Remotivation Therapy

Guest Blog Post By: Denise Lima-Laskiewicz  ADC/EDU, ICRmT


Remotivation therapy is a successful program because it involves five steps. These steps provide a purpose for the client.  When one does this type of session it guides the clients into the objective parts of one’s life.  Then the client is steered away from wounded parts of his mind.  Each session includes the following steps:

  1. Climate of Acceptance
  2. Bridge to the Real World
  3. Sharing the World inWhich We live
  4. Appreciation of the Work of the World
  5. Climate of Appreciation

For the sake of this article, I will focus on Step 1, Climate of Acceptance.

Step 1 is the most important part  of the Remotivation therapy session.  In this step the Remotivation therapist sets the tone for the rest of the session and the group.  Acceptance occurs when the facilitator accepts the individual for who they are without judgement.  This includes their physical limitation and cognitive abilities.  The Remotivation therapist is able to see beyond the aspect of the indivdual thus accepting him as who he is.

There are several ways to acknowlegdge the individual as a person.  Below are listed for examples:

  1. Greet the person by his/her name
  2. The human touch that is socially acceptable
  3. Compliment the client
  4. Individually greet each person

The Remotivation therapist greets each peson by thier client’s own name.  This tells the client, that I am someone.  This facilitator sees me.  In the next process is the therapeutic touch.

The simple act of extending one’s  hands to the client is healing in itself.  However, it is important to remember that it must be done in a sociable, acceptable way.  It is also possible to touch the client’s shoulder.  The client need not respond back with the same.  In extending one’s hand, it reinforces the fact that the client is an individual, even in a group setting.  When the Remotivation therapist greets the client at the start of the session say something positive about the client. Compliment the person in a socially, acceptable amanner.  For a woman and a man you can provide a compliment on thier jewelry, clothing or hair.  Remember not to make it so personal as to embarass the person.

At the conclusion theses techniques the clients and facilitator have formed a rapport.  In this safe, non-judgmental  environment the clients will share ideas and comments with the groups. The client will want to stay because the remotivation therapist valued him/her as an individual.  These simple steps are a step in the right direction in creating a trusting relationship between the facilitator and the clients in the group.




Certification in The Field of Remotivation

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


Remotivation therapy has been in existence since 1949.  Once Dorothy Hoskins Smith discovered the therapeutic value of Remotivation she shared her information with others.  Once introduced the concept caught on in institutions an other facilities.  In 1971 the National Remotivation Therapy Organization  Inc., was formed. This organization governs and sets the standard for certification for future Remotivation Therapists.

In order to do Remotivation Therapy  one needs to become certified as a Remotivation Therapists.  There are three different levels of Remotivation Therapy  which is the beginner to the advanced.  Below is listed the three levels of certification:

  1.  Provisional Remotivation Therapists   (PRmT)
  2.  Certified Remotivation Therapists        (CRmT)
  3.  Instructor of Remotivation Therapists  (ICRmT)


In each level one is able to conduct a Remotivation Therapy session with diverse clients.

The first level is referred to as a Provisional Remotivation Therapists   (PRmT).  On this level a facilitator conducts a session with 12 prepared adn approved remotivation therapy sessions.  These sessions are approved by the National Remotivation Therapy Org. Inc., (N.R.T.O.)   New remotivation therapy sessions are in the process of development for purchase for future sessions .

The second level is referred to as a Certified Remotivation Therapists  (CRmT).    The Certified Remotivation Therapists  (CRmT) is taught how to develop remotivation sessions through examples.  The remotivation therapist  already has the basic knowledge of why remotivation therapy sessions are conducted  from the provisional level.  However, it is reinforced and re-explained  when the provisional remotivation therapist  decides to upgrade their certification.  As long as the individual remains in good standing  with N.R.T.O inc. the individual  may advance.  The student learns how to prepare the sessions and  then they must develop 12 sessions on their own.   These sessions are critiqued  by the instructor  and returned to the student.  The student is given a certificate pronouncing him/her a Certified Remotivation Therapists  (CRmT).   The student  is able to conduct and create their own programming  and  instruct potential  new students  in Provisional Remotivation Therapy.

The third level is the Instructor of Remotivation Therapists  (ICRmT).  Prior to moving up to this level the individual has to be in good standing with N.R.T.O..  On this level the student is taught how to instuct others on PRmT and CRmT certification.  The course is 6 hours long where it is broken down into 5 modules.  Withing tese modules discussions ar held on the definition of remotivation therapy, developing topics, questions and processing  an developing poems.  Through the workbook and class participation the student hones in their skills.  Once this step  is completed the student is certified as an Instructor  of Remotivation therapy.

Remotivation theray is a validated, evidence based therapy  that is important  in the  field of activities.  The certification process  for each levels takes one day. Below is listed teh hours that it will take to become certified in each level.

PRmT = 6 hours

CRmT=  6 hours

ICRmT= 6 hours

Remotivation threapy is a wonderful technique to learn because it enhances the quality of life for our clients.  It provides a new way to create programming for our residents. The topics are objective in nature, which means Remotivation therapist can discuss any topic.   If you would like further information on remotivation therapy visit or if you are interested in becoming certified as a Remotivation therapist  please free to contact me at


Get certification in remotivation

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



Denise Lima-Laskiewicz, ADC/EDU, ICRmT