Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for Psychological Trauma
Service members and veterans often experience symptoms of psychological trauma following combat deployments. While efforts are being made in the military and at the Veteran's Affairs to meet the large number of soldiers and veterans experiencing symptoms of psychological trauma, there remains a need to evaluate new treatments, particularly those that are designed to be brief in length.
A new therapy, known as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), is a type of psychological therapy that is designed for rapid resolution of symptoms of psychological trauma. This approach uses a combination of talking and sets of eye movements guided by the therapist. During therapy, this interactive personal guidance is thought to be helpful in resolving problems (such as bad memories).
The purpose of this study is to:
- Evaluate how effective ART is in treating symptoms of psychological trauma among non-active duty veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and in Afghanistan or other combat conflicts.
- Learn if there is improvement in symptoms of psychological trauma (such as bad memories, anxiety, depression, and guilt) after receiving Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
|Psychological Trauma PTSD||Behavioral: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Behavioral: Waitlist|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
- Change in PTSD Checklist (PCL-M) score from baseline to end of treatment [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]This questionnaire asks about symptoms in response to "stressful military experiences."
- Change in psychological wellness as measured by Brief Symptom Inventory from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in trauma-related guilt as measured by Trauma-Related Guilt Inventory from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in depressive symptoms as measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Depression (CES-D) scale from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in anxiety symptoms as measured by State-Trait Inventory from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in anger as measured by Aggression Questionnaire from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in sleep quality as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
- Change in self-compassion scale score from baseline to endpoint [ Time Frame: approximately 2 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: ART therapy group
Participants in this arm will receive 2-5 sessions of ART therapy, depending on individual progress. Each session will last 60-90 minutes over a 2-week period.
Behavioral: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
ART is a cognitive based therapy which integrates an eye movement technique while focusing on a problem (traumatic experience) during the therapy session.
Active Comparator: Waitlist
Participants in this group will receive 2 fitness assessment or career counseling sessions. Each session will last 60-90 minutes over a 2-week period. Upon completion of this arm, participants will be offered the choice to start ART therapy.
Fitness assessment or career counseling
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01559688
|United States, Florida|
|University of South Florida|
|Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612|
|Principal Investigator:||Kevin Kip, PhD||University of South Florida|