Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Workshop (Engaging Dementia)


Who is the programme suitable for?

  • Activity coordinators
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health professionals
  • Those caring for those living with dementia

Brief description

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) was developed by Dr. Aimee Spector, a psychologist at the University College London, and her colleagues based on research they had done into therapeutic activities with people with dementia. CST involves a series of 14 sessions designed to support people with dementia to maintain their cognitive functions, support them with day-to-day activities, and provide a socially stimulating group activity.

The course details the background of psychosocial interventions leading to CST and gives a review of CST, MCST, and iCST research trials. The key principles of CST are discussed before exploration of the 14 CST sessions, including role play and demonstrations. A detailed action plan is also provided to ensure attendees can carry their learning into their care practice effectively.


One day workshop, held online. 7 hours in duration (including breaks)

Mode of delivery


The workshop involves teaching, group exercises, role-play and video observation. It is delivered by Dr Michelle Kelly, Lecturer in Psychology, National College of Ireland and Accredited CST Trainer.

Where it is available




Contact information

Tel: 01 260 8138