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ABCT makes Podcasts available to visitors of this website to help demonstrate clinical techniques and to illustrate behavioral and cognitive therapies. These podcasts can be used to learn more about CBT, and to help teach CBT.

Administrative Leadership in Psychology

ABCT speaks with Dr. Jeanette Hsu (VA Palo Alto Health Care System), Dr. Simon Rego (Montefiore Medical Center), and Dr. Paula Schnurr (National Center for PTSD) about their administrative leadership roles. Hear these panelists share their experiences and advice for trainees/early career professionals interested in pursuing mental health leadership careers. Video 

Stabilizing Chaos: Fostering Psychological Resilience in the Wake of Adverse Events

Presented by Lata McGinn, Ph.D.Yeshiva University

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In ABCT’s continued effort to support our members, we are offering a free 1-hour podcast, “Stabilizing Chaos: Fostering Psychological Resilience in the Wake of Adverse Events.” It is our hope that this information will be of assistance as we partner to meet the increased mental health needs of our community. The COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and the racist killing of George Floyd have led to national crises and have impacted all of our lives in unprecedented ways. For many in our communities, including essential workers and those who have lost family and friends as a result of the virus, the risk for trauma exposure is high. This podcast will offer practical strategies rooted in Psychological First Aid (PFA), an evidence-based approach for fostering resilience, helping people effectively cope in the aftermath of a trauma, and preventing the development of pathological symptoms. The webinar will also describe maladaptive coping that increases the chances of developing pathological symptoms, and present CBT strategies that prevent onset of symptoms and help individuals adaptively cope with chronic stress. The goal of this webinar is to support clinicians to feel prepared to navigate the increase in trauma exposure and chronic stress that their clients may soon be, or already are, experiencing. Participants will learn common trauma reactions, risk and resilience factors, the components of PFA, how to apply PFA and other CBT principles during these crises in a virtual setting.

Please note that this webinar will not be eligible for CE credit.

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Understanding Emetephobia

Sometimes the things that scare us are so far removed, so long ago, so remote, we can’t remember when was the last time. And so it can be for the Fear of Vomiting, or emetephobia. Some people have spent so long, and been so successful at, avoiding vomiting that they couldn’t tell you the last time they actually did it. But the fear is so strong as to control one’s life, restricting the kinds, or amounts, of food or avoiding those things, like roller coasters or airplanes, that might trigger queasiness. Schmuel Fischler has strategies to share, as well as putting emetephobia in context.

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One of the little corners of OCD that afflicts some people is this need to be precise in one or more ways, whether it’s prayer (was I earnest enough?) or conversation (did I give enough credit to my assistant, without whom none of this would have been possible?) or the grocery store. Scrupulosity is yet another way OCD attempts to exercise control, although, try as we might, it’s never quite enough.

Listen to Schmuel Fischler as he explains more


Michael Hickey explains how OCD affects people and how one can go about getting treatment.



Ray DiGiuseppe talks about the history of ADHD and where to find help.


Confronting School Refusal

Jonathan Dalton explains why kids avoid school and what can be done to help them. He says: “We don’t treat anxiety; we treat avoidance.” My favorite line is “Courage is what you do, not what you feel.”


ABCT has captured 64 sessions from the convention.

All people who attended the 45th annual ABCT Convention in Toronto as general registrants can take advantage of a special benefit. We captured 64 different sessions at the convention, recording the speakers and their slides. These synched presentations are available, free, to all who registered for the convention. We know you can’t attend everything; you can’t even attend everything in your specialty. To help you get the most out of the convention, attendees can here read more and view any of the captured sessions. You’ll see a panel, and for complete instructions on logging in for the first time, click on “instructions” on the left hand side. Once in, most computers will allow you to stay registered and stay logged in, allowing you to bypass this step. Use the unique number sent to you in a broadcast email.
Those who didn’t attend the convention can take advantage of this, too. We make these sessions available with attractive pricing (even more attractive to members) and you can choose to view one, a series, or the entire collection.

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“Deb Hope, in her presidential address, confronts the effect of gender in studies and the real world.” Viewers can see Dr. Hope, her slides, or both. Audio, video and the PowerPoint slides are available. Click the icons under “Views” in the upper right to toggle between them. Click on the third icon titled ‘contract screen’ to see both video and related slides; click on the other two icons to see slides only or Dr. Hope only. Watch Video

Anne Marie Albano explains how to get involved with ABCT. Collaborations happen at ABCT, from students to presidents.
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An excerpt from: Clinical Grand Rounds: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the Prevention of Depression. J. Mark G. Williams, University of Oxford. Presented at the ABCT Conference, 2007
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Social Phobias.
Deb Beidel discusses Social Phobias and how CBT can help sufferers.
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Specific phobias are common in children, but parents are often unsure of when or where to seek treatment. Dr. Thomas Ollendick of Virginia Tech, interviewed here by Dr. Susan White, discusses evidence-based treatment options for childhood phobias, suggestions for parents, and tips for determining if a fear is age-appropriate or indicative of a phobia that requires intervention. He also provides up-to-date information on the state of treatment research in this area for clinicians.
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Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide in Children and Adolescents
Click here to learn how identify the signs that your child might be considering suicide or self-injury. There are ways to see who is most vulnerable; and strategies to help.
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Presidential Addresses

Sabine Wilhelm

2018 Presidential Address

Gail Steketee

2017 Presidential Address

Michelle G. Craske

2016 Presidential Address

Jon Abramowitz

2015 Presidential Address

Dean McKay

2014 Presidential Address

Stefan G. Hofmann

2013 Presidential Address

Robert Klepac

2012 Presidential Address

CBT Pioneers

CBT is already a mature field, often being the approach someone seeking treatment specifically names, and a young enough field to still have many of the first influential thinkers, researchers, and practitioners among us. We are thus blessed with the ability to ask them about themselves and their approach to the problems that confront many of us. Imagine a world where we got to listen to Darwin outside the Royal Society or to the Wright brothers, and you’ll get a sense of the important of these sessions, and the treat they are to so many of us.

Meet our CBT Pioneers….

Greg Siegle

In a discussion in which he lays out various elements that we do, or can, use to help us better address our patients’ needs, Greg Siegle points to neuroscience, mindfulness, dissemination and implementation, as well as brain mechanisms, and manages to make it all visible, understandable, and come to life.

Talking about neuroscience’s role, he says negative emotions are visible, we can see them: he’s watched a 30-second response to a negative word, uttered in a nanosecond; by showing this to our patients, we show them they are not the sole cause of their negative emotions. Ultimately, we might be able to personalize medicine, finding those who are more likely to respond better to CBT or, even better, find ways to prepare those who might not so that they could better benefit. He hopes we can harmonize the language of psychology, as researchers, clinicians and patients, and industry each use different languages. We should aim to build dissemination and implementation into research so our findings can be used. Talking about ABCT, Siegle said the Association kept him touch with what clinicians care about.

Steven Safren

Steve Safren recounts his work on “Life Steps,” which promotes adherence to taking HIV medicine. In 1996, medicines were becoming available that changed HIV from a death sentence to something manageable, but the drugs were difficult to take, had huge side effects, and had complex dosages. Life Steps helped people break those complex dosages into manageable steps. He notes that this adherence intervention has since been adapted to other areas, include comorbid depression and other mental health problems. And, he says, it’s become the standard of care for Doctors without Borders in their fights against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

He thinks that what science shows isn’t always practiced. He notes how, when confronted with severe mental health problems, instead of sequencing various solutions, such as medicines and cognitive-behavioral therapy, which science shows is the most effective approach, practitioners might just throw everything at it at once. He is also looking forward to seeing more studies comparing new technologies to in person treatment, to see which has more success for which clients; and hoping to involve CBT in the medical system more effectively.

Patricia Resick

Patricia Resick looks to the future, discussing the potential of technology, not only in treatment where remote sessions are being shown to be as effective as in-camera ones, but also in helping train front-line providers, like the social workers who are often the ones administering most of the treatment that people will receive. She thinks courses in CBT, especially basics, diagnosis, and assessment, could supplement the two years in masters-level training that often doesn’t cover enough.

Russell Barkley

Meet Russell Barkley, who has explored ADHD and its implications for half a century, looking at parental relationships, its effects on executive functioning as well as it long-term health and occupational outcomes. Lately, he’s been studying mortality rates and life expectancy as he has followed ADHD through adulthood, showing it is not only a mental health problem but a health concern as well.

Tom Ollendick

Tom Ollendick talks pediatric anxiety treatments, and especially his early work with one-session treatments that had success rates as high as 75% and long-term success even at 4 years.

Gail Steketee

One of the foremost experts in hoarding, Gail Steketee reflects on her past and psychology’s future. She thinks it essential to find out what works best, for whom, and under what conditions. She believes we need to take advantage of new information available now from our research findings in neuroscience and biology in order to better help people.

Gail thinks that it is important to distinguish when diagnostic categorizing works for us; when the “lumping and splitting we all do as humans is used to best advantage.”

Steve Hollon

One of CBT’s recognized experts in depression, Steve Hollon looks at the landscape in clinical practice today, seeing a need for change. He wants us to use what we know works, not what we know best. He lauds those, like Vikram Patel, who is researching ways to increase access to mental health care in less developed countries, exploring new ways of task shifting.

Alan Kazdin

Alan Kazdin recounts how he came to be a psychologist and discusses where his emphasis is now: studying models of treatment delivery with the idea of completely changing who, and how many, can access treatment. He notes that “most people in need of psychological help receive no treatment.” This is based on current delivery models. He’s hoping to find ways to make delivery scalable and accessible, overcoming the current inherent limits.

Andrew Christensen

Andrew recounts his interesting path from deep South chicken-farming family to Southern California researcher, therapist, and innovator. From “practice dating” and family systems, he’s moved to couples’ conflict and couples’ intervention, studying the push-pull patterns and the roles the partners take. With the late Neil Jacobson, he developed Integrated Couple Behavior Therapy that focuses on understanding broad patterns, causal analysis, and behavioral change and, especially, emotional acceptance.

Esther Deblinger

Esther Deblinger shares her personal and professional journey choosing a career in clinical psychology and focusing her research on helping children and families overcome adversity. Her research in collaboration with colleagues not only led to highly effective evidence-based treatments that are utilized worldwide, but her academic pursuits deepened her understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on her own parents. Her training, research and service efforts continue to be inspired by the resilience she has seen in her parents as well as the many children and families with whom she has worked.

Steve Hayes

Perhaps most famous for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Hayes is equally passionate about social justice and societal concerns and his hope that psychology can leave the protocols behind and focus on the competencies.

When asked about dissemination, he said he hates the word and hates the very idea. We shouldn’t be telling, or showing, he says, but, instead, creating a safe space in which we welcome all to talk about their perspectives before talking about ours. At the same time, Hayes relishes the work of Ronan and Klepac’s Organizational Task Force and wishes we were banging the drums more loudly about their findings.

Art Nezu and Christine Maguth Nezu

Art and Chris have done outstanding work in developing problem solving approaches and specialty competencies in psychology, as well as promoting multiculturalism and diversity within the field. Listen as they discuss early days in art, theatre, and social activism through their fortune telling for the field.

Judy Beck

Listen to Judy Beck as the teacher comes full circle, returning to her roots. It includes fascinating insights, especially a discussion of the principles and fidelity inherent in manuals and the need to conceptualize the patient’s individual needs.

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Transdiagnostic Therapy

David Barlow explores a new approach to therapy: Transdiagnostic Therapeutic Elements that would be applicable across a range of disorders. Watch as he tells us more.

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TEAM Therapy


David Burns explores his approach to a patient-focused approach to therapy.

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Phil Kendall, Ph.D.


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