Goal Management Training® is a cognitive rehabilitation program grounded in neuroscientific principles. It is designed to help individuals with impairments in executive functioning improve their planning and ability to achieve goals.
If you are a participant in the program, our goals are to help you:
- Raise awareness of your own problem solving and attention.
- Take control by taking time to stop and think.
- Learn strategies to help with planning and remembering to do things.
- Reduce anxiety and pressure, and increase confidence.
A clinician referral is required. This program is designed for individuals who report problems with executive functioning in everyday life. These difficulties may be associated with diverse medical and/or mental health conditions. The program is not intended for individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia.
The program is well-suited for persons who demonstrate:
- Self-report of problems with everyday executive functioning (e.g., disorganized, overwhelmed, distractible, can’t complete tasks, can’t prioritize, can’t remember things)
- Worry, frustration, and/or dissatisfaction with these problems
- Openness to learning new skills to address these problems
- Sufficient memory function to carry educational information forward across weekly sessions
An individual suitability interview is arranged with all referred clients to review the above prior to any offer of admission.
The program is typically delivered in a small group workshop that consists of 9 weekly 2-hour meetings. These meetings are usually held on either Monday or Wednesday mornings. Group meetings are a mix of teaching, discussion, practice exercises, and review of homework. Participants who attend groups and complete homework tend to obtain the most benefit from the program. A follow-up meeting is held 4-8 weeks after the program concludes.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all individual and group meetings are held virtually via Zoom.
There is a program fee of $150 that includes a participant workbook. Private health insurance plans may cover this cost (services provided by a psychologist). Limited needs-based assistance is available.
How to refer
Referrals are accepted from clinicians in Baycrest ambulatory care programs. Referrals can be made through the order entry module of the MEDITECH system (GMT suitability assessment), or sent by fax to x4235 on an internal consultation request form.
For more information
Goal Management Training was developed at Baycrest. Please visit https://gmt.learnworlds.com/ for information about program background, evidence base, materials, and train-the-trainer workshops for health care professionals. A list of therapists who provide this training is also maintained at this site.
For more information about the Goal Management Training service at Baycrest, contact the program team at 416-785-2500 ext.2445.