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On behalf of the Organising Committee and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), it is my great pleasure to invite you to the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016 (WCBCT).

The Congress will be held in Melbourne from June 22-25, 2016. Melbourne was Australia€™’s first Olympic city, and is still considered the sporting, food and shopping capital of €˜Oz€™. With its style and sophistication, the city is known for its distinct bohemian atmosphere and cultural charm. It€™s no surprise that this cosmopolitan treasure has been voted the €˜World’€™s Most Liveable City€™.

Ross G. MenziesRoss G. Menzies


Our Congress venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), was the world’€™s first €˜Six Green Star€™ environmentally rated centre. It is fully integrated with the Hilton South Wharf Hotel and is nestled on the Yarra River with fabulous restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, hotels and galleries. Notably, the MCEC is among the most centrally located, large convention centres in the world. A simple stroll across the Yarra takes you directly into the heart of Melbourne.

The theme of the 8th WCBCT 2016 is €˜Advances and innovations in the behavioural and cognitive therapies across the world€™. We are seeking to showcase the €˜latest and greatest€™ developments in cognitive and behavioural procedures. We are particularly interested in research from emerging countries, and in regions where CBT has not been the dominant treatment modality in the past. We also invite delegates from beyond the traditional disciplines of mental health. CBT is not owned by any single profession and€“ we want to hear about applications of the cognitive and behavioural sciences in experimental psychology, clinical psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, and a range of related areas in allied health and health policy. The 8th WCBCT 2016 is an inclusive event and is relevant to all individuals and organizations that seek to apply cognitive and behavioural principles to help people change their lives.

In addition to an outstanding scientific program, you can be assured of an exciting range of social events including dinners, dancing, wine tastings, and pre- and post-Congress tours. We understand that for many delegates, Australia seems a long way to come. So be assured that we will do all we can to facilitate your trip €˜down under€™ by offering you an exceptional range of tour options direct from the Congress website. We want you to see as much of Australia as you can when you come to visit us in 2016.

Finally, we wish to emphasize that the future of the cognitive and behavioural therapies rests in the minds of the young. So we make a special call to postgraduate students and early career researchers and clinicians – come and show us where you will take the field in the decades ahead. Come to Melbourne and make this the greatest meeting in the history of our disciplines.

Ross G. Menzies
President and Convenor
8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016