Symposia/ Open Papers






Authors submiting a symposium should go trough the following steps. The symposium chair(s) must first submit a generic abstract describing the main topics covered in the symposium, and how the different presentations included contribute to a deeper understanding of the new advances in the field. The chair(s) must also specify at least a discussant. After this generic submission of the symposium, all the other individual papers must be submitted as part of this symposium, by indicating the title of the symposium in the submission form. A symposium must comprise at least three individual presentations of about 15 to 20 minutes each. A symposium should be no longer than 2 hours.

Abstract that do not belong to a symposium can be submitted as open papers. However, they will be grouped based on the topic and relevance in specific symposia and/or open paper sessions, by the scientific committee. Each individual open paper will have allocated 15 to 20 minutes for presentation.

Final list of accepted symposia and open papers


Symposia sessions:

SYMP 1. Understanding and strengthening response to CBT: Recent findings - Chair: Jacqueline B. Persons

Persons, Jacqueline, B.

Symptom severity at week 4 of CBT predicts depression remission

Watkins, Ed

Investigating the active ingredients of internet-CBT for depression using a factorial design

Hofmann, Stefan G.

Brain connectomics predict response to CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder

Hollon, Steven D.

Prognosis and prescription of response to CBT

Bateup, Sarah

Therapist variables and correlation with clinical outcome


SYMP 2. ABC: from REBT to constructivism and metacognition - Chair: Maria Ruggiero Giovanni

Ruggiero, Giovanni, Maria

The ABC in the constructive tradition

Caselli, Gabriele

From ABC to AMC in metacognitive therapy

DiGiuseppe, Raymond

Commentary on constructive ABC and metacognitive AMC from a REBT prospective

McMahon, James

From symptoms to self: The unique and singular organizing capacity of REBT in psychotherapy theory and practice 


SYMP 3. Risk factors for and treatment of school absenteeism in children and adolescents - Chair: Mikael Thastum

Lomholt, Johanne Jeppsen

Danish schoolchildren with low attendance: Investigating contextual and individual risk factors

Heyne, David

Treatment for school refusal: How sure are you that cognitive interventions need to be applied?

Thastum, Mikael

Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the Back2School intervention: A modular cognitive behavioral intervention for youths with problematic school absenteeism


SYMP 4. Robot-based CBT for children with ASD: Results and protocols from the DREAM Project - Chair: Daniel David

Costescu, Cristina

The use of social robots in evidence-based psychotherapy: Applications for individuals with ASD

Matu, Silviu

Improving turn-taking skills with robot-enhanced CBT for children with ASD

Ciocan, Anamaria

Efficacy of robot-enhanced CBT for joint attention in children with ASD

Oprean, Antonia

Robotic and human mediators in developing imitation skills in children with ASD: Results from a series of single case experiments

Soflau, Radu

Establishing the efficacy of robot-based CBT: The protocol for a randomized clinical trial


SYMP 5. Toward the clinical application of autonomic nervous system evaluation - Chair: Claudio Gentili

Gentili, Claudio

Longitudinal monitoring of Bipolar Disorders: The PSYCHE project experience

Ottaviani, Cristina

Neural and autonomic responses to a perseverative cognition induction: Gaining a greater understanding of worry in GAD

Penolazzi, Barbara

Linking maladaptive metacognition and dysfunctional autonomic patterns in Anorexia Nervosa

Sanchez, Alvaro

Heart rate variability as an autonomic marker of emotion regulation capacity: Associations with eye-tracking indices of visual-spatial emotional processing

Palomba, Daniela

Does HRV measurement help in the diagnosis and treatment of depression in CHD patients?


SYMP 6. Sexual abuse and trauma paraphilias and related pathologies:  Treatment with evolutionary oriented CBT - Chair: Mike Abrams

Abrams, Mike

Jealousy, infidelity, and the difficulty of diagnosing pathology: A CBT approach to coping with sexual betrayal and the green-eyed monster

Abrams, Mike

Sexual abuse and masochism in women: Etiology and treatment

Abrams, Mike

A sexual irrational belief is associated with several measures of sexual and emotional problems and reports of life trauma

Abrams, Mike

Sexuality and its disorders: Development, cases, and treatment

Abrams, Lidia, D.

Menopause:  A reduction in irrational thinking caused by changes in evolutionary role


SYMP 7. Understanding sleep disorders and their treatment in psychosis - Chairs: Daniel Freeman & Sarah Reeve

Reeve, Sarah

Reduced sleep and psychotic experiences: An experimental study with mediation analysis

Waite, Felicity

Treating sleep problems in patients with distressing psychotic experiences

Sheaves, Bryony

Stabilising sleep for patients admitted at acute crisis to a psychiatric hospital: The Oxford Ward sLeep Solution (OWLS)


SYMP 8. Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching: Towards evidence-based coaching- Chairs: Arthur Freeman & Oana David

Freeman, Arthur

The Prescriptive Executive Coaching (PEC) model

Katsikis, Demetris

Supporting individual flourishing with Life Coaching: A Rational-Emotive Behavioral approach

Comsa, Loana

The efficiency of solution focused VS problem solving model in peer coaching

David, Oana

The evidence-based status of Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching and future directions


SYMP 9. Different intolerance concepts as psychological entities: What are the differences and where are they useful? - Chair: Selcuk Aslan

Sargin, Emre

Measuring two seemingly similar looking but different constructs: Distress tolerance and discomfort intolerance

Ozdel, Kadir

Low distress intolerance and its relationship with trait and state anxiety and depression

Turkcapar, Mehmet Hakan

Distress intolerance and emotional schemas in General Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Gündoğdu, Hakan Mehmet

The effect of parental emotional availability, emotion regulation, and distress intolerance on depression and anxiety


SYMP 10. Transdiagnostic and tailored CBT programs for anxiety and affective disorders: Perspectives for future developments - Chair: Bogdan Tulbure

Magurean, Silvia

An internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral program for perfectionism

Andersson, Gerhard

Personalized internet treatment

Tulbure, Bogdan

An online transdiagnostic treatment for affective and mood disorders

Rusu, Andrei

The new online psychotherapy platform


SYMP 11. Integrative psychotherapy for addictions - Chair: Michler F. Bishop

Pasarelu, Costina Ruxandra

Parent and adolescent risk factors involved in adolescent internet addiction

Lupu, Viorel

The first Romanian National Prevalence Study: Problem and pathological gambling in children and adolescents

Lupu, Ramona

Student and parental concerns about adolescent gambling and other high risk behaviors in Romania - preliminary data – local study

Tang, Catherine

Depressive symptoms and addiction to internet use, online gaming, and online social networking among young adults in China, Singapore and the United States

Koh, Yee Woen

The comorbidity of online gaming addiction, unhealthy food intake addiction and affective disorders among college students in Singapore


SYMP 12. CBT and virtual reality: New treatment and research options? - Chair: Paul Pauli

Shiban Youssef

The effect of rhythmic eye movements during a Virtual Reality exposure therapy for spider-phobic patients

Pauli, Paul

Cognitive preparation for virtual reality exposure treatment: Expectancy mismatch or habituation?

Cardos, Roxana

Virtual Reality exposure therapy in flight anxiety: A quantitative meta-analysis

Georgescu, Raluca

The effectiveness of Virtual Reality interventions for reducing pain intensity and disability: A meta-analysis


SYMP 13. Key cognitions and memory processes as targets in the treatment of anxiety and stress related disorders - Chair: Graham Thew

Thew, Graham

Assessing mediation of clinical improvement in Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: The role of self-focused attention and negative social cognitions

Smith, Kirsten

Memory, appraisals and coping strategies in prolonged grief disorder

Sachschal, Juliane

Trauma memory disorganisation in posttraumatic stress disorder

Woodwar, Elizabeth

The role of pre-sleep cognitions in sleep disturbances in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


SYMP 14. Beliefs in psychotherapy - Chair: Ivanka Zivcic-Becirevic

Zivcic-Becirevic, Ivanka

Beliefs about exposure therapy

Birovljevic, Gorana

Therapists' beliefs about psychotherapy

Bagaric, Branka

Have specific populations of potential clients different expectations about process and roles in psychotherapy?

Markanovi, Dragana

Potential clients’ misconceptions about psychotherapy

Jurman, Josko

What kind of therapist potential clients prefer


Open papers sessions:

OP 1. CBT-based gaming and computerized interventions

Cardos, Roxana

How effective are serious games for promoting mental health and health behavioral change in children and adolescents? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Sucala, Madalina

Efficacy of the REThink therapeutic online video game in promoting mental health in children and adolescents: A pilot study

David, Oana

The REThink game: Development, protocol and relevance of a new therapeutic game for promoting child and adolescent mental health

Predatu, Razvan

The effectiveness of the REThink online game in developing psychological resilience in children and adolescents: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

Shepherd, Matthew

Results from the New Zealand implementation of SPARX a computerised CBT program for the treatment of adolescent depression


OP 2. Cultural Considerations in CBT for Different Populations

Farcas, Alice Viviana

Culturally adapting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression in Chinese Australians

Mostafa, Zarean

Iranian Scale for Emotional Problems (ISEP): Development and pilot study

Bartucz, Monica

Irrational beliefs and country-level functioning: A cross-sectional analysis on 60 countries

Ozcanli, Fulya

OCD across cultures: A comparison of obsessive thoughts in Belgian and Turkish samples

Lupascu-Pruna, George

A cross-cultural view of anti-social behaviors and terrorism in the Western world 


OP 3. Key constructs and treatment options for anxiety symptoms

Azimi, Zeinab

The effect of strengthening memory self-representations on self-esteem in people with test anxiety

Ahn, Jung-Kwang

The efficacy of Enhanced Group CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder

Candea, Diana

Cognitive reappraisal as an emotion regulation strategy for shame

Rebega, Oana Luiza

The relationships between empathy, shame and guilt proneness, and fear of negative evaluations in non-clinical adolescents

Lis Johles, Christer Classon and Jon Hasselqvist

Psychological flexibility: Performance and quality of life among competitive athletes in Sweden

Kart, Aysegul

Cognitive factors in Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia


OP 4. Smartphone-delivered CBT

Furukawa, Toshi

Smartphone Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy as adjunct to pharmacotherapy for refractory depression: A single-blind randomised controlled trial

Sucala, Madalina

Clinicians’ usages patterns and criteria for recommending health apps

Cardos, Roxana

A mobile intervention for core needle biopsy related pain and anxiety: A usability study

Giosan, Cezar

Reducing depressive symptomatology with a smartphone app: Preliminary results of a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial

David, Oana

Applying CBT based stress management strategies in real life: The “PsyPills” app


OP 5. CBT for trauma, grief and psychosis

Osawa, Kaori

The effect of brief cognitive and behavioral intervention focused on traumatic memory recall on posttraumatic stress and resistance to trauma-focused treatments

Smith, Amber

Examining trauma and self-harm as predictors of suicidal urges and behavior

Huang, Feng-Ying

Wave of grief during Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Abrams, Lidia, D.

Effectiveness of REBT with symptoms of schizophrenia


OP 6. Treatment response and outcome moderators in CBT

Rozental, Alexander

Negative effects of psychological treatments: An exploratory factor analysis of the Negative Effects Questionnaire for monitoring and reporting adverse and unwanted events

Tomba, Elena

Psychological well-being changes after CBT-based treatment in outpatients with eating disorders

Stefan, Simona

An individual patient data meta-analysis of minority status as a predictor of outcome in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and pharmacotherapy for adult depression

Cristea, Ioana

The effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are not systematically falling: A revision of Johnsen & Friborg (2015)

Cotet, Carmen Domnica

A protocol for an individual patient meta-analysis comparing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy for depression

Bateup, Sarah

Therapist variables and correlation with clinical outcome


OP 7. Cognitive processes as causal factors in psychopathology

Kambara, Kohei

The effect of concrete processing mode on task commitments after experiences of failure

Tecuta, Lucia

The role of subjective incompetence in treatment response in Eating Disorder outpatients

Kornacka, Monika

“When I eat I stop thinking”: Repetitive negative thinking, emotional eating and inhibition in obese patients’ everyday life

Soflau, Radu

A meta-analytical approach of the relationships between the irrationality of beliefs and the functionality of automatic thoughts

Barkataki, Bristi

Magical thinking: How important is it in predicting obsessive-compulsive (O-C) symptoms?

Altan-Atalay, Ayse

Different forms of repetitive negative thinking as mediators in the relationship of Looming Cognitive Style (LCS) with depression and anxiety


OP 8. New perspectives, instruments and means of delivering treatments

Teichman, Yona

A cognitive systemic perspective for understanding and treating depression

Lynn, Steven Jay

Hypnosis from a sociocognitive perspective: Catalyzing CBT and empirically supported interventions

Erdodi, Laszlo

Introducing a visual analog scale highly predictive of comprehensive symptom inventories in a mixed clinical sample of adult outpatients

Artiran, Murat

A new scale based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and self-determination theory: Development of Rational Emotive Self Determination Scale (RESD)

Johnsen, Daniel Bach

The efficacy of manualized Cognitive Behavior Therapy of youth anxiety conducted by student-therapists at a university clinic

Bjaastad Jon Fauskanger

Clinical experience, formal CBT training, adherence and competence as predictors of outcome in CBT for Anxiety Disorders in youth



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