ACNC group has initiated extensive studies about modern innovations in psychology science from 2005. Findings were interesting enough to encourage research team to explore this field that was fairly unknown in Iran. Althoughmodern technologies have been used since 1960s all over the world, there was not enough knowledge about these evolutions in Iran.
In 2006, the first equipments and devices were bought and applied experimentally. At the same time, experts attended training courses. Since using these devices required interdisciplinary knowledge including psychology, psychiatry, computer science and neuroscience, ACNC gathered the best experts graduated from Iranian and international universities.
In 2007, ACNC received the license from ShahidBeheshti Medical Sciences University to start therapeutic services which was broadly accepted and welcomed by people.
From 2008, ACNC extended its building and offered more comprehensive services so that more people were able to use these new and modern services. In some cases, results were astonishing and beyond expectations that madeACNC staff determined to continue their activities.
From 2010, a new approach was developed in ACNC services. Because more than 70% of brain growth occurs under the age of 3 yearsold, ACNC services aimed at evolution and development steps of newborns since they are born. According to the reports, newborns who received special attention under the age 3 had more mental health and even higher IQ in comparison to other children.So, Developed countries pay much attention to children under the age 3.
In 2011, ACNC R&D team identified and evaluated other software and hardware to develop scientific and technological activities and therapeutic research project. To expand the therapy services, psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, and biomedical engineering were invited to ACNC.
ACNC as a Pioneer
ACNC initiated new services for the first time in Iran including:
• The first center to use neurofeedback for performance enhancement and ADHD
• The first center to have specialized diagnosis team including psychiatrist, psychologist, and psychometrist to run specific psychological test in order to accurate and precise diagnosis
• The first center with 12 specialized but centralized clinics with separate and specialized therapists to offer specialized services to clients
ACNC Specialized Clinics in a Glance
Diagnosis Clinic: After taking medical and psychological history of the client by a team consisting of a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a psychometristin Diagnosis Clinic and taking psychological tests if required, clients are referred to one of the specialized clinics based on the diagnosis made.
Psychometrics Lab: Educated psychometrists run psychological tests prescribed by diagnosis clinic and report the results with the interpretations to the diagnosis commission.
Behavioral-Emotional Clinic: In this clinic, anxiety, depression, aggression, pertinacity and other disorders are examined, evaluated and treated in the age range of 0-11 years.
Evolution Clinic: This clinic examines and treats autism spectrum disorder, and autism with ADHD in the age range of 0-18 years.
Anxiety, Obsession and Pain Clinic: This clinic aims at problems and disorders caused by anxiety by technological services like rTMS and biofeedback besides psychotherapy and medication.
Mood Disorders Clinic: This clinic examines and treats disorders directly related to mood. Besides psychiatric and psychological treatments, rTMS is used for drug-induced depression.
Family Clinic: This clinic offers different services such as premarital consulting, sexual problems, and solving problems after cheating and etc. by specialists.
Teenage and Puberty Clinic: This clinic is specifically established for teenagers (12-18 years old) and their problems including educational issues, adolescence-related disorders, drug abuse, suicide, and so on.
Sexual disorders and Incontinence Clinic: In this clinic sexual disorders (such as Vaginismus, Premature Ejaculation, …) and Incontinence disorders (such as enuresis, pelvic painjs, …) are treated.
Learning and Cognition Clinic: This clinic aims at educational performance enhancement and treatment of ADHD and learning disorder in students. Neurofeedback is applied for attention enhancement and treating lack of concentration in Learning and Cognition Clinic.
Obesity Clinic: In this clinic, therapists aim to control and treat negative brain processes that lead to Binge-Eating Disorder and obesity.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Clinic: This clinic helps organizations to enhance Organizational Productivity by running tests and locating the best position for each staff and directors, and holding workshops for performance enhancement and reducing organizational tension.