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Metacognitive Training (MTC) for People with Schizophrenia

Counteracting exclusion Completed
2014-03-10 - 2014-12-09
66 075,62 PLN
59 135,62 PLN
Project description
The number of persons with diagnosed mental illness who start treatment has been steadily rising. According to statistical yearbook of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, in the years 1990-2009 the indicator of registered incidence of mental disorders rose in outpatient care by 123% to 3638 persons per 100 thousand, and in inpatient care - by 51% to 548 persons per 100 thousand. The system of treatment of psychotic disorders in Poland relies mainly on drug therapy, while support of psychotherapeutic nature is lacking. Daytime support centres (OW), e.g. environmental self-help houses, ensure a form of environmental therapy. Currently, the activities of OW are not effective because they are not prepared and lack resources to conduct new forms of non-drug therapy. Without psychotherapeutic support, the majority of mentally ill persons have no chances to recover and return to normal life.
The aim of the project was to strengthen the system of support for mentally ill people through complementing the basic services offered by OW by metacognitive training for persons with schizophrenia.
As a result of the implementation of the project, 118 support centres in 6 voivodeships broadened their support offer for mentally ill people. About 1500 participants used the metacognitive training (MCT) which helps to reduce the effects of cognitive distortions accompanying the illness.
The activities under the project included trainings in conducting metacognitive training for 192 therapists from 118 support centres in 6 voivodeships, who then conducted metacognitive trainings with approx. 1500 patients. Materials for conducting MCT were prepared - a presentation, film material, samples of home exercises, handbook for participants of trainings (500 copies). An Internet platform was launched as a knowledge base on MCT from where free materials for sessions can be downloaded. The project was promoted during specialist conferences and thematic meetings.
Beneficiaries of the project were 1500 mentally ill persons.
We use the grant for capacity building