(White Plains, New York) December 1, 2020 – The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) presented Dr. Lata K. McGinn with the coveted Outstanding Service Award for her vision and leadership in creating the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT). The annual award is given to a person who has actively demonstrated “exceptional rigor, dedication, persistence and excellence” in contributing to the field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The award ceremony was Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, during ABCT’s 54th Annual Convention, held virtually this year from November 19 to 22.
Dr. McGinn is a professor of psychology at Yeshiva University and Co-Founder of CBC. “I initiated and spearheaded a global initiative to found the WCCBT in 2013 and worked with colleagues and CBT organizations across the world—Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia—for six years before officially launching it in 2019,” says Dr. McGinn, who currently serves on the Confederation’s Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee.
“Our goal in forming it was to create a global organization to disseminate CBT across the world, particularly to underserved regions such as Africa, and to foster the global reach of CBT during peace, war and crises through collaborations with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. I am grateful to ABCT for their acknowledgement of my efforts.”
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