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The ABCT Leadership and Elections Committee is seeking members!

ABCT Leadership and Elections Committee is headed in a new direction. Want to be a part of the change?

The ABCT Leadership and Elections (L&E) Committee is actively recruiting TWO new members: one for a three-year term and one for a four-year term, enabling us to have staggered terms; to shape the values and procedures of the committee; and to serve the larger mission of ABCT to enhance wellness through the application of science to human problems.


The primary charge of the L&E Committee is to oversee an election slate each year for the positions of President-Elect and Representative-at-Large; on the third year, the Secretary Treasurer; as well as developing leadership cultivation throughout the organization. Like many organizations in our field, we are interested in fostering equity and inclusion in ABCT while recognizing the particular challenges of identity taxation to service roles in our profession. However, we share a common vision that the future of clinical psychology is one that actively integrates science from diverse individuals, disciplines, and training backgrounds. We welcome new committee members who are interested in re-evaluating the ABCT leadership and elections process from a diversity science perspective, recognizing that this work often disproportionately falls on the shoulders of marginalized individuals. Candidates must be full members of ABCT and provide a brief statement describing why their interest in joining the committee, submitted to Angela Fang (Incoming Chair, [email protected]). Please visit our website for more information and contact Angela for any questions or concerns.


ABCT Leadership and Elections Committee

Patricia DiBartolo (Outgoing Chair)
Simon Rego (Outgoing Member)

Angela Fang (Current Member and Incoming Chair)

Call for Nominations for President-Elect,
Representative-at-Large, & Secretary Treasurer

Dates of Office: President-Elect (2024–2025; President, 2025–2026; Immediate Past President, 2026–2027); Representative-at-Large Liaison to Convention and Education Issues (2024–2027); and Secretary Treasurer (2025–2028)

Nomination Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023
Email your nominations to [email protected]
     (subject line: Nominations)

Renewing Our Leadership Vows at ABCT to Promote Equity and Inclusion


Related Information

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for help, either for yourself or someone else, you may be tempted to call someone who advertises in a local publication or who comes up from a search of the Internet. You may, or may not, find a competent therapist in this manner. It is wise to check on the credentials of a psychotherapist. It is expected that competent therapists hold advanced academic degrees. They should be listed as members of professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the American Psychological Association. Of course, they should be licensed to practice in your state. You can find competent specialists who are affiliated with local universities or mental health facilities or who are listed on the websites of professional organizations. You may, of course, visit our website ( and click on “Find a CBT Therapist”

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.

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