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IABCP in association with Trinity College Dublin invite you to

CBT in the Post-COVID world – New Ways of Working

A celebration of BABCP’s 50th Anniversary in Ireland

We are delighted to invite you to join the IABCP at a special event that marks the Irish Branch’s contribution to BABCP 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The Conference will be hosted in association with Trinity College Dublin which held Europe’s first Behavioural Therapy conference in September 1969 and together we will celebrate the history of CBT in Ireland, the activities of its current membership and start to look to future directions for CBT in Ireland. This two-day conference will be held in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) on 4 and 5 May 2023


There will be a welcome reception the evening before the opening day in the TBSI Knowledge Exchange. Day 1 will trace the history and development of CBT in Ireland before you hear keynote addresses from Paul Salkovskis, Craig Chigwedere and BABCP President Saiqa Naz. The day will also offer a choice of parallel sessions covering Diversity and Inclusion, CBT skills for young worriers and an update on the IABCP accreditation process

On Day 2 delegates will be able to listen to keynotes from Jennifer Wild and David Clark and attend panel discussions with health service leaders on developing the CBT workforce on both sides of the border and New Ways of Working for CBT Psychotherapists in Ireland.

Wednesday 3 May


Welcome Reception and launch of Trinity CBT Network
Knowledge Exchange, TBSI

Thursday 4 May

9.00  Registration

Conference opening
Colin Hughes, Chair, Irish Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Brian Fitzmaurice, Trinity College Dublin

50 years of CBT in Ireland
Chair: James O'Mahoney, University College Cork & Health Service Executive
Speakers: Michael Duffy, Queen's University Belfast & NHS
Gerry Butcher, Private Practice & Trinity College Dublin
11.10  Break

Keynote address
Walking the tightrope: The best CBT is a matter of balance
Professor Paul Salkovskis, University of Oxford
12.45  Lunch
13.45  Keynote address
Is CBT for everyone? The role of sharing power in diversifying CBT
Saiqa Naz, BABCP President
2.30  Parallel sessions
  Session 1:
Developing Diversity and Inclusion in the provision of CBT in Ireland - Mapping the next steps
Chair and participants TBC 
  Session 2:
CBT Skills: Helping young people with worry
Charlotte Wilson, Trinity College Dublin
  Session 3:
Outline of IABCP Accreditation Process - with Q&A session
Brian Fitzmaurice, Trinity College Dublin & IABCP Accreditation Rep
4.30 Break
4.45 Keynote address
Self-Practice/Self-Reflection for CBT Practitioners - Why and where next?
Craig Chigwedere, St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin & Trinity College Dublin


Social event: Music and finger food
To late, Foley's Pub, Merrion Row

Friday 5 May

9.00  Poster Display in the Knowledge Exchange Area

Keynote address
Staying Extraordinary - Lessons for healthcare staff after a pandemic
Jennifer Wild, University of Melbourne (via Zoom)
10.15  Panel discussion
Developing a workforce to deliver evidence-based therapies: Challenges and opportunities in Ireland
Chair: Michael Duffy, Queen's University Belfast & NHS
Peter Toogood, Northern Ireland Department of Health
Professor Paul Salkovskis, University of Oxford & BABCP
Philip Dodd, Department of Health & Children, Dublin
11.30  Break
12.00  Keynote address
Getting evidence-based therapies working for your population - Lessons so far from IAPT
David M Clark, University of Oxford
1.00  Lunch

New ways of working for CBT Psychotherapists in Ireland - Lessons so far
Chair: Jacqui McKenna, IABCP
Northern Ireland Regional Trauma Network: Ciaran Mulholland, Queen's University Belfast
HSE National Clinical Programmes: Early intervention psychosis: Caoimhe Black, CBTp Lead, Meath/Louth MHS
Talking Therapies Model of Care - Pilot Site: Ian Parker, Kildare/West Wicklow MHS
3.30  Poster Prize announcement & Close

Poster Submissions

If you would like to submit a poster on Evidence-Based Psychotherapies please submit your abstract (max 250 words) online here by 15 March. There will be separate prize for the best student poster and the best poster from qualified professionals. You will be informed if your poster has been accepted by 31 March. To display your poster you must register to attend the conference.


Registration fees are for two days' attendance, excluding social events.

IABCP/BABCP members - €60/£50

Non-members - €180/£160

IABCP/BABCP student rate members - €40/£35

To keep costs low for delegates, lunch will not be provided but there are dozens of food options in the immediate neighbourhood and delegates are welcome to bring their chosen food & drinks into the Knowledge Exchange. 

The saving for IABCP/BABCP members is higher than the costs of membership. You can join BABCP here


Register here

Social event

Delegates are also invited to join us for a 50th Anniversary Party on Thursday 4 May with food, refreshments and music in Foleys Bar. The cost of the social events is €20 which includes the welcome reception on Wednesday 3 May and the 50th Anniversary Party on the evening of Thursday 4 May.

You can register for the conference and social events at the time of registration. As places for the events are limited, early booking is recommended.

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