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START: STrAtegies for RelaTives

START is an eight session manualised intervention aimed at promoting the development of coping strategies for carers of people with dementia. Our trial showed that this intervention reduced depression and anxiety for family carers of people with dementia when measured at eight months and two years after they had received the intervention. The trial also proved to be cost effective when delivered by graduate psychologists.

All the published journal articles and the final project report can be accessed in the Publications section.

START Dissemination Project

Following the success of the START trial, we have funding from the Alzheimer’s Society to 'roll out' the START intervention through regional 'Train the Trainers' workshops. These three hour workshops will be delivered by Dr Penny Rapaport the Clinical Psychology co applicant on the START trial.

This dissemination project is endorsed by Dementia UK and the British Psychological Society Faculty for the Psychology of Older People (FPOP) who will help organise these local workshop events.

This website will be regularly updated and provides the free training sessions for graduates, manuals, information leaflets and an example of a successful bid to commissioners. We will also be able to offer informal advice and consultation during the course of our evaluation, so please do Contact Us.


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