rational reason this past July. Dr. Ellis's Friday Night
Workshops at the Albert Ellis Institute have drawn large crowds on the Upper
East Side of Manhattan every week for many years prior to his suspension.
Last month, Dr. Ellis was dismissed by the board of trustees of the Albert
Ellis Institute, which he founded in 1957. His attorneys have filed suit
against the board of directors for wrongful dismissal of Dr. Ellis.
The new workshops at the American Federation of the Arts will be conducted
on Friday nights between 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the workshops, Dr. Ellis
explains the principles of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and how to put
them to work in every day life. He also takes questions from attendees about
how to handle their own psychological issues, and gives advice about ways to
cope using REBT techniques.
"There was such an overwhelming outcry from people about the workshops
stopping, and a demand to have them start again, that I had to start them
again," said Dr. Ellis. "I still want to resolve my disputes with the
Institute, but I am passionate about teaching the principles of REBT to help
people live their lives more peacefully and fully. I will do the Friday Night
Workshops outside the Institute for as long as the Institute's management
won't let me do them within the Institute."
Dr. Ellis's attorney, Michael de Leeuw, a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris,
Shriver & Jacobson LLP, noted, "We were very pleased that we could help Dr.
Ellis secure the next-door space to carry on his Friday Night Workshops. Dr.
Ellis has the support of the psychological community and the public as well.
The outpouring of support has been overwhelming ever since it became public
knowledge that Dr. Ellis was in a serious dispute with the Institute's
Executive Director and the Executive Director's allies on the board. While it
is extremely unfortunate that an icon like Dr. Ellis has had to go through
this ugly dispute at 92 years of age, he has been comforted by the fact that
so many people, from prominent psychologists to interested laypeople all
around the world, care so much. The most frustrating thing is that this all
could have been avoided. Dr. Ellis and others have pushed for mediation of
these disputes for nearly a year now. The Executive Director and his allies
on the board of trustees have been unwilling to mediate these disputes and Dr.
Ellis views them as having negotiated in bad faith."
About Albert Ellis
Dr. Albert Ellis is a world-renowned psychologist widely credited as the
father of cognitive behavioral therapy, now the most widely used and accepted
form of psychotherapy. He founded the school of Rational-Emotive Behavior
Therapy, or REBT, in the 1950s, which is practiced by over 12,000 therapists
around the world.
Dr. Ellis, a graduate of Columbia University, was trained in
psychoanalysis. However, his experience in treating patients made him
skeptical about the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and he began to develop
his own therapy methods that he calls Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy
(REBT). He discovered that these methods helped his patients much more than
traditional Freudian psychoanalysis. By the mid-1950s, he stopped using
Freudian psychoanalysis completely. REBT is based upon Dr. Ellis' belief that
people are responsible for creating their own emotional states and therefore
can choose to control how they react to events around them. REBT places
responsibility on the individual for overcoming problems by choosing to change
the way one thinks, behaves, lives and acts.
Dr. Ellis founded the Albert Ellis Institute in 1957 to train therapists
in REBT and provide therapy to individuals and groups based on REBT
principles. It is housed in a building on East 65th Street in New York City
that was donated to the Institute by Dr. Ellis through the royalties earned on
his books. He has written 75 books and over 800 articles, including five
books over the last two years.
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