Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, REBT For People With Co-occurring Problems: Albert Ellis in the Wilds of Arizona, and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here.

A unique program that will both enlighten and entertain the participant. The material presents a fictitious visit by Dr. Albert Ellis to a number of clinical settings in Arizona. As you follow along, Ellis demonstrates the importance of integrating research and treatment for people with co-occuring problems, methods for developing simple, practical ways to assess and address these problems with clients, how to apply Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) techniques in any type of mental health and addiction treatment program, how to focus on the factors that keep the client’s problems going, and how to help clients gain more of what they do want out of life and limit what they don’t want.

15 CE credits/hours, 150 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of integrating treatment for people with co-occurring problems.
  • Explain how to develop simple, practical ways to assess and tackle problems that people with co-occurring problems want help with.
  • Describe how to apply this approach in any type of mental health and addiction treatment program.
  • Recognize how to focus on factors that keep client’s problems going in the here-and-now.
  • Demonstrate how to help clients get more of what they want and less of what they don’t want.

Emmett Velten, PhD, & Patricia E. Penn, PhD

Emmett Velten, PhD, has a private practice in Phoenix where he sees people in person and by phone.   He was, for many years, Clinical Director at Assisted Recovery Centers of America, a private program in Phoenix, AZ using cognitive-behavioral therapy together with anti-craving and other medications, to treat people with alcohol and/or opioid problems.  Dr. Velten is a long-time practitioner and trainer in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.  He was a founding member of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network, and was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.  With Ellis, he co-authored two books, When AA Doesn’t Work for You, and Optimal Aging.  He edited Under the Influence: Reflections of Albert Ellis in the Work of Others, and Albert Ellis: American Revolutionary (in press).  He has held a variety of posts, including Clinical Development Director at Bay Area Addiction Research & Treatment (BAART), a nationwide substance abuse treatment and primary healthcare organization headquartered in San Francisco, where he left his heart and lives part-time.Patricia E. Penn, PhD, is a psychologist and the Director of Research and Evaluation at La Frontera Center in Tucson, Arizona.  She has been the principal investigator or evaluation director for projects funded by federal and state grants, including NIDA, SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, CSAT, and CSAP.  These were primarily to develop and study treatments for co-occurring conditions.  She was an invited member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine’s work group to revise their Patient Placement Criteria to include co-occurring conditions, the Arizona Integrated Treatment Consensus Panel (SAMHSA funded), and an expert panel on improving treatment for co-occurring conditions sponsored by SAMHSA. She led the development of ADMIRE Plus, an integrated treatment program for co-occurring conditions, which received an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare in 2000.  In 2003, she received a leadership award from the Arizona Practice Improvement Collaborative.  She also directs La Frontera’s comprehensive program evaluations and is faculty in their psychology doctoral internship program.  In addition, she teaches meditation and mindfulness at Miraval Resort.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "REBT for People With Co-occurring Problems: Albert Ellis in the Wilds of Arizona" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire