2021 Annual CongressEuropean Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

Annual CongressEuropean Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies2021 Annual Congress European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 
CBT Back to the Future 
The theme of the 2021 EABCT congress programme “CBT: Back to the Future” has been influenced by the fact that the DeLorean, Doc Brown’s world famous time-machine, was built in Belfast. While we are not promising time travel our aim is to explore CBT’s important role in dealing with past events, current dilemmas and future challenges. One future challenge will be COVID-19, which has already had a major impact on us all in 2020. We know that this will have repercussions on the psychological and physical health and well-being of many people across the world long after the pandemic has been bought under control. It has also had a major impact on how we deliver our therapy and train our practitioners. As congresses return in 2021 the programme in Belfast will represent the “state of the art” and all that is excellent in contemporary theory, research and practice in CBT across the lifespan, and what we have learned from the past to make us more effective in the future.   

Hosted by the Irish Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
ICC (International Convention Centre)
Belfast, Northern Ireland8th-11th September 2021

Dear EABCT representatives

Submission options

The pandemic continues to impact on our personal and our professional lives and since March 2020 we have seen the cancellation of most if not all national and international conferences and Congresses. Many congresses that were also scheduled to take place during the first half of 2021 have also decided to postpone to 2022 or switch to an online only format.

We have made the decision to run the EABCT2021 Congress in Belfast as a hybrid congress and this will allow delegates to choose to attend in person or register to participate in the congress online. We are fortunate that the  venue for the congress, the International Congress Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland  has already developed an online platform that will enable delegates to feel part of the congress even if they can’t attend in person 

However, after a year in which we have had almost no opportunity to meet colleagues from within our own countries and from across Europe many of you are looking forward to the time that we can return to a proper congress. Teaching, presenting and learning online has been important to us all over the last nine months but it is our hope that as many people as possible will to be able to meet in Belfast next September and experience everything that a live congress has to offer both academically and socially.

We appreciate that many people will remain unsure about the future given the uncertainty about the course of the pandemic over the next few months and this may impact on delegates making a decision about whether to submit and attend the Congress.

For these reasons we are inviting delegates to submit their presentations to be delivered either in person or remotely. When we open registration early in 2021 delegates will also be able to choose if they want to register to attend in person or as remote attendees. As the course of the pandemic becomes clearer delegates will also be able to switch between presenting and/or attending in person or remotely.

We will work flexibly with presenters and delegates to ensure that we deliver an excellent EABCT Congress and one that is fitting for the celebration of EABCT’s 50th anniversary in 2021.  

The EABCT2021 Scientific Committee


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