Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Education Center (GEC) is offering Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), a support group for persons who are experiencing memory challenges.

CST is a brief, evidence-based treatment approach for persons with mild to moderate dementia. Modeled after the program created by Dr. Martin Orrell and colleagues in the United Kingdom, CST provides guidelines for structuring small, themed-based group sessions and involves 14 or more sessions of themed activities. You may also view a brief video below showing how CST is used at Perry County Memorial Hospital.

If you would like more information please contact Marla Berg-Weger at 314-977-2151.

We wish to acknowledge Dr. Martin Orrell, a Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London and Director of Research and Development at North East London Foundation Trust. With Bob Woods and Aimee Spector, he developed the original CST programme. He has supervised a number of

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

PhD students working on CST studies and has led on several CST research grants.
Dr Aimee Spector, Director, University College London, UK- Aimee originally developed CST as her PhD thesis from 1999-2001. Since then, she has established and coordinates the International CST centre and developed the CST training course, having trained over 2000 people in CST. She is author on numerous academic publications on CST and on the four CST training manuals. Aimee has continued to supervise academic research on CST and other psychosocial interventions for dementia, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She works as Reader in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL.

Perry County Memorial Hospital - CST (short version)-
A Brief Video Showing How CST is used at Perry County Memorial Hospital

 

COGNITIVE STIMULATION THERAPY (CST) - ONLINE LEARNING MODULES

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is an evidence-based non-pharmacologic group intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia. CST provides guidelines for structuring small, theme-based group sessions aimed to actively stimulate and engage, while providing an optimal learning environment and the social benefits of a group.

 

Module 1 CST Module 1- Video – Presented by Julia Henderson-Kalb, MS OTR/L provides an Introduction to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

 

Module 2 CST Module 2 - Video– Debbie Hayden, RN, BSN, OTR/L, the Director of Occupational Therapy at Perry County Memorial Hospital presents:

 

  • Key Principles of CST
  • Group Preparation
CST Module 3 Module 3 - Video – Dan Stewart, MSG and Doctoral Student at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University presents:

 

  • Group Implementation of CST

Module 4- Video – Sue Tebb, PhD, MSW, RTY-500 Professor at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University presents:

 

  • Exercise in CST
  • Incorporating Cultural Competences.
CST Module 5 Module 5- Video – Janice Lundy, BSW, MA, MHA, the Director of Social Work and Geriatric Case Management at Perry County Memorial Hospital, Perryville, Missouri presents:

 

  • Individual CST
  • Caregiver Needs
  • Next Steps

 


Other members of the CST Team who are not featured in these videos are:

  • Marla Berg-Weger, PhD, LCSW, a Professor at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University
  • Michele Sakamoto, MSW, School of Social Work at Saint Louis University
  • Laura Downing, BSW and MSW Student at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University
  • Kristina Roselle, MSW, School of Social Work at Saint Louis University
  • James Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT, School of Medicine at Saint Louis University


Once all 5 modules are completed please click here to complete the learning evaluation and receive your Certificate of CST Training.


The Memory Clinic at Center for Counseling and Family Therapy
Dementia Research Study - PDF

GWEP ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/DISCLAIMER:
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact:

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW
Executive Director, Gateway GEC
Saint Louis University
bergwm@slu.edu or 314-977-2151


GWEP Acknowledgements/Disclaimer
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Este proyecto es apoyado por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud ( HRSA ) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de Estados Unidos bajo el número de concesión Programa de Mejoramiento de la Fuerza Laboral U1QHP28716 Geriatría de 843.079 dólares . Esta información o contenido y las conclusiones son las del autor y no deben interpretarse como la posición o la política del funcionario , ni debe inferirse cualquier endoso por HRSA , el HHS , o del Gobierno de Estados Unidos.