Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) for Schizophrenia

Status: Modest Research Support


Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) is designed to improve everyday functioning by teaching the individual with schizophrenia to use strategies that compensate for (or work around) the cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia. Treatment plans are based on an assessment of the individualís 1) level of apathy versus disinhibition and 2) level of problem solving impairment. The therapist goes into the patientís home or work environment and devises compensatory strategies for addressing these challenges. For example, if a person has difficulty initiating self-care activities, signs and checklists to help cue them to remember and to sequence the activities are placed in plain view in the area where the activity is to take place. The intervention typically takes place over several months and includes multiple visits to the clientís home and/or workplace.

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