DOI: 10.1111/papt.12510 ISSN: 1476-0835

Evaluation of a new online cognitive remediation therapy (CIRCuiTSTM) training for mental health professionals

Rumina Taylor, Adam Crowther, Rose Tinch‐Taylor, Caroline da Cunha Lewin, Caterina Cali, Clare Reeder, Matteo Cella, Til Wykes
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology



Cognitive remediation (CR) improves cognition and aids recovery in people with psychosis. An active therapist provides increased benefit, but CR training for therapists is not routinely available, so CR has limited scalability. This study describes the development and evaluation of the first online CR therapist training programme.


An online CR training, based on expert and novice therapist consultations, was developed, and then pilot tested with novice trainees and changes made to produce the evaluation version. Feasibility, acceptability, and training benefits were assessed in a group of naïve UK NHS mental health professionals. Training engagement with a group of clinicians who accessed the programme for professional development was compared to those who paid fees.


Most mental health professionals finished training and passed the knowledge test, indicating that training enhanced clinicians' knowledge. Fee‐paying trainees had significantly faster completion times and a higher proportion finished in the recommended time. Those who were successful at passing the knowledge questionnaire had significantly fewer years in practice. The majority were satisfied with the programme, felt they had made considerable progress and that training would allow them to begin practicing CR, and would recommend the training to colleagues.


This online CR training programme was feasible, acceptable to participants and showed benefits for clinicians. It improved knowledge even in the most junior of staff who have had less time to develop clinical know‐how.

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