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.

Please check each Association’s links for updated information.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and world events, meetings may be virtual only or possibly cancelled.

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  • Supporting Professionals, Educating Consumers, and Connecting Individuals with Truly Effective Care
  • 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.

58th Annual Convention
2024 November 14-17 / Philadelphia, PA USA
THEME: Inspiring Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Innovation to Advance CBT

Convention website

  • 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

The 52nd BABCP Annual Conference of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies will be held at the University of Manchester from 23-26 July 2024.

Excerpt from: visitManchester

Manchester has been named as one of 25 global destinations to be included in the Where to Go 2024 list by prestigious US travel publication AFAR, has been named in the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go list for 2024 and is the only UK city in National Geographic’s influential ‘Best of the World’ list which annually sets out 25 of the must-see places to visit around the globe.

Formerly known as the International Association for
Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP}

The International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IACBT) is an international professional, scientific, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to alleviate human suffering by facilitating the world-wide development, utilization, and growth of cognitive psychotherapy as a scientific discipline and professional activity.

Membership benefits vary depending on membership category but can include:

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.”

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

2024 Conference Details

EABCT 2023

The European Association of Behavior is pleased to host the 52nd Annual Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Antalya, TURKEY.

Theme: “CBT in a Changing World: Migration and Cultural Diversity”

4-7 October 2023 / Antalya, TURKEY
Granada Luxury Belek, Antalya/TURKIYE

Conference Website:

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.


  • 1-4 June 2023 Seoul, South Korea – Coex Convention Center
  • Theme: East Meet West – Embracing Diversity and Improving Access to CBT

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.

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Coex Convention Center


 Updates are posted on the World Confederation website.

The Official Congress website

  • 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.

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. Old link was:{60619957-CCBA-4C84-9EA1-606A10D519CB}

– Archival Information: Special Festschrift for Dr. Beck

At Beck’s 2001 Festschrift, 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 under the subject Aaron T. Beck, click on the Article titled: Mind, Man, and Mentor: an overview of Beck’s career to date in three broad areas.


Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACBT formerly IACP)

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)

World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (WCCBT)

  • Founded January 7, 2019. Officially launched at the 9th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2023: Seoul, KOREA (1-4 June, Coex Convention Center) / view a very nice photo gallery on their website

World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) now known as the  World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT)

Previous Locations.

  • 10th: Seoul, KOREA 2023 (1-4 June, Coex Convention Center) / view a very nice photo gallery on their website
  • 9th: Berlin, GERMANY 2019 (17-20 July, City Cube)
    Theme: Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads. A report of the proceedings iincludes interviews with experts and summaries of symposia. CLICK HERE to read the report. 
  • 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
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