Dr Monica O’Kelly

Keynote: REBT with Women: theory and practice

Date: 30 November, 2021 – Time: 10.00 – 10.45 GMT

Joint Keynote speaker: Assoc Prof Monica O’Kelly PhD, FAPS, (CClin. CEDP) with Dr Kathryn Gilson DPsych (Clin)

The roles and expectations of women have undergone immense change over the past decades. Wolfe and Naimark (1991) built on Ellis’ theory of how emotional disturbance develops by proposing that if a woman held rigid, demanding views of her role, she would be emotionally distressed. This paper discusses best-practice REBT-based assessment and treatment techniques and proposes treatment guidelines to inform best practice in REBT with women. The keynote paper summarises what we have learned about using REBT with women, noting that challenging sex role demands held at the individual, family and society level as being key to helping a female client.

Dr Monica O’Kelly is Director of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia and Director of the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. She is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at Melbourne University, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and a Professor at the Cairnmillar Institute.

Monica has trained in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute. She has also completed the Extramural Training Program at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Monica has published many chapters and articles and presented papers at both national and international conferences in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She is Author of CBT in Action: The practitioner’s toolkit, and has made a number of teaching videos.

Monica has worked for over 40 year as a therapist with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of government and educational settings before going into private practice. She has presented workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Following on from her doctorate she has a particular interest in therapy with women.

Affiliations and contact details

Monica O’Kelly PhD
Associate Professor (Clinical Honorary)
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

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