Dr. Albert Ellis Resumes Famed Friday Night Workshops
Banned from Albert Ellis Institute, Dr. Ellis Forced
to Take Workshops Next Door
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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