International Associates

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Behavioral and cognitive therapies are increasingly well represented around the world. There are associations devoted to research, education, and training in most countries, along with many umbrella organizations representing broader geographical areas.

World Congresses are held once every three years. The next World Congress will be the 9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, The CityCube, Berlin, Germany, July 17-20, 2019: The World Congress Commitee (WCC) is made up of the following organizations and representatives:

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Lata McGinn, Ph.D.

Australian Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Sarah Egan (Chair of WCC)

International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D.

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Rod Holland

Japanese Association for Behavior Therapy
Akiko Nagakawa, Ph.D.

Asociación Latinoamericana de Análisis y Modificación del Comportamiento (ALAMOC)
Luis Perez

Asian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Jung-Hye Kwon


The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has a long history reaching out to our international colleagues. The International Associates Commitiee was formed to help allied organizations in the behavioral therapies get access to our journals at the member rate. Under G. Terence Wilson's ABCT presidency in 1979, we began holding meetings with the presidents of international associates to network, understand the issues allied organizations are facing in their country, and strengthen opportunities for education, research, and training.

Our current International Associates Chair is Dr. Lata McGinn. Each Friday during ABCT's Annual Convention, we convene an International Associates meeting. The agenda covers information on the upcoming World Congress and update of highlights of the organizations represented at the meeting. An International Associates dinner is organized each year on Friday night. Representatives are encouraged to attend and are welcome to bring a colleague.

If your organization has not participated in these meetings and would like to participate, kindly contact ABCT's Executive Director, Mary Jane Eimer.

47th Congress of the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)

13-16 September 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia


"International Memories and Reflections Upon Our 50th Anniversary" (Ed., Tom Ollendick) -from ABCT's 50th Anniversary Issue of the Behavior Therapist (Vol. 39, issue 7).

The purpose of the World Congress Committee (WCC) in Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies is to promote human well-being and to reduce human suffering through the development and dissemination of evidence-based psychological interventions grounded in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

- from the World Congress
of CBT Constittution


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