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Pioneering Therapy for War Veterans - PTSD & more

posted Aug 31, 2013, 8:47 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Sep 26, 2013, 9:37 PM ]
A pioneering treatment for servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is soon to be tried in Scotland for the first time. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is expected to be offered by Scottish nurses later this year. The therapy aims to turn negative images and sensations into positive ones, re-programming the brain. The University of Stirling has teamed up with the University of South Florida to offer training to senior NHS nursing staff, as well as a workshop for its own staff and students. In the United States, it has been shown to "substantially reduce" symptoms associated with PTSD. It has also helped other common mental health problems. For more information, visit the Accelerated Resolution Therapy website and read the article on the University of South Florida website.

A.R.T - Acceleration Resolution Therapy

Beyond Desensitization - The ART of Rapid Recovery and Positization

Imagine, if you can, what it feels like to carry a terrible burden for years and then all of a sudden to let it go – years of trauma gone in a flash – during a single session with a therapist. You give the therapist a look of disbelief – but you have just experienced this amazing relief. That this can happen may seem unbelievable, but it does happen consistently with the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

ART has been used to treat adults and children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, sexual abuse trauma, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, physical and mental challenges, addictions, grief and job or relationship issues. ART reprograms the brain and makes positive changes for these conditions. ART goes beyond desensitization. ART is about Positization - turning negative images and sensations into positive images and sensations. We don't neutralize, we positize! The limits of ART are limitless.

(Frontiers in Psychiatry| Affective Disorders and Psychosomatic Research |March 2013 | Volume 4 | Article 11)

The ART protocol uses cognitive behavioral and experiential therapies and was developed to treat both physiological and cognitive aspects of PTSD, which as a disorder, has been described as a consequence of failed memory processing when the brain fails to appropriately consolidate and integrate episodic memory into the semantic memory system (Stickgold,2002). The two major components of ART that draw from existing evidence-based therapies for PTSD include the practices of imaginal exposure (reliving) and imagery re-scripting. This is based on the tenets that: (i) most intrusive memories (i.e., as in PTSD) involve sensory imagery with visual material being most common (Hackmann, 2011); (ii) PTSD memories are not well integrated (Conway and Pleydell-Pierce,2000) and to become less intrusive, need to be integrated withmore positive images (Conway et al.,2004); and (iii) changes in imagery tend to be accompanied by larger affect shifts than changes in verbal thought (Holmes et al.,2006)