Abstract Submission Portal 2024

The theme for our 2024 conference is “Meaning making with cognitive and behavioural therapies.

We invite you to consider presenting your work at this high profile national forum. We have encountered tremendous challenges in recent years in treatment delivery and research, but CBT practitioners and researchers have responded to the broader community’s needs with considerable resilience, creativity and ingenuity. The 2024 conference aims to showcase the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and science in cognitive and behavioural therapies. We are particularly interested in research that demonstrates how CBT can be delivered with creativity and ingenuity to ensure optimal outcomes despite challenging circumstances and presentations.

The Abstract Submission portal is open.

Abstract submissions are open now – please note that we are using SurveyMonkey this year.

Abstract portal is closing on Monday 15 April 2024.

Please refer to our website for all templates (Oral/Poster & Symposium) and the full guidelines.
If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact the Conference Secretariat via email on info@aacbt.org.au.
Please Note
All abstracts must be prepared using the relevant template. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author for resubmission in the correct format.
AACBT abstract guidelines are available here.
There are a limited number of oral positions; priority will be given to original submissions. There is no limit to the number of abstracts per individual, but the Scientific Committee reserves the right to limit the number of oral presentations per author to encourage program diversity. Splitting of a body of work into multiple abstracts is discouraged.
The contact person will be responsible for distributing all correspondence related to the submission to all co-presenters. It is the presenting author’s responsibility to check the accuracy of the abstract. The abstract can be edited or deleted prior to the deadline. After this date, abstracts will be published in the abstract book exactly as they are submitted.
All submissions may be considered for alternative presentation formats; authors will be advised accordingly following completion of the review process. By submitting an abstract all authors agree to release the license to the conference organisers and give permission to publish the abstract in the conference handbook, website, application, USB etc. and in so doing certify that the abstract is original work. The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee will be paid to successful participants.

Conference Registration
All presenters (including poster presenters) will be required to register for the conference by the early bird deadline. It will be assumed that any presenter not registered by this date has withdrawn from the program. By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in conference materials, including but not limited to, handbook and social media channels.


Presentation types available

A Symposium is a focused session in which speakers present on a common theme, issue or question. A chairperson briefly introduces the topic, followed by typically four (4) individual speakers. Optionally, the session ends with concluding remarks by a discussant, followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and general discussion. A symposium session will run for up to 60 minutes, noting that the session Chair is responsible for all timing.

A symposium can take the form of a Panel Discussion if preferred, which follows the above notes, excepting that the format is typically more free-flowing (more back & forth between presenters).


Individual Oral Presentations must present the empirical results of a research project, which can include critically evaluating the empirical findings of others in the form of a meta-analysis or critical review.

Abstracts presenting the results of theoretically derived original research projects are preferred. Each individual paper will consist of an up to 15-minute presentation including 2-3 minutes for questions and answers. Speakers will usually be expected to use PowerPoint slides. The Scientific Program Committee will integrate sets of individual papers into thematic sessions.


Poster Presentations are a visual display of research projects, which will be on display for a limited period on specific times and days during the conference, with the opportunity to discuss your presentation with delegates during informal poster sessions. Please indicate in your abstract submission if you are willing to participate in a rapid poster session, in addition to being on display. More information regarding the logistics of the poster presentations will be advised following acceptance.

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