National Conference 2022

AACBT 42nd National Conference

13-14 October 2022 (Scientific Program)

15 October 2022 (Workshops)

Crowne Plaza Melbourne (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Welcome to the official website for the 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

Wominjeka yearmann koondee biik Wurundjeri balluk
Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people

(see this page for the story of the Wurundjeri)

The FINAL version of the scientific program is here (V1.34 .pdf).

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 increasingly challenging social conditions. Our 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 “CBT for all”.

AACBT has always celebrated advances in cognitive and behavioural therapies and evidence-based practice. However, the design, evaluation, and practice of cognitive and behavioural therapies has commonly neglected traditionally underserved peoples, broadly defined. Extending the very best traditions of previous conferences, we plan to begin the process of rectifying this imbalance by emphasising best practices in cognitive and behavioural practice and science in diverse communities. We invite you to consider presenting your work at this high profile national forum.

Tickets are on sale now!

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 2022 AACBT National Conference will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect.

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

Key Deadlines

  • Registrations are open soon! AACBT Members have access to discounted prices via Early Bird tickets
  • Abstract Submissions deadline: Friday 29 April 2022 – CLOSED
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: Wednesday 31 August 2022
  • Standard Registration deadline: Monday 10 October 2022

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

Registration information & ticket sales are open now.

AACBT Members have access to discounted prices via Early Bird tickets.

Ticket holder Full Scientific Program Single-day scientific Full day workshop Half-day workshops
AACBT Student member $250 $175 $110 $55
Early-bird member $650 $450 $295 $150
Member $780 $550 $295 $150
Non-member $930 $650 $455 $230

Terms and conditions.

Who are the confirmed speakers?

  • Professor Willem Kuyken
  • Dr Cammi Murrup-Stewart
  • Associate Professor Dana Wong
  • Professor Andrew Chanen
  • Associate Professor Laura Jobson
  • Dr Zeffie Poulakis & Dr Carmen Pace

What is happening during the 2-day scientific program?

Our Scientific Program page is here, and the the full .pdf program will be available closer to the date.

The abstract book will be linked here.

What about a workshop on Saturday?

The workshop presenters are:

  • Professor Willem Kuyken (full day)
  • or
  • Dr Cammi Murrup-Stewart & Samual Fisher (1/2 day, 9am start)
  • Associate Professor Dana Wong (1/2 day, 1:30pm start)

This is the workshop information page.

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.
Check out our social page here.
The conference dinner is on Friday night!

How do I submit an abstract for the scientific program?

Via our abstract portal – now CLOSED.

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

This page has all the information.

Where is the conference venue?

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, Vic, 3008

Check it out on Google maps!

To make bookings direct with the venue click here for their booking website.

Alternatively please call their In house Reservations Team on 03 9648 2777  or email and quote the booking code AAZ (block code).

***Please note credit card details must be supplied at the time of booking to guarantee your booking** 



Standard King Room $275.00 per room per night.

Rates are room only.  

Rates are quoted per room per night (single, twin or double occupancy) and inclusive of GST. 

Rates are in Australian dollars (AUD) 


Standard King Rooms are configured with one (1) king bed. Twin rooms are configured with two (2) double beds. No additional bedding is permitted in any rooms. 

The maximum number of registered persons in rooms is three (3) adults OR two (2) adults and two (2) children under 18 years of age. A third adult fee of $65.00 room only applies per room per night, no additional charge will apply for children when utilising existing bedding. 

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

Sponsorship Opportunities are available – read more in our info pack, or contact the conference secretariat.

The AACBT National Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to in 2022.

Committee Members

Professor Peter J Norton – Scientific Convenor 2022 (Vic)

Ms Natasha Dean – National Tour Coordinator, Convenor 2022 (Vic)

Professor Louise Sharpe –  National Conference Coordinator (Chair)

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg – National President

Ms Lisa Catania – Sponsorship Coordinator (Vic)

Associate Professor Kristin Gainey – Early Career Research Co-Chair

Dr David Preece – Early Career Research Co-Chair

Ms Anna Dedousis-Wallace – Convenor 2023 (NSW)

Associate Professor Jill Newby – Scientific Convenor 2023 (NSW)

Is there anything interesting to do in Melbourne?

Yes there are! Check out this handy resource!

Image Credits: Melbourne Convention Bureau; Mildura Rural City Council; Crowne Plaza Melbourne

All prices are shown in AUD$ and GST inclusive. Discounts apply for group bookings, contact for further information. All orders will receive an e-mail confirmation – please be sure to check your SPAM folder ( if you do not receive a message.
Cancellations attract a 25% processing fee. Cancellations within one week of the event attract a 50% processing fee. Cancellations within 24 hours of the event will not be refunded under any circumstances. If you wish to transfer the name of your registration to someone else there is no charge, providing that they are the same ticket type as yourself. EG if you purchased a ticket for a member, and the new guest is also a member etc. If there is a difference in ticket type you will need to pay the additional charge at the time of name transfer.
COVID ticket cancellation – Medical The health and safety of event attendees is our highest priority. AACBT is mindful of the health risks posed by COVID-19, and the importance of following official medical advice with respect to social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying at home when unwell. AACBT requests that any delegate who is feeling unwell or has cold or flu like symptoms, or who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, not attend our events. If, on medical grounds, you are unable to attend an event, you must cancel your attendance in writing by email to A full refund will be provided, however you may be asked to provide additional details.