What is Cognitive Remediation Therapy?

What is Cognitive Remediation Therapy?
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Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), sometimes referred to as cognitive enhancement therapy, is a treatment method with the goal of helping an individual improve their memory, attention, organizational skills, and information processing. This type of therapy was developed to help individuals struggling with psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, eating disorders, ADHD and traumatic brain injury. Cognitive remediation therapy is often completed in a computer-based classroom setting.

What makes this type of therapy so important and different from the others? When mental illnesses are left unaddressed, a person’s cognitive skills can suffer and become impaired. When there is a decline in cognitive skills, a decline in social skills will soon follow. Cognitive impairments will interfere with a person’s normal functioning in relationships, at work and in school. Cognitive remediation therapy can abruptly interrupt the diminishment of cognitive skills, especially when implemented during the early stages of mental illness.

The official CRT treatment schedule lasts for 48 weeks if completed in its entirety. Meeting times will vary but typically take place one day a week for two to four hours. In some cases, weekly homework assignments are given to clients and expected to be completed in a timely manner. Cognitive remediation therapy was first developed by Professors Gerard Hogarty and Samuel Flesher who worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. When combined with medication and other proven methods of psychotherapy, cognitive remediation therapy can complete the whole person care approach and help an individual make a strong recovery from their disorder.

To learn more about Lifeskills South Florida’s cognitive remediation clinical track, please contact us below. Our knowledgeable admissions staff will gladly answer any questions you may have about our treatment curriculum. Lifeskills is one of the premier dual diagnosis treatment centers in the Fort Lauderdale area and has been in business since 1991. We welcome most major insurance plans and are an out of network treatment provider; Medicare and Medicaid are not accepted.


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