WBT Courses – program 2021

WBT Courses - Program 2021

Introductory Course on Well-Being Therapy 

November 5 -7, 2021

A specific psychotherapeutic strategy for modulating psychological well-being and pursuing euthymia, Well-Being Therapy (WBT), has been developed and validated in a number of randomized controlled trials. WBT has been manualized (Fava, G.A.: Well-Being Therapy. Treatment Manual and Clinical Applications. Basel, Karger, 2016). Translations of the manual have been published in Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Hungarian and Turkish. A certification process for WBT has been promoted by the Academy of Well-Being Therapy (AWBT), whose president is Giovanni A. Fava, MD. The certification process includes attendance of an introductory course, individual supervision of two cases treated with WBT, and case presentation at an advanced workshop. The next introductory course on Well-Being Therapy will be held online on November 5-7, 2021.


The Introductory Course includes two days: Friday, November 5, 13.30-17.30 (Central European time) and Saturday, November 6, 14.00-17.30. The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of assessment strategies, indications and clinical applications of WBT. The course is challenging and intensive, and represents an excellent opportunity for clinicians to improve their knowledge on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders. Case presentations and interactive learning strategies will allow to reach this purpose. The introductory course will be held in English. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Advanced Course (Sunday, November 7, 13.30-18.00).

Fee: 300 euros (200 euros for participants under 35 years of age)


After successfully completing the Introductory Course, participants may apply for the Certificate of WBT Specialist issued by the Academy of Well-Being Therapy. The certification process comprises supervision of two clinical cases (for a total of 8 hours) and the presentation and discussion of one clinical case at the Advanced Course, that will be held in English. 

Fee: 2700 euros (including the Advanced Course fee)



Friday, November 5, 2021

Afternoon Session 

Chairs: Jenny Guidi (Bologna, Italy) and Nicoletta Sonino (Padova, Italy)


13:30 to 14:00

Well-Being Therapy and the pursuit of euthymia

G.A. Fava, (Buffalo, NY, USA)
14:00 to 15:15

Assessment: macro-analysis

C. Rafanelli, (Bologna, Italy)
15:15 to 16:00

Assessment: staging

F. Cosci, (Florence, Italy)
16:15 to 17:00

General Discussion

17:00 to 17:30

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Afternoon Session 

Chairs: Fiammetta Cosci (Florence, Italy) and Chiara Rafanelli (Bologna, Italy)

The structure of Well-Being Therapy

E. Tomba, (Bologna, Italy)
14:00 to 15:00

Cognitive restructuring in Well-Being Therapy

J. Wright, (Louisville, USA)
15:00 to 16:00

Case presentation

J. Guidi, (Bologna, Italy)
16:15 to 17:00

General discussion

17:00 to 17:30



Sunday, November 7, 2021

Afternoon Session 

Chairs: Giovanni A. Fava (Buffalo, NY, USA) and Elena Tomba (Bologna, Italy)


13:30 to 14:00

         Case presentations and Discussion

Peter Meulenbeek (The Netherlands)
14.00 to 14.40
 Marie-Victorie Chopin (France)
14.40 to 15.20
 Yaprak Zararsiz (Turkey)
15.20 to 16.00


16:00 to 16:20

 Hongxing Wang (China)
16.20 to 17.00
Giulia Anna Aldi (Italy)
17.00 to 17.40


Concluding remarks and award of WBT certifications

17:40 to 18:00