After much planning and preparation, Melbourne will welcome 2,000 delegates tomorrow, for the world's most important event in advancing the field of cognitive therapy, the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT).

Taking place between 22 - 25 June at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), WCBCT is the triennial premier international forum for research, theory and developments in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT).

CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions through a goal-orientated, systematic process. The name refers to behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, and to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioural and cognitive research. CBT is effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive and tic-related disorders.

Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) said that in addition to economic legacies, WCBCT will advance Melbourne's already thriving knowledge economy.

"WCBCT will deliver $8.1 million in economic contribution to our State, but more importantly will bring together the best researchers, practitioners, public health experts, researchers and policy makers to share ideas and discuss innovations and emerging trends in the field, which will have a lasting impact on the community.

"Delegates that attend this Congress are health care practitioners with an interest in behavioural and cognitive therapy including social, culture, medical therapy and psychology from up to 50 countries. The purpose of the Congress is to exchange scientific information with colleagues worldwide to learn about recent research and advance in broad and focused areas of behavioural and cognitive therapies. This meeting of the minds will result in long lasting public health strategies and outcomes.

"The high concentration of major research institutes in Melbourne has ensured that WCBCT has attracted global and local leaders in the field, including ten keynote addresses from Australian behavioural and cognitive therapies experts.

"MCB partnered with WALDRONSMITH Management, Victorian State Government and MCEC to produce the successful bid, demonstrating the Team Melbourne philosophy to securing and delivering successful business events for Victoria," Ms Bolinger said.

Ross G. Menzies, President and Convenor of WCBCT said Melbourne is the ideal city to host the congress, with the Victorian State Government recently launching a 10-year mental health plan, and Federal Government launching a reform package that will put individual needs of patients at the centre of the mental health system.

"Mental health is clearly on the agenda of the Victorian State Government. Bringing leading clinicians and researchers from across the globe to Melbourne will further enhance the training and services offered in the State and across Australia more broadly", Professor Menzies said.

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King, said the venue team is excited to host the world's best minds at Australia's leading convention and exhibition centre.

"MCEC is a valuable hub for learning and engagement, providing an award-winning space to deliver major events for Melbourne such as WCBCT," Mr King said.

"We look forward to connecting delegates with world-class facilities and fresh, local food to create a memorable experience that will last well after the event.

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The World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies is the premier international forum for research, theory and developments in cognitive and behavioural therapies. In 2016, the World Congress theme will embrace advances and innovations in the behavioural and cognitive therapies from across the world. Extending the very best traditions of previous Congresses, the 8th WCBCT will represent the cutting edge of science and evidence-based practice in the behavioural and cognitive therapies. The Congress will boast a scientific program of global significance and regional relevance, and will aim to share ideas, upskill practitioners, inform researchers, and facilitate networking amongst the cognitive and behavioural therapy community.