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Vol IV, No. 2, 2004 Comments (0)

The Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies is the direct descendent of the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies.

The Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies was founded in 2001, as the official publication of the Romanian Association of Hypnosis and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy. Because of the high standards promoted by the editorial board, the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies has quickly become influential in promoting cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies in Eastern and Central Europe, and was abstracted in the PsychInfo (starting with 2004). Taking into account the brief period of the journal’s activity (2001-2004) all these accomplishments are notable. Starting from these notable results and taking into account the suggestions of many professionals in the clinical field, we now aim to push our contribution to cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies a step further.

In 2004 Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the Romanian Association of Hypnosis and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy founded the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (IIAS pf PAMH). IIAS of PAMH aims to promote advanced study and scholarship in psychotherapy and applied mental health by postdoctoral training and research. It offers training in psychotherapies and other mental health applications/interventions culminating in a postdoctoral degree – Doctor of Science (ScD or DSc) – for those who have already been awarded a doctoral degree in their field, relevant to psychotherapy and applied mental health interventions. By this Institute we aim to better expand our contribution to cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies outside Romania, at an international level, with a special focus on Eastern and Central Europe. The Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies is the official publication of the IIAS of PAMH. To our knowledge there are no other journals specifically dedicated to cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies in the Eastern and Central Europe. To better reflect its international impact and aims, the name of the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies has been changed into the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies The last two articles written in Romanian are published in this issue (they were accepted for publication under its former name) and starting with the next issue all the articles will be published in English. The editorial board of the Journal has been expended, by including newly distinguished professionals reflecting again the journal’s international and regional aims; moreover, in order to promote a scientist-practitioner perspective, the journal’ s editorial board is a unique combination – not typical but desirable in the clinical field – of clinicians and researchers, all dedicated to an evidence-based psychology and psychotherapy. Also, starting with this issue, the journal is published by A.S.C.R. Press, the press of the Society of Cognitive Science, one of the largest and most prestigious publishers of cognitive journals and books in the Eastern Europe. The publication of this journal – Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies- reflects both the editorial board and publisher’s belief that it fills a gap in the scientific literature available on this topic. As we face all these exciting changes, it is my privilege and honor to continue and transfer my editorship from the former Romanian Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy to its changed format, that of the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies.

In sum, the journals’ mission and format are indicative of the IIAS of PAMH’s vision for the future of CBT. The editorial team is enthusiastically committed to join in full partnership with others who seek to understand the nature of cognitive behavioral psychotherapies.
Finally, I want to thank to the distinguished group of academics and practitioners who agreed to serve during my tenure. They are the journal’s definitive source of continuity and integrity.

Dr. Daniel David
Editor

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