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Mario Di Pietro, Dr. Psycol.
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mario di pietro 2016Mario Di Pietro is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working with children and young people. He is associate fellow and supervisor of Albert Ellis Institute in New York and has worked for the National Health Service in Italy. He has been teaching at the University of Padua and has received some research grants from National Health Institute. He currently is in private practice and is a professor in post graduate courses in cognitive behavior therapy. He has published various books, amongst which Rational emotive education, Hyperactive students in the classroom, Games and activities on emotions and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Some of his books have been translated in German, Danish and Spanish.

Rational Emotive Education is an extension of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a cognitive behavioral approach to psychotherapy developed by internationally recognized psychologist Albert Ellis.
According to Albert Ellis (Ellis, 1962; Ellis & Dryden, 1987), emotional upset occurs when people attempt to fulfill their goals and encounter an activating event that blocks the goal. In turn, people have beliefs about this activating event which influence how they feel and act. Thus, the activating event does not create the feeling, but beliefs about the event contribute to the emotional disturbance. These beliefs may be rational ones that result in moderate, healthy emotions, or irrational beliefs that lead to disturbed emotions and inhibit goal attainment and satisfaction. Irrational beliefs represent demanding and unrealistic perceptions of how things should be, statements of blame directed at self and others, "awfulizing" statements that reflect an exaggeration of the event, and the inability to tolerate frustration. To eliminate these thinking patterns, a process known as "disputing" is initiated. Disputing involves challenging the irrational beliefs through rigorous questioning, with the goal being to achieve a more flexible, nonabsolutistic viewpoint.
The primary goal of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Rational Emotive Education is to help people lead happier and self-actualizing lives so that they can truly get better, rather than simply feel better because emotions are understood and expressed.
In the school, Rational Emotive Education is implemented through a series of structural lessons that are experientially based, allowing for children and adolescents involvement and group discussion. The lesson format includes a short stimulus activity such as simulation games, role-playing, reading stories and art activities. Following the activity, students engage in directed discussion about tha content in the stimulus activity.
Several Rational Emotive Education programs have been developed, and the lessons have been used extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. One of the advantages of Emotional Education Programs is that the information learned from these lessons can be applied to current problems and thus it can provide a foundation of knowledge and insight to use when future difficulties arise.

L'educazione razionale emotiva NUOVA EDIZIONERational-emotive education
Mario Di Pietro
Rational-emotive education offers activities, tools and techniques for teaching children to ...
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la terapia razionale emotiva comportamentaleRational emotive behaviour therapy
Mario Di Pietro
Half a century on from its creation, REBT continues to be an essential point of reference for those ...
Product : Book

The ABC of my emotion 4-7 year
Mario Di Pietro
In recent years huge progress has been made in the field of emotional education: literature on this ...
Product : Book

Largo arrivo ioMove over, I’m coming!
Mario Di Pietro, Monica Dacomo
A child affected by attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity in a family is generally a source of ...
Product : Book

games and activities on emotion

Games and activities on emotion
Mario Di Pietro, Monica Dacomo
Based on the principles of rational-emotive education, this games and activities kit is directed to ...
Product : Book

The ABC of my emotions – ages 8-13
Mario Di Pietro
This new edition of the ABC of my emotions has been updated with the latest results from Rational ...
Product : Book

think positiveThink Positive
How to Develop Rational and Emotional Thinking
This book is the Italian adaptation of PALS/Positive
Product : Book

L'Educazione Razionale EmotivaAnxiety Treatment in Schools
A Manual for Psychologists and Teachers: Philip Kendall & Mario Di Pietro
Product : Book


Ellis, A. (1994). Reason and emotion in psychotherapy. New York: Lyle Stuart.

Ellis, A., & Dryden, W. (1987). The practice of rational-emotive therapy. New York: Springer.

Gerald, M., & Eyman, W. (1981). Thinking straight and talking sense. New York: Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy.

Knaus, W.J. (1974). Rational-emotive education: A manual for elementary school teachers. New York: Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy.

Pincus, D. (1990). Feeling good about yourself. Carthage, IL: Good Apple.

Vernon, A. (1989a). Help yourself to a healthier you: A handbook of emotional education exercises for children. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Vernon, A. (1989b). Thinking, feeling, behaving: An emotional education curriculum for children. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Vernon, A. (1989c). Thinking, feeling, behaving: An emotional education curriculum for adolescents. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

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