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The birth of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) can be dated back to 1971. Behavior therapy groups in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK then joined forces and founded the European Association for Behaviour Therapy (EABT), which was formally established five years later. In 1992, the organization added Cognitive in its title and became what it is today. Now EABCT brings together 52 individual associations from 38 different countries and has over 25,000 individual clinicians and researchers in its membership, making it one of the largest psychotherapy organizations in the world. Each individual association is committed to the empirically based principle and practice of behavioural and cognitive therapy. The associations all share a common goal of excercising the highest standard of CBT through the development of training, continuing professional development, and evidence based practice.

For more information about EABCT – visit www.eabct.eu




The Swedish Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (SACBT) aims to promote knowledge, education, research and practice in the cognitive and behavioral therapies in Sweden. Until 2006 it was called the Swedish Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and Research, which was founded in 1986 by Professor Carlo Perris and colleagues. The association has its roots in the cognitive psychotherapy developed in the 60s by Aaron T. Beck. In recent years, the association has expanded to include several theories and treatment approaches within CBT, particularly the psychology of learning theory and behaviour therapy.

The association works closely with several training providers and monitor educational standards and ethical guidelines. It has about 1,000 members and of these, over 300 licensed psychotherapists, authorized by the association.


The Swedish Association of Behaviour Therapy (SABT) was founded in 1971 during a course in behaviour modification, conducted at the University of Stockholm and led by Professor Sten Rönnberg. The association was one of the first to be established in Europe, preceded only by the Dutch and the Flemish organisations. Under the leadership of Professor Rönnberg, the newly established Swedish association took part in the First European Congress of Behaviour Therapy which was held in Munich 1971. This congress was the starting point for the European Association of Behaviour Therapy, which was established the same year.

The purpose of SABT is to spread information about behaviour therapy. This is done primarily by marketing reputable educators. The association also offers training in cognitive behavioral therapy through courses and workshops.

BTF is composed of members and support members. The number of members and support members of the Association are currently over 1000.


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