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James Pretzer February 4th, 2005 10:27 PM

AABT becomes ABCT
In a special election, the members of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy have voted 4 to 1 to change the organization's name to "Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies." (Four people noted on their ballots that they would resign if the name change were to occur.) This change reflects the fact that AABT has included a large cognitive-behavioral contingent for a long time. I don't have any statistics but I've been attending AABT for about twenty years and I've never felt like I was in the minority.

By the way, if you are interested in CBT and you aren't familiar with AABT (now ABCT), I'd recommend checking them out at (no, I don't know if they'll be changing the url). The annual convention if a great way to stay up-to-date on new developments in CBT, attend good workshops, get CE credits, and hear some of the big names speak, and hang out with colleagues. The next convention will be November 17-20, 2005 in Washington, DC.

JustBen February 8th, 2005 10:19 AM

Re: AABT becomes ABCT
It sounds like there are at least four behavior therapists that limit themselves to behavioral techniques and do not wish to be associated with cognitive therapy. Have you known cognitive therapists that limit themselves to cognitive techniques and don't engage in behavioral ones? I think I remember reading Beck saying something along the lines of, "Cognitive Therapy is cognitive in theory, and cognitive and behavioral in execution." Still, are there "straight cognitive" therapists out there? I'm just curious.

Doug William February 9th, 2005 01:05 AM

Re: AABT becomes ABCT
Hi Ben---

I can recall when Skinner was absolutely adamant in his belief that the operant paradigm was more than sufficient to explain human behavior and that the turning inward to examine something so covert as the human thought process was totally unnecessary. I am sure that among the older crowd the orthodoxy lives------ much as in the APA the research people never forgave the Association for becoming so dominated by the 'applied'. 'professional' people. You know those psychologists who felt that psychology was not nearly ready enough to become an applied, eh, science.


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