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Dr. Courtney L. White, Ph.D., M.L.S., C.A.E., is the incoming Executive Director of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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Dr. Courtney L. White is the Incoming Executive Director of ABCT

Dr. Courtney L. White, Ph.D., M.L.S., C.A.E., is the incoming Executive Director of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  Dr.  White is a longtime association executive who has had a 20-year career in nonprofit leadership and administration. Dr. White holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Monmouth University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University.

In his research, Dr. White focuses on social justice inequities found at the intersection of race and immigration in higher education. Additionally, he has spent a significant part of his career in association management leading continuing education initiatives via an equity-focused lens.

Dr. White most recently served as Executive Director for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and previously served as Managing Director for the American Thoracic Society where he served for over 15 years. In both roles he worked closely with the Board of Directors to carry out the strategic initiatives of the organization while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Dr. Courtney will begin his tenure at ABCT on June 10.

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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 (www.abct.org) 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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Convention

We are now accepting Abstract submissions for Continuing Education Ticketed Sessions at the 2024 ABCT Convention in Philadelphia, PA.