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Hosting an EABCT Congress is a great honour, as well as a great challenge. The Greek Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies is proud to host the XXXV Congress of EABCT in Thessaloniki, Greece, although we also feel rather anxious having to organise a congress after an endless series of successful previous EABCT Congresses.

Cognitive and behavioural therapies (CBT) have developed enormously during the last few decades. CBT is grounded on a solid theory, relevant robust research findings, and consequently has become one of the leading evidenced-based forms of psychotherapy. Hundreds of published articles have established its efficacy in a growing number of mental and physical disorders.

Part of the success of CBT has to do with its excellent ability to incorporate active elements from other schools of thought. Active therapeutic elements from analytic, interpersonal, experiential, problem-solving (just to mention some) therapies have been harmoniously integrated with basic behavioural and cognitive theories and procedures. Nevertheless, despite the diverse origin of these elements, CBT still retains its unique identity. It is really surprising to see the artful way that CBT continuously transforms itself into a major integrative science. Furthermore, this integrative process seems to be inevitable due to the expanding interest of CBT to increasingly challenging areas like personality disorders or psychoses.

CBT is not only an integrative therapy, but also a highly compatible therapy. It seems that it is doing comparatively well in the process of its combination with even biological therapies, as pharmacotherapy. Unfortunately one has to listen to too many voices: CBT is superior to pharmacotherapy, CBT is equally effective to pharmacotherapy, the combination of CBT with medication is doing better than either therapy alone Who is right and who is wrong? There is only one way to process this arbitrary information. To pay close attention to ongoing and rigorous research , to close our ears to fanaticism and- most importantly- to seek carefully what is best for our patients or clients, the final- and not always with so many options- recipients of our expertise.

The scientific program will therefor cover all areas of cognitive and behavioural theories and therapies, as well as clinical and research interests in a variety of disorders of adulthood, adolescence and childhood.

The beautiful city of Thessaloniki, located by the gulf of Thermaikos at the northern part of Greece, and close to Halkidiki, one of the most fascinating Mediterranean resorts, is the hosting city of EABCT 2005. Founded and named after Alexander the Great's sister in 316 BC, the city has undergone different transformations in the course of centuries: ancient-roman city, byzantine city, modern city. Visitors are still able to see all these faces intermingling to each other in a balanced way. "Loving city", as poets have called it, the city of Thessaloniki engenders a rather tender and intimate attitude both to its inhabitants and its countless visitors.

Greece is well known for its hospitality. Ancient Greeks had even a god for this, the Xenios Zeus, or the god of hospitality. We believe that EABCT 2005 will be a memorable event, not only for its scientific program, but for its hospitable also social program.
Hope to see you all in Thessaloniki for the EABCT 2005.

Best and friendly regards,

Gregoris Simos

President of the EABCT2005 Congress 

Scientific Information
Gregoris Simos, MD, PhD
CMHC/ 2nd Dept. of Psychiatry
Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
1 Karaoli & Dimitriou St. 546 30 Thessaloniki, Greece
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