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OSOT - Keeping the Brain Stronger for Longer: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

Kristin Collins (she/her), OT Reg. (Ont.)
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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is an evidence-based group treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia built on complex principles including learning theory and person-centred care. CST can be offered as a longer-term treatment and can be provided to a range of clients in various settings including rehabilitation units, transitional care, rehabilitation and continuing care, outpatients, community settings, and people in residential or adult day programs.
Research demonstrates a moderate evidence base for the use of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) for individuals with mild to moderate dementia to maintain cognitive functioning irrespective of drug therapies. Occupational therapists are well-positioned to implement CST programs and may be useful in supporting dissemination and scaling of these programs within healthcare settings. Several occupational therapy skills align with the role of being a CST group facilitator, including: effectively managing individual and group dynamics, providing motivation and encouragement, adapting session content and interaction style, as well as maintaining sensitivity to individual and group needs. This workshop will review the CST implementation process for practitioners that wish to incorporate this evidence based care into their practice and sustainability solutions.
June 14, 2024 | 10:00am - 2:00pm