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, meetings may be virtual only.

  • 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.

56th Annual Convention
2022 November 17-20 / New York City, New York, USA
from 7:30 am PST/10:30 am EST to 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST

THEME: Emergency & Disaster Preparedness and Response: Using Cognitive and Behavioral Science to Make an Impact

  • 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

20-23 July 2022 / London, UK

The 50th Annual Conference of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies will take place at Imperial College, London on 20th – 23rd July 2022

babcp 2022 conference in london at imperial college
Imperial College, London, UK

International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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:

26-29 June 2024 / St Petersburg, Russia
11th International Association Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Congress

Host Organizations

  • The International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IACBT)
  • The Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapy of Russia (founded 1999).

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 2022
The Annual Congress of the
European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Theme “Re-Thinking CBT: Providing Strategies for a New Way of Living”

7-10 September 2022 / Barcelona, Spain
Universitat UPF-Campus de la Ciutadadella

The European Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)  in association with the Societat Catalana Recerca i Terapia del Comportament (SCRITC) is pleased to host the 51st EABCT Congress in Barcelona.

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE. The conference has been moved to 2023, Seoul, Korea, due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • 1-4 June 2023 Seoul, South Korea – Sejong University Convention Center
  • Theme: East Meet West – Embracing Diversity and Improving Access to CBT
  • The Sejong University Convention Center is a modern facility with the stunning Acha Mountain and the lush forest of the Children’s Grand Park in the backdrop.
  • 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.


 Updates are posted on the World Confederation website.

The Official Congress website is in development.

  • 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 (IACP)

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)

  • 2022: Barcelona, SPAIN / September 7-10 / Re-Thinking CBT: Providing Strategies for a New Way of Living 
  • 2021: Belfast, NORTHEN IRELAND / September 8-11 / CBT: Back to the Future
  • 2020: Cyberspace / September 2-5, 2020 / Adapting CBT to Socially and Culturally Diverse Environments
  • 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 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 – scheduled for Seoul, Korea

World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT)

Previous WCBCT Locations.

  • 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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