International Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Centre
Welcome to the International CST Centre at University College London
CST is an evidence-based therapy for people with dementia - the only non-medical therapy endorsed by UK government guidelines for the cognitive symptoms of dementia. Group CST treatment involves 14 or more sessions of themed activities, which typically run twice weekly. The aims of sessions are to actively stimulate and engage people with dementia, whilst providing an optimal learning environment and the social benefits of a group. It is widely used across the UK – see our other website, www.cstdementia.com for more details or order the manual online.
Individual CST (iCST) has recently been developed and evaluated in the UK. For more information about iCST, please see the UCL iCST website or, to book training, see the iCST Dementia Training and Consultancy website.
CST is now also being used globally, with work ongoing in at least 29 countries. The International CST Centre was set up to co-ordinate this work and it is directed by Prof Aimee Spector. Other aims of the centre are to:
- Share information and encourage collaboration between professionals and consumers internationally
- Bring people together for annual CST conferences / training days.