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Sanity Podcast: Mary Jane’s Eras Tour Sanity Podcast: Mary Jane’s Eras Tour - Tune into this special episode of Sanity Podcast for an incredible oral history of ABCT from Mary Jane Eimer and Dr. David Barlow.
ABCT Congratulates Patrick J. Kennedy II for “Profiles in Mental Health Courage” ABCT Congratulates Patrick J. Kennedy II for “Profiles in Mental Health Courage” - ABCT extends our warmest congratulations to Patrick J. Kennedy II, our 2016 Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy award recipient, on the publication of his book Profiles in Mental Health Courage.
Wishing a Glorious Pascha to All Observing Wishing a Glorious Pascha to All Observing - Sunday, May 5, marks Pascha celebrations across the Orthodox Church.
White House Announces 2024 Strategy for Suicide Prevention White House Announces 2024 Strategy for Suicide Prevention - The Biden Administration has created the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and accompanying Federal Action Plan, which seeks to build a coordinated approach to suicide prevention.
Dr. Mary Cover Jones — Mother of Behavior Therapy Dr. Mary Cover Jones — Mother of Behavior Therapy - Who was the first behavior therapist? Joseph Wolpe? Andrew Salter? Knight Dunlap? All good guesses, but all somewhat later than Mary Cover Jones. Who is she? Some of you already know her work, but maybe not her position in the chronology of behavior therapy.
Happy Passover to All Observing Happy Passover to All Observing - Chag Pesach sameach! We at ABCT would like to wish a sweet Passover to all who observe.
5 Take-aways from the ABCT Clinical Directory Survey - The April tBT featured results of the ABCT Clinical Directory survey conducted in October of last year. The survey gauged interest, user needs, and improvements. The big 5 takeaways are laid out here.
Nominate an Outstanding Young Person for ABCT’s Youth Community Leader Award Nominate an Outstanding Young Person for ABCT’s Youth Community Leader Award - Do you know a kid or teen (ages 7-17) that has made a positive mental health impact in the greater Philadelphia area via community engagement, service, activism, advocacy, research, or other creative approaches? Are you that kid or teen? ABCT is seeking nominations for the 2024 Youth Community Leader Award.
Congratulations to ABCT President-Elect, Steven A. Safren, Ph.D. Congratulations to ABCT President-Elect, Steven A. Safren, Ph.D. - We at ABCT wish to extend our sincerest congratulations to our President-Elect, Steven A. Safren, Ph.D., for his Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the University of Miami. This award, for which he was nominated by Phillip M. McCabe, the professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, celebrates the many significant accomplishments of Safren’s clinical practice and research.
World CBT Day 2024 World CBT Day 2024 - World CBT Day coincides with WHO’s World Health Day, and reflects the importance and impact of cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) on global health.
Recognizing Autism Awareness Day Recognizing Autism Awareness Day - ABCT is proud to acknowledge Autism Awareness Day this year. Nearly half of youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience elevated levels of anxiety. In recent years, studies have explored the methods of treating anxiety in children with ASD using modified CBT techniques.
Celebrating Easter Celebrating Easter - ABCT wishes a Happy Easter to all who celebrate!
Michelle Drapkin Michelle Drapkin - Featured Therapist Michelle Drapkin is the author of "The Motivation Interviewing Path to Personal Change: The Essential Workbook for Creating the Life You Want."
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Patricia A. Resick Sanity Podcast with Dr. Patricia A. Resick - On this 2 episode series of Sanity, a CBT Podcast, we delve into PTSD and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in two enlightening episodes!
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Mary K. Alvord Sanity Podcast with Dr. Mary K. Alvord - Join Dr. Mary K. Alvord as she discusses the evolution and challenges of telehealth practices, from early adoption to post-pandemic preferences.
Honoring ABCT President Dr. Sandra Pimentel for Women’s History Month Honoring ABCT President Dr. Sandra Pimentel for Women’s History Month - Sandra Pimentel, Ph.D., ABCT’s current President, is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
the Behavior Therapist’s March 2024 Issue is Now Live Online the Behavior Therapist’s March 2024 Issue is Now Live Online - The March 2024 the Behavior Therapist centers on reflections from our 2023 Convention in Seattle, WA.
Sanity Podcast with Dr.’s Kate Gibson and Corey Lieneman Sanity Podcast with Dr.’s Kate Gibson and Corey Lieneman - On this 2 episode series of Sanity, a CBT Podcast, Dr. Jason Duncan speaks to Dr.'s Kate Gibson and Corey Lieneman about PCIT.
Making a Difference Today Making a Difference Today - Tia Tyndal, MA, (she/her) is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the Catholic University of America under the mentorship of Dr. David Jobes. Her research aims to increase the accessibility of evidence-based suicide interventions for diverse and underserved populations, particularly for African American and LGBTQIA+ youth.
Happy President’s Day to All Observing from ABCT Happy President’s Day to All Observing from ABCT - This past week, ABCT President Sandra Pimentel and Executive Director Mary Jane Eimer enhanced their skill sets at the American Society of Association Executives. Happy President’s Day to those of you observing this holiday!
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Shannon Blakey Sanity Podcast with Dr. Shannon Blakey - On this week's Sanity X ABCT Podcast, host Dr. Jason Duncan speaks with guest Dr. Shannon Blakey, a research clinical psychologist at RTI International. In this two-part series, they discuss Dr. Blakey's own experiences and insights into her career working in non-profit mental health research, as well as its joys and challenges.
Register Your Community Using ABCT’s New, HIPAA-compliant Partner Vot-ER Register Your Community Using ABCT’s New, HIPAA-compliant Partner Vot-ER - Using Vot-ER’s online platform, individuals can check their voter registration status, choose to register to vote, or request a mail-in ballot.
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Allison Harvey Sanity Podcast with Dr. Allison Harvey - Alison Harvey talks with Jason Duncan on sleep, including how to prepare for it, why it matters, and what happens when one loses sleep.
Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Community Service Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Community Service - When we open our doors, we can achieve great things together. We hope you spend today working towards a better tomorrow.
Happy New Year 2024 Happy New Year 2024 - Happy New Year from all of us at ABCT. Wishing you a healthy and joyous 2024!
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Jon Abramowitz Sanity Podcast with Dr. Jon Abramowitz - Jon Abramowitz joins Jason Duncan on the Sanity Podcast for three fabulous episodes on OCD. Clinicians will find all three informative AND those of confronting OCD in our lives will be excited to listen to the first episode, where Jon discusses OCD from a “just-what-is-it?” perspective.
Celebrating Kwanzaa Celebrating Kwanzaa - Happy Kwanzaa to all who observe. Our warmest wishes for a healthy holiday of family, friends, and community.
Celebrating Boxing Day Celebrating Boxing Day - Wishing our brothers and sisters the warmth found in giving.
Merry Christmas Merry Christmas - Merry Christmas to all who observe! Best wishes for a happy holiday.
Sanity Podcast with Dr. Robert Leahy Sanity Podcast with Dr. Robert Leahy - Robert Leahy has published 30 books on various emotions and emotion regulation, for both clinicians and those who seek help. In these two-episodes of Sanity Podcast, Dr. Leahy explores worry, how we feed it and how we can go about starving it
Developments at ABCT Developments at ABCT - Members of ABCT’s Development Committee, Chair Jason Duncan and ABCT President Sandy Pimentel, break from deliberations for a quick photo shoot. ABCT has many endowed awards that fund initiatives and reward accomplishments.
Celebrating Hanukkah Celebrating Hanukkah - Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate!
Remembering George Ronan Remembering George Ronan - George was a dedicated and understanding mentor to numerous students over his decades here and was regularly generous with his time and energy. He spent many years as our DCT and as director of our training clinic, and never hesitated to step up to help those taking over those positions, or when we needed someone to fill in.
Sanity with Dr. Jason Duncan Sanity with Dr. Jason Duncan - "Sanity" is a podcast from ABCT Member Dr. Jason Duncan. Tune in for his Sanity x ABCT series, and listen to previous Sanity episodes.
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
Felicitas Kort Joins ABCT’s Global Thought Leaders Felicitas Kort Joins ABCT’s Global Thought Leaders - ABCT is pleased to highlight Felicitas Kort, Venezuelan Clinical Psychologist, member of the Venezuelan Association for the Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and international ABCT member, as a Global Thought Leader.
2023 Convention Attendees with ADA Needs - ABCT couldn't be more excited for our 57th annual convention in Seattle, WA. We're looking forward to seeing you from November 16th - 19th. Registration is still open for the convention, and will be open onsite.
Acknowledging Maui Acknowledging Maui - Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this unimaginable loss and the aftermath they are now experiencing.
The Business of Serving Anxious Americans The Business of Serving Anxious Americans - A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed the industries aiming to fill a need for relief from anxiety. They point to various pills, some regulated and others not, gummies, CBD products, as well as wearables.
Statement From ABCT Regarding Bylaws Change Statement From ABCT Regarding Bylaws Change - We are pleased to inform you that the proposed bylaws change, to allow all members (including associate, student, and post baccalaureate members) to nominate officers and vote in all elections, has been approved by our membership. This decision reflects our collective dedication to fostering a more inclusive and dynamic community that values the diverse perspectives and contributions of all of our members.
ABCT Stands with APA in condemning Florida Schools Censorship of AP Psychology ABCT Stands with APA in condemning Florida Schools Censorship of AP Psychology - ABCT stands with the American Psychological Association in condemning Florida schools for failing to offer its students AP Psychology coursework that recognizes decades+ of science on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Our Inaugural ABCT CHANGE Leaders – Challenging How ABCT Now Governs & Evolves Our Inaugural ABCT CHANGE Leaders – Challenging How ABCT Now Governs & Evolves - ABCT is excited to introduce our first inaugural cohort for our CHANGE Leaders Program.
ABCT at PRIDE 2023: Grateful Heart, Proud Steps ABCT at PRIDE 2023: Grateful Heart, Proud Steps - A Big Thank You to all the amazing ABCT members who joined us in marching at NYC PRIDE. It was amazing getting to know more of our members and hearing about the value ABCT has been able to provide our LGBTQIA+ membership.
ABCT Stands with the APA in Denouncing the SCOTUS Decision on Affirmative Action ABCT Stands with the APA in Denouncing the SCOTUS Decision on Affirmative Action - Here at ABCT, we stand with the American Psychological Association (APA) in denouncing the Supreme Court’s decision on the use of race in college admissions decisions.
Eid ah-Adha & Hajj Mubarak from ABCT Eid ah-Adha & Hajj Mubarak from ABCT - ABCT would like to wish our Muslim community members Eid al-Adha Mubarak.
ABCT Commemorates Juneteenth ABCT Commemorates Juneteenth - Today, we join the nation in commemorating Juneteenth, a historic milestone in the journey toward freedom and equality.
Remembering Dr. Charles Silverstein Remembering Dr. Charles Silverstein - On Sunday, incoming ABCT President Dr. Sandra Pimentel attended the memorial service for Dr. Charles Silverstein. Dr. Silverstein was a psychologist, writer, and LGBTQ rights advocate who passed away in January.
ABCT’s First CHANGE Leaders ABCT’s First CHANGE Leaders - ABCT's CHANGE Leaders
Fighting So-Called “Conversion Therapy” Fighting So-Called “Conversion Therapy” - Eliminate the myth that LGBTQ individuals can be “cured.”
Save the Date: ABCT Is Going to Pride   Save the Date: ABCT Is Going to Pride   - Registration opens May 16
Reducing Teen Social Media Use with CBT Reducing Teen Social Media Use with CBT - reducing screen time reduces its negative effects
Sleeping Better with CBT Sleeping Better with CBT - dCBT helps patients reclaim sleep, combat insomnia
Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month - Taking Care of Our Mental Health
Handling SOGIECE-related Articles in Behavior Therapy Handling SOGIECE-related Articles in Behavior Therapy - Update Regarding Handling of SOGIECE-related Articles in Behavior Therapy
Happy World CBT Day! Happy World CBT Day! - Happy World CBT Day, April 7th! World CBT Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.
Wishing All Who Celebrate a Joyous Passover Wishing All Who Celebrate a Joyous Passover - Chag Pesach kasher vesame'ach
It’s World Autism Acceptance & Awareness Day! It’s World Autism Acceptance & Awareness Day! - Help create a kinder, more inclusive world and let's celebrate Autism Acceptance and Awareness Day, today and every
ABCT’s Statement on Women’s History Month. ABCT’s Statement on Women’s History Month. - Commemorating Women’s History Month
World CBT Day Opportunity: Promoting Mental Health in an Age of Uncertainty World CBT Day Opportunity: Promoting Mental Health in an Age of Uncertainty - Unique opportunity to showcase your work on Promoting Mental Health in an Age of Uncertainty on World CBT Day, April 7th. World CBT Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.
Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate. Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate. - Saluting those who celebrate Ramadan
Celebrating International Women’s Day Celebrating International Women’s Day - Saluting the World's Women
ABCT CHANGE Leaders (Challenging How ABCT Now Governs and Evolves) Program - The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is pleased to announce our Call for Applications for the inaugural cohort of CHANGE (Challenging How ABCT Now Governs and Evolves) Leaders.
ABCT Board of Directors Statement Regarding the Hyatt - The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) was informed of a recent incident involving the Hyatt Regency Denver and National Association of School Psychologists and their President Dr. Celeste Malone.
Help ABCT Make a By-Laws Change to Allow Students to Vote in Elections! Help ABCT Make a By-Laws Change to Allow Students to Vote in Elections! - The Leadership and Elections Committee, informed by input from our SIG leaders and Board members, would like to change our Bylaws, Article V on “Voting,” to include all membership categories including students as voting members for the election of ABCT officers.
Alcohol May Increase Risk of Developing Anxiety Disorder Alcohol May Increase Risk of Developing Anxiety Disorder - while alcohol may provide temporary relief from specific symptoms, persistent use of alcohol may impact the body in ways that increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder
Join ABCT and WCCBT in our effort to disseminate CBT Join ABCT and WCCBT in our effort to disseminate CBT - Complete a survey about disseminating CBT
Support for Veterans Experiencing Mental Health Concerns. Support for Veterans Experiencing Mental Health Concerns. - cognitive behavioral therapy has shown strong evidence in supporting suicide prevention
Binge Eating Disorder Binge Eating Disorder - LGBTQ+ individuals may be more susceptible to developing eating disorders because of minority stress and gender dysphoria
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting the African-American cowboy
ABCT supports increasing funding to expand evidence-based, developmentally appropriate opioid and substance use treatment for youth. ABCT supports increasing funding to expand evidence-based, developmentally appropriate opioid and substance use treatment for youth. - ABCT joins call for increased funding for substance use disorder treatment in youth.
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and novelist
In Memoriam: Charles Silverstein In Memoriam: Charles Silverstein - Silverstein led the march to declassify homosexuality as an illness in the DSM
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting Alvin Ailey, modern dance choreographer
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting Horace Pippin, self-taught folk artist
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting the Black Devils, the Harlem Hell Fighters, the 370th Regiment, and the 372nd Regiment in the First World War
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting Robert Hayden, the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting the engineer and officer, Henry Ossian Flipper
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting the abolitionist and suffragette, Harriet Tubman
Commemorating Black History Month Commemorating Black History Month - Saluting service by the Black Troops on the American Frontier
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 Sleep Disturbances and COVID - CBT is an evidenced-based treatment that can help alleviate symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disturbances
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.
How ABCT is Addressing So-Called Conversion Therapy Articles and Research Causing Harm to Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals How ABCT is Addressing So-Called Conversion Therapy Articles and Research Causing Harm to Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals - ABCT is committed to the work of reducing the harms from previously published articles focusing on changing individuals who are members of sexual and gender minority groups. The Board is actively outlining proactive steps to guide and energize our systematic efforts in this area.
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.
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
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
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.
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

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 (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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