Research & Publications

Accelerated Resolution Therapy is an Evidenced-based Therapy

The National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to be an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience.

ART was also classified as a promising therapy for symptoms of phobia, panic, anxiety, sleep and wake disorders, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, general functioning and well-being.

Publications

Studies are indicating that clients will feel relief from their symptoms
within 1 to 5 sessions.

ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY: A REVIEW AND RESEARCH TO DATE
STUDY: UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COMPARING TWO LEADING EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS FOR PTSD
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART) FOR SYMPTOMS OF COMBAT-RELATED PTSD
CASE REPORT AND THEORETICAL DESCRIPTION OF ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART) FOR MILITARY-RELATED POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
BRIEF TREATMENT OF SYMPTOMS OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) BY USE OF ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART®)
BRIEF TREATMENT OF CO-OCCURRING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS BY USE OF ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY®
ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF PAIN SECONDARY TO SYMPTOMS OF COMBAT-RELATED POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the opportunity for therapists to incorporate Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) into their practice?

After completing Basic training, there are many opportunities for clinicians to evaluate using Accelerated Resolution Therapy in their practice. There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer with PTS. It is estimated that 6-10 percent of civilians also experience PTS. Additionally, Accelerated Resolution Therapy has been reported to be successful in helping patients with phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, anxiety, depression, grief and other mental health issues.

From a therapeutic perspective, how does Accelerated Resolution Therapy work?

Accelerated Resolution Therapy combines distinct features of evidence-based psychotherapy including rapid eye movement (REM), voluntary memory and image replacement to reprogram traumatic memories that trigger strong physical reactions like depression, isolation, crying, insomnia, fear, anger and troubling memories. Due to the forward momentum of the protocol, the patient does not experience troubling memories for a protracted period of time. Narration is not required which may offer patients a greater sense of safety and control than in other trauma-focused therapies.

How long does Accelerated Resolution Therapy take to become effective in treating PTSD symptoms?

During each ART session, there is resolution of trauma images and forward momentum. Depending on the severity of the memory, most images can be reprogrammed in 1-5 sessions, with an average of less than 4.

Isn’t rapid eye movement a form of hypnosis?

No. During Accelerated Resolution Therapy, the patient is always fully awake and cognizant as they move through the beginning, middle and end of a session.

Are there ongoing studies to evaluate effectiveness and comparison of other treatment modalities?

A head-to-head clinical study is underway at the University of Cincinnati, comparing ART to CPT therapy for PTS.

What type of therapists can be trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

Clinicians who are state-licensed to treat psychological disorders can register for ART training: marital and family therapists, mental health counselors, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists.

How are therapists trained?

There are 3 levels of training: Basic, Enhanced and Advanced. After completing Basic training, clinicians can immediately use ART in their practice. Training dates and locations are available at www.artherapyinternational.org.