Friday, August 17, 2012

Research Update, Military Outreach, and RRT CP Opportunities

By Sharon Richie-Melvan, Ph.D.
Certified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy 

Just a quick thank you to each certified RRT practitioner who volunteered for the second research study. We now have more than enough volunteer therapists. As pre and post treatment client data is collected and sent to our analyst in Gainesville, FL, we stand ready to answer questions, provide assistance or supply more materials as needed. 

I hope that everyone takes a moment to purchase the current issue of Time magazine to read the cover story "One a Day" about military suicide. This powerful article authored by Mark Thompson and Nancy Gibbs is well written and provides the latest stats about this devastating problem. Please be vigilant in your practice to identify whether your clients have served in the military and if they have any unresolved traumas. One of my most recent referrals is for a World War II male soldier who was raped while on active duty and another from a neurosurgeon concerned about a client suffering from years of PTSD.

Another source of potential military client info is the latest newsletter from "Give an Hour." If you haven't already done so, please go to their website and sign up to be a volunteer therapist (who can really make a difference with your RRT skills). That newsletter edition also has details about the Wounded Warrior Project's (WWP) upcoming Odyssey programs. With the WWP's Southeast Coordinator now a certified RRT practitioner (a shout out to Russ Dean), we hope to have at least one certified RRT therapist sign up for each of these trips. I am developing an interactive suicide and domestic violence prevention program for active duty soldiers (their family members and Department of Defense civilians) and would appreciate any new resource materials that you have found that are particularly effective. I am travelling so it is best to reach me via email or on my cell. Thanks again for all that you are doing to reach out to our military service members and their families.

Thanks also to recent Level 2 grad, Joshua Shannon (CEO, Gulf Coast Rehabilitation Services), all certified RRT practitioners have an opportunity to apply to be part of a confidential, proprietary referral network to provide RRT for their clients. If you are interested in learning the details about this opportunity to expand your practice please email him ( and note in the subject line that you are a certified RRT practitioner seeking referrals. Josh's network is nationwide and he would love to have RRT therapists in every county in the US and abroad. Our network of RRT therapists is powerful given our faith in RRT and in each other!

Article courtesy of Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan, Ph.D., Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Dr. Sharon also co-authored the book, "Angel Walk: Nurses at War in Iraq and Afghanistan," with Dr. Diane Vines, Ph.D, Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Within the book, Dr. Sharon recommends Rapid Resolution Therapy as a PTSD treatment approach.

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