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Aaron Brinen, PsyD | 2025 Conference Chair

Aaron Brinen, PsyD | 2025 Conference Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Division of Psychology, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee of the 11th International Association of CBT Conference, we would like to welcome you to the heart of Music City in downtown, Nashville Tennessee, United States of America on August 14 – 17, 2025. We are eager to reconvene this engaging and passionate conference for the first time since the pandemic. As such, we are hard at work developing a challenging and engaging scientific program designed to expand our minds, kindle new collaborations and foster cross-research conversations.

The theme of the Congress is “CBT as a Tool for Recovery”. We will emphasize that embracing evidence based, high fidelity CBT is a systematic approach for achieving durable recovery. In his 1976 book, Cognitive Therapy of the Emotional Disorders, the late Tim Beck wrote that Cognitive Therapy acts by “helping the patient draw on his own problem solving apparatus.,” and prioritizes his own view of his life. Almost five decades later, CBT researchers have refined interventions to relieve distress and free people to move forward in life. The continued improvements in our treatments allow CBT providers to better partner with individuals to return to the lives of their choosing. Until the end of his life Tim Beck focused on extending the concept of recovery to as many people as possible.

As the first North American site of this great meeting, we are thrilled to host this great meeting in Nashville, Tennessee – known for its electric downtown, music and entertainment, historical landmarks, and close access to nature. We look forward to seeing you in 2025!