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NYC Trip Slated For Psychology Club

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 14, 2002

Co-advisors Andrew Schott and Dr. Leslie Grout will take a dozen students from Hudson Valley Community College's Psychology club to the Dr. Albert Ellis Institute in New York City on November 22. The students will take part in an open session with Dr. Ellis, who will demonstrate the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

The founder of REBT, an action-oriented approach to human growth, Dr. Ellis is a renowned figure in the psychology world. The 89-year-old psychologist is the author of more than 65 books, which are aimed at helping people overcome self-destructive emotions. An estimated 12,000 psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and social workers around the world are currently using REBT and cognitive behavior therapy.

"We teach a number of Dr. Ellis's theory and techniques in Hudson Valley Community College's psychology classes," said Schott, who teaches psychology and aerobic boxing classes at the college. "So this will be a great opportunity for our students to see a ‘living legend' in person and to see Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in action."

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students, and nearly 75 percent of those graduates live in the Capital Region.