International Society of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (IS-ART)

Founded in 2014, IS-ART is the premier professional society dedicated to advancement
of the practice and research of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Learn about benefits of training and certification in ART, and membership in IS-ART.


ART is classified as evidence-based by SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices


Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an emerging form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies, but shown to achieve benefits more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and other mental health conditions can experience benefits starting in the first session.

A study published in the journal Military Medicine involving U.S. service members and veterans showed that ART was very successful in treating PTSD and facilitating growth and resilience after combat-related trauma, as well as other types of trauma (including military sexual trauma).

ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in other psychotherapies, but in a unique and specific way. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. It accomplishes this through visualization techniques and tuning into how the body is affected by distressing images or memories, enhanced through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapy, such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years.

The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process. Although some traumatic experiences, such as rape, combat experiences, or loss of a loved one can be very painful to think about or visualize, the therapy rapidly moves the client beyond the place where they are stuck in these experiences toward growth and positive changes. The process is very straightforward.

Physical and emotional reactions are addressed through relaxing eye movements, and a technique called voluntary image replacement is used to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain. The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions, and the client can move toward growth and healing. Clients do not even have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.

Why Join IS-ART?


Find New Clients

Post your certification level in ART, your specialty areas, and have contact information for potential inquiries from clients and other professionals.

Monthly Newsletters

As a member you’ll have access to all of the latest news with our monthly IS-ART newsletter.

Practitioners Social Network

Remain current in clinical and research developments of ART, and bridge collaborations with colleagues.

Professional Developement

Join our growing community, get help and start growing your practice. Membership also provides you with substantially reduced rates for registration at the annual IS-ART conference.


In addition to obtaining clinical practice certifications, ART professionals can become a Certified Trainer (Facilitator), Training Assistant, and/or Clinical Mentor.


Certification in ART follows a progressive hierarchy of knowledge and skill acquisition and clinical experience. Start with Basic and work up to a Master certification.


Browse our ART Research Bibliography and other related publications.


Receive information on current and planned or potential future research projects.
Join us today and connect with clients and therapists worldwide

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