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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. 

This purpose of this message is to ensure you that the leadership and staff are carefully paying attention to the situation. We are hopeful that increases in vaccination rates in the New Orleans area as well as a vaccine for younger children coming in the next couple of months will have positive effects on the course of the pandemic. In the meantime, we are doing the research on the options available to us and the consequences of the decisions made. We ask you to be patient and give us the time required to collect the information. As soon as we have all the facts in place and have outlined a course of action, we will be back in touch with you. A convention of our size and scope has many facets to be considered. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to con[email protected]

ABCT Board of Directors

 

 

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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