Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Verhaltensmodifikation in Österreich (AVM)

Austrian Association for Behavior Change (AVM Austria)

Official address
Salzburg Office:
Paris-Lodron-Straße 32
5020 Salzburg

Tel:  +43/(0)662/88 41 66
Fax: +43/(0)662/88 65 66

Office Manager: Dr. Martin Grill

Vienna Office:
Leidesdorfgasse 11-13/1/Top8
1190 Vienna

President:                                                          EABCT-representative:
Dr. Liselotte Kogler                                        Univ. Dozent. Dr. Gerald Gatterer



Number of members: 590


Main Activities

Opportunity of training via the association

  • basic training
  • continuous training
  • supervision training 
  • opportunity of training via other institutions

Organisation of regular events

  • one scientific congress each year


  • newsletter
  • journal: Verhaltenstherapie (KARGER publishing company)


General Information

  • Number of members 590
  • Information about membership: Anyone training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy must be a member and has the opportunity to continue their membership after finishing their training. There is a membership fee, that must be paid annually. For students, people on parental leave and the unemployed a reduced fee is charged. 
  • Who can be a member? Cognitive Behavioral Therapists in Training, clinical psychologists, medical doctors, social workers,
    teachers and nurses 




  • Official Language GERMAN
  • Founded in 1976
  • Joined EACBT on 1992


The board of AVM Austria consists of at least five full members of the AVM, fulfilling the following functions:

  1. chairwoman/chairman and deputy
  2. cashier and deputy
  3. secretary and deputy
  4. student representative 

The members of the board are elected for the duration of three years.

Within Austria AVM consists of eleven local working groups (Burgenland, Graz, Innsbruck, Innviertel, Klagenfurt, Liezen, Linz, Niederösterreich, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Wien), and has approximately 590 (January 2021) members. Members of the local working groups meet regularly at plenary sessions. Each working group is staffed with teachers and supervisors. In total AVM Austria is equipped with 45 teaching therapists and supervisors and several guest lecturers. 



Our first training course in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy started in 1998. In October 2021 we continue with our 35th training course.

We are also offering continuing education for cognitive behavioral therapists (e.g.) in special skills, methods, treatment of specific clinical disorders and group therapy methodology.



Furthermore we offer continued education in Schema Therapy (in close collaboration with ISST and the Schema Therapy Institute Stuttgart; in spring 2021 we will start our 13th training course), in Sexual Therapy, Gerontological Therapy, Neuropsychology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Therapy for children and young people.


We have close collaborations with the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (sfu), the Austrian Academy for Psychology (aap), the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia (FH Kärnten) and the Paris Lodron University Salzburg.



Scientific publications, Best-Practice-Reports, Reviews, Position Papers e.g. are published on our homepage in the category “AVM publications”, Books of members are presented including short synopses.