What is Cognitive Remediation Therapy?

Dr Norma Clark, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership discusses CRT with former FEAT Occupational Therapist, Inga Davidson

What is Cognitive Remediation Therapy?
If you have a mental health problem it can often affect your memory. It may also influence your ability to think clearly, especially when it comes to performing everyday tasks. Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is designed to improve memory and boost thinking power, which can give you back your confidence so that you can be more active. This could take the form of returning or starting work, whether it’s paid or unpaid. Or you may want to embark on further education or simply become more independent in your daily routine.
Whichever goal you choose, it can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your life.  The ability to do things for yourself can be a huge boost to your self-confidence,  which will greatly improve your mental wellbeing.

What happens in Cognitive Remediation Therapy?
This type of therapy works best if you are keen to improve your memory and brain power.  It also helps if you have goals you want to achieve.  CRT can be delivered one-to-one, in groups, with computers or pen and paper.  Our team help you to devise strategies through CRT that can be transferred easily into daily life activities and help overcome challenges.

CRT is currently available through the Employ your Mind project and also via the Fife IPS Service.

Thought Matters Conference March 2016

FEAT partnered with NHS Fife to deliver this exciting CRT conference on 11th March 2016 in Methil.  The theme for the conference was "Using Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) to maximise employability in mental health."

The conference was designed to present information on the understanding and treatment of the cognitive deficits that commonly occur in many psychiatric conditions.  We explored the different approaches to treating cognitive deficits; how cognitive deficits can impact everyday functioning, and the factors that influence a positive response to cognitive remediation, as well as how cognitive remediation therapy can help gain and sustain employability.  Participants from across the UK were able to attend all presentations including the address by our keynote speaker Dr Clare Reeder, Kings College, London and to choose among a variety of workshops. Each workshop focused on a specific topic in greater depth and allowed for questions and discussion.

Dr Reeder led her presentation with this quote, "FEAT have the most innovative, forward thinking and well developed CRT programmes I've seen, certainly in the UK, but actually across the world."

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