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Volume 21, issue 4

Review article

Therapeutic effects of the Social Cognition and Neurocognition Training (SCNT) in brain stroke patients

Ewelina Wilkos1, Marta Giguere1, Maryla Sawicka1, Katarzyna Kucharska1
1. Klinika Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warszawa
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2012; 21(4): 299–305
Keywords: cerebral stroke, brain damage, rehabilitation, social cognitive training, neurocognitive training, cognitive functions, social skills, theory of mind

Abstract

Objective. To present an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program focused on neurocognitive skills and social functioning - the Social Cognition and Neurocognition Training (SCNT).
Review. The SCNT is based on the cognitive-behavioral therapy model. Its structure is similar to that of such therapeutic programs as the Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) and Metacognitive Training. The aim of the SCNT is to help brain-damaged patients in restoration of empathy and attribution processes, and to improve their neurocognitive functions, i.e. attention, memory, thinking and meta-cognitive skills.
Conclusions. Provision of parallel training in neurocognitive and social cognitive skills is assumed to produce positive changes of cognitive, emotional and social nature that may subsequently lead to an improvement in the patients' quality of life [1]. Development and refinement of therapeutic methods in the management of post-stroke patients seems of crucial importance considering the high rates of both stroke incidence in the Polish population and disability among stroke survivors.

Address for correspondence:
mgr Ewelina Wilkos
Klinika Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii
ul. Sobieskiego 9, 02‒957 Warszawa
tel: 22 45 82 521
mail: ewel81@poczta.onet.pl