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ABCT 2023 Election Results ABCT 2023 Election Results - ABCT elects Steven Safren as President Elect; Colleen Sloan as Representative at Large.
the Behavior Therapist: Paper or Electronic? the Behavior Therapist: Paper or Electronic? - You have an opportunity to determine how we deliver one of the most revered member benefits.
Heartbroken and Angry Heartbroken and Angry - We reaffirm our commitment as an organization to provide resources to those struggling from the impact of gun violence and loss.
Options to be Considered by Editors Related to Reducing Harms Options to be Considered by Editors Related to Reducing Harms - ABCT denounces the practice of SOGICEs and is committed to the work of reducing the harms from these articles. The Board is actively outlining proactive steps to guide and energize our systematic efforts in this area.
The Eleventh Minute of the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month The Eleventh Minute of the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month - The Eleventh Minute of the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month is solemnly observed
ABCT & BARE Mental Health and Wellness ABCT & BARE Mental Health and Wellness - ABCT is partnering with BARE Mental Health and Wellness to address ABCT’s April 2022 RFP for Expanding Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in ABCT.
ABCT Stands with CAAPS Against Implementation of EPPP-2 ABCT Stands with CAAPS Against Implementation of EPPP-2 - There are significant concerns with this additional test, and only a handful of states and territories have adopted it
ABCT Presents: Student Membership Panel for International Trainees in US Clinical Psychology Programs ABCT Presents: Student Membership Panel for International Trainees in US Clinical Psychology Programs - The ABCT Student Membership Committee is proud to host a panel on navigating the graduate school experience for international trainees.
The 2022 ABCT Election Opens November 1: Candidate Information Now Available The 2022 ABCT Election Opens November 1: Candidate Information Now Available - We greatly value our members input in the organization, and would love for your voice to be reflected in determining the governance of ABCT.
A Message From Our President A Message From Our President - An update after the Apology on Conversion Therapy.
Maureen Whittal Maureen Whittal - This is the first of a series of articles meant to spotlight current Fellows of ABCT. Meet Maureen Whittal, who is a Fellow and also a Member of the ABCT Fellows Committee.
A Message From Our President A Message From Our President - Cognitive behavior therapy has much to offer the world in scary times. We must remember our theories and our interventions have implications outside the therapy room and we must strive to do more as we hold ourselves to the highest standards to practice in a way that best serves our communities
Conversion Post-Viewing Discussion with Dr. Silverstein, Dr. Davison, and Director Gregory Caruso Conversion Post-Viewing Discussion with Dr. Silverstein, Dr. Davison, and Director Gregory Caruso - Discussion among the director and subjects of "Conversion," documentary examining aspects of the conversion therapy debates
7 Tips to Help Manage Emotions - 7-tips-to-help-manage-emotionsconversion-documentary-screening
ABCT Apology for Behavior Therapy’s Contribution to the Development and Practice of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Change Efforts ABCT Apology for Behavior Therapy’s Contribution to the Development and Practice of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Change Efforts - The ABCT Board of Directors and past leadership have released an apology for behavior therapy’s contributions to the development and practice of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression change efforts.
In the Aftermath of a Shooting In the Aftermath of a Shooting - Dealing with Emotions in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting
All Children 8 and Older Should be Screened for Anxiety, U.S. Task Force Says All Children 8 and Older Should be Screened for Anxiety, U.S. Task Force Says - Essential that children are screened for anxiety to reduce future problems
Limiting Access to Women’s Rights to Healthcare Detrimental to Mental Health and Wellbeing Limiting Access to Women’s Rights to Healthcare Detrimental to Mental Health and Wellbeing - The negative impact on the mental health of women who are denied abortion is well-documented in the psychological literature.
How We Clutter How We Clutter - Emotions and Beliefs Shape What We Purchase, What We Save.
Watch Charles Silverstein and Gerald Davison in the Documentary “Conversion” Watch Charles Silverstein and Gerald Davison in the Documentary “Conversion” - A new documentary chronicles the half-century old debate on conversion therapy and ABCT President Jerry Davison's Presidential speech and Charles Silverstein’s part in it
ABCT Condemns the Florida Legislature’s Attack on LGBTQ+ Youth ABCT Condemns the Florida Legislature’s Attack on LGBTQ+ Youth - ABCT Sexual and Gender Minority SIG Condemns Florida Attack on LGBTQ+ Youth
ABCT in Solidarity with the Ukrainian Association of CBT ABCT in Solidarity with the Ukrainian Association of CBT - Solidarity with the Ukrainian Association of CBT
Demystify How We Choose the Convention Content Demystify How We Choose the Convention Content - Learn about how Program Committee chooses Ticketed Sessions and General Sessions. We pull back the curtain.
Digital Drop-In: Discuss How Digital Tools Can Be Leveraged in Mental Health Digital Drop-In: Discuss How Digital Tools Can Be Leveraged in Mental Health - We discuss how digital tools can be leveraged in mental health.
ABCT 2022-2023 Election Results ABCT 2022-2023 Election Results - ABCT elects Sandra Pimentel as President Elect; Daniella Cavenaugh as Representative at Large; approves bylaws changes.
CBT interrupts cycles of poverty, trauma, and incarceration CBT interrupts cycles of poverty, trauma, and incarceration - Forbes highlights program focusing on highly vulnerable individuals; showcases CBT's effectiveness
Psychology Loses a Pioneer​ Psychology Loses a Pioneer​ - Aaron T. Beck, MD has passed away at the age of 100.
ABCT Convention Update: Virtual Format ABCT Convention Update: Virtual Format - For the health and safety of our members, our Annual Convention will be held virtually this November.
The Postbaccalaureate Work Experience Before Mental Health Graduate Training The Postbaccalaureate Work Experience Before Mental Health Graduate Training - This webisode addresses frequently asked questions such as “when is it important to pursue a post-baccalaureate position” and “what type of positions are most appropriate for my career goals?
New Orleans in November New Orleans in November - The ABCT leadership and staff are very much aware of the surge in COVID-19, its variants, and the potential impact on our November convention in New Orleans. The safety of our membership, attendees, and staff is a top priority. 
Albert Bandura, In Memoriam Albert Bandura, In Memoriam - It is with great sadness that we inform you that Albert Bandura, one of psychology’s most important and influential proponents, has died.  He was 95.
Create Healthy Communities: VOTE Create Healthy Communities: VOTE - August is Civic Health Month, and ABCT is pleased to partner with Vot-ER, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to create healthier communities by empowering more voices in addressing the social determinants of health through voter registration efforts.  We ask that everyone make sure they are registered to vote.
“It’s OK to Be Not OK” “It’s OK to Be Not OK” - “Athletes like Simone Biles should be congratulated for speaking out about their health struggles,” said Tolin. “They deserve compassion and care, just like everyone else.” He quoted Biles: “At the end of the day, I have to do what was right for me.”
Patient Bill of Rights Patient Bill of Rights - ABCT’s Board of Directors have signed onto participating in solidarity with the Patient Bill of Rights.
Ending Conversion Therapy Ending Conversion Therapy - ABCT applauds Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for signing an executive directive to stop the use of state or federal funds for conversion therapy on minors.
ABCT Statement on Racism and Discrimination ABCT Statement on Racism and Discrimination - ABCT is outraged by the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others at the hands of police officers and broader law enforcement, healthcare, and many other societal systems that devalue Black lives.
Confronting Bad Behavior Is Not New 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.
Potential for Positive Change Potential for Positive Change - The leadership and staff of ABCT acknowledge the potential for positive change as a result of the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
Asian Hate Crime Asian Hate Crime - Staff woke up to the news that another Asian hate crime occurred, this time in our backyard in NYC.
Condemning Violence against People of Asian Descent Condemning Violence against People of Asian Descent - ABCT joined the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) in condemning violence against Asians and Asian Americans.
ABCT Statement on COVID-19 ABCT Statement on COVID-19 - We at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies want to reassure you that concern and worry are normal and adaptive during a pandemic.
Task Force for Equity, Inclusion, and Access Task Force for Equity, Inclusion, and Access - ABCT expresses its support for the Asian American Psychological Association’s (AAPA) recent statement condemning violence against Asians and Asian Americans.
Meet APA’s New Science Officer Meet APA’s New Science Officer - ABCT member Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, has been named the American Psychological Association's new chief science officer.
Psychollectibles Psychollectibles - It's a treat to wander into an office and find that the therapist is so passionate about his work that it dominates his shelves, walls, window sills, and hallways.
Antonuccio Wins Research Award Antonuccio Wins Research Award - The National Register of Health Service Psychologists presented its 2020 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award for Research Excellence to ABCT Emeritus member David O. Antonuccio, PhD, ABPP, of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
ABCT Member Barry Lubetkin Graces MSK’s Bridges Cover - ABCT Member Barry Lubetkin talks about melding his fight with cancer and working with his patients

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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