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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.

We recognize the pivotal role that members at all stages of their career development play in the field of behavioral and cognitive therapies. This change is a significant step forward in ensuring that their voices are not only heard but also actively shape the direction of our organization.

Thank you once again for your unwavering support and dedication to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Together, we are forging a stronger and more vibrant future for our organization.

If you haven’t already done so, please nominate a colleague for office by September 1st. This year, we are no longer accepting paper nominations. To nominate a colleague, email [email protected] with your nominations for each position. See further details below.

Warm regards,

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.

Angela Fang, Ph.D.
Chair, Leadership and Elections

Call for ABCT Officers: Nominate Yourself or a Colleague

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for:

    • 2024-2025 President Elect

    • 2024-2027 Representative-at-Large and Board liaison to Convention and Education Issues

    • 2025-2028 Secretary Treasurer

To nominate click here: [email protected]

For more information, please see the June issue of the Behavior Therapist: click here

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 ( 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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