This study is a prospective pilot study (n=200) whereby U.S. service members and veterans with symptoms of PTSD will undergo 2-5 sessions of ART delivered by Florida licensed mental health professionals trained in ART. Clinical assessments will be conducted pre-treatment, post-treatment, and at 6-month follow-up (self-report questionnaires). The study rationale is to: (i) demonstrate that ART is a brief, effective, and safe treatment for military-related PTSD including military sexual trauma (MST) and among service members with PTSD refractory to previous psychotherapy; (ii) provide evidence of the sustainability of clinical response 6-months after treatment completion; (iii) provide evidence that ART is a cost effective treatment for PTSD compared to current therapies formally endorsed by the VA and DoD; and (iv) develop the infrastructure for expansion of the ART protocol and science base, including national and international treatment settings, expanded patient populations, expanded clinical services, and mechanistic studies of ART.
Public Health Relevance
The study aligns with the USF College of Nursing POWER initiative by seeking to expand the science base of effective treatment of service members and veterans with impaired psychological status.