Scientific Programme

The Congress Theme “Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads“ addresses the reality that CBT is currently evolving at a rapid pace and in many directions, such that we may well be at the crossroads in terms of maintaining a unified field of theory and practice.

The World Congress Scientific Committee will make a multi-format ‘Call for Papers’ in mid-2018, which will cover a wide range of topics in CBT. Nevertheless, we will especially encourage submissions that target the World Congress theme.

In particular, contributions regarding a) conceptualisations of the theory and practice of contemporary CBT, b) inter-disciplinary models of disorders and their treatment c) the role of CBT in different health systems and d) the international context and collaboration in CBT interventions, will be welcomed.

Berlin, with its long history of scientific and psychological research and its position at ‘the crossroads of Europe’, offers an excellent venue at which to address these important priorities. Information will be available on the website ( including the electronic submission procedures, congress streams and examples of different presentation formats; so be sure you, and your colleagues, sign up for regular updates.

The congress programme will include:
• 20+ invited pre-congress workshops
• Over 35 invited international addresses
• 20 parallel scientific sessions each day
• Symposia, debates, clinical roundtables, etc.
• Multiple streamed open paper sessions
• 40+ In-congress workshops
• High profile continuous poster sessions
• Technical, software and equipment demonstrations
• A large scale exhibition

The official language of the congress will be English. However, a proportion of the scientific sessions, etc. will be in the German language.

Putting together such a large programme is a complex process and the work has now begun. Our outline timetable of key dates is set out below but you should regularly refer to the congress website for up-to-date detailed information.