EABCT Nyhedsbrev 2018

48th EABCT congress in Sofia, Bulgaria – 5-8 September 2018
Highlight: Interview with Stefan G. HofmannStefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is Professor at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University where he directs the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory. His main research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotion regulation strategies, and cultural expressions of emotional disorders. Stefan has more than 300 scientific publications, including 12 books. Some of his recent awards and honors include the Aaron T. Beck award and the Humboldt prize. He is a former president of ABCT and the IACP. Stefan is also the editor in chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research and the associate editor of Clinical Psychological Science.Could you possibly indicate what your headline messages will be at the congress, and why these are important?
The new generation of evidence-based care has begun to move toward emotion regulation and process-based therapies to target core mediators and moderators based on testable theories. This approach will be enriched through new technologies and methodological tools that will bring us closer together. CBT has become bigger as the world has become smaller.

CBT faces many challenges at national, European and Global levels. In your area of work, what do you consider to be the main issues and how do you believe that we can move towards solutions and resolutions?
CBT is one of the great success stories of psychotherapy. Most recently, we seem to have reached a tipping point. For decades, evidence-based therapy has been defined in terms of scientifically validated protocols focused on psychiatry syndromes. That era seems to be passing away and a new generation of evidence-based care has begun to move toward process-based therapies.

What do you consider to be the most exciting new developments in your area of clinical and research interests? 
CBT is a big tent that includes some of the most creative, caring, and interesting scientists and clinicians. For this reason, CBT houses a restless community that includes sometimes contradictory trends and pushes the boundaries.  I am most excited about the recent developments in emotion research and neuroscience, as well as the new approaches to understanding and treating mental disorders, such as complex network analyses.

What else would you like to say to people considering coming to Sofia?
I am very happy that Sofia is hosting this conference because the venue is wonderful and the people of this beautiful and fascinating part of the world are well known for being hospitable, warm, and friendly. I am excited and I am looking forward to it.

Stephen Hofmann will contribute to the congress with a keynote lecture and in-congress workshop.

Emotion in Therapy (Keynote)
Emotions are critical aspects of mental health. Although conventional treatments for emotional disorders are generally effective interventions, many people still suffer from residual emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, and anger problems. Moreover, contemporary treatments that have focused primarily on negative affect rarely leads to lasting improvements in positive affect, quality of life, and happiness.  Recent scientific evidence and theoretical models of emotions can enrich the therapeutic strategies when treating emotional disorders. These strategies range from adaptive and flexible intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation strategies to various mindfulness-based practices. In the case of anxiety disorders, modern emotion theories clarify the mechanism of exposure procedures and the role of avoidance strategies. These insights can inform the treatment for emotional disorders.

Process-Based CBT (In-congressWorkshop)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been an enormous empirical and practical success over its more than 50+ year history. The situation surrounding evidence-based care has dramatically changed, however, and it is important for CBT to change as well. For decades, evidence-based therapy has been defined in terms of scientifically validated protocols focused on syndromes. That era is now passing away. This workshop will feature didactic presentations, demonstration of practical strategies and exercises how to utilize the core competencies of CBT in a pragmatic way that honours the behavioral, cognitive, and acceptance and mindfulness wings of the tradition in a new form of process-based CBT. Additional goals include gaining an up-to-date understanding of the transdiagnostic core processes; using a functional diagnostic system that has treatment utility; and establishing more progressive models and theories in clinical practice

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9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies – Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads – The CityCube, Berlin, Germany – 17 – 20 July 2019

The Congress Theme “Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads“ addresses the reality that CBT is currently evolving at a rapid pace and in many directions, such that we may well be at the crossroads in terms of maintaining a unified field of theory and practice.
The Preliminary programme for the Congress with details of the registration fees will be available at the end of May. The Early Bird Registration will be opening on 18th June 2018.

How can you contribute?
1. By Submitting an Abstract 

In a few weeks’ time – June 1st – the Call for Papers will open so you can start thinking in what ways you can contribute to the congress.
Save the following dates in your agenda:
June 1, 2018 – Call for papers opens for symposia, full and half day in-conference workshops, panel debates, clinical round tables, open papers and poster presentations.
January 6, 2019 – Call for papers closes for all contributions except posters
February 27, 2019 – Call for posters closes
The Call for Papers announcement is now available to download from the Congress website from the Programme drop down menu.

2. By helping in Promoting the congress
Promoting WCBCT2019 is going to be a key task and we are fortunate that we have an excellent Congress Support Group and German Language National Support Group to help us ensure that the information gets to every member of EABCT in every single EABCT Association. The support groups are key to the success of the Congress.
But you can also help by forwarding news about the congress to your colleagues and friends and join our community on Facebook.

3. By Sponsoring and Exhibition
The 9th World Congress in 2019 will bring together therapists and researchers from across the world. It will host over 5000 participants making it the largest CBT Congress ever held. The exhibition at the Congress will be a central feature of the event and you will be invited to participate. The Congress will also provide a range of marketing and sponsorship opportunities that could put you in touch with the delegates and CBT Therapists worldwide before, during and after the Congress.

Sponsorship Information
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Psychological Tea Parties in CABCT
by Branka Bagaric, CABCT representative

What more can we do to help educate our fellow citizens about mental health issues and to promote cognitive-behavioural approach? This is the question that we at the Croatian Association for Behavioural-Cognitive Therapies (CABCT) have asked ourselves more than two years ago. At the time we were regularly participating in Psychology Week – an annual event in Croatia during which psychologists offer free promotional lectures and workshops for the public. After the event ended, a lot of people contacted us wondering whether it would be possible to organize our workshops again. Then, one of CABCT employees, Dragana, a CBT therapist, came up with the idea of Psychological Tea Parties.
Psychological Tea Parties were to be held regularly, on a monthly basis, and to be devoted to current topics in psychology and CBT. We decided to talk about the topics which are of interest to CABCT to also promote the work of the association and its members. As the name suggested, we had in mind a relaxed and casual atmosphere at these psychoeducational activities, which would foster active participation, questions, comments and discussions. All that while enjoying a hot tea or ice tea during warm months.
So far we have managed to organise ten Psychological Tea Parties on diverse topics: common mistakes during dieting, social anxiety, internet addiction, psychotherapy myths, mindfulness, mindful eating, academic difficulties, assertiveness, choosing quality self-help literature and couples issues. They are mostly held by CABCT personnel, psychologists and CBT therapists. The 10th Psychological Tea Party was held by Nada Anic, the founder of CABCT.
Psychological Tea Parties also turned out to be a great opportunity for young psychologists, currently enrolled in our CBT training, to develop useful skills such as delivering psychoeducation on CBT in a manner adapted to clients, managing group discussions and also to expand their knowledge in special areas of interest. Dunja, a psychologist currently in 1st level of CBT training said: „It was useful to practice teaching some subjects in a very simple way. I was surprised by how actively people participated; they asked a lot of important questions. I believe that Tea Parties really help bring psychology and CBT closer to the public.” Josko, currently a CBT supervisee, said that Psychological Tea Parties offer him a possibility to practice public speaking skills and learning more about topics outside the regular CBT training curriculum.
Some Psychological Tea Parties resulted in cooperation with other experts. After delivering a workshop about mindful eating, we were invited to hold a related workshop at the annual congress of nutritionists and the annual congress of social pedagogues in Croatia.
We are looking forward to new Psychological Tea Parties which will be devoted to interesting and relevant topics: psychology of happiness and anger management. We would be happy if our story inspired other associations to engage the public more in their work.

Branka Bagaric, CABCT representative


April 26-27, 2018 – Saint-Petersburg, Russia
4th Annual Conference of the Russian Association of CBT (CBT Forum)
Conference Theme/ Title:
4 main themes: CBT; Current Trends in modern Psychology and Psychotherapy; Family and children’s Psychology, Psychology of Health. Language of the conference: Russian.
Conference website

April 28-29, 2018 – Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2 days Workshop by Keith Dobson (Professor; CBT Association of Canada, President) within 4th Annual Conference of the Russian Association of CBT (CBT Forum)
Seminar Theme/ Title: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Acute Depression and Depression Relapse Prevention
Language of the seminar: Russian, English

May, 4, 2018 – Moscow, Russia 
1 day Workshop by Keith Dobson (Professor; CBT Association of Canada, President) within 4th Annual Conference of the Russian Association of CBT (CBT Forum) 
Seminar Theme/ Title:  Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Language of the seminar: Russian, English
Conference website in russian
Conference website in English

May 11-12, 2018 – Vancouver – Canada
8th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of CBT

Conference Theme: Innovations and Advances in CBT
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May6 18-21 2018 – Carinthia – Austria
Congress of the Austrian Society for Behavioral Therapy 

(German spoken – except keynote/workshop Michel Craske (English)

May 22-26 2018 – Frankfurt – Germany
Seminars in Psychotherapy – 
 Frankfurt Academy of Psychological Therapies
Steven C. Hayes & Stefan G. Hofmann: Process-based CBT
Thomas Heidenreich & Ulrich Stangier: Integrating Meditation into CBT

May 24-26 2018 – Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Congress of the International Society of Schema Therapy 

Corrective Emotional Experiences. How Schema Therapy Transforms Lives

June 1-2, 2018 – Lviv – Ukraine
Annual National CBT conference

(Ukrainian language)
Information  .

14-16th June 2018 – Geneva – Switzerland
The 2nd Colloque francophone de pratiques en TCC 

Organized in collaboration with AFFORTHECC, AFTCC and AEMTC. It is also an International congress as we have speakers from Canada and North Africa.

29-30th June 2018 – Berlin – Germany
DVT-Congress 2018: Title: Neue Perspektiven – Verhaltenstherapeutische Traumatherapie (New Perspectives – Behavioral Trauma Therapy) (German spoken)

June 28-July 1, 2018 – Kavala – Greece
Congress Evidence Based Mental Health: From Research to Clinical Practice 


July 10-13 2018 – Amsterdam – Netherlands
International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) 2018

Congress website

September 5-8 2018 – Sofia – Bulgaria
48th EABCT congress 


September 20-23, 2018 – Verona – Italy
XIX National Conference of the Italian Society of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy

October 18-21 2018 – Ankara – Turkey
1st Congress of the 
Association for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies(ACBP)”, Turkey

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