Amy Shuman, LICSW, DCSW

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Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) MA and CT (LCSW)
Diplomate of Clinical Social Work, NASW 2011
Clinically Certified by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 1995
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association for Trauma Professionals 2011
Certified Hypnotherapist (Hypnodyne Foundation) 1998
Lead Trainer and Certified Clinician in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (RCRR) 2012
Member of the World Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 2019

Areas of Focus:

  • Recovery from Trauma, anxiety, depression using a “bottom-up” approach (somatic interventions to relieve related symptoms)
  • Health and safety for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people
  • Individual and family therapy with university students and their families
  • Therapy with people within the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Support for Parents and Caretakers of transgender and non-binary people

Professional Affiliations:

Member of WPATH (world professional association for Transgender Health)
Certified clinical member of ATSA (Association for the treatment of sexual abusers)
Member and clinical diplomate at NASW (National Association of Social Workers)


Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Connecticut
B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts

Amy’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Amy has more than 25 years professional experience working in clinical, administrative, research, academic, and group social work. She holds the credential, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the NASW. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, abuse and issues related to sexual orientation and gender. She is also a Master Therapist and Lead Trainer in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) since 2009. As a researcher and research assistant, Amy is a co-author of several study publications under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Kevin Kip. Amy is lead author in a new textbook chapter for Graduate Studies in Psychological Counseling.

As a trauma-focused therapist Amy has been active in The Red Cross as a Mental Health Disaster Volunteer.

Also, Amy was deployed to help with triage, referral and crisis counseling with the Columbine High students, faculty and families in May of 1999 and worked as a mental health crisis volunteer counselor at the Woodstock II concert in Saugerties, NY.

Today she is a University mental health counselor at Western New England University, and teaches Clinical Theory in the MSW program at Westfield State University in MA.

Amy’s Recent Activities

  • Recent Presentation:
    NASW National Virtual Conference, Summer, 2020. Presentation:
    The Transformation of Trauma’s Consequences for the LGBTQA+ Communities
  • New Publication (Book Chapter):
    Shuman, A., Kip, Kevin E., Rosenzweig, L. (2021). Accelerated resolution of symptoms related to traumatic memory. In R. Miller and E. Beeson (Eds.), The Neuroeducation toolbox: practical translations of neuroscience in counseling and psychotherapy (pp. 291-298). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Co-Author in the following published studies:

  • Kip KE, Elk CA, Sullivan KL, Kadel R, Lengacher CA, Long CJ, Rosenzweig L, Shuman A, Hernandez DF, Street JD, Girling SA, Diamond DM. Brief treatment of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Behavioral Sciences 2012; 2(2): 115-134. PMID: 23482431
  • Kip KE, Sullivan KL, Lengacher CA, Rosenzweig L, Hernandez DF, Kadel R, Kozel FA, Shuman A, Girling SA, Hardwick MJ, Diamond DM. Brief treatment of co-occurring post-traumatic stress and depressive symptoms by use of accelerated resolution therapy. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2013; 4 (article 11):1-12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00011 PMID: 23482431
  • Kip, KE, Rosenzweig L, Hernandez DF, Shuman A, Sullivan KL., Long CJ, Taylor J, McGhee S, Girling SA, Wittenberg, T, Sahebzamani, FM, Lengacher CA, Kadel R, Diamond DM. Randomized controlled trial of accelerated resolution therapy (ART) for symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military Medicine 2013; 178: 1298-1309. PMID: 24306011
  • Kip KE, Shuman A, Hernandez DF, Diamond DM, Rosenzweig L. Case report and theoretical description of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for military-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Military Medicine 2014; 179:31-37. PMID: 24402982
  • Kip KE, Rosenzweig L, Hernandez DF, Shuman A, Diamond DM, Girling SA, Sullivan KL, Wittenberg T, Witt AM, Lengacher CA, Anderson B, McMillan SC. Accelerated Resolution Therapy for treatment of pain secondary to symptoms of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014, 5: 24066 – PMID: 24959325
  • Kip KE, Hernandez DF, Shuman A, Witt A, Diamond DM, Davis SE, Kip R, Abhayakumar A, Wittenberg T, Girling SA, Witt S, Rosenzweig J. Comparison of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for treatment of symptoms of PTSD and sexual trauma between civilian and military adults. Military Medicine, 180: 964-971. PMID: 26327548

Other Book Chapters

  • Kip KE, Rosenzweig L, Hernandez DF, Shuman A, Witt A, Keller E, Diamond DM. Accelerated Resolution Therapy: A Brief, Emerging Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD. In Martin C, Preedy V, and Patel VB (eds): Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016.