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Hundreds of mental health professionals to learn "The Rewind" pioneering PTSD treatment

Date: March 5, 2018

On 10th March, 440 psychotherapists, psychologists, and counselors will gather at Birmingham University to attend a free, One Day Workshop delivered by Dr David Muss MD to learn The Rewind – a technique he originated that can help treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients effectively, quickly and cost-efficiently. 

PTSD affects people from all walks of life – not just veterans from the Armed Forces – and is a psychiatric condition caused by life-threatening events. It is not clear why some people develop the condition and others do not. However, unresolved PTSD can result in domestic violence, imprisonment, drug abuse, alcoholism, unemployment, divorce, and homelessness, with considerable social and financial implications1.

Dr David Muss MD, who for the past 20 years has held the position of Director of the PTSD Unit at the BMI Edgbaston Hospital, Birmingham and is Founder of the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy, intends between now and the end of 2019 to train 5000 therapists dedicated to treating trauma in the UK to use The Rewind – 

In the UK, the incidence of PTSD is around 4.4% – twice the incidence of those with diabetes. In Northern Ireland alone, the incidence is 24%. Taken as a whole, that’s a staggering three million plus people who are said to be suffering from PTSD as a result of trauma.

Of those who currently do receive treatment (one and half million), 75% are treated with anti-depressants and 25% with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)2 or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)3 – the only two therapies recognised by NICE. 

The reason Dr. Muss feels it is necessary to train at least another 5000 therapists is because there are only 5000 accredited CBT counsellors and some 600 EMDR trained therapists in the UK who are currently only reaching 25% of those who do get treatment.

If the current NICE recommended CBT and EMDR therapists were to adopt the Rewind they would easily double the number of patients requiring their help. That would still leave the other 1.5 million PTSD sufferers in the UK without access to therapy.‘With the current financial crisis in the NHS,’ he states, ‘it would be unimaginable to think that the Government could afford to train 5000 new Cognitive Behaviour Therapists (CBTs), though they could be encouraged to train in delivering the Rewind by attending a one day free seminar.

The benefits of the Rewind are clear. It is a relatively fast (usually 2-3 sessions) and effective drug free treatment applicable to individuals and groups of any size, Aside from this, compared with traditional treatments using drugs or talking therapies, training therapists in The Rewind is particularly cost-effective because it is possible to train groups of therapists quickly and, in turn, those trained therapists can deliver multiple session trauma treatment to groups of PTSD patients,’ Dr Muss points out.
’Normally, the duration of trauma-focused psychological treatment should be between eight and 12 sessions at a cost of £850.00 (NICE 2005) when the PTSD results from a single event,’ Dr Muss adds. ‘However, with The Rewind, which is delivered in two to three sessions (includes one follow up), the cost is £140.00.’

Currently, The Rewind technique is the only treatment – available and demonstrated – that has achieved an 85% success rate after a single group session, held by Dr Muss in Rwanda, when he treated 21 post genocide survivors in a necessarily unrepeatable single session using The Rewind5. 

If details of their traumatic event are not disclosed to the group and, with the likely outcome being closure, many PTSD patients find group participation an acceptable alternative to the long wait for individual treatment on the NHS – or, indeed, the prohibitive cost of private treatment. 

Although The Rewind has been delivered very successfully privately to groups as well as one on one, it has not yet received NICE approval. Nevertheless, the fact that so many psychotherapists and counsellors are attending The Rewind Workshop, with more on a waiting list for the next to be held on 5th of May, demonstrates that there is a strong desire and need to find a therapy that delivers on human as well as financial benefits. 

Formal research and supervised trials could demonstrate its comparative efficacy and establish The Rewind as a trauma focused treatment potentially able to transform NHS PTSD practice.


Dr. David C Muss, MD(Roma) LMSSA, Director, PTSD Unit, BMI Edgbaston Hospital, Birmingham 
Originator of the Rewind Technique for PTSD

Founder IARTT (International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy). 

Author: The Trauma Trap (self-help eBook, Amazon)
Developer of free Self-Help App: PTSD STOPS HERE!

Please see The Rewind: A Trauma Focused Treatment Potentially able to Transform NHS PTSD Practice for Reference Notes and Explanatory Data.The Rewind: A Trauma Focused Treatment 
Potentially able to Transform NHS PTSD Practice


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition caused by life-threatening events. it is not clear why some develop the condition and others do not. The incidence of PTSD symptoms in the UK is around 4% (twice that of diabetes). In Northern Ireland incidence is 24%. Unresolved PTSD can result in domestic violence, imprisonment, drug abuse, alcoholism, unemployment, divorce and homelessness, with considerable social and financial implications1

While some sufferers are not prepared to be treated, either singly or in a group, many are. Treatment is principally through psychotherapy and prescribing antidepressants. The NHS currently reaches perhaps 25% of sufferers, due partly to unwillingness to be treated but also because approved multiple session trauma treatment therapy one-on-one delivery is expensive and the time to closure is long. Current NICE-approved psychotherapy treatments are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)2 and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)3.

Furthermore, many PTSD patients would find group participation an acceptable alternative to individual treatment. Provided - as is the case with The Rewind4 - that details of their traumatic event are not disclosed to the group and the likely outcome is closure. NICE consequently does not currently recommend CBT or EMDR should be delivered to groups of sufferers. Although The Rewind has been delivered very successfully privately to groups as well as one on one, it has not yet received NICE approval. Research and supervised trials could formally demonstrate its comparative efficacy.


Please see Page 2 which provides background, including numerous success stories from trained therapists5.

CBT and EMDR successful therapy outcomes are described as ‘significant symptom improvement’. The Rewind instead addresses the trauma cause, aiming to get patients to ‘file the traumatic event’. What this means in everyday practice is that involuntary recall of the traumatic event is brought under voluntary recall. All symptoms fade away.

Unlike CBT and EMDR, The Rewind usually needs just two treatment sessions. The first comprises psychoeducation, completion of a PTSD self-assessment questionnaire such as the Impact of Events Scale (IES) or the PTSD Checklist 5 (PCL 5), and a succession of two-minute duration treatments. The purpose of the second session is to confirm the outcome: usually closure. In those few cases where the outcome is not positive – i.e. the IES or PCL 5 score has not altered – a third session is undertaken. If still unsuccessful, Rewind is not attempted further.

As well as reducing treatment duration and eliminating symptoms, Rewind offers huge human and financial benefits:

Rewind drop-out during treatment is extremely rare, because subjects do not have to disclose the details of their trauma. CBT and EMDR have a subject drop-out rate of around 15%.

The £100-£200 one day Rewind training cost is far less than is required for CBT and EMDR counselling.

Rewind is effective from the age of four.

Compared with CBT and EMDR, The Rewind’s hugely reduced trauma course duration, low drop-out and 2x comparative success rate gives it a significant cost-benefit single client advantage.

In addition, The Rewind’s unique concurrent group capability advantage allows 10 or more patients to be treated together in just one or two sessions. Potentially, this offers the NHS substantial additional savings.

Therapist compassion fatigue burn-out is avoided because causal event details are not disclosed.


The Rewind is applicable to multiple life-threatening traumas, is ethical, enjoys a 90% - 95% success rate.It is thus an efficacious and cost-effective transformative alternative to current NHS NICE-approved practice. Group-conducted Rewind – where one counsellor leads multiple participants who do not share conditions – has, in addition, successfully treated 18 out of 21 patients in a single session5.

These considerations combine with interest in discovering why The Rewind works to make it a superb candidate for research, including randomised controlled individual and group study quality improvement projects aimed at achieving NHS adoption.

Potential outcomes include obtaining NICE approval, leading to a significant increase in the number of PTSD cases treated by the NHS, accompanied by much-improved therapeutic success and reduced overall State costs. Volunteer Counsellor availability and other charitable resources could perhaps limit Institution costs mainly to providing a research assistant to observe treatment sessions and perform statistical processing, written up by a post-doc.

Exploratory Data


1 Including Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health catalogue/PUB2174

2 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - NHS Choices

3 EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - WebMD

4 IARTT: International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy

5 Rewind outcomes, Selected Rewind Veteran, Sexual Abuse and Rewind Cases. 85% success achieved treating 21 post genocide survivors in a necessarily unrepeatable single session: 2011/03/10/1534765611412795

6 APT: Mental Health Training Courses Association for Psychological Therapies

7 The Rewind treatment is offered irrespective of existing substance abuse or depression condition
8 Estimate based on current CBT Counsellor salary range £26,500 - £41,500 pa, 100% overhead and 1,800 hours pa worked.
9 There is no clinical limit to the size of a Rewind therapy group
10 Assuming 15% of 5,000 CBT & 10% of 660 EMDR accredited counsellor time is currently spent on NHS PTSD therapy sessions

Dr. David C Muss, MD(Roma) LMSSA, Director, PTSD Unit, BMI Edgbaston Hospital, Birmingham

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China Adoption Notice: Changes to Requirements for Adoption Application Dossiers Submitted by Foreigners


The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) recently announced changes to requirements for adoption application dossiers submitted by foreigners.  Details regarding these changes can be found on CCCWA’s website

Key changes include:

  1. Youngest child in the home must be 3-years-old before a family may apply to adopt.
  2. Single females may still adopt, but may have only two children living at home, not including the adopted child.
  3. Married couples may have up to five children, under the age of 18, in the home, not including the adopted child.
  4. Families must wait one full year after an adoption is complete before applying to adopt another child.
  5. Only one child may be adopted at a time (unless a sibling).

For further information, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at

Dramatic and Tragic Decline in Intercountry Adoption Numbers Continues


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Dramatic and Tragic Decline in Intercountry Adoption Numbers Continues

April 1, 2015 – Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Department of State has released its FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption. According to the report, American families adopted 6,441 foreign-born children in 2014, a more than 9% decline from 2013’s 7,094 adoptions, and a 74% decline over the last 10 years since 2004 when there were 22,991 foreign-born children adopted. This is the lowest number of adoptions since 1982.

In 2008, the U.S. implemented the Hague Adoption Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (The Hague Convention), an international agreement established to provide universal protections and regulations for the adoption of children and promote cooperation among signatories of the agreement.

At the time of implementation, many advocates, including National Council For Adoption (NCFA), believed the Hague Convention had the potential to increase opportunities for orphaned and abandoned children around the world to find safe, permanent, loving families through intercountry adoption. NCFA supported the Hague Convention’s signing and implementation in the hope that it would provide new opportunities and hope for children living without the care of a family. We believed the U.S. Central Authority would be advocates to help move children ethically and without undue delay into the care of the permanent families that are so crucial to their development. We believed the U.S. Central Authority, Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues, would serve as a proactive support to adoption – working with other nations to find ways to work together to bring children in need out of the dangers of institutionalization, homelessness, or other horrors and into families where they could pursue their full potential.

“At a time when the orphan population is growing and there are many thousands of willing, waiting adoptive parents it is heartbreaking that intercountry adoption has faced such drastic decline,” notes Chuck Johnson, president and CEO of National Council For Adoption. “Although we believe the Hague has brought positive ethical reform and uniform practice, we are extremely disappointed in the lack of advocacy. We believe that the Hague Convention still holds great potential, but it has been inappropriately implemented.”

The Office of Children’s Issues in Consular Affairs does not advocate for the betterment of children, they serve only regulatory functions. We believe that a new office for the Central Authority is necessary to see the need for advocacy met. Advocacy would include seeking out ways to educate, partner with, and support countries willing and desiring to partner with the U.S. in their children’s best interest through intercountry adoption.  We believe that moving the authority to manage intercountry adoption to an alternate office with the mandate not only to maintain an ethical process, but also to pursue the best interests of children is essential to the future of intercountry adoption and the many thousands of children who can find their way to the safety and wholeness of home through it.

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Founded in 1980, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is a global adoption advocacy nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, legislative action, and collaboration. As the authoritative voice for adoption, NCFA’s areas of focus include domestic infant adoption, adoption and permanency outcomes for youth in foster care, and intercountry adoption. Passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves to thrive in a nurturing, permanent family, NCFA serves children, birth parents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and adoption professionals. In addition, we work tirelessly to educate U.S. and foreign government officials and policymakers, members of the media, and all those in the general public with an interest in adoption.

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For Immediate Release: March 8, 2005

For More Information Contact: Kathryn Creedy

Institute for Adoption Information




Bennington, VT, -- In its third update to A Journalist’s Guide to Adoption, the first, unbiased adoption research portal designed for and by journalists, Institute of Adoption Information has expanded coverage of the all facets of adoption issues, including children in foster care, embryo adoption, adoption ethics, safe havens and open records. It also is the only publication that puts adoption into context with the modern family. IAI, which designs guides for professionals who encounter adoption in their work, links the "JGuide," published in 2003, to the most current information on adoption now on the web at

"With this tool, agencies, child welfare officials and adoption support organizations can introduce themselves to their local media and work with them to enhance both the understanding of adoption and the quality of reporting on adoption," said IAI Executive Director Kathryn Creedy. "In any week, there are hundreds of adoption stories whether it is a legislative battle to open adoption records, the homecoming of a long-awaited child, the meeting of adoptees and their birth families, corrupt adoption practices, or an in-depth report on what makes a family. Despite the frequency with which these stories appear, adoption is little understood, and coverage often inadvertently perpetuates myths and stereotypes. This guide has become the prime adoption portal helping journalists understand adoption."

A Journalist’s Guide to Adoption gives journalists a basic familiarity with a variety of adoption-related subjects and provides links to the best unbiased resources and research. In addition, it includes a list of reliable experts and links to organizations working on specific agendas. It helps journalists:

Understand the adoption process and ethical adoption practices;

Provide balanced information that does not perpetuate myths and stereotypes;

Use more accurate and appropriate language;

Determine when adoption is germane to coverage;

Put adoptive and birth families into context with the changing modern family; and

Understand how adoption holds lessons for other non-traditional families especially for the million-plus children resulting from assisted reproduction and surrogacy.

The guide recounts how adoption is changing the modern family as well as the serious social implications of not understanding adoption including the crisis in foster care, teen parenting, and infant homicide. It also addresses the implications of baby-abandonment laws and explores how public prejudice toward adoption hampers adoption planning for children who still await permanent homes.

The project includes contributions from Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation and executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. It has also been reviewed for accuracy by some of the top adoption professionals including Ada White, director of adoptions, Child Welfare League of America; Brenda Romanchik, executive director of Insight, a birth parent advocacy group; Marilyn Waugh, president of American Adoption Congress, one of the largest adoptee resources in the country; Marley Greiner of Bastard Nation, The Adoption Rights Organization; and the National Adoption Information Clearing House.

The guide is the third in a series of guides published by IAI. An Educator’s Guide to Adoption, designed for teachers, was published in 1999 and A Guide to Adoption for Health Care & Counseling Professionals, designed for the pre-natal medical and counseling communities, was published in January. IAI plans several more guides for both consumers and professionals.

IAI is a nationwide, non-profit organization of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption professionals who have united to enhance the understanding of adoption through education.




Kathryn B. Creedy

Executive Director

Institute for Adoption Information

PO Box 4405

Bennington, VT 05201




Adam Pertman, Executive Director 
617-332-8944 or 617-763-0134


Hollee McGinnis, Policy Director 
212-925-4089 or 646-263-9236


NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2005 - The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today called on the news media to investigate the Fox reality special "Who's Your Daddy" in light of several revelations and apparent problems that have come to light about the much-criticized program.


Specifically, the Adoption Institute said that, in the wake of the show's airing earlier this week:

* At least two respected adoption organizations are upset that Fox ran commercials for them during the show, saying they had not asked the network to do so and did not want to be associated with it.

* Several "searchers" who say they found the adopted woman (named T.J.) and the birth father for the Fox program are irate that a private detective is publicly taking credit for doing so.

* Members of the adoption community are raising questions about the show's authenticity in light of a website for T.J., on which the professional actress - who reportedly has appeared in a soft porn movie - had advertised her upcoming appearance on "Who's Your Daddy" as part of her self-promotion.


"Anyone who wants to reunite with a birth relative should be able to do so, whatever they do for a living; and a network can air whatever ads it wants during its programming," said Adam Pertman, the Adoption Institute's Executive Director. "But these revelations raise some serious, disturbing ethical questions that Fox should address and serious journalists should examine to ensure everything is on the up-and-up."


On "Who's Your Daddy," T.J. interviewed eight men to determine which was her biological father. She won $100,000 for guessing correctly; had an imposter fooled her, he would have received the money. Major child-welfare and adoption organizations - including the Adoption Institute - as well as thousands of individuals across the country protested Fox's airing of the show, saying it was offensive and hurtful.


The Adoption Institute is a pre-eminent policy, research and education organization. It provides accurate, unbiased information for journalists, researchers and policymakers. Its award-winning website contains extensive information on adoption-related issues, including ones relating to ethics and best practices.


Pertman, a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his writing about adoption, is the author of "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America." He lectures nationally and abroad, and his commentaries on adoption and children's issues have appeared in major print and broadcast media.



To arrange an interview, or for more information, please contact Pertman at 617-332-8944, 617-763-0134 or The Institute website ishttp://www.adoptioninstitute.,org