National Conference

AACBT 38th National Conference
26 – 28 October 2017, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel, Sydney


Thank you to our many delegates, speakers and volunteers for making our 2017 National Conference the great event that it was.

We look forward to seeing you on 25-27 October 2018 in Brisbane, Queensland for our 39th National Conference.

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Welcome to the official website for the 38th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).  The conference is to take place Thursday 26 October – Saturday 28 October 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel, Sydney.

Extending the very best traditions of previous conferences, our exciting line-up of invited speakers represent the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and science across the lifespan from children, adolescents, adults through to older adulthood.  Keynote speakers and workshop presenters will present evidence-based approaches to the management of complex difficulties using cognitive and behavioural therapies, including third wave and schema approaches.

This year’s conference theme is Innovations in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies across the Lifespan.

Many innovations have occurred in the science and practice of cognitive and behavioural therapy over the past decade.  Variants of cognitive-behaviour therapy, such as schema therapy and third wave approaches, are increasingly developing an evidence-base for a range of clinical presentations across the lifespan.  The conference’s focus on the lifespan will educate health practitioners on how to treat disorders of childhood and adulthood successfully, as well as on how to deal with the difficulties associated with an ageing population.  This year’s conference includes a stellar group of world leaders who specialise in evidence-based interventions for dealing with clients with a range of difficulties, such as personality disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and cancer.  Some of these problems are the most common and pressing issues facing our society in 2017.  We invite you to join us in learning how to manage these issues, and others, using interventions based on the most recent available evidence.

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Key Deadlines

Click on the links for more information about each topic.


Registration info here

Keynote speakers info here

Abstract Portal link here

Accommodation details here

Check out the conference handbook – plan your days in advance. (4.4MB .pdf)

Read through the full AACBT National Conference program here.

Scientific Program details here

Workshop Program details here

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Professor Arean is unable to travel to Australia for the AACBT National Conference and Workshops Tour.
Late Life Depression will continue to have a strong place in our National Conference program with Professor Patrick Raue as a conference keynote speaker and presenting a workshop.

Social Program details here

Sponsorship information here

Things to do in Coogee

AACBT Wine Dinner***sold out!***


The Committee look forward to welcoming you to Coogee, Sydney this October.

Committee Members

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg, Convenor

Professor Louise Sharpe, Scientific Convenor

Professor Leanne Hides, Director, National Conference Chair

Associate Professor Ross Menzies, Director, WCBCT 2016 Convenor, Journal Editor

Dr Anna Dedousis-Wallace, NSW Branch Chair

Professor Amanda Baker, Director, National President

Dr Rhonda Stoertebecker, Qld Branch Chair

Ms Lara Keogh, Social Committee; Conference Venue Liaison

Ms Natasha Dean, Director, National Workshops & Vic Branch Chair

Dr Rebecca Anderson, Director, Memberships & Accreditation