The Attack on Ukraine

The World Confederation of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies is deeply concerned by the unwarranted attack and aggression on the Ukraine and the psychological impact that this is having on all the people who are being affected. The Ukrainian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (UACBT) is a member of the EABCT and the WCCBT and we stand with them to support them through this increasingly difficult and stressful time.

The President of UACBT, Valentyna Parobiy,  has recorded a tube message which is made available for readers to listen to and to offer their support. (see YouTube video  We encourage you to listen to this message and consider your response to those directly affected in the Ukraine and in the countries supporting the refugees. It is our wish for the invasion and conflict to end as soon as possible and for Ukraine to be made safe again. 


Membership of the WCCBT will initially consist of the regional associations that previously comprised the membership of the World Congress Committee (WCC).

Asian Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Association (ACBTA)
representing Asia (

Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
representing North America (

Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)
representing Australia (        

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) 
representing Europe (

International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IACP)
representing Cognitive Therapy (        

Latin-American Association of Analysis, Behavioural Modification and Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (ALAMOC)
representing Latin America. (

President’s Report 2021
December 13, 2021

Members of the Board,
Another year has come and gone, and the threat of COVID- 10 and its new variants continue to occupy so much of our time and attention. I have been greatly impressed by the increased media attention to mental health issues during the pandemic, and what I hope will be continued focus on this domain even as the pandemic devolves into more local epidemics and then either dissipates or is managed by vaccines.

CBT therapists have contributed greatly to the discussions about COVID- 19, the resistance to vaccines, the particular mental health implications for youth and vulnerable adults, and the optimal ways to provide care even while maintaining physical distance from clients. Sarah Egan from Perth, Australia has several times updated the web- based resource on the WCCBT web site, and certainly has earned our recognition as an organization. Rod Holland has been a master in our Communications portfolio; our web presence is strong, although not yet well known in the world….
Click here for the complete report

The world has lost a major figure, with the passing of Dr. Aaron T. Beck on November 1st, 2021. From his earlier training in psychoanalysis, to his challenging of orthodoxy in that approach, and his earliest investigations of cognition in psychotherapy, he innovated and pushed the field in novel directions.  As early as 1970 he published “Cognitive therapy: Nature and relation to behavior therapy” in the inaugural volume of Behavior Therapy, in which he introduced some of the themes he would go on to develop through his remarkable career at the University of Pennsylvania and later at the Beck Institute which he co-founded.  He was a pioneer in psychotherapy, a creative genius, and friend and mentor to many of us in the field, and a consistent voice that supported the development of evidence- based assessment and clinical practice.  I remember the generosity he showed me when I first met him in 1978 and the time he spent with myself and my partner, Debbie, when we visited his center, even unknown as we were at the time.

Aaron Beck has been cited as one of the 25 most influential physicians of the past century and his legacy will no doubt last well into the current century.  He has shaped the ways in which many of us think about psychopathology, and certainly the ways in which we conceptualize the practice of psychotherapy.  Our debt to him cannot be truly measured.

Keith Dobson, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Calgary

President, World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies

Other News…

The WCCBT Response to Covid-19

While a number of countries across the world are seeing the impact of Covid19 reducing this is not the case everywhere and the psychological impact of the pandemic will continue for a long time yet. In addition, new areas such as long covid reactions and vaccine hesitancy will require support from CBT practitioners and work is already developing in this area.

Dr Sarah Egan has updated the WCCBT resource guide for the World Confederation and it can be download here.

There is also a dropbox link dl=0  to a short video on the Australian/UK guide summarising the impact of the self help guide that was first developed by Sarah for WCCBT and is now used  in Australia

More information about the WCCBT Response to Covid-19 can be found on the Resources page here…

The 10th World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies will now be held in 2023

With the agreement of the WCCBT Board the 10th World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies will now take place at the beginning of  June, 2023 rather than in 2022 . The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on preparations and in order to meet the  intellectual aspirations of the congress and welcome delegates to Asia this decision is welcomed

This congress will take place in Seoul, South Korea, one of the world’s most wonderful and fascinating cities. Located along the Han River, Seoul has been the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty and is the heart of Korea’s politics, economy, society, and culture. A unique Confucian and Buddhist heritage flourished over six centuries; Korea offers visitors a distinct charm of Oriental traditions. Both the outstanding natural beauty and its unique cultural heritage – from ancient palaces to the K-Pop VR Experience – will make for an exciting and unforgettable visit. We look forward to sharing this unique event and welcoming you to Seoul, Korea in 2023.

Further information will soon be available on this website

World Congress of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapies 2019: Berlin 

A special issue of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy (March 2021) entitled “CBT at the Crossroads” has now been published. It includes 12 original review articles covering a wide range of areas from WCBCT2019 plus an excellent editorial by Simon Blackwell and Thomas Heidenreich. It has been published online and is well worth a read with most articles being open access. The link is

Congratulations to Simon and Thomas and to IACP for making this available

New CCI Consumer Modules for Social Anxiety Now Online!

The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is pleased to announce the release of our latest set of consumer modules  Stepping Out of Social Anxiety.  Since the 2003 release of CCI’s original set of social anxiety modules,Shy No Longer, CCI’s social anxiety treatment program has evolved considerably to reflect the state-of-the-art of the theoretical and empirical literature, and the contributions of CCI’s own applied clinical research program. This culminated in our recent randomised controlled trial which demonstrated that our imagery-enhanced and verbally-based group CBT programs for social anxiety both had effect sizes comparable to the largest effects found in the literature to date.

More information here…