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Dear colleagues,

It is time to sign up for the Congress where the world leaders in evidence-based clinical psychology/psychotherapy will meet!

The Preliminary Program of the 9th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy – the Congress of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy/IACP – is available here: http://www.iccp2017.org/files/ICCP2017_Preliminary_Program.pdf

In 2017, the key figures in the evidence-based clinical psychology/psychotherapy, especially in cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies, will be in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the world leaders in the field and sign up for the Congress as soon as possible (especially for the workshops, where the places are limited!). A combination of (1) Outstanding Keynote Speakers (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, David M. Clark, Pim Cuijpers, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Daniel Freeman, Martin Hautzinger, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, Steven Hollon, Robert Leahy, Lata McGinn, John Riskind, Philip Spinhoven, Mehmet Sungur, Ed Watkins); (2) Workshop Presenters (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Keith Dobson, Kristene Doyle, Thomas Dowd, Arthur Freeman, Daniel Freeman, Steven Hayes, Robert Leahy, Lata McGinn, Agnieszka Popiel, John Riskind, Tullio Scrimali, Mehmet Sungur, Ed Watkins) and (3) Symposia Presenters will try to elucidate the challenges of integration that CBT faces today. Also, we planned two stimulating round tables (1) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for practice (Daniel David, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, and Robert Leahy) and (2) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for research (Gerhard Andersson, Pim Cuijpers, Daniel David, Daniel Freeman, Steven Hollon, and Steven Lynn), to further debate and understand the future of CBT

Also important, do not miss the fantastic touristic places in Romania (e.g., Danube Delta, Dracula-related trips, famous Romania monasteries, medieval cities, traditional area like Maramures, etc.)!

Please disseminate the message to all colleagues who might be interested.

Make your plans and see you all in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania!

Yours, Professor, Ph.D., Daniel David
President of the Congress
Congress Website: http://www.iccp2017.org/

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  • beckProfessor Aaron T. Beck has turned 95 on the 18th of July 2016! In 2012, Professor Beck received the highest distinction of our university – Doctor Honoris Causa of Babes-Bolyai University – becoming part of our academic community (see here). Our university also holds an Aaron T. Beck Professorship position, in recognition of the scientific stature of Aaron T. Beck and of his contribution to the development of the clinical and psychotherapy program at Babes-Bolyai University.

    As we all know, Professor Beck, now emeritus professor of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, USA, is recognized world-wide for his “cognitive revolution” in the mental health field, which has changed the face of clinical science and clinical practice. He has influenced a huge number of scientists in the academic field, and millions of people all over the world have benefitted from this innovative treatment (i.e., cognitive therapy). Over the years, he has received many awards and distinctions for his tremendous contributions to clinical science and practice. For example, when he was awarded the Lasker Award, considered by many “the American Nobel in Medicine”, Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, the chairman of the Lasker committee, said: “…Cognitive therapy is one of the most important advances — if not the most important advance — in the treatment of mental diseases in the last 50 years.”

    In our view, Professor Beck is the first “modern psychotherapist” in the history of the field, who has radically changed the way we see and practice psychotherapy. Before him, we had mainly “grand theories”, associated to various more or less charismatic figures. He is a charismatic scientist, who has changed the paradigm and has taken psychotherapy as a science into the evidence-based field. It is our strong belief that we owe it mainly to Professor Beck that psychotherapy is well-integrated today in the evidence-based movement in mental health and that it has a strong scientific profile!

    Thank you and Happy Birthday, dear professor and colleague!

    Professor, Ph.D., Daniel David
    Director of the International Institute
    Vice-rector for research, competitiveness-excellence and scientific publications of Babes-Bolyai University

    Dear colleagues/friends,

    The registration for the 9th Congress of the IACP (http://www.the-iacp.org/) is now open at: http://iccp2017.org/

    The Congress will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania, from 29th of June to 1st of July, 2017.
    We have a very important Congress theme – integrative and multimodal CBT -, with major implications for current science and practice of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Indeed, CBT is an umbrella for a large number of evidence-based psychological treatments. CBT is therefore becoming the golden standard in the field of psychotherapy. This Congress will aim to: (1) present the state of the art applications of CBT in a large variety of clinical and non-clinical contexts; (2) present the latest research in the field with powerful clinical implications; (3) increase the internal cohesion of CBT, by moving the field from various “schools” to an integrative and multimodal approach; (4) promote CBT as the best platform for integrating psychotherapy in the evidence-based framework; and (5) stimulate frontier research in CBT and infuse CBT with frontier research from related fields.

    A combination of (1) outstanding keynote speakers (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, David M. Clark, Pim Cuijpers, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Daniel Freeman, Martin Hautzinger, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, Steven Hollon, Robert Leahy, Lata McGin, John Riskind, Philip Spinhoven, Mehmet Sungur); (2) workshop presenters (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Kristine Doyle, Thomas Dowd, Arthur Freeman, Daniel Freeman, Steven Hayes, Robert Leahy, Lata McGin, John Riskind, Tullio Scrimali, Mehmet Sungur, Ed Watkins) and (3) symposia presenters will try to elucidate the challenges of integration that CBT faces today. Also, we planned two stimulating round tables (1) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for practice (Daniel David, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, and Robert Leahy) and (2) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for research (Gerhard Andersson, Pim Cuijpers, Daniel David, Daniel Freeman, and Steven Hollon), to further debate and understand the future of CBT.

    Your own contribution, as participant to these events and/or as presenter in our symposia and poster sections, is fundamental for the evolution of CBT.
    You can also benefit of the fantastic touristic places in Romania (e.g., Danube Delta, Dracula-related trips, famous Romania monasteries, medieval cities, traditional area like Maramures, etc.) and other close Eastern European countries.
    We are looking forward having you in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania! Please disseminate this announcement to people who might be interested to participate.

    Thank you!

    Yours, Daniel David, Professor, Ph.D.,
    The President of the Congress

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  • At the end of each year, the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy together with the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health acknowledge the members with the highest performances in terms of scientific research, educational activities, and services offered to the community.  The winners of the 2014 awards were:

    • Senior assist. prof. Ioana Cristea – “The Nicolae Mărgineanu award for scientific research and for developing academic competitiveness”;
    • Senior assist. prof. Silviu Matu – “The Ioan Radu award for educational excellence”;
    • Senior assist. prof. Simona Ștefan – “The award for excellence in innovative services for the community “.

    Also, the Babeș-Bolyai University rewards every year the members with the highest performances in its entire academic community. The Department was represented by one laureate:

    • Senior assist. prof. Oana David – ”The award for scientific research”.

    Congratulations to all the laureates and we wish you a successful new year!

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  • Based on the analysis of the publications indexed in Web of Science until the 7th of Decembe, 2014, the Department has maintained its first position in the country compared to other psychology departments, in terms of international publications (e.g., articles in journals that are indexed in Web of Science) and number of grants per number of staff members. For more information on this, please visit the Prof. Daniel David academic blog here.

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  • Prof. Ann Vernon, Ph.D., President of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and an international leading expert in Rational Emotive Counseling and Education, will be the special guest of the Department and the International Coaching Institute at the end of October. Prof. Ann Vernon will give a lecture on Thursday October 30, starting with 4:00 PM, and a workshop on Friday October 31, starting with 8:30 AM. The lecture is free for students and psychologists. For details about the workshop and the registration fee, please click here.

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  • Prof. John Raven, Ph.D., an international expert in cognitive abilities assessment and the author of the well-known “Progressive Matrices Standard Plus” is our guest this week. He will give a lecture on the topic “Uses and abuses of intelligence” (on Tuesday, 21st October, 16:00-18:00) and a workshop on the theme “Raven Progressive Matrices: Uses and abuses of intelligence, education and measurement” (on Friday, 24th of October, 14:00-18:00). Acces will be open for both events.

    Afis Raven

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  • Professor Pim Cuijpers, Ph.D., head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Holland, one of the most renowned and highly cited researchers in the field of psychology, is our first invited guest this year in the “Meeting of the Minds Conference Series”. He will give two lectures on September 17: „Internet-based treatment of common mental disorders: “Are computers successful psychotherapists?” and „Four decades of research on psychotherapy for adult depression; what have we learned?”. Both lectures will be located at the Matrix Platofrm and will start at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.

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  • Cognitive-behavioral coaching is the psychological intervention targeting personal and professional development, optimization and problem-solving. Coaching is a major field of interest at the international level and Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca is one of the important promoters of the cognitive-behavioral approach in coaching. As so, the first academic course and post-graduate program were introduced through its educational offers. In order to encourage the development of the field, the Department will support the organization of the First International Congress of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching between 12th and 15th of June 2014.

    The Congress’s president is Professor Daniel David and honorific president of the event is Professor Arthur Freeman from Midwestern University, USA. Program of the Congress includes scientific papers, round-table, meet the expert demonstrations, and workshops presented by world-known experts in the field of cognitive-behavioral interventions, among which are professor Windy Dryden from University of London, UK, prof. Dominic DiMattia from University of Bridgeport, USA, prof. Michael J. Cavanagh from University of Sydney, Australia.

    Early bird registration deadline has been extended until 30.10.2013 and the abstract submission deadline for the scientific program is 15.12.2013. Students with submitted abstracts can afterwards register with special fee. The best two abstracts will be awarded with a prize consisting of free registration for each. For more details, go to the Congress’s website, at www.iccbc2014.ro.

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  • The Departament of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the Babes-Bolyai University was ranked numebr 1 in the “Educational Award Contest” organized by Dinu Patriciu Foundation. The second place was occupied by the Faculty of Physics of the Bucharest University, and the third place by the Faculty of Economical Sciences of the Vest University from Timisoara. The prize will be used by the Department to develop innovative psychological services to community.

     

     

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