ARCTT is a peer-reviewed all-purpose journal covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the mental health, neuroscience, and rehabilitation communities. The mission of ARCTT is to provide systematic, periodic examinations of scholarly advances in the field of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine through original investigations in the telemedicine and cybertherapy areas, novel experimental clinical studies, and critical authoritative reviews.
We have put a great deal of effort into the definition of the structure of the volume and in the sequence of the contributions, so that those in search of a specific reading path will be rewarded. To this end we have divided the different chapters into seven main sections:
1. Editorial: This introductory text expresses the position of the Editors – Brenda K. Wiederhold and Giuseppe Riva – about the focus of this year's issue;
2. White Paper: This introductory chapter states the position of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation (iACToR – http://iactor.ning.com/) about critical issues for the future of the field;
3. Critical Reviews: These chapters summarize and evaluate emerging cyber-therapy topics, including technology-enhanced rehabilitation, Interreality, and Intersubjectivity;
4. Evaluation Studies: These chapters are generally undertaken to solve specific practical problems and yield decisions about the value of cybertherapy interventions;
5. Original Research: These chapters include research studies which address new cybertherapy methods or approaches;
6. Clinical Observations: These chapters include case studies or research protocols with long-term potential;
7. Work in Progress: These chapters include papers describing future research work.
For both health professionals and patients, the selected contents will play an important role in ensuring that the necessary skills and familiarity with the tools are available, as well as a fair understanding of the context of interaction in which they operate.
We are grateful to Chelsie Boyd from the Virtual Reality Medical Institute for her work in collecting and coordinating chapters for this volume. We sincerely hope that you will find this year's volume to be a fascinating and intellectually stimulating read. We continue to believe that together we can make an improvement to healthcare systems.
Brenda K. Wiederhold, Secretary General, iACToR
Giuseppe Riva, President, iACToR