Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Training

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Training


Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) has been proven to be as effective as some of the anti-dementia drugs and the evidence is growing.

Whilst there is no cure for dementia, there is a treatment that boasts good results. The principles of CST can be used as a basis of all stimulating group activity planning. Ideal for residential settings, community groups, care homes and day centres.

Memory Matters have delivered CST sessions on a daily basis in a variety of settings for the last 10 years and have a wealth of experience to share with you.

  • Recommended in the NICE Guidelines
  • Part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists National Accreditation Programme for Memory services
  • Evidence-based, proven through Randomised Control Trials

Memory Matters course is upbeat and fun, delivered by co-founders, directors and qualified nurses, Kate and Laura,

  • Complete in your own time, access whenever it’s convenient for you
  • 22 pre-recorded videos
  • Quizzes
  • Certificate on completion
  • Access to live Q and A

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

An understanding of CST is the perfect basis for any activity provision for people living with dementia, including in the arts. It can be used in groups but also on a one to one with clients.

As we are currently unable to offer our face to face training we have recorded all our training content so that you can access our highly acclaimed training wherever you are.

The course, worth £130 is available now, at a reduced price of £80. Find Out More

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.”



Under normal circumstances, we host training in Plymouth at our cafe and can also deliver the training at your venue. Please contact us for a quote.

Learners will be able to:

Describe the structure, content and remit for CST groups
Outline the evidence-base and research supporting the use of CST as a structured psycho-social treatment
Identify the principles of CST and demonstrate how these can be used to create cognitively stimulating interactions
Recognise activities that fit the CST criteria
Prepare, facilitate and evaluate CST groups
We can deliver at your venue, anywhere in the UK. The course is facilitated by co-founders and directors Laura and Kate


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


"I did not know much at all about CST before the training. There was a good mix of teaching methods that worked really well. I now know the research base as well as the more practical activities.
I definitely feel much more equipped to facilitate a group and am looking forward to it! A really informative and fun day. Thanks!"

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