National Conference 2021

AACBT 41st National Conference

28-29 October 2021 (Scientific Program)

30 October 2021 (Workshops) 

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Fremantle, Western Australia

Welcome to the official website for the 41st National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

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 co-morbid mental health profiles. Our stimulating line up of keynote and invited speakers, who are innovators in research and clinical practice, will present cutting edge ideas in this new generation of cognitive and behavioural therapy. The keynote, invited, 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 “Recovery and Reconnection”.

The conference theme recognises the tremendous challenges that society has faced together over the past year, yet in spite of this, there have been many displays of strength, resilience, and hope. CBT practitioners and researchers have responded to the broader community’s needs with considerable creativity and ingenuity. The theme also recognises that many of our personal and professional connections have been disrupted during this time. We would like the 2021 AACBT National Conference to be a forum within which we can all reflect on this journey of recovery, reconnect, and forge optimistically into the future.

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. The 2021 AACBT National Conference will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect.

Thursday and Friday are the scientific program days, with Saturday being the workshop day – all days are for face-to-face delegates.

We invite you to join us with the latest science, and evidence-based practice.

Key Deadlines

  • Registrations are open! AACBT Members have access to discounted prices via Early Bird tickets
  • Accommodation deadline: 27 September 2021 (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges)
  • Standard Registration deadline: Sunday 24 October 2021
  • Abstract Submissions deadline: CLOSED
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: Tuesday 31 August 2021

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

Registration information & ticket sales are open.

AACBT Members have access to discounted prices via Early Bird tickets

Who are the confirmed speakers?

  • Dr Christine Padesky (via video link, twice)
  • Associate Professor Brett Deacon
  • Professor Jennie Hudson
  • Professor Penelope Hasking
  • Dr Bronwyn Raykos
  • Dr Georgie Paulik-White
  • Professor Nick Titov

What is happening during the 2-day scientific program?

Our Scientific Program page is updated as the program is confirmed.

What about a workshop on Saturday?

Check out the Workshop Program page soon for more information about the four 1/2 day workshops.

The workshop presenters are:

  • Dr Georgie Paulik-White
  • Dr Melissa Ree
  • Paul Jeffery
  • Dr Richard Bryant

Is there going to be opportunity for networking?

Yes – a welcome event for all scientific program delegates will be held on Thursday night, and the program has regular breaks throughout all days of conference. All delegates get morning & afternoon teas, plus lunch, included in their ticket purchase.
The Fine Wine Dinner is back – this time on FRIDAY night!

How do I submit an abstract for the scientific program?

Via our abstract portal – which is now CLOSED.

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

This page will have all the information required once abstracts close.

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

Accommodation is at Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges and you book directly with the venue.

The rate that are being offered to our delegates are:

  • single: $170 (1 Superior Room) plus buffet breakfast for only $20

You can tour the venue before you go!

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

Sponsorship Opportunities are available – our info pack will be available shortly, or contact the conference secretariat.

The AACBT National Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to in 2021.

Committee Members

Dr Janice Wong – Convenor 2021 (WA)

Professor Peter McEvoy – Scientific Convenor 2021 (WA)

Professor Louise Sharpe – National Conference Coordinator (Chair)

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg – National President

Ms Natasha Dean – National Tour Coordinator

Associate Professor Kristin Gainey – Early Career Research Co-Chair

Dr David Preece – Early Career Research Co-Chair

Professor Peter J Norton – Convenor 2022 (Vic)

Is there anything interesting to do in Fremantle?