NACSW Online Continuing Education

Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Length: 1.25 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Erma Ballenger, Phd, LCSW 
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Course Outline

This training provides an overview of the theory and primary purpose of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and key considerations for applying the Situational A-B-C-D-E Model of REBT. This model has been highly effective in helping individuals become less disturbed emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively and more functional by changing the way they think about self, others and the world. This session will discuss unhealthy negative emotions (UNEs) and healthy negative emotions (HNEs) as well as illustrating each phase of the Situation A-B-C-D-E Model of REBT in renewing the mind.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Social Work Education

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Identify features of rational and irrational beliefs

2. Discuss the meaning of demandingness (the core belief of emotional, behavior and thought disturbance) and the derivatives of demandingness

3. Explain the significance of the Belief-Consequence (B-C) connection in the A-B-C-D-E Model of REBT.



Erma Ballenger is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Field Education Advanced Practice at Baylor University School of Social Work. Erma joined the Baylor faculty in July 2007. Her career in social work education spans 39 years. She currently teaches professional practice with groups and advanced practice internship seminar in mental health. In May 2007 Erma retired from the University of Missouri-Columbia after 27 years in teaching and administration in the School of Social Work. Earlier in her career she taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition to teaching, Erma was in private practice in Missouri for more than eleven years. As sole proprietor of Charis Counseling, Erma provided counseling and consultation within a Christian context.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.