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5.00 / 5.00

Overall Score: 11/11

Proposed Goal: 2/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 1/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 1/1
Research Independence and Review: 2/2
Research Base: 3/3

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Rating Date: August 2020

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Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) is a holistic, integrated program for treating the cognitive and psycho-social impairments found in chronic psychotic conditions. Along with coaching and group treatment experiences, CET includes a computer-based cognitive training module designed to improve core cognitive functioning in areas of attention, memory, and problem solving. Since CET is an integrated treatment approach, each piece is intended to complement the other treatment modalities. The CET manual can be bought for $50.00 plus $4.50 for shipping and handling. Additional materials can be bought for $25.00 which includes session agendas, participant handouts, exercises and assessments.

Technical Details

Available For: Web
Developer: CET Training LLC
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted Conditions: Schizophrenia
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? Mandatory
Languages Available: English
Cost: $50 for the manual, $25 for the CD
Get it on: Web

Research on this App

In one study, a 2-year randomized controlled trial aimed to differentiate the effects of cognitive enhancement therapy (CET) and enriched supportive therapy (therapy that fosters illness management through applied hoping strategies and education) on cognition and behavior. A total of 121 participants took part in this study. To test the outcomes participants took six highly reliable measures of processing speed, neurocognition, cognitive style, social cognition, social adjustment and symptoms. These assessments were completed at baseline and at 12 and 24 months. CET was found to have significant positive effects on neurocognition, processing speed, cognitive style and social cognition after two years of the treatment. (Hogarty GE, Flesher S, Ulrich R, et al. 2004. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/482052)

Another study aimed to examine the effects of CET on cognitive and functional outcomes in early-course schizophrenia. 58 early-course outpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were randomly assigned to CET (N = 31) or enriched supportive therapy (EST) (N = 27) and were treated for two years. Assessments of if cognition, social adjustment, and symptoms were annually assigned by a computer-based test. CET showed significant effects favoring CET on social cognition, cognitive style, social adjustment, and symptoms. (Eack, S. M., Greenwald, D. P., Hogarty, S. S., Cooley, S. J., DiBarry, A. L., Montrose, D. M., & Keshavan, M. S.. 2009. https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/pdf/10.1176/ps.2009.60.11.1468.

Two other studies wanted to explore if CET had lasting positive effects. It was found CET effects persist for at least an additional year following the treatment. (Eack, Greenwald, Hogarty, & Keshavan. 2010. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0920996410012223?via%3Dihub)
(Hogarty, G. E., Greenwald, D. P., & Eack, S. M.. 2006. https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/pdf/10.1176/ps.2006.57.12.1751)

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