We help people eliminate barriers that prevent them from engaging in meaningful activity in the community.
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET)
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy is an evidence based therapy that improves neurocognition (attention, short term memory, processing speed, etc.) and social cognition (the ability to act wisely in social situations) in people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia.
CET arose from evidence that neurodevelopmental impairment underlies schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses that causes problems with memory, attention, problems solving, and focus. Observations indicate that such impairments may account for problems in social relating (social cognition). Often people with mental illness struggle with social cognitive impairments and have difficulty coping with changes in social contexts and reading informal social rules. For example, the process of summing up a situation to get the gist of what behavior is appropriate, and then understanding the perspective of others and adjusting one’s behavior can be a significant challenge.
CET jump starts the brain and re-engages individuals in the process of developing neurocognitive and social cognitive functions, which can improve negative symptoms including social withdrawal, lack of energy, and spontaneity or initiative. CET is a 12-month program, offered in a weekly group session and includes computer exercises to improve attention, memory and problem solving skills, along with a social cognition group that expands on group members’ improved attention to task, memory, and cognitive processing speed. The social cognitive group engages group members in active processing of social cognitive topics such as cognitive flexibility, perspective taking, medications, and adjustments to living with a disability.
Current research suggests that CET can be a powerful adjunct to medication and psychotherapy and can promote further recovery from severe mental illness. PLAN of Southwest Ohio’s CET program started in 2007 in conjunction with staff from the Center for Cognition and Recovery (CCR) in Cleveland, Ohio (www.cetcleveland.org). PLAN of Southwest Ohio continues to receive supervision and training from this group today. We just began our seventh CET group and hope to have amazing results that we experienced in the past as our graduates become more involved in work, volunteer activities, social interaction, independent living, and flexible thinking.
BE Active Program
PLAN’s new Be Active Program started March 2014 thanks to a generous start up grant from the Morris Braun Foundation. Be Active aims to provide structured, weekly, activity to PLAN participants to promote health and wellness in our group. The Be Active program also aims to eliminate the barriers people with disabilities face that prevent them from engaging in meaningful activity in the community (i.e., cost, transportation, lack of friends to support and encourage positive participation). Toward that end, the program is free to PLAN participants and free transportation can be arranged! Be Active comprises three distinct weekly activities that PLAN members can join each week:
Group Volunteering Each Wednesday, join PLAN staff Melissa Rowland and program assistants Chris Brinck and Adam Keener as we care for the stray cats of the Save the Animals Foundation. We’ll be cleaning litter plans, changing food and water, and best of all, playing and socializing with the animals as we work.
Exercise and Wellness Join PLAN Staff Melissa Rowland and program assistants Chris Brinck and Adam Keener as we kick off some “Beginners” exercise on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting March 2014. We’ll be walking, gaining stamina and increasing distance each day as we go! Starts at 10:00 both days.
Upcycling Join us each Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the PLAN office for Upcycling! PLAN participants, family members, friends, staff, and PLAN board members all get together to make new and improved things out of the old! We spend the time making new and improved things and marketing our creations at local Craft Shows. All supplies are provided (unless you have some odds and ends, old beads, scrap fabric and notions, wine and beer bottles at your house you’d like to donate to the cause!). Hosted by PLAN staff members Stacy Martz and Melissa Rowland, and Board member/Participant Cindy Schneider. Pizza provided!