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Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Course Description

21 Continuing Education Units
SWs - approved by NASW HI
Psychologists - approved nationally by the APA
LMFTs - covered by the APA approval
LMHCs/LPCs - check with local licensure organization
Nurse Practitioners/Psychiatrists - not approved

Must sign-in/out and be present for ALL sessions to receive CEs.
Additional fees may apply for CEs.


Mindful Living Group
Park Plaza in the Kihei Research & Technology Park
1300 N. Holopono St., Suite 213
Kihei, HI 96753

Lunch is provided. Please bring a water bottle.


Training in Basic ART is an intensive, 3-day experience that includes didactic instruction, recorded videos, and practicum breakouts. Participants will play the role of both client and therapist, and are asked to bring their own, real-world issues to work on during the training.

Day 1:

AM: Orientation to ART, Overview and Basic ART Protocol Video #1
PM: Eye Movement Practicum, Use of Tools and Wordplay, ART Protocol Video #2

Day 2:

AM: ART Protocol Video #3, Special Interventions, Handling Strong Emotions
PM: Basic ART Protocol Practicum, ART Protocol Video #4

Day 3:

AM: Basic Protocol Review, Intro to Typical Day Protocol, ART Protocol Video #5
PM: Typical Day Protocol, ART Protocol Video #6, How to shorten an ART session

Training Learning Objectives:

    Define Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
    Understand the differences between ART and other therapies
    Understand the benefits of ART
    Understand how to use the ART scripts
    Practice and identify how to apply ART when working with trauma clients
    Practice and identify how to apply the Typical Day script (for ongoing problems)
    Be able to incorporate the Basic ART script into clinical practice

About ART

Accelerated resolution therapy (ART) is an evidenced-based, rapid-eye-movement therapy that can be used to treat trauma, grief, anxiety, moral injury, OCD, toxic work environments, relationship discord, insomnia, self-esteem problems and many other issues. Research on ART for PTSD and Prolonged Grief has shown that most patients can achieve resolution in fewer than four sessions and that these effects can be sustained for months after treatment.1-3 There is no homework required for either the client or the therapist and appointments do not need to be scheduled at regular intervals; each ART session is a stand-alone intervention.
ART was derived from Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), but it has a tighter protocol, is more directive, more procedural, and easier to learn. The therapist walks the patient through a manualized sequence of mental tasks that the patient performs while doing sets of eye movements. Unlike traditional trauma-focused therapies, there is relatively little talking and verbal narration required, which affords clients a greater sense of safety and control. Practitioners get to apply their innate intuition and clinical skill set to guide the client toward achieving resolution in a creative and meaningful way.

ART often provides clients with significant psychological relief. Due to the protocol’s constant forward momentum, clients do not have to experience troubling memories for a protracted period of time. There is also a sense of closure with each session, so that they are not left feeling vulnerable, with unprocessed emotions and issues lingering between sessions. Words such as “calm,” “relieved,” and “hopeful” are commonly used by clients to describe how they feel after their ART sessions.

  • References:

    1. Kip KE, et al. Brief Treatment of Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Behav Sci (Basel). 2012 Jun 18;2(2):115-34. doi:10.3390/bs2020115.
    2. Kip KE, et al. Randomized controlled trial of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mil Med. 2013 Dec;178(12):1298-309. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00298.
    3. Buck HG, et al. Accelerated Resolution Therapy: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Complicated Grief Intervention. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 October; 37(10):791–799. doi:10.1177/1049909119900641.


About the Trainers:

Amy Shuman, LICSW, DCSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Amy has more than 30 years of professional experience working in clinical, administrative, research, academic, and group social work. She holds the credential of Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the NASW. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, symptoms stemming from a history of abuse/neglect and issues related to sexual orientation and gender.
She is the Lead Trainer in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). As a researcher and research assistant, Amy is a co-author of several study publications under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Kevin Kip. Amy is lead author in a chapter of a text for Counseling Graduate Studies at Northwestern University.

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    As a trauma-focused therapist Amy has been active in The Red Cross as a Mental Health Disaster Volunteer, helped on site with triage, referral and crisis counseling with the Columbine High-School community in May of 1999 and worked as a mental health crisis volunteer counselor at the Woodstock II concert in Saugerties, NY.
    Today Amy continues to conduct ART Therapy clinical training programs in MA and CT. She is also a Trauma Therapy Retreat Specialist, conducting individualized, 3-5 day trauma retreats with clients who have identified with chronic/acute trauma symptoms.

Wendi Waits, MD, Board-Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Wendi Waits has been a Master ART Practitioner since 2014 and an ART Trainer since 2023. She lives on Oahu, but has a family home in Napili, and has been intermittently volunteering at the Kokua Lahaina Rising clinic since August 2023. She is a 27-year Army veteran who worked with 9/11 survivors at the Pentagon, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has extensive teaching experience in various clinical programs. While serving in the military, Wendi arranged ART training for more than 100 mental health providers and has remained a major advocate for the use of ART throughout the Department of Defense. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Lifestyle Medicine. Her current clinical practice is with Talkiatry, where she provides telehealth services to patients in New York, Virginia, and Colorado.

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    Wendi is truly passionate about training mental health providers in ART, not only because she has seen first-hand the rapid, life-changing impact it can have on clients, but because she has seen it transform the lives of therapists as well. Unlike most other trauma-focused therapies, ART spares the therapist many of the painful emotional details and graphic imagery that contribute to vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. ART doesn’t require any preparation and allows therapists to use their innate clinical skills within the framework of an easy-to-learn treatment protocol.
    Therapists using ART become more aware of their own body sensations, more adept at using relaxation techniques, and better able to manage their own stress. Furthermore, they get to experience true joy as they help clients rapidly resolve deep-seated issues on their own using imaginative and meaningful solutions. Training mental health providers in ART and watching them increase their confidence in treating trauma has been one of the biggest privileges of Wendi’s career.