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The best way to get involved with ABCT is by becoming a member!
ABCT members have other opportunities to get more involved, which you can learn about below!
Below are a list of committees that ABCT members are welcome and encouraged to join! These committees cover a wide variety of focus, from educating the public, to organizing professionally focused webinars. Click on any of the committees below to learn more about the wonderful work they do for ABCT, and how to join them!
Academic Training and Education Standards Committee
The purpose of this committee is: To develop curricula and other resources for teaching, training and/or providing clinical supervision in cognitive-behavioral assessment and therapy. To develop and promulgate training and educational standards (e. g., curricula, guidelines) in training programs in psychology, psychiatry and other medical specialties, social work, nursing, special education, and other relevant disciplines. To examine the extent to which cognitive-behavioral training has been disseminated and implemented in appropriate training programs. To acknowledge academic excellence in teaching, mentorship, and supervision. To develop resources for those seeking training and mentorship in cognitive-behavioral theory and practice and those organizations that are developing or implementing training and competence standards.
We have several subcommittees: Teaching Resources, Medical Director Directory, Graduate Mentorship Directory, Spotlight on Mentors, Dissemination-Implementation of CBT Training, Training Guidelines for Terminal Masters, and Best Practices for Culturally Informed CBT.
We have immediate need for new members in our Spotlight on a Mentor and Graduate Mentorship Directory subcommittees.
More about these:
Spotlight on Mentors. This program aims to highlight the diversity of excellent research mentors within the organization’s membership ranks. The goal is to spotlight both promising and accomplished mentors across all levels of academic rank, area of specialization, and type of institution. Call for nominations in June, review nominations over the summer and select three awardees in time for ABCT annual conference.
Graduate Mentor Directory: This directory is intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn which individual ABCT members regularly mentor students in their respective graduate programs. It needs to be updated annually.
Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee
The CDRI Committee’s primary role is to serve the needs of clinical members by maintaining and promoting the Clinical Directory and helping to connect individuals who are seeking treatment with qualified cognitive and behavioral therapists in their community. In addition to promoting the Directory to the public and promoting in particular those members with expanded listings, the committee also helps disseminate information to members and the public on mental health topics, assists with web-site related needs and issues, and is spearheading the effort to capture leading figures in the field of evidence-based research and treatment in video capsules.
Continuing Education Committee
The Continuing Education committee facilitates opportunities for continuing education throughout ABCT, including at the annual convention and in webinars throughout the year. A committee member must commit to organizing and moderating 2 – 3 webinars each calendar year.
The ABCT Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting and retaining Full Members, Associate Members, and New Professional Members. The Membership Committee also oversees the ABCT Ambassadors Program, which was created with the aim of having members “on the ground” who are active in promoting ABCT events, initiatives, and content. ABCT Ambassadors let colleagues, students, and friends know about upcoming events and deadlines within ABCT. The Membership Committee also sponsors a panel at the annual convention focused on a rotating professional topic.
Public Education and Media Dissemination Committee
The Public Education and Media Dissemination (PEMD) Committee is looking for contributors for our Briefing Book initiative. This project provides journalists and members of the public with accessible & evidence-based information. Our first Briefing Book on Suicide is available here: https://www.abct.org/docs/Information/Suicide_Briefing_Books/0_Complete_Briefing_Book.pdf
Why does ABCT publish briefing books? Much of the cutting edge science in our field is locked behind a paywall, meaning journalists often don’t have access to the most up-to-date information. So, if you’ve been looking for a chance to contribute to public education and science communication, this is it!
We need contributors to help bring these books to fruition. Contributors write 1500-2000 words on a subtopic of their choosing. Currently we are planning Briefing Books on Gun Violence and Bullying. One time contributors, as well as contributors interested in joining the committee long term are welcome. If you have expertise in the areas of gun violence, peer victimization or bullying and would be interested in this project, or would like to learn more, please reach out to PEMD chair, Emily Bilek ([email protected]) for more information.
Self Help Book Recommendations Committee
The Self-Help Book Recommendations Committee aims to provide the public with a resource for quality self-help books, while also supporting and facilitating ABCT’s strategic planning objectives of disseminating information to professionals and educating the public. Practically, that means each committee member agrees to review 2-3 self-help books per year. This entails undertaking a detailed reading of a selected book (that the author or publisher mails to you) to identify whether the book presents an evidence-based intervention based in CBT principles. There is a standardized review form to help guide the kinds of things to look for within the book. At the end of their review, the reviewer recommends the book be accepted or rejected for inclusion in the Self-Help Book directory on the ABCT website. Recommendations for acceptance go to the ABCT Board of Directors for final approval. The book is added to the site once that approval is obtained.
Importantly, we do not accept books “by default” (e.g., from big names in the field). Instead, we strive to undertake thorough and detailed reviews, and that means rejecting titles that do not meet our review standards.
Student Membership Committee
The ABCT Student Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting and retaining Student Members and Postbaccalaureate Members. The Student Membership Committee oversees the Featured Labs Program, supports the annual “Getting into Graduate School” convention panel, and generates mixed media professional development resources for prospective and current mental health students (e.g., “Webinars” that are uploaded to the ABCT YouTube Channel). The Student Membership committee also sponsors a panel at the annual convention on a rotating topic related to professional development and career paths.
The Web Committee manages all aspects of the website, from receiving and reviewing content and feedback submitted by members to determining structural, design, or formatting changes. Our goal is to create and maintain a website that is timely, easily accessible, and full of helpful resources for ABCT members, the research and clinical community at large, and the public. We work closely with the special interests groups to highlight important announcements and upcoming events, and we also have regular contact with ABCT leadership to ensure that ABCT’s mission and goals are expressed throughout the site.
Special Interest Groups
The ABCT community includes an extraordinarily vibrant and active constellation of over 40 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), all of which ABCT members are welcome to join. These SIGs focus on a diverse range of topics, including various treatment approaches, unique populations, and specific disorders. ABCT SIGs are an incredibly valuable resource for the organization and its membership, and they frequently organize presentations within their area of focus that are shared at ABCT’s Annual Convention and throughout the year.
You can learn more about our Special Interest Groups, including their various areas of focus and how to join them, by clicking here.
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