Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Workshop


MSNAP CST Training April 2019

Location Sheffield
Speakers Dr Helen Donovan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Standard fee£100
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Workshop

Event Information

CST is an evidence-based group treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia. It involves 14 or more sessions of stimulating, themed activities, based around more complex principles including learning theory and person-centred care.

CST can be extended into a longer-term treatment and can be offered to a range of clients including outpatients and people in residential or day care.

To give learners an overview of how to deliver Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). This interactive course will include a background about CST and how it can be used, research overview and detailed presentation of the treatment, including DVD footage and role-play.

  • Recognise various explanatory models for dementia and the main therapeutic approaches used in dementia care.
  • Understand how Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) was designed and evaluated.
  • Be able to deliver CST to groups of people with dementia, and critically evaluate this process.
  • Reflect on issues such as the selection of suitable participants, motivating people to participate and managing group dynamics.
  • Create an action plan with colleagues as to next steps in implementing learning from the day.

Training is interactive; a combination of teaching, group exercises, role-play and video observation.

Dr Helen Donovan is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS with more than fifteen years’ experience working in Older People’s Mental Health Services. She was a clinical advisor in the maintenance CST research trial and has facilitated CST groups and supervised other staff in delivery. She has delivered CST training workshops in various locations in the UK and Australia, and recently at the second international CST conference in Hong Kong.

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For further information about Cognitive Stimulation Therapy visit the CST website at


For further information about booking onto the workshop please contact the MSNAP team on or 020 3701 2693.

Event Location

Location: Sheffield