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.
AM: Orientation to ART, Overview and Basic ART Protocol Video #1
PM: Eye Movement Practicum, Use of Tools and Wordplay, ART Protocol Video #2
AM: ART Protocol Video #3, Special Interventions, Handling Strong Emotions
PM: Basic ART Protocol Practicum, ART Protocol Video #4
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
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.
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.
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.