ABCT has many members participating in the National March for Science on Saturday, April 22, 2017. As mental health professionals, we know the importance of scientific research.
Our members will march in solidarity with scientists and science-supporters from around the globe. The March for Science's mission is as follows:
"The March for Science Champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest."
If you do plan to participate, ABCT reminds you that this event is not a protest or a demonstration against any political party. The event is a peaceful celebration of science.
ABCT has created signs showing that we think CBT is a particularly important science. We have placed them on the website (click http://www.abct.org/About/?m=mAbout&fa=dAbout). You and your fellow science-supporters are welcome to use them.
Do note that you may not be permitted to mount signs on wooden sticks (make certain that you double-check the rules and regulations for the Science March you plan to attend). However, there are some creative solutions -- we've heard tell of people mounting signs on baguettes, for example.
Be scientific and be safe, ABCT. We're so proud of you all.
Vote for President, Representative at Large, and several bylaws proposals. Election portal is open April 1 and closes April 30. Learn More...
Rationale for Mission Vote The rationale for adding "biological" to the ABCT mission statement:
At its recent strategic planning retreat, the ABCT Board of Directors reviewed a number of organization focus areas, including the mission statement. As an organization, our top priority is high-quality science. The Board proposed a revision to the mission statement to provide an accepting environment for research on the impact of biological assessment and interventions in relation to cognitive and behavioral treatments. This was done to ensure that ABCT remains forward-thinking, innovative, and welcoming to important areas for collaboration and exploration. In no way did the Board intend to diminish the central and critical importance of the cognitive and behavioral aspects of mental health in our overall mission.
ABCT continues to be a democratic organization. As members, you have a say by voting for your officers and changes to the bylaws. We encourage you to continue your dialogue and cast your vote as you think appropriate.
2017 Board of Directors
Gail Steketee, President
Michelle G. Craske, Immediate Past President
Sabine Wilhelm, President Elect
Mary E. Larimer, Secretary Treasurer
Keith Dobson, Representative-at-Large
Sandra Pimentel, Representative-at-Large
Simon Rego, Representative-at-Large