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10th World Congress Abstract Submissions

There is still time to submit abstracts for Open Papers, Symposia, Half-Day In-Congress Workshops, Panel Debates, Clinical Round Tables and Posters, but the deadline is fast approaching: February 12, 2023.

Sleep Disturbances and COVID

CBT is an evidenced-based treatment that can help alleviate symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disturbances

Heartbroken and Angry

We reaffirm our commitment as an organization to provide resources to those struggling from the impact of gun violence and loss.

Hannah Levy

Hannah Levy is a staff psychologist at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

How We Clutter

Emotions and Beliefs Shape What We Purchase, What We Save.

Family Caregiving

Family Caregiving: most caregivers live longer than individuals who are not involved in providing care to another person

Noah Clyman

Noah Clyman is the founder and director of the group practice, “NYC Cognitive Therapy,” located in Herald Square Manhattan.  It is the first CBT center that places particular emphasis on diversity.

Gun Violence Briefing Book

Gun Violence: a briefing book for journalists to help put guns and violence in context and provide an overview of how CBT might help to combat those elements that promote violence and sooth the effects of the trauma witnessed upon others.

Kelsey Pritchard

Pritchard’s dissertation, “Interpersonal Emotion Regulation in Mood Disorders: Contextual, Biological, and Social Processes,” is a series of projects aimed to advance our understanding of intra- and interpersonal emotion regulation by examining biological and behavioral processes as mechanisms in affective change, emotional disorder risk, and negative interpersonal outcomes.

Christine Cha

Christine Cha is an Associate Professor (effective Fall 2021) in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she directs the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Studies (LCDS). Her research program aims to refine our understanding of suicide and self-injury among youth.

Race-Based Traumatic Stress

The effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment may be especially upsetting for people diagnosed as adolescents and young adults.


Tode el mundo experimenta estrés. El estrés puede ser ocasionado por diversas causas: actividades diarias, relaciones entre personas, cambios en la vida, enfermedades, e inclusive, eventos divertidos.


Una fobia se defina como un miedo y/o una evitación de un objeto, actividad, o situación que el individuo sabe que es fuera de proporción al peligro actual que el objeto, actividad o situación posee.

Confronting Bad Behavior Is Not New

As the leadership and staff of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, we are shocked and saddened by the attack on the US Capitol and on American Democracy.

Time Out

Written by ABCT members Camilo Ortiz, Anne Marie Albano, Mitch Prinstein, Regine Galanti, Dan Hoffman, Tim Cavell, and Hillary Vidair, it dispels several myths about effective, evidence based discipline.

Maltreatment and Suicide

ABCT member Mitch Prinstein comments on the following article related to the link between childhood abuse and adult suicide.

Why Worry?

exposing worry’s deceit: Percentage of untrue worries in generalized anxiety disorder treatment

Coming Out of Hermithood

It is the year of the locust (ok, the cicada) who have been underground for 17 years waiting to emerge. And, for some of us, that’s how it might feel as we begin to encounter people beyond the confines of our house and Zoom.

COVID for Kids

experts suggest that people should pay attention to their ideas, their feelings, and their actions when dealing with situations.

Here are some things for kids to consider.


Todas las personas experimentan estrés en sus vidas, pero cuando un evento o una serie de eventos son excepcionalmente estresantes, se llama trauma o una experiencia traumática.

el Suicidio

Aunque los hombres son más propensos a morir por suicidio, las mujeres son más propensas a intentar suicidarse.

El Asalto Sexual

La agresión sexual es un crimen que se ha convertido en un problema epidémico y puede ser un evento extremadamente estresante y aterrador que puede alterar severamente el estilo de vida del sobreviviente.

Estrés Postraumático

La mayoría de las personas experimentan eventos estresantes, pero cuando el evento es excepcionalmente estresante puede ser llamado trauma o experiencia traumática.

Trastorno Obsesivo-Comulsivo

Una vez considerado como un problema relativamente raro, el trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo (TOC) es ahora conocido como una forma de trastorno mental común y frecuentemente debilitante.

Duelo Complicado

Experimentar la muerte de un ser amado es uno de los eventos más dolorosos de la vida.

Uso y Abuso de Drogas

Cuando hablamos de drogas, nos referimos a aquellas sustancias que afectan nuestro cerebro y, por lo tanto, nuestro comportamiento.

la Depresión

La depresión es un problema psicológico común, es experimentado por muchas personas en algún momento durante sus vidas.

Suicide Briefing Book

Suicide Briefing Book: A resource for the media and lay people looking to better understand, write about, or talk about suicide.

Trastornos de Ansiedad

La ansiedad es una emoción normal y una experiencia común, y representa unas de las emociones humanas más fundamentales.


Tomar bebidas alcohólicas ha sido prevalente en muchas sociedades a lo largo de historia.

Suicidio Adolescente

En las encuestas a estudiantes de la escuela secundaria, 8% a 10% reportan haber hecho un intento de suicidio.


early everyone worries at some time, and it is normal that worry increases when problems or dangers exist, or when a person faces something new or unknown.

What to Expect From Therapy

In general terms, psychotherapy is a relationship in which one person enlists the professional assistance of another for the purpose of bringing about changes in his or her own feelings, thoughts, attitudes, and/or behavior.


Unemployment can be associated with increases in depression and anxiety, trouble sleeping, decreased life-satisfaction, problems with alcohol abuse, and changes in physical well-being.


Trichotillomania, also known as hair pulling disorder (HPD), is a psychiatric illness affecting up to 4% of the population.


Everyone experiences stress in their lives, but when an event or series of events is exceptionally stressful, it is called a trauma or traumatic experience.

Tobacco Dependence

Much is known about the habit, including the fact that many of the facts which apply to smoking apply also to other forms of tobacco use, such as chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, and snuff.


Understanding who is at risk for suicide involves understanding the complex factors among individual differences, long-term risk factors, and short-term risk factors


Stress can come from anywhere: day-to-day activities, relationships, work, life changes, illness, even from fun events.

Shyness, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Social Phobia

It is that all-toofamiliar feeling of discomfort, tension, or anxiety that a person may experience when he or she has to interact with other people, or when he or she faces the prospect of doing something in front of others.

Sexual Assault

Anyone — men, women, and even children — can be sexually assaulted.

Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder in which a child or adolescent fails to speak in specific social situations or to specific people (e.g., school, birthday parties, or to familiar adults), despite being able to speak in other situations and to other people (e.g., home, parents, or to peers).


Schizophrenia is a major mental illness which affects approximately 1 out of 100 in the world’s population.


A phobia can be defined as a fear and/or avoidance of an object, activity, or situation that the individual knows is out of proportion to the actual danger that that object, activity, or situation poses.

Pediatric Mood Disorders

It is normal for youths to experience periods of depressed mood as they navigate childhood and adolescence.

Parenting Programs

Parenting programs provide parents with skills to help reduce challenging behaviors in their child (e.g., aggression, defiance) and improve their relationship with their child

Panic Disorder

In panic disorder, the panic attacks are “false” alarms, because the feeling of the alarm occurs even though there is no real danger.

Opiod Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder is defined by regular use of opioids and at least two of the following symptoms: (1) taking more opioids than one wanted, or intended to; (2) having trouble cutting down on opioid use; (3) spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the effects of opioids;

Obsessive-Complusive Disorder

Although once thought to be a relatively rare condition, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is now recognized to be a common and often debilitating form of mental illness.

Military Veterans Mental Health

Though military personnel and veterans can experience the full range of mental health conditions, research suggests they are more likely to be diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, panic, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anger-related disorders.

Military Suicide

Suicides among military personnel have been steadily rising during the past ten years, with suicide now being the second-leading cause of death among military personnel.

Marital Distress

According to recent census data, approximately 50% of first marriages end in divorce, one of life’s most stressful events.

Low Back Pain

According to the Nuprin Pain Report, over half of the U.S. adult population suffers from backaches each year.

Intimate Partner Violence

Increasing attention has been devoted to intimate partner violence by the general public, government agencies, and mental health professionals over the past 50 years.


Insomnia is a common problem affecting up to 30% of adults. Half of the people with insomnia think their problem is bad enough to seek professional help.

Injury Prevention With Young Children

The greatest risk to children’s health is not cancer, heart disease, or any other form of illness. The leading killer of children (ages 1–19) in the United States is injury.


A person collects and keeps a lot of items, even things that appear useless or of little value to most people

Living With HIV

HIV is a chronic illness, and with proper treatment, individuals with HIV can live long lives, generally without changes to one’s life expectancy.


A migraine or “sick headache,” is experienced as a sudden onset, most often one-sided, intensely throbbing pain.

Female Sexual Pain

Female Sexual Pain (FSP) disorders affect about 15% of women, and include symptoms of pain in and around the vulva, vagina, or uterus.

Eating Disorders

Large amounts of food put us at risk for the three major eating disorders: obesity, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa.

Drug Use and Abuse

When we speak of drugs, we mean those substances that affect our brain and, thus, our behavior.

Helping Children Cope With Divorce

There is a 50/50 chance that couples who marry today will divorce, and almost half of all children now growing up in the United States have seen or will see their parents’ marriage end.


Crime is frequent, increasing, and truly democratic; it affects Americans regardless of sex, race, and age.

Coping With Cancer

Cancer is the number two killer in the United States after heart disease.


Depression is a common psychological problem, experienced by many people at some time during their lives.

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