The World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

The WCCBT is a world organisation representing CBT and board members with representatives from:

Asian Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Association (ACBTA): acbta.org

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT): abct.org

The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT): cacbt.ca

Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT): aacbt.org

Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (): cbt.org.nz

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT): eabct.eu

International Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (IACBT): i-acbt.com

Asociacion Latinoamericana de Analisis, Modificacion del Comportamiento y Terapia Cognitiva Conductua (ALAMOC): alamoc-web.org

Other News…

WCCBT Global Ambassadors

The WCCBT is pleased to announce the Global CBT Ambassador Programme, the Global Ambassadors and their presentations.
Click here for more information about the Global Ambassadors.

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE.
University of Derby, UK and EABCT’s First Global Ambassador

will be presenting a virtual interactive workshop
“Introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT)”

has been rescheduled to Monday 5th February 2024  10.00AM – 1.15PM CET

Click here for more information and to register for the workshop

World Health Organisation & EQUIP Program

The mission statement for the WCCBT includes the desire to work with compatible global organizations on shared goals and objectives. These organizations include the World Health Organization, the United Nations (in particular, groups such as UNESCO, UNICEF and the UNHCR), but could include other established groups and associations, with a focus on evidence- based practice in general and the promotion of CBT, in particular.

In the past year, the WCCBT has had discussions with the World Health Organization related to their work in the area of mental health and specifically about their EQUIP guidelines, which are intended to “Ensure Quality in Psychological Support.” For readers who are not familiar with this initiative, the EQUIP program is a “joint WHO/UNICEF project to improve the competence of helpers and the consistency and quality of training and service delivery.”

Click here to read full document

The World Confederation of CBT (WCCBT)

invites you to join a Free Live Webinar 

Wednesday, December 20 – 

4:00 PM- 4:50 PM Eastern  USA
9.00 PM GMT UK
10.00 CET Europe
8.00 AM +1 day Sydney
10.00 AM +1 day New Zealand
18.00 Argentina
2.30 am 1 day India


An introduction to the W.H.O-UNICEF 

Ensuring Quality in Psychosocial and Mental Health Support 

(EQUIP) Initiative

Presented by: Dr. James Underhill

EQUIP Project Coordinator

Department of Mental Health and Substance Use,

World Health Organization (W.H.O)

Moderator: Dr. Lata McGinn

President, World Confederation of CBT (WCCBT)


The psychological toll of the terrorism attack in Israel and its aftermath on the people of Israel and Gaza are tremendous and ongoing. The invasion of Ukraine continues unabated leaving enduring misery in its wake. Sudan’s civil war and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are other recent examples of regional conflicts that have led to immense pain and suffering. The intentional loss of life, physical injuries, kidnapping, destruction of property, relocation, separation from families, and an inability to meet basic needs for food, water, shelter, and safety substantially increase the risk for post-traumatic stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, alienation, and other psychological conditions.  The significant, global increase in bigotry, intolerance, fundamentalism, and polarization in our communities are adding to the trauma experienced by innocent civilians of all cultures and identities, and consequently, further increase the risk of psychological conditions.

The WCCBT announces the following call-to-action to mental health professionals all over the world to:

  • Undergo training and provide evidence-informed strategies such as Psychological First Aid to support all those undergoing trauma.
  • Undergo training and formal supervision in evidence-based interventions such as Skills for Psychological Recovery for those at risk, and CBT interventions for those who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, and cognitive therapy), or other psychological conditions.
  • Provide evidence-based treatments for psychological conditions for those at risk or those who develop PTSD or other psychological conditions.
  • Understand and appreciate the profound sense of danger and invalidation many in our communities are experiencing today and provide them with empathy, validation, comfort, safety, and non-judgmental acceptance regardless of their identities or our political beliefs.

Resources relevant to work in these area can be found on the resources section of the WCCBT website