Associations & Conferences

Professional associations and conferences offer high quality products and services regarding cognitive behavior therapy. Some of our favorites are listed below. We have posted dates of upcoming conferences and have some archival information about past conferences.

Due to COVID-19 Restrctions, please check each Associations links for udated information.
You may be able to attend virtual sessions. 

  • Excellent resources for clinicians and the public
  • Best Resource for “How to Find a Certified Therapist”
  • Offers certification of cognitive therapists
  • A-CBT certification indicates to consumers, potential employers, and other clinicians that the individual is a skilled cognitive therapist.
  • Access to the A-CBT Member Listserv which provides a forum for dialogue among A-CBT members worldwide

ABCT offers one of the best conferences in the USA for cognitive therapists. Their excellent annual conference is held the third week of every November. Membership includes: the Behavior Therapist newsletter, ABCT’s List Serve, free access to ABCT journals online.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – Recorded sessions will be available on demand after the convention dates for an extended period of time. 

2020 November 19-22 from 7:30 am PST/10:30 am EST to 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST THEME: Better Access, Better Outcomes: Enhancing the Impact of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

  • Invaluable CT resource for Cognitive Therapists worldwide
  • Excellent organization and website full of information
  • Listserv and journal with membership
  • BABCP’s Annual Conference is one of the best CBT training conferences in the world


25 September 2020 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

48th Annual Conference was formerly scheduled for Cardiff, Wales

The International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) sponsors international and regional conferences.

Membership includes (partial listing):


2021 ICCP in Rome, Italy from 13-16 May

10th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy: Toward Integrative CBT; Implications for Science and Practice

The The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies is an organization consisting of 53 full member and 8 affiliate associations from 45 different countries with over 25,000 individual clinicians and researchers in its membership making it one of the largest psychotherapy organizations in the world. It is dedicated to the “empirically based principles and practice of behavioural and cognitive therapy approaches in health, social, education and related fields.”

50th European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

2 – 5 September, 2020 / Athens, GREECE
Conference website:

EABCT’s Annual Congress presents an excellent opportunity
to travel and learn!

  • 2-5 June 2022
  • Jeju Island, South Korea – UNESCO World Natural Heritage and one of the New 7 Wonders
  • Theme: East Meet West – Embracing Diversity and Improving Access to CBT
  • Sign up for updates at the Conference Website:
  • The Korean Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (KABCT) is one of the leading multidisciplinary associations in the Asian Pacific region and is committed to hosting this international meeting with the most updated and sound science for cognitive and behavioral therapies.

WCBCT is home to the World Congress Committee (WCC). The WCC was established by mutual agreement of seven organizations and has the primary function of selecting organizations to host World Congresses of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

A World Congress event is held once every three years.

  • Non-profit organization (circa 1994) as an outgrowth of Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s original Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • International training and resource center
  • Provides clinical mental health services and consultations
  • Promotes research
  • Loaded with CBT information for the public and professionals

HISTORICAL NOTE: Festschrift for Dr. Aaron T. Beck, MD, founder of Cognitive Therapy November 15, 2001 at the annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy to honor the life and work of Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

Dr Christine Padesky offered her personal commentaries based on observations of Beck since 1978. To read a summary of her comments, visit our Clinical Corner Publications (Print) section and click on the Article titled: Mind, Man, and Mentor: an overview of Beck’s career to date in three broad areas

The speeches from that day were previously published on the Beck Institute website. However, they can now be found in the book: Contemporary Cognitive Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice (2004). Edited by Robert L. Leahy. Guilford Press.

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– Archival Information: Special Festschrift for Dr. Beck


Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP)

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCP)

  • 2019: the World Congress in Berlin replaces their conference for 2019
  • 2018 Sofia, BULGARIA / September 5-8, 2018 / 48th Annual Congress / Beck greeting
  • 2017 Ljubljana, LOVENIA / September 13-16, 2017 / 47th Annual Congress [link not active]
  • 2016 Stockholm, SWEDEN/ August 31–September 3, 2016 / 46th Annual Congress of EABCT
  • 2015 Jerusalem, ISRAEL / September 1-3/ 45th EABCT Congress

World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) – Previous WCBCT Locations

  • 9th: Berlin, GERMANY 2019 ( (17-20 July 2019 / The City Cube, Berlin, GERMANY – Theme: Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads). You can read a report of the World Congress Berlin that has interviews and a summary of the symposia. The report consists of two parts. Part I  –  several interviews with experts. Part II – a summary of several symposia and a reaction of Dutch experts in the field. 
  • 8th: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA 2016
  • 7th: Lima, PERU 2013
  • 6th: Boston, USA 2010
  • 5th: Barcelona, SPAIN 2007
  • 4th: Kobe, JAPAN 2004
  • 3rd: Vancouver, CANADA 2001
  • 2nd: Acapulco, MEXICO 1998
  • 1st: Copenhagen, DENMARK 1995