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Training Programmes

Current psychology of dementia training programmes:

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Training (CST)
CST represents a combination of the most effective non-pharmacological interventions for dementia delivered as group based intervention. CST has been extensively evaluated using large-scale, multi-centre randomised controlled trial methodology across 23 centres, including residential care homes and social care day centres.
We offer a number of one-day capacity-building workshops for health and social care professionals throughout the year aiming to increasing access to CST for people with dementia.  Applicants should be working with people with dementia at the Skilled / Enhanced / Expertise level of practice as identified within the Promoting Excellence Framework. Applicants must be supported by their line manager to attend and implement the training they receive in their own service.

Please see the flyer below for the next CST dates in October;

CST Flyer

Psychological responses to Stress and Distress in Dementia
The 'Psychological responses to Stress & Distress in Dementia' training programme aims to improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers by providing training in an individualised, formulation-driven approach to understanding and intervening in stress and distressed behaviours in people with dementia.  The approach is based upon the clinical model of psychological intervention for responding to distress in dementia developed by Dr Ian Andrew James and Lorna Mackenzie commonly known as the Newcastle Model.
This is a three day Training for Trainers programme for health and social care staff working at the Enhanced and/or Expertise level of practice (as identified by the Promoting Excellence Framework).
Nominees can be identified by senior managers across both health and social care settings.
Certified NES trainers in this programme are invited to join our online community of practice where they will have access to supplementary training materials, discussion forums and updates on the latest research and developments in the field.

For further information on the above training please contact the Psychology of Dementia team at:


  • Current Psychology of Dementia Resources:


"Responding to distress in dementia: A staff supported guide for carers".


Who is this resource for?

This resource has been developed on behalf of the Scottish Government to support delivery of Scotland's National Dementia Startegy. It has been designed specifically for staff working with carers of people with dementia.

The resource is available as a whole workbook, in seperate individual chapters, or as a carer group pack. The resource aims to build on the Psychological responses to Stress and Distress in the Dementia training programme, with a specific focus on carer's level of stress and distress when caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

There are five chapters :

Chapter 1: What do we mean by stressed and distressed behaviour in dementia?

Chapter 2: How can I try to prevent stress and distress in the person I care for?

Chapter 3: Responding to the person with dementia who is distressed.

Chapter 4: Responding to your stress and distress as a carer.

Chapter 5: Caring for yourself.


Hard copies of all three versions are available. If you would like a copy of one or all versions, please contact the Psychology of Dementia team at