EABCT 2021 Congress    –    CBT: Back to the Future

The Irish Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (IABCP) Cumann Síciteiripí Iompraíochta agus Cognaíocha na hÉireann in association with The British Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (BABCP) are pleased to host the Annual Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT). It will also include the 49th BABCP Annual Conference. 


Submission is open

Submission is now open for In-Congress Workshops, Skills Classes, Symposia, Open Papers, Roundtables, Panel Debates and Posters.

Click here to make a submisssion… 

Submission Deadline Extended to 17th May…

Keynote Speakers


We are pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers.

Arnoud Arnzt, The Netherlands
Eni Becker, The Netherlands
Omer Van den Bergh, Belgium
Sam Cartwright-Hatton, UK
David Clark, UK
Anca Dobrean, Romania
Michael Duffy, UK
Anke Ehlers, UK
Mark Freeston, UK
Nina Heinrichs, Germany
Stefan Hofmann, USA
Emily Holmes, Sweden
Jennifer Lau, UK
Louise McHugh, Ireland
Rory O’Connor, UK
Lars-Göran Öst, Sweden
Peter Phiri, UK
Shirley Reynolds, UK
Rob de Rubeis, USA
Marantonio Spada, UK
Johan Vlaeyen, Belgium
Monica Williams, Canada

More information about Keynote Presentations is here…

In advance of the EABCT Annual Congress we are holding a series of online half-day workshops to promote the congress.

Each workshop is run by a member(s) of the EABCT2021 Congress Scientific Committee and will provide an excellent training opportunity.

The online workshops are live and interactive. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance (3 hours) to contribute towards your continued professional development
All workshops will run from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (GMT)
The registration fee for each workshop is £35 (40EUR equiv) and there is a reduced rate if you choose to book more than one workshop.

8th April   –   New approaches to trauma and complex grief.
Michael Duffy, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
and Jennifer Wild, University of Oxford, UK

18th May   –   Worriers as warriors: CBT strategies for helping young worriers.
Charlotte Wilson, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

9th June    –   Addiction: a motivational problem with a cognitive solution.
Frank Ryan, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London, UK

Corona Virus Update

A Hybrid Congress
The pandemic has continued to impact on our personal and our professional lives and since March 2020 we have seen the cancellation of most national and international conferences and congresses. Many meetings that were also scheduled to take place during the first half of 2021 have also been postponed to 2022 or are switching to an online only format.

After a year with little opportunity to meet colleagues we know that many of you will be looking forward to the time that we can return to a proper congress and experience everything that a live congress has to offer both academically and socially. The signs of a recovery from the pandemic are beginning to look more favourable in 2021 and there is a richer life to return to after zoom!

Although we want to see as many of you as we can in person in Belfast we have made the decision to run the Congress in Belfast as a hybrid congress which will allow delegates to choose to attend in person or participate online. We are fortunate that the International Congress Centre in Belfast, has already developed an online platform that will enable delegates to feel part of the congress even if they can’t attend in person.

Submission Options
We appreciate that many people will remain unsure about the future and this may impact on delegates making a decision about whether to submit and attend the Congress in person. For these reasons we are inviting delegates to submit their presentations to be delivered either in person or remotely and you can do this by visiting the website submission portal.

When we open registration early in 2021 delegates will also be able to choose if they want to register to attend in person or as remote attendees. As the course of 2021 continues you will also be able to switch between presenting and/or attending in person or remotely.

We look forward to seeing you in Belfast next year

The EABCT2021 Scientific Committee

Important Dates

14th September 2020 – Call for Papers has Opened
10th February 2021 – Registration has Opened
** 17th May 2021 – Call for Papers Closes for Workshops, Symposia, Skills Classes, Roundtables & Panel Debates
** 17th May 2021 – Call for Papers Closes for Open Papers and Posters
8th September 2021 – EABCT 2021 Congress Opens
8th September 2021 – Workshops
9th – 11th September 2021 – Congress
11th September 2021 – Congress Closes

** Deadline Extended

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