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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 2007–2022. Integration

The conference is held under the honorary auspices of the Rector of SWPS University, Professor Roman Cieślak.

About the conference

Registration closed

The conference is addressed to:

students and graduates of SWPS University’s School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapists interested in the topic of the conference

Language of the event: English and Polish

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About the Conference

The term “Integration” in the title of the conference refers to several aspects of the event.

Firstly, distinguished Polish and international experts will discuss the current status of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its techniques in the treatment of emotional disorders.

Secondly, the conference will be a unique meeting of students and graduates of SWPS University’s School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Poland's largest psychotherapy training center, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. We hope this meeting will not only strengthen the ties within our academic community, but also integrate the community of CBT therapists.

Thirdly, we aim to develop stronger relationships between the health care community and CBT therapists. Consequently, we intend to increase the use of empirically proven psychological methods of prevention and treatment in health care.

Lectures will be held in English and Polish and will be translated simultaneously.

The speakers will participate in the conference in-person or online, depending on the current global epidemic situation and possible travel restrictions.

Conference Photos

The conference photos are now available on SWPS University's Flickr account.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 2007–2022. Integration


  1. Registration and breakfast


  2. Welcome and opening
    Graduation ceremony

    Graduating from the School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy takes 4 years of hard work. Students conduct therapy with at least 10 patients, write case reports and record therapy sessions, write a final paper and finally pass an exam. School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy students can apply for the PACBT certificate, but upon completing the program, they receive a certificate of completion of postgraduate studies. The closing of the anniversary conference is an excellent opportunity to present the certificates to this year's graduates. 693 graduates successfully completed the School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy over the 15 years of its existence. As psychotherapy specialists, they provided professional research-based therapy to numerous adults, children, and adolescents in Poland.

  3. Process-based CBT
    Prof. Stefan G. Hofmann

    Clinical psychology is in crisis. Although some progress has been made, the efficacy of our therapies and the development of our models have been limited. To overcome this crisis, we need a radical departure from the latent disease model of the current psychiatric nosology of the DSM/ICD and the absurd proliferation of the protocols-for-syndrome approach. Process-based therapy (PBT) offers a new perspective. It focuses on how to best target and change core biopsychosocial processes in a specific situation for given goals with a given client. This approach recognizes that psychotherapy typically involves non-linear (rather than linear), bidirectional (rather than unidirectional), and dynamic changes of many (rather than only a few) interconnected variables. Effective therapy changes the entire system toward a stable and adaptive state. For therapy to be most effective, we, therefore, need to embrace a systematic, assessment-guided, and theory-based approach to understand the relationships of the various problems of a given client. PBT organizes psychological processes of change into six dimensions: cognition, affect, attention, self, motivation, and overt behavior. Several important processes of change combine two or more of these dimensions. Tailoring intervention strategies to target the appropriate processes in a given individual would be a major advance in psychiatry and an important step toward precision medicine. Functional analysis, the foundation of behavior therapy, provides the basis to understand these relationships. PBT acknowledges the complexity, inter-relatedness, and multidimensional levels of the problems in a given client. In essence, PBT offers a new paradigm for clinical science: Gathering high-density longitudinal idiographic data to capture the complexity of psychopathology using a dynamic network approach within the general framework of evolutionary science.

  4. The relationship between rumination, perfectionism and procrastination and how to approach them in therapy
    Prof. Eduardo Keegan

    Rumination and perfectionism are two transdiagnostic processes that have attracted considerable clinical and research interest in the last two decades. Procrastination is a common problem behavior that often brings clients to therapy that has increased in recent years. Rumination and maladaptive perfectionism have shown to be both risk and maintaining factors for depression, suicide and other forms of psychopathology. A process-based therapy demands more research on mediating and moderating factors for therapeutic change. In this presentation Professor Keegan will analyze the relationship between rumination, maladaptive perfectionism and procrastination, with an interest in how to approach them clinically, particularly in the context of depressive disorders.

  5. Lunch break and networking
  6. CBT in the treatment of pain and somatic illness
    Prof. Andrzej R. Kuczmierczyk

    In this lecture, Professor Kuczmierczyk will outline how the psychosomatics and biopsychosocial model has been developed. He will also discuss the following topics: definitions and theories of pain, assessing the patient with chronic pain, cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment, learning to be moderately active, planning entertainment with the patient, managing the fear of pain, raising awareness of the patient's reactions to pain (such as anger or denial), identifying these reactions and their consequences (e.g., running away from problems).

  7. When porn isn't sexy anymore: what did we learn about compulsive sexual behavior and its treatment
    Mateusz Gola, Ph.D.

    Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) affects approximately 2 to 6% of the global population. It is currently included in the World Health Organization's forthcoming eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The last decade of studies on this topic revealed the clinical characteristics of CSBD and its psychological, cultural, and neural mechanisms. The research provided first insights into the effectiveness of specific treatment approaches. During his lecture, Professor Gola will provide an easy-to-understand framework for the conceptualization of CSBD and hints for effective clinical interventions.

  8. Adolescents in the 21st century: living life according to what is important as a different measure of success
    Prof. Maria do Céu Salvador

    Everyone wants to be happy. However, happiness is the most difficult and challenging thing to achieve in the world. Adolescence, in particular, can be a difficult period. Many teens struggle with different challenges and social expectations of being successful. How to live a full life with a sense of purpose while facing all these demanding situations? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be a useful approach to help adolescents deal with challenges and emotional difficulties. Teenagers, who are more sensitive to hurt and rejection, may be particularly at risk of living their lives trying to avoid difficult feelings and/or striving to perfection. At the same time, adolescents are trying to find out what type of person they are, who they want to become and what kind of life they want to have. ACT may give them the opportunity to address all these challenges with open curiosity, foster their psychological flexibility, and help them achieve success guiding their lives by what is really important.

  9. Discussion: Therapists in times of war and crisis
    This topic will be discussed by our special guest, Prof. Yona Teichman from Tel Aviv University, and Prof. Agnieszka Popiel and Ewa Pragłowska, Ph.D., who run the School of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy.

    Providing psychotherapy in uncertain times poses an additional challenge for both the client and the therapist. Given these circumstances, it is substantial to reflect on the issues of boundaries, flexibility, fidelity to the method, cultural differences, beliefs, and sometimes prejudices of both parties.

  10. Integration/Networking
  11. A night with the Stars: Collaborative Case Conceptualization

    This workshop demonstrates two simple forms of case conceptualization that can be collaboratively developed in session with clients, using client’s language. Collaborative case conceptualization is designed to enhance client understanding, empowerment, and treatment adherence. The 5-part model can be used with any combination of client issues to broadly describe current difficulties in terms of links among thoughts, behaviors, physical reactions, moods, and environmental/situational factors. A second model called “Box/Arrow In/Arrow Out” helps clients identify triggers and maintenance factors for specific issues of concern. Dr. Padesky details the steps involved in each approach and highlights standard therapist questions and statements that can be used to prompt client engagement in co- construction of these models. Recommended Reading: Padesky, C.A. (2020). Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Client Knows Best. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice [available online 23 July 2020]. Available from the author's website.

    Prof. Christine Padesky


Mateusz Gola
Mateusz Gola
Holds an Associate Professor position at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California in San Diego. His research expertise is in neuroscience of behavioral addiction, with a focus on compulsive sexual behaviors (CSBD). He has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific publications in various journals, including World Psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, Nature Neuropsychopharmacology, Journal of Behavioral Addictions, and Journal of Sexual Medicine. His work contributed to the understanding of neural and psychological mechanisms underlying problematic pornography use and CSBD and its inclusion in the WHO’s ICD-11 classification.
Stefan Hofmann
Stefan G. Hofmann
Is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Clinical Translational Psychology of the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, and also Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He has been president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and is editor-in-chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 books. He has been included in list of a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate and Thomson Reuters since 2015, among many other awards, including the Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to the Field of Cognitive Therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotion regulation, and cultural expressions of psychopathology. He is the co-developer of Process-based Therapy, a transtheoretial model of psychotherapy based in evolutionary science using a complex network approach to target the fundamental processes of treatment change with simple core therapeutic principles. For more information, see:
Eduardo Keegan
Eduardo Keegan
Is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapies and Director of the Specialist Course in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a former president of the Argentinian Association of Cognitive Therapy [Asociación Argentina de Terapia Cognitiva]. He is currently a member of the Board of the Latin American Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and an Honorary Member of the Polish Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy. His research interests focus on perfectionism and processes in psychotherapy. In 2011, he received the Grand Masters award for his career achievements from the University of Buenos Aires.
Andrzej Kuczmierczyk
Andrzej R. Kuczmierczyk
Is a Professor of clinical psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Previously, he lectured at the University of London and at medical schools in New York and New Orleans, where he held the position of Director of Behavioral Medicine. He specializes in treating anxiety symptoms, psychosomatic conditions and chronic pain. Andrew Kuczmierczyk is involved in the development of Forgiveness Impact Therapy [FIT] from a cognitive-behavioral therapy perspective. He is the author of several publications on the assessment and treatment of psychosomatic illness and poetry collections.
Christine Padesky
Christine Padesky
Is the Co-Founder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. She is also a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Visiting Professor at the University of East London, and a leading CBT innovator. She and Kathleen Mooney, PhD created Strengths-Based CBT, which helps clients construct new beliefs and behavioral strategies in order to improve their overall functioning and relationships. Padesky has taught more than 500 workshops on 5 continents, provides consultation for therapists, hospitals and mental health clinics worldwide and develops audio and video therapist training materials. Her presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, and practical skills. Dr. Padesky is recipient of BABCP's Most Influential International CBT Therapist award and the California Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award. In 2007 she received the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of CBT for her enduring contributions to the field. She is a co-author of five books, including Mind Over Mood, voted by BABCP the most influential CBT book of all time.
Maria do Céu Salvador
Maria do Céu Salvador
Is an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where she teaches cognitive-behavioral models and cognitive behavior therapy with children and adolescents. She is also an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor and the President of the Portuguese Association for Behavioral Therapies. Maria do Céu Salvador is a member of the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention. Her main research fields include social anxiety, test anxiety, and depression in adolescents and adults, developing and validating assessment instruments, treatment efficacy, and bridging the gap between second and third generation therapies. She also teaches in several accredited training programs in Portugal and abroad.
Yona Teichman
Yona Teichman
Is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel where she served 6 years as the Chair of the Child Clinical Program. Her research interests include clinical and social psychology. She integrates systemic and cognitive principles of therapy, applying them particularly to the treatment of depression. In 2012, The Polish Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy granted her the status of Honorary Member. In 2013, she founded the Graduate Program for Clinical Psychology at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Hetrzeliya, Israel, which became The Reichman University (RU). She served as the head of this program until 2018. Recently, she has been engaging in research, teaching and writing about Clinical Supervision.

Conference format

We kindly inform you that the conference registration is CLOSED.

Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the conference and the completion of 13 teaching/learning hours.

The fees are the same for both in-person and online participants.

Registration Fees

deadline July 10, 2022

School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Student/Graduate EUR 110 (USD 119)
SWPS University Lecturer/Student EUR 140 (USD 149)

PTPPB Member* EUR 150 (USD 159)
Other participants EUR 170 (USD 179)

July 11 – September 11, 2022

School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Student/Graduate EUR 120 (USD 130)
SWPS University Lecturer/Student EUR 150 (USD 160)

PTPPB Member* EUR 160 (USD 170)
Other participants EUR 180 (USD 190)

*with membership fees paid up to 2022.


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The School of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is recommended by Polish Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.

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Event held under the honorary auspices of

Professor Roman Cieślak, Rector of SWPS University

Event held under the auspices of

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  • Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego logo
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Scientific Committee

  • Agnieszka Popiel, M.D., Ph.D./Associate Professor
  • Ewa Pragłowska, Ph.D.
  • Professor Bogdan Zawadzki, Ph.D.
  • Professor Wiesław J. Cubała, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Ida Derezińska, M.A.
  • Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Magdalena Skotnicka-Chaberek, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Artur Wiśniewski, M.D., Ph.D.

Organizing Committee

  • Katarzyna Piotrowicz, M.A.
  • Małgorzata Wawrzyniak, Ph.D.