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Guest blogger post by: Denise Lima-Laskiewicz, ADC/EDU, ICRmT

As activity professionals, we have been introduced to a variety of techniques to help our residents.  The techniques range from aromatherapy, validation therapy to Remotivation therapy. Whereas the above mentioned therapies are known there is little known about Remotivation therapy.  It is an underutilized therapy which our residents would benefit from.

Remotivation therapy began over 50 years ago by a volunteer, Dorothy Hoskins Smith, where she discovered that if you focus on the unwounded aspect of the person’s mind the individual responds.  Dorothy Hoskins Smith continued this practice for several sessions. Her clients changed, for example, each one got more involved in other aspects of their life.

A remotivation therapy session consists of 8-10 people which last for 30-45 minutes. The sessions are prepared in advance by the facilitator.  The facilitator breaks it down into five steps.


I    Climate of Acceptance

II   Bridge to the Real World

III  Sharing the World In Which We Live

IV  Appreciation of the Work World

V  Climate of Appreciation


In these sessions the facilitator asks questions which is related to the topic at hand. The topic is determined by the Remotivational Therapist.  One question lead into another; these are referred to as bounce questions.  The Remotivational Therapist also uses visual and audio cues during the session.  If the clients are suffering with cognition deficit or Alzheimer’s disease there needs to more visual cues.  The facilitator creates an environment where the clients feel safe.  In this environment whatever the client says is accepted by the Remotivational Therapist in a non-judgmental manner.  Thereby a trusting relationship is established between the client and Remotivational Therapist. The Remotivational Therapist accepts and appreciates what the client provides.  It could be actively participating in the session or remain silent throughout the session.  It is the gift of their presence that the Remotivational Therapist acknowledges.

There are three different levels of Remotivational Therapist.  The first one is Provisional Remotivation Therapist (PRmT) where one conducts a session with N.R.T.O Inc. prepared plans.  The second one is a Certified Remotivation Therapist (CRmT) where one can write their lesson plans.  The final one is the Instructor Certified Remotivation Therapist (ICRmT) where one writes up session and teaches other individuals who would like to learn about Remotivation Therapy.

The National Remotivation Therapy Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization which was established in 1971.  It maintains the current standards and recertification.  For further information visit their website www.remotivation.com.



Denise Lima-Laskiewicz, ADC/EDU, ICRmT

Site: www.remotivation.com.