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 Therapies 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

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.”

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‘An introduction to the WHO – UNICEF Ensuring Quality in Psychosocial and Mental Health Support (EQUIP) Initiative’ – A WCCBT Webinar

Presented by: Dr. James Underhill, EQUIP Project Coordinator, Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, WHO
Moderated by: Dr. Lata McGinn, President, World Confederation of CBT

To listen to the Webinar click on this link

Click here for an interactive page giving information about what is being done by each member of the Confederation for World CBT Day…

The World CBT Day was introduced by the WCCBT in 2022 and 7th April was chosen as our day to celebrate CBT.
This coincided with the W.H.O.’s World Health Day as the intentions of the WCCBT aligned so well with the goals for that day.

Last year the general theme of the World CBT Day was “Living in an uncertain world” and a large number of events took place across the world to make the day a great success.
This year we thought that the theme could relate to the importance of training and could be oriented towards clinicians and practitioners or to the public. Like last year the WCCBT members are free to use the day in any way they want and make the day or the days near to 7th April to celebrate CBT.

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.

Call-To-Action to Mental Health Professionals

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

WCCBT Social Media

For more information about the activities of the WCCBT please look at our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, X/Twitter and LinkedIn