National Conference 2018

Brisbane @dannychips

AACBT 39th National Conference
25-27 October 2018, Royal on the Park, Brisbane

Tickets are on sale now!

Welcome to the official website for the 39th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). The conference is to take place Thursday 25 October – Saturday 27 October 2018 at Royal on the Park, Brisbane.

City Botanic Gardens @aung.k.hein

AACBT has always celebrated advances in cognitive and behavioural therapies and evidence-based practice. We now find ourselves in a new era of clinical science, discipline diversity and comorbid mental health profiles. Our stimulating line up of keynote and invited speakers are innovators in research and clinical practice will present cutting edge ideas in this new generation of cognitive and behavioural therapy. The keynote & invited speakers, and workshop presenters will present exciting research advancements and novel, evidence-based approaches to the management of common and complex difficulties.

This year’s conference theme is CBT in a transdiagnostic and transmechanistic world”.

This year’s conference brings together a community of cognitive and behavioural therapy professionals to share knowledge, ideas and awareness of innovations and important issues in this field. AACBT is committed to delivering an exciting scientific and workshop program to inspire the CBT community to continue advancing the field.

New directions in clinical science have prompted a rethink of core therapy components, processes and approaches. The 2018 conference will focus on providing insight and education for health practitioners regarding how to integrate transdiagnostic and cutting-edge approaches into CBT practice across a range of clinical presentations.

Our keynote and invited speakers are world leaders who specialise in the use of the latest methods for enhancing the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions for common and comorbid problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and trauma. This conference will highlight the ways in which advances in clinical science and improvements in the understanding of core therapy processes can lead to new solutions to common problems.

We invite you to join us in learning how to approach these and other issues, using the latest science, and evidence-based practice.

South Bank @jody_heidke

Key Deadlines

Royal on the Park

Where can I purchase tickets and learn more about the conference?

Registration info & ticket sales

Who are the confirmed speakers?

Keynote & Invited speakers

What is happening during the 2-day scientific program?

Scientific Program

The complete program is here (UPDATED for V1.41 – minor changes).

The Conference Handbook is here (and you will receive a hardcopy in your satchel).

The Abstract Book is here (.pdf only as it is >100 pages!)

Who are the presenters of the workshops on Saturday?

Workshop Program

How do I submit an abstract for the scientific program?

Abstract Portal

I have been accepted as a speaker for the conference – do you have any tips & guidelines?

Abstract Portal

Where is the conference venue, and what is the accommodation like?

Accommodation details here

How can I support AACBT and display my organisation to delegates?

Sponsorship Opportunities

Is there anything interesting to do in Brisbane?

Things to do in Brisbane

Will there be an AACBT Fine Wine Dinner?

Yes! Be quick, as tickets are running out fast. (please contact us direct on for tickets)

Is there anything for ECR to be involved with?

Yes!  There is an ECR Lunch on Friday 26 October 2018 with five mentors, including Allison Harvey, Stefan Hofmann, Nicole Lee, Matt Sanders and Kim Halford.  More details here.

ECR Lunch


The AACBT National Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Brisbane in October 2018.

BNE @brisbanecity

Committee Members

Associate Professor Caroline Donovan – Convenor 2018

Associate Professor Sonja March – Scientific Convenor 2018

Professor Leanne Hides – National Conference Chair

Professor Amanda Baker – National President

Professor Ross Menzies – Editor Behaviour Change & WCBCT Representative

Dr Rhonda Stoertebecker – Qld Branch Chair

Ms Natasha Dean – National Tour Coordinator

Ms Lara Keogh – Venue Liaison

Dr Kristen McCarter – Early Career Research Chair

Dr Danica Liu – Convenor 2019 (Adelaide)

Dr Helen Stallman – Scientific Convenor 2019 (Adelaide)

AACBT would like to thank the major sponsor of our 2018 National Conference – APS College of Clinical Psychologists:APS-Clinical-College

Image Credits: Brisbane @dannychips; City Botanic Gardens @aung.k.hein; South Bank @jody_heidke; Royal on the Park; South Bank @urbancityig; BNE @brisbanecity