Cognitive Stimulation
Therapy Training

Memory Matters use the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in all that we do, and you can be doing the same in your organisation.

CST is group therapy for up to 8 participants with mild to moderate dementia. It aims to increase cognition through activities such as categorisation, using numbers and word association. Groups typically run twice a week and follow a set format.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) has been proven to be as effective as some of the anti-dementia drugs and the evidence is growing.  A group led by by Professor Martin Orrell and Dr. Aimee Spector at University College London in Collaboration with Dr. Bob Woods of Bangor University conducted a multi-centre randomised controlled which aimed to improve cognitive skills and quality of life for people living with dementia. The results were remarkable and resulted in the recommendation by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that CST be offered to all people in the mild to moderate stages of dementia.


In 2012, the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists) included CST as one of their key standards for accreditation. 

Memory Matters South West deliver CST sessions on a daily basis in a variety of settings and have a wealth of experience of tried and tested sessions to share.

This course is upbeat and fun, delivered by Memory Matters directors Kate and Laura who are able to outline the importance of providing evidence-base interventions.

Their delivery features examples from practice and encourages learners to explore and create appropriate content and session plans for successful CST facilitation.


This course will

  • Provide your staff with the skills to plan and run effective CST groups.

  • Give your organisation the ability to offer CST which will gain measurable results in cognition and quality of life for your clients.

CST can be used in residential settings, community, care homes and day centres. An understanding of CST is the perfect basis for any activity planning for people living with dementia including in the arts. It can be used in groups but also on a one to one with clients.


What's Covered?

A look at the clinical evidence behind this psychosocial therapy.

The structure and topics within the therapy course.

The principles of cognitive stimulation therapy.

CST group planning using the core principles.

Preparing to run courses in your organisation.

Who is it for?

Nurses, Care Staff, Activity Co-ordinators (delegates will need to have an understanding and experience of working with people with dementia).

 Feedback from our training days:

"Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, positivity and obvious care for what you do, and for passing that on and motivating me to think that at least change may be possible."

"Included lots of group work, keeps everyone interested and awake!"

"A great day with the right balance of informality and quality teaching."

"The course was very well presented. It was presented with enthusiasm and passion."

"I liked the variety of clinical backgrounds of the people on the course giving differing perspectives. It was an interesting and valuable day."

"The course was entertaining and informative."

"Thank you very much for an enjoyable day."


Dates for 2018:

Tuesday 20th February 2018   9.30 - 4.00pm    BOOK ONLINE   

Wednesday 20th June 2018     9.30 - 4.00pm    BOOK ONLINE   

Thursday 27th September        9.30 - 4.00pm    BOOK ONLINE   

Tuesday 19th November          9.30 - 4.00pm    BOOK ONLINE   


Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street, Plymouth


Price: *£90 

(Please note lunch is not included however you will receive a 10% discount voucher for Moments cafe, alternatively please feel free to bring your own lunch)


if your organisation requires invoicing there is an additional admin charge of £5. You can find out more about this by sending your information via our contact page.

 *Booking charge of £1.80 applies when booking online