The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT) was established in 1995 and has trained and certified thousands of throughout the United States and abroad.  The NACBT’s focus from its inception has been the promotion of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) within the mental health field as well as to the general public.  CBT is sometimes also called cognitive behavior therapy.

NACBT Advisors in San Francisco
RLT Level-One Attendees May 2009
Dr. Aldo Pucci
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The NACBT is the only eclectic CBT organization in the USA, meaning that we accept and support members with varied CBT preferences.  Some members prefer and practice Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), while others prefer Rational Behavior Therapy (RBT), Rational Living Therapy (RLT), or Cognitive Therapy (Beck).

The NACBT was formed in response to a growing trend of mental health professionals labeling themselves “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists” when in fact their actual practice of counseling / psychotherapy did not resemble CBT.    For example, those therapists were not teaching that feelings and behaviors are caused by thoughts.  They were not teaching rational self-counseling skills.  They were not providing homework / self-help assignments for the client to complete between sessions.  They were dwelling on the past, rather than focusing on the present.  They were not guided by a system, but rather simply using “tools”.  

As a result, we formed the NACBT to create standards for certification and to provide training to mental health professionals who were interested in performing CBT theapy in its various forms.  We have provided CBT training and supervision to thousands of professionals and paraprofessionals throughout the world.  Our CBT trainings are provided via live “in person” trainings, as well as webinars and home study programs.

We offer both professional and student memberships.   We welcome professionals from all countries to join the NACBT.

If you would like to join the NACBT, please visit:  https://www.nacbt.org/cognitive-behavioral-therapists-login/

To learn about our many excellent training / certification programs, please visit: http://nacbt.americommerce.com

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National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: Fostering Mental Health Excellence

The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT) stands as a cornerstone in the realm of mental health, dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Founded on the principles of advancing evidence-based practices, this association has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of therapeutic interventions, fostering professional growth, and enhancing the well-being of individuals globally.

Origins and Mission

Established in 1995, the NACBT emerged from a collective vision to consolidate CBT practitioners and researchers under one umbrella, aiming to standardize and elevate the quality of therapeutic services. Their mission revolves around four core pillars:

  1. Advocacy: The NACBT actively advocates for the recognition and integration of CBT in mental health treatment protocols, emphasizing its efficacy and evidence-based nature.

  2. Education and Training: The association is committed to providing comprehensive training, resources, and continuing education opportunities to mental health professionals, ensuring they remain updated with the latest advancements in CBT methodologies.

  3. Research and Innovation: Encouraging and supporting groundbreaking research initiatives in CBT, the NACBT fosters innovation, continuously expanding the boundaries of effective therapeutic practices.

  4. Community and Support: NACBT serves as a community hub, fostering collaboration, networking, and support among CBT practitioners, promoting a cohesive environment for professional growth and development.

Contributions and Impact

The influence of the NACBT extends across various dimensions:

  • Training Programs: The association offers specialized training programs and certifications, equipping therapists with the skills necessary to apply CBT effectively across diverse populations and settings.

  • Conferences and Events: Regular conferences and workshops hosted by the NACBT provide platforms for knowledge exchange, showcasing cutting-edge research and fostering discussions among experts in the field.

  • Public Advocacy: Through public campaigns, educational resources, and partnerships, the NACBT spreads awareness about the benefits of CBT, reducing stigma and increasing access to mental health services.

  • Research Grants: The association provides grants and funding opportunities to support innovative research endeavors, contributing to the continuous evolution of CBT practices.

Adapting to Contemporary Challenges

In an ever-evolving landscape, the NACBT remains adaptable, addressing contemporary challenges in mental health:

  • Technology Integration: Embracing technological advancements, the association explores the integration of teletherapy and digital tools into CBT practices, enhancing accessibility and reaching a broader demographic.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Recognizing the importance of cultural competence, the NACBT emphasizes diversity and inclusion in CBT approaches, ensuring therapies are tailored to meet the needs of diverse populations.

Future Trajectory

Looking ahead, the NACBT aims to expand its global reach, fostering collaborations with international organizations and enhancing CBT’s accessibility in underserved regions. Additionally, the association seeks to pioneer interdisciplinary approaches, integrating CBT with complementary therapeutic modalities to offer holistic mental health care.

The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists stands as a beacon of excellence, driving advancements in mental health treatment through its unwavering commitment to evidence-based practices, innovation, and community support. As it continues to evolve, its impact on the field of mental health promises to be profound, fostering a healthier and more resilient society.