2014 Halifax Meeting

Join us in Halifax on May 23-24 for the 4th annual CACBT-ACTCC meeting. You’ll experience cutting edge workshops and speaker events showcasing advances in the science and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Now with CPA (Psychology & Psychiatry) Credits

The complete program for the 2014 CACBT-ACTCC meeting can be found here: 

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Please see our Program at a Glance for the full conference schedule:

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Conference poster abstracts:

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Registration Information

Early Bird Rate
Regular Rate
Member $220 + HST = $250.00
$260 + HST = $299
Non-Member $300 + HST = $345.00 $350 + HST = $402.50
Student Member
$65 + HST = $74.75
$90 + HST = $103.50
Student Non-Member
$110 + HST = $126.50
$1300 + HST = $149.50

Register by 5pm AST on April 15 to receive the early-bird rate!

CACBT-ACTCC Meeting - Halifax, May 2014

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Claudia Zayfert, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD, internationally known as a leader in bridging the gap between research and practice. Blending cutting edge empirical findings with clinical wisdom, her approach has been praised for its clarity of clinical vision, commitment and compassion. She speaks from her 20 years of experience implementing CBT for PTSD in both research and clinical settings as Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and in association with the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Her workshops have been enjoyed by audiences internationally including those of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, The World Congress for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, The American Psychological Association, and The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies among others.

Keynote Address

Social support is one of the most robust factors determining outcomes from exposure to traumatic events. Yet most treatment approaches pay sparse attention to the social context to which the trauma survivor returns. Dr. Zayfert aims to shift our focus to the social context to which trauma survivors return: the families, friends, and communities who are key to supporting their recovery. Particularly for those working with veterans, being prepared to help their families will enable us to mitigate the damaging ripple effect of trauma within the support system. Drawing from her acclaimed family guidebook, When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do, she will discuss the needs of caregivers and family and highlight the ways we, as clinicians, can help.


Effective Treatment for PTSD: Optimizing Outcomes

Claudia Zayfert

The workshop will focus on optimizing evidence-based treatment for PTSD in clinical practice. Dr. Zayfert will demonstrate how to link research-based interventions to individualized case formulation. Aimed at the intermediate-advanced cognitive behavioral clinician, the workshop will present a variety of evidence based treatments for trauma survivors. Interventions for challenging difficult trauma-related beliefs as well as learning how to effectively use Prolonged Exposure for PTSD will be covered. In spite of the wealth of research support for exposure therapy, many clinicians find it challenging to implement PE in real-world clinical practice. The workshop is an opportunity to learn state-of-the-art tools and strategies to troubleshoot roadblocks and increase your confidence in treating trauma survivors in your practice.

Developing a Collaborative Case Formulation

Deborah Dobson

Collaborative case formulation differentiates technical, manual based cognitive behavioural therapy from an individualized approach to treatment. It has been called the "heart" of evidence based practice in CBT. This 90-minute skills session will focus on using collaborative CBT case formulation with individual clients. The workshop will present an overview of evidence as well as practical guidelines to use with your clients. Case examples will guide the session and there will be opportunities to discuss clinical issues.

Dealing with Obstacles to Cognitive Behavioural Treatment 'What to do when you don't seem to be helping'

Gail Myhr & Jeanne Talbot

This interactive workshop will present a conceptual framework to help participants systematically analyze obstacles to therapy. Participants will be encouraged to bring a challenging case, in order to identify specific patient, therapist and systemic factors that may be contributing to difficulties and to develop specific action plans. Demonstrations through role play and group exercises will be featured.

Treating Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A Special Challenge for CBT

David A. Clark

This workshop will describe the characteristics, functions and formulation of mental intrusions. Specific assessment and intervention strategies for intrusions will be presented through demonstrations, role plays and discussions.

Imagery rescripting: Working with distressing memories

Nina Josefowitz

The workshop will describe imagery rescripting and how it is related to fundamental CBT concepts and interventions such as exploring images and their encapsulated meaning and imaginary exposure. The workshop will describe a variety of imagery rescripting protocols that have been applied to various disorders. The workshop will also provide a brief overview of the current state of research into imagery rescripting. The workshop will consist of power point based lecture combined with a short demonstration and opportunity for self-exploration.

Overcoming the Fear of Fear: Treating Anxiety Sensitivity

Margo Watt & Sherry Stewart
This 90-minute workshop will begin with a brief overview of the research supporting the effectiveness of a brief cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT; Watt & Stewart, 2008) for reducing anxiety sensitivity (AS: fear of arousal-related sensations or "fear of fear"). High AS is a known risk factor for anxiety- and related disorders. Four randomized controlled trials conducted with adolescents, young adults, and older adults have found that brief CBT effectively reduces AS levels, pain anxiety, drinking problems, and symptoms of anxiety-related disorders. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a simulation of each of the components of the brief CBT: (1) psychoeducation, (2) cognitive restructuring, and (3) interoceptive exposure via physical exercise.