I will be posting here from time to time my thoughts and commentaries on Mind Stimulation Therapy (MST), which I pioneered in the course of my clinical practice over a 40-year period working with varied client populations across ages in varied settings. The MST model was further refined and developed through my years of collaboration with a former student of mine, Dr. Charles Boisvert, Professor of Counseling, and Education Leadership at Rhode Island College, and through our many collaborative publications, and more recently by our collaborative work in writing a book:
- Mind Stimulation Therapy: Cognitive Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia by Mohiuddin Ahmed and Charles Boisvert
Although this book is written by us, two clinical psychologists, the foreword and the published commentaries are by three eminent psychiatrists, signifying a strong cross discipline support and advocacy for the Mind Stimulation Therapy model and its application to clinical practice with “challenging mental health populations.”
The model will appeal to a large number of mental health clinicians of diverse clinical training backgrounds such as psychologists, psychiatrist, mental health clinicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists who may be working in diverse clinical settings. Clinicians of all experience levels will find the model easy to adapt and implement in their ongoing clinical work with persons with schizophrenia. The model can also be easily adapted in working with clients in individual therapy sessions.
The appeal of the model is in its theoretical framework that provides practical approaches to work with difficult and varied clinical populations. The model can be adapted for use with substance abuse clients and psychiatrically and physically-compromised adults in nursing homes. Two chapters are devoted to the use of the MICST model with these client populations. (The use of Mind Stimulation Therapy model with substance abuse populations was presented at the 23rd and 26th Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, and was well received.)
MICST emphasizes mind stimulation techniques characterized by stimulating and enhancing clients’ “intact” areas of memory and cognitive functioning so as to enhance clients’ information processing and ability to engage in reality-based discussions, and to promote recovery. MICST is grounded in information processing and cognitive stimulation techniques and operates out of a “positive psychology” framework