COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Psychology Department and Associated Student Government are offering students and the community an opportunity to hear international guest speaker Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis (via Zoom) discuss the work of her late husband Dr. Albert Ellis. Join us Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Eden Hall room 1 on the Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay).

Dr. Ellis has dedicated herself to sharing the life enhancing and inspiring approach of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) with as many people as possible. A clear and easy-to-understand approach, its application brings striking and beneficial results. Its efficiency is fueled by its pragmatic tools and along with it a philosophical backbone encouraging kindness and compassion.

At the core of the presentations and writings of Dr. Ellis is the groundbreaking philosophy and psychological approach of her husband, a pioneer in the field of psychology, Dr. Albert Ellis, the creator of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.

Albert Ellis PhD (1913-2007) dedicated himself to fighting injustices and changing restrictive social norms. He was a major figure in changing general attitudes held by many in the twentieth century, and first decade of the twenty-first century, on women’s rights, racial equality, inter-racial marriage, gay rights, freedom of speech, and literature – to name a few.

Ellis’ approach is holistic and ethical, attending to the interplay of a person’s beliefs, emotions and actions, and seeing people as capable of choosing their emotional destiny according to their capacity and willingness to choose rational thinking over irrational thinking. He asserted that we humans are fallible creatures who can unnecessarily disturb ourselves and prescribed the use of his REBT approach for un-disturbing ourselves.


Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis

Dr. Ellis was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. New York City has been her home base for the past two decades. She is a licensed psychologist (Australia), licensed mental health counselor (New York), presenter, writer, and adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City where she teaches Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Comparative Psychotherapies. For years she worked with her husband, Dr Albert Ellis, giving public presentations and professional trainings in his approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, as well as collaborating with him on writing and research projects until his death in 2007.

Before his passing he stated and wrote that he entrusted her to continue his work. She is recognized as a world-renowned expert on REBT, and regularly presents, throughout the USA and around the world, to students, academics, practitioners in the helping professions, and to members of the general public.

More information can be found at her website: www.debbiejoffeellis.com.


The lecture will be presented via Zoom and recorded for later viewing via the College’s YouTube channel. This is a free event.  For more information, please contact Cheryl Davies, Professor of Psychology at Southwestern at 541-888-7291 or cdavies@socc.edu.



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