The three-week UCF RESTORES Intensive Outpatient Program was established to provide a short, but intensive and comprehensive, treatment program for PTSD. The three–week program contains all of the treatment sessions included in the original Trauma Management Therapy program but compresses the treatment to a span of 15 days. Individualized exposure therapy sessions, often augmented by virtual reality, occur every morning, and group treatment occurs every afternoon.
Individuals who live outside of the Orlando area are able to stay at local hotels at a reduced rate. In cases where there is an ongoing research effort that involves our three–week treatment program, housing may be available at no charge.
The approach has proven to be immensely successful for those in need, with 66% of participants with combat-related PTSD and 76% of first responders no longer meeting the diagnostic criteria for PTSD following treatment.
This three-week program utilizes the same core elements of our cornerstone Trauma Management Therapy approach: individualized exposure therapy to address fear and anxious arousal and group treatment to address anger, sleep, guilt, depression and social isolation.
In 2018, UCF RESTORES was awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Army to expand its work and establish iterations of this successful program at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Georgia, Naval Medical Hospital Portsmouth in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.