Mind Stimulation Therapy was pioneered by Mohiuddin Ahmed, Ph.D. in the context of his 40+ years of clinical practice in various settings: inpatient, outpatient, public schools, residential programs in the community with dual diagnosed substance abuse problems, behavior disorders associated with developmental disability conditions, and people with psychiatric problems in the nursing homes. The model from its initial conception was further refined and developed in collaboration over a 20+ years with Professor Charles Boisert of Rhode Island College, a former student-Extern of Dr. Ahmed at Community Care Alliance of RI (formerly NRI Community Services), and with whom Dr. Ahmed has had many publications and more recently a book: Mind Stimulation Therapy: Cognitive Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia, Routledge, 2013.
Although, the book is written by two clinical psychologists (Ahmed and Boisvert), the Foreword to the book is written by a long-term practicing psychiatrist Ron Abramson, MD, and the published reviews are by two noted psychiatrists, Harold Bursztajn, MD, (co-author of Medical Choices and Medical Chances) and David N. Osser, MD (both associated with Harvard Medical School), provide the Mind Stimulation Therapy model with strong cross-discipline support and advocacy.
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, people with mental health issues serving in the criminal justice systems, behaviorally challenging adult clients with developmentally disabled conditions, and psychiatrically and physically-compromised adults in the nursing homes.
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.
We will highlight and post different elements and applications of Mind Stimulation Therapy to various clinical populations.