Vancouver 2018 Conference

2018 Vancouver – 8th Annual Conference

CACBT-ACTCC hosted the 8th Annual Conference, which took place at Simon Fraser University-Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia on May 11-12, 2018. The title of this conference was "Innovations and Advances in CBT".

This conference was a great success! Our program was chock full of exciting and innovative presentations, including 6 workshops, 7 symposia, a panel discussion, two keynote addresses, the Annual General Meeting, a presidential address, and a lively wine & cheese and poster session featuring 50 posters. In addition, a full day pre-conference workshop on ‘CBT for OCD in Children’ by Dr. Martin Franklin was very well attended, as was a special presentation with Drs. Adam Radomsky and Maureen Whittal interviewing Dr. Stanley (Jack) Rachman on his academic life and times (view video below). We have a great turnout for this conference, with approximately 220 people attending. The pre-conference public panel discussion, “Worries and The Blues on Campus: How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression in University Students” was also well attended and received by stakeholders, CACBT partners, and members of the community.

Some of the speakers included: Dr. Colleen Carney, Dr. Deborah Dobson, Dr. Ingrid Fedoroff, Dr. Keith Dobson, Dr. Mark Lau, and Dr. Candice Murray. Dr. David M. Clark and Dr. Martin Franklin provided keynote addresses.

CACBT was pleased to congratulate:

CACBT-ACTCC 2018 Fellows:
Mark Lau
Randi McCabe
Sanjay Rao

Jack Rachman Research Poster Award:
Krista Smith Johnston (BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and SFU Vancouver Simon Fraser University) - "Group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children With Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Feedback and Acceptability as Rated by Parents, Children and Clinicians "

Student Travel Awards:
Melina Ovanessian (Ryerson University) - "Psychometric Properties and Clinical Utility of the Specific Phobia Questionnaire " 

Ryan Ferguson (University of Ottawa) - "Measuring Self and Other-Judgements Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of the Ways of the Thinking About Social Behaviour Questionnaire”

Thank you to the 2017-18 Conference Planning Committee which was led by Dr. Maureen Whittal and all volunteers, who worked hard to ensure that the conference was well organized and enjoyed by all attendees. Thank you also to all conference presenters, and to our sponsors whose support is greatly appreciated!


Special Presentation - Dr. Jack Rachman – The Academic Life and Times of Dr. Rachman. A conversation guided by Dr. Adam Radomsky and Dr. Maureen Whittal. 

Video available: 

Some conference moments: