Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) is a psychosocial recovery approach for patients living with severe mental illness. 

Therapists/ Counsellors/ Coaches who use the CET approach guide patients to acquire the skills needed to advance their social-cognitive and neurocognitive functioning. (Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, © 2005-2022)

CET is known to improve social skills and help people learn to function better with and around other people.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy is a performance-based, comprehensive, developmental approach to the rehabilitation of social cognitive and neurocognitive deficits. (Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, © 2005-2022)

This Evidence-Based Practice is designed to help people improve the social and non-social cognitive impairments that limit adaptive function and quality of life in certain neurodevelopmental disorders.

CET is designed to help people with schizophrenia (a chronic and disabling mental disorder characterized by deficits in cognition, functioning, and adjustment), bipolar disorder, serious depression and some forms of autism (a developmental disability caused by the differences in one’s brain).

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet is targeted to train in attention, memory and problem-solving.

Engaging in computer-based exercises helps increase memory, attention span and learning ability.

Relying on different group exercises helps to improve problem-solving skills and the ability to relate to other people.

CET generally targets cognitive deficits that limit recovery. 

According to the Center for Cognition & Recovery (© 2022), the benefits of CET include:

  • Awareness of Social Context
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Active Thinking
  • Perspective Taking 
  • Mental Stamina
  • Attention
  • Memory 
  • Motivation et al

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet is divided into two parts:

  1. Neuro-cognitive computer exercises
  2. Group exercises to simulate social cognition discussions

This worksheet requires qualified practitioners/ coaches to give patients intellectual and emotional problems to solve. 

CET normally consists of 48 weekly sessions and a closed group of 8 to 12 individuals.

The most suitable approach for this worksheet is to help patients by engaging in:

  1. Interactive Social Cognition Discussions
  2. Cognitive Exercises carried out in class
  3. Individual coaching classes carried out at least once a week.



Computer-Based Exercises:

Computer-based exercises help increase memory, attention span and learning ability.

What computer-based exercises are you engaging in personally or during your CET Sessions?

Example: Playing Sudoku or Playing Chess

List different ways in which you have seen an improvement in your memory, attention span or learning ability during your CET Sessions.

Example: I am more interested in completing the game I started without losing focus.

What cognitive exercises have you participated/ participated in during your CET Sessions?

Example: Completing a jigsaw puzzle


How do you feel before and after completing the exercise?

Before completing a jigsaw puzzle: ConfusedAfter completing a jigsaw puzzle: Accomplished

Engaging in Group Exercises:

List down anything new you learnt about yourself while interacting with your group members.

Example: I am an active listener.

List down anything new you learnt about your team members while interacting with them during your CET sessions.

Example: Henry makes all of us laugh. He is very funny. 

List down different scenarios you practised social cognition during your CET sessions.

Example: Instead of interjecting Lisa while speaking, I waited for her to first finish.  

  1. Assessing the Evidence

Individual Coaching:

List down your weekly progress of how you feel before and after a private session with your coach?



Center for Cognition & Recovery: Changing Lives. (© 2022). Available at: [Accessed on October 18, 2022]

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy. (© 2005-2022). Official Site for Research, Training, and Implementation. Available at: 

[Accessed October 18, 2022]. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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