Frequently Asked Questions
Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories Protocol (RTM) is a neurological intervention that dissociates clients from their traumatic memory and then re-images visual format elements of the memory such as color, speed, direction, etc. and in doing so, neurologically separates the memory from its traumatic feelings.
Four studies with a total of 160 subjects have shown RTM to be effective in reducing Post Traumatic Stress symptoms to below PSS-I-% clinical threshold in 92% of subjects. No other treatment has achieved these research results. Please find research papers publishing these studies here: Research Papers)
RTM is unlike other approaches because it is:
- Rapid (three sessions of 60-90 minutes each)
- Easy to administer
The research protocol used three sessions on the same traumatic memory with each client. Clinicians following the research protocol are experiencing results equaling or surpassing the research findings of 92% elimination of symptoms. In late 2020 we expect to publish result rates of certified clinicians.
In four studies, 92% of subjects scored below diagnostic threshold for Post Traumatic Stress using PSS-I-5 instrument administered at least two weeks after the final treatment.
We have formally followed participants in two studies for one full-year post-treatment with the majority of those contacted reported continued clearance of diagnosis with no symptoms related to the treated events. Through informal follow-ups, we have documented the stability of RTM-related change for up to five years. There is anecdotal evidence that a similar approach to phobias has maintained its efficacy for at least 15 years. For all intents and purposes, without reinstallation, the RTM results are permanent.
Across the course of treatment, PSS-I-5 results will drop below diagnostic threshold. Within the RTM session Subjective Units of Distress Scores (SUDS) will drop to between zero and two on a 0 (low) to 10 (high) scale measuring intensity of emotion regarding fear, terror or helplessness. Clients will report fewer or absence of nightmares or flashbacks or both, and improved sleep.
Yes, if you are able to concentrate and follow the RTM Protocol steps.
You will be expected to show up for appointments or give 24 hours notice, if you need to reschedule. 4 appointments will be set up over a relatively short time frame so that you make progress and gain momentum.
Yes, RTM is designed to work multiply traumatic events in order to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. Typically treating 1-4 events works to re-program the brain and collapse all PTSD symptoms.
Yes, RTM is a non-traumatizing process. Clinicians are trained to ensure you stay as relaxed as possible instead of getting hooked and re-associating into the traumatic feelings. You are free to ask questions about any concerns you have. Also, please appreciate that the clinician does not need extensive information about the trauma event to start treatment with RTM. After minimal details are gathered RTM treatment proceeds in a safe methodical fashion.
RTM works for people dealing with a wide range of traumatic events. Whether the trauma event happened 1 month ago or 50 years past, RTM can help all ages. Anyone who is tired of suffering with PTSD symptoms and wants a better quality of daily living will gain from RTM treatment. Even the most skeptical of veterans who have been willing to give RTM a chance have been grateful they went forward with RTM Protocol Therapy.
Certification in RTM
Eligible clinicians earn 24.5 continuing education credits for completing a four-day training course, then complete successful RTM administration on two clients(three sessions per client on the same traumatic memory). They then have a quick phone session with the certification coach, and receive their certification.
Certification coaches respond to requests for support within 24 hours by video call, phone or email. On a private Facebook page clinicians can post questions, observations, suggestions. A periodic newsletter sent by email every three weeks announces new developments and provides advanced information about RTM Protocol. Certified coaches are available by email and Facebook and by appointment on phone and video call.
None. The RTM Protocol is a standardized, stepwise approach that clinicians with effective client interaction skills can replicate with success.
At this time RTM certification is available to licensed mental health professionals and practitioners certified by state statute to treat clients.
Eligible clinicians earn 24.5 continuing education credits for completing a four-day training course.
We are now looking into re-certification standards and will have a decision by the end of 2020.
Scholarships are available, depending on current philanthropic support.
Indications and Contraindications of RTM
Clients with a Post Traumatic Stress diagnosis or reporting symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress, or experience trouble with the memories of past events are candidates for RTM Protocol.
There are no known contraindications.
Gain approval from the client’s doctors before administering RTM.
RTM Protocol’s effectiveness is independent of the client’s belief in its efficacy. When the client follows the clinician’s directions for the simple steps in the protocol, the client experiences success.
We are planning research on this. This application is planned for 2020.
Clinicians have seen success as soon as one sleep cycle after the client’s traumatic experience.
While we have not yet conducted studies on youth, certified clinicians have seen success with clients as young as 8 years old.
RTM in the Clinical Practice
Several clinics and clinicians certified in RTM have developed experience with this protocol in their practices. A few have developed a specialty in trauma practice based on RTM and greatly expanded their practice. We can put you in touch with certified clinicians to hear from them how RTM has enhanced their practice, grown their operation and brought additional dimensions to their practice.