Cognitive remediation therapy is a form of therapy that is used to improve cognitive functioning in people with cognitive impairment. Cognitive remediation therapy is mainly provided to people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and other psychological disorders. Cognitive remediation therapy consists of practicing cognitive skills with computerized cognitive training, using printed worksheets, performing functional bridging activities, and discussion that facilitates the transfer of practiced cognitive skills to the real world.
Now more than ever, cognitive remediation is widely accepted and used as an intervention method. There are many different methods used in cognitive remediation, but one that has proven to be successful with our activities is an approach called “NEAR”. The acronym NEAR stands for “Neuropsychological Educational Approach to Remediation”. As Dr. Alice Medalia states, NEAR emphasizes individualized training done in groups that combines techniques developed in both the neuropsychological and educational models to target cognitive deficits as they affect information processing and cognition.
Cognitive remediation therapy has been studied and found to be effective in remediating cognitive complications experienced by those living with psychological disorders. By undergoing a combination of individual and group therapy techniques, individuals can learn strategies and might be able to build the cognitive skills needed for getting back to work or schooling, maintaining relationships, and living independently.
There is a lot of research surrounding the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy. Here are some of the many studies evaluating the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy for psychological disorders:
Best, M. W., Gale, D., Tran, T., Haque, M. K., & Bowie, C. R. (2019). Brief executive function training for individuals with severe mental illness: effects on EEG synchronization and executive functioning. Schizophrenia Research, 203, 32-40.
Medalia, A., & Freilich, B. (2008). The neuropsychological educational approach to cognitive remediation (NEAR) model: practice principles and outcome studies. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 11(2), 123-143.
Miles, A., Crosse, C., Jenkins, Z., Moore, G., Fossey, E., Harvey, C., & Castle, D. (2021). ‘Employ Your Mind’: a pilot evaluation of a programme to help people with serious mental illness obtain and retain employment. Australasian Psychiatry, 29(1), 57-62.
Thérond, A., Pezzoli, P., Abbas, M., Howard, A., Bowie, C. R., & Guimond, S. (2021). The efficacy of cognitive remediation in depression: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 284, 238-246.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur after someone experiences a traumatic experience, such as active combat. PTSD can cause individuals to suffer from severe depression, suicidal thoughts, and cognitive disability. Currently being investigated for its efficacy, cognitive remediation therapy may be an effective therapeutic approach to help those living with PTSD.
Bipolar disorder can cause someone to have trouble regulating their emotions, thoughts, and experience memory loss. Cognitive remediation therapy may help people living with bipolar disorder stay on top of their daily responsibilities and learn strategies to regulate their behavior to avoid experiencing manic or depressive episodes.
Often thought of as a disorder that only results in hallucinations. Schizophrenia may cause cognitive impairment, poor motor coordination, reduced speech, and social cognitive problems. People living with schizophrenia may benefit from cognitive remediation therapy in order to help them gain employment, stay in college, and make friends.
Depression causes people to experience processing speed, memory, attention, and executive functioning problems. Cognitive remediation therapy may help your patients living with depression stay sharp and learn effective strategies to combat depression and manage it.
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