Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)

What Is CRT?

Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) is a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation training program for patients with memory, processing speed, or executive planning deficits. It includes a series of game-like “brain training” exercises based on science that helps people think more clearly and quickly. It’s especially helpful with untreated mental illnesses and has been shown to protect and improve cognitive functioning.
CRT, also called cognitive enhancement therapy, helps an individual learn skills to manage their everyday life. CRT aims to reduce problems with cognition, such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. As a mental illness progresses, cognitive skills suffer and become more impaired. This decline will begin to interfere with a person’s normal functioning in relationships, at work,  and in school. CRT focuses on improving cognitive deficits by interrupting the diminishment of these skills.
CRT was developed to treat disorders like schizophrenia, often characterized by cognitive impairments and disorganized thinking, causing abnormal functioning in relationships, at work, and in school. CRT helps an individual improve their attention, memory, problem-solving, organizational, and planning skills. Combined with therapy, psycho education, and medications, CRT has shown to be effective in stopping the cognitive decline and in some instances reversing it.

About Cognitive Remediation Therapy

Research has publicized that over time untreated mental illnesses can lead to long-term cognitive impairment such as a loss of processing skills, memory reduction, attention, problem-solving ability, and intelligence. Additionally, Thought Disorders can impact a person’s social cognition (people skills) to the point of the inability to read nonverbal social cues (facial expressions, body language, etc.).

Combined with therapy, psycho education, and medications, CRT has shown to be effective in stopping the cognitive decline and in some instances reversing it. CRT has proven to be even more effective when started earlier with newly diagnosed young adults. The design of CRT leads to gradual but sustained progress.

How We Use CRT

At Lifeskills, we use two different methods of administering CRT:
  1. using a pen and paper, and
  2. using computer programming.
Dr. Krista Valz, Associate Clinical Director, prefers computer programming during which games are played on the Brain HQ computer program, an online brain-training system that uses a unique algorithm, adapting in difficulty as the client works. The games allow the client to train at the proper level and make cognitive improvements, and as they play, the games change to target distinct functions, such as facial recognition, and social skills. Unlike pen and paper, computer programming keeps the client’s attention and allows for easier tracking of progress.

Treatment at Lifeskills South Florida

At Lifeskills South Florida, we treat a variety of mental health and substance use disorders. At our facility, we offer many types of mental health treatment, including:

To treat these disorders, we use many mental health therapies. These therapies can benefit different people in different ways, so clients benefit most from a combination of modalities. In addition to cognitive remediation therapy, we offer:
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