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Cognitive Remediation Therapy Training

Summer School
04/07/2017 (09:00-17:00)

Cognitive Remediation Therapy Training

Where: Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

When: Tuesday-Wednesday 4th/5th July 2017

What: 2-day workshop



The Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) programme taught on this course is a psychological therapy which aims to improve thinking skills, such as concentration, memory and problem-solving, in people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia with the ultimate aim improving functioning levels. Research trials of CRT showed that this therapy made significantly greater improvements in memory and flexible thinking than people who received an alternative therapy based on occupational therapy activities or treatment-as-usual. CRT also had a beneficial impact on self-esteem and thinking skills improvements were associated with improved functioning in social situations and symptoms (Wykes et al, 2003, 2007, 20112012; Reeder et al, 2004, 2006). A study carried out by service-users found that the therapy was highly valued by participants, and that they reported noticeable improvements in their thinking skills (Rose et al, 2008). CRT is generally administered by a therapist with the support of pencil and paper material or of computer software. This course will introduce a computer based software called CIRCuiTS and a paper and pencil method alongside a model of CRT implementation based on metacognitive skills (Cella et al, 2015).


Topics to be covered include:


(a)    CRT research and evidence

(b)   the theoretical background to CRT

(c)    a model for targeting metacognitive thinking skills and how they may relate to everyday living skills

(d)   the core skills needed to administer CRT

(e)    assessment and formulation

(f)    clinical issues in delivering CRT and therapist competences

(g)   service-related issues (e.g. the practicalities of therapy and how it may be accommodated within services).


It includes some teaching and live demonstration, video presentations, group and pair work, role plays and practice on CRT tasks.  The aim is for trainees to gain enough working knowledge of CRT and to have had sufficient practice of CRT tasks to be able to begin therapy with clients under appropriate supervision.

This is an intensive small group workshop for a maximum of 20 places.



Dr. Matteo Cella & Dr. Rumina Taylor

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