PTSD therapy studied at USF College of Nursing receives official recognition by federal registry

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) classified as an effective therapy for PTSD and depression from SAMHSA program

Tampa, FL (Nov. 24 2015) – Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a brief and safe treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) studied at University of South Florida College of Nursing, has been officially recognized as an effective therapy for veterans, service members and civilians by the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Diego F. Hernandez, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Veteran Brian Anderson at University of South Florida College of Nursing demonstrating Accelerated Resolution Therapy ART.

Diego F. Hernandez, PsyD, (left) a licensed clinical psychologist, demonstrates Accelerated Resolution Therapy, ART for short, with veteran Brian Anderson at University of South Florida College of Nursing.

NREPP, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found 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. See details here.

“The completed studies have shown ART to be a brief, safe and effective therapy for individuals suffering with PTSD and depression – including those who previously tried other therapies provided by the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Kevin Kip, PhD, distinguished USF Health professor and executive director for the College of Nursing’s research center. “So, this recognition from NREPP is a great step toward making ART a first-line or potentially preferred treatment approach for PTSD across civilian and military settings.”

The USF College of Nursing, under Dr. Kip’s leadership, has been exclusively studying ART since 2010. This therapy, founded by licensed therapist and USF ART clinician, Laney Rosenzwieg, LMFT, is part of the college’s Restore Lives – an initiative designed to develop research and education programs that meet the needs of veterans, service members and their families. So far, USF Nursing has completed three ART studies, and more publications are in the works.

In its independent review, NREPP looked at all ART publications and clinicians’ training materials. Key to the review were results from the second ART study, which enrolled and treated 57 service members and veterans. In that randomized controlled trial, ART was shown to substantially reduce symptoms of PTSD in two-thirds of participants in less than four treatment sessions. Details on this study can be viewed here.

Kevin Kip, PhD, executive director of the USF College of Nursing Research Center, has led the college’s studies investigating the effectiveness of ART since 2010.

PTSD is a major public health challenge among veterans, service members and civilians in the United States. According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, more than eight million Americans suffer from PTSD, depression or other related symptoms every year. PTSD symptoms can be debilitating, and treatment is extremely costly.

As a result, USF Nursing’s ART clinical team, including Rosenzwieg and Diego Hernandez, PsyD, assistant professor and ART clinical director, have conducted clinical training with military clinicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and other military bases in Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort. Belvoir, Virginia, and Fort Hood, Texas.

“I’m really proud of this research team including Dr. Hernandez, Rosenzwieg, Sue Girling, senior research coordinator, Trudy Wittenberg, research compliance administrator, and the large cadre of highly skilled ART clinicians,” Dr. Kip said. “Through our collective efforts, we can make major strides in fundamentally changing the way psychotherapy is practiced.”

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Vjollca “V” Hysenlika, USF College of Nursing Communications
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