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The T.R.U. method has been developed in the past fourteen years of clinical practice. More than three thousand trauma survivors have been successfully treated. Those treated have been survivors of physical abuse, molestation, rape, car accidents, industrial accidents, robberies, assaults, explosions, burns, shootings and other traumas. T.R.U. was used successfully in New York to treat 9/11 survivors and in Rhode Island to treat survivors of the Station Night Club Fire. Witnesses of trauma have also been successfully treated. In all cases, an initial Psychosocial Evaluation was used to identify trauma survivors and to establish a baseline for treatment.
The T.R.U. method, although technically not Art Therapy, was derived from that model. I am often asked, “ Is T.R.U. Art Therapy, or not?” That is like asking, “is baseball cricket?” One was derived from the other, yet, one would not say baseball is cricket. One might think of T.R.U. as a streamlined, short- cut version of traditional Art Therapy made user-friendly for all ages. Instead of traditional Art Therapy drawings, the T.R.U. treatment involves guiding a survivor through a series of pre-determined, hand movements or exercises in a psychological protocol designed to activate the right hemisphere of the brain.
Developed by Robert M. Cicione, LCSW
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