Frequently Asked Questions

CIRCuiTS

To which safety standards has CIRCuiTS been developed?

CIRCuiTS is a standalone piece of software which has been developed under the strict quality system of King's College London. It is a CE- and UKCA-marked Class I medical device. This means that it has been certified in accordance with the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC and the UK Medical Devices Regulations (2002) The Medical Devices (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.

Where can I read more about CIRCuiTS and cognitive remediation (CRT)?

 

The following book is an essential resource on the background, theory, and delivery of CRT:

Wykes, T., & Reeder, C. (2005). Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Schizophrenia: Theory and Practice. Hove: Routledge.

Download the following document for a selection of the latest empirical research:

Can CIRCuiTS be used on a tablet?

 

Yes it can. Check first that your client is comfortable using a tablet. CIRCuiTS provides both a client tutorial on using a touch screen and a therapist tutorial on delivering CIRCuiTS using a tablet. Please note that, as with a PC or laptop, an internet connection is required to use CIRCuiTS on a tablet.

CIRCuiTS can be used on the following tablet devices:

iPad 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation | iOS 7 or higher | Safari

iPad Air 1st and 2nd generation | iOS 7 or higher | Safari

iPad Mini 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation | iOS 7 or higher | Safari

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1 inch) | Android 4.2 or higher | Google Chrome

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8 inch) | Android 4.2 or higher | Google Chrome

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1 inch) | Android 4.4 or higher | Google Chrome

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (8 inch) | Android 4.4 or higher | Google Chrome

Nexus 10 | Android 4.2 or higher | Google Chrome

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 | Android 4.4 or higher | Google Chrome

Can CIRCuiTS be used on a mobile phone?

 

No, it is not possible to use CIRCuiTS on any mobile phone device. Mobile screens are too small to view and interact with the finer details of CIRCuiTS.

What counts as appropriate supervision when delivering CIRCuiTS?

 

CIRCuiTS is a psychological therapy which requires regular therapist supervision from someone with an understanding of Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT).

 

For novices relatively new to therapeutic work, one-to-one supervision should be received weekly for a minimum of one hour from an experienced CIRCuiTS therapist. This can drop to fortnightly supervision after the first few clients. Where access to an experienced CIRCuiTS therapist is not possible, advice on supervision should be sought from a member of the CIRCuiTS team.

How does CIRCuiTS manage personal data?

 

CIRCuiTS is fully compliant with The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. No personal data about clients are stored anywhere on paper or electronically, and it is a requirement of therapists' use of CIRCuiTS that they comply with this. Our full Data and Privacy Policy is available on request, and there are resources in CIRCuiTS where clients and therapists can read about their data and rights.

Licenses

How many therapists in my organisation can use CIRCuiTS?

 

An unlimited number of therapists (with suitable training and supervision) may use CIRCuiTS within an organisation that has purchased a license. However, the number of clients who are actively using CIRCuiTS within an organisation is restricted: see here.

What do the 'active' client quotas mean when renewing a license?

 

The quotas of active clients (up to 20, 50, 200, etc.) mean the maximum number of clients that are allowed to be actively using/logging into CIRCuiTS in your organisation at any one time.

 

Your organisation may work with as many clients as it likes within the license period, as long as the number of clients using CIRCuiTS simultaneously does not exceed the quota. When a client finishes CIRCuiTS their account should always be deactivated in the admin system, so that they are no longer counted towards your quota.

Training

Which topics does the online training cover?

 

The training features the following 11 modules:

 

Module 1: Introduction to the Course and CRT

Module 2: How to Use CIRCuiTS

Module 3: Cognitive Targets

Module 4: Metacognitive Knowledge

Module 5: Metacognitive Regulation

Module 6: Setting Goals and Motivation

Module 7: Optimising Learning and Motivation

Module 8: Selecting, Assessing and Formulation

Module 9: Encouraging Independence and Transfer

Module 10: Your Role as a Therapist

Module 11: Getting Started with CIRCuiTS

How long does the online training take to complete?

 

There are 11 online modules, each taking around 1-2 hours to complete. If purchasing our Online Training Package, you will have a maximum of 3 months access to CIRCuiTS to complete the training. We therefore recommend that you complete at least 1 module a week. The training can be challenging and time-intensive, and so it is important that you proactively set aside time in your work schedule to complete the modules, getting approval and support from your management if necessary.

 

If your organisation is also purchasing a CIRCuiTS license (or already has one) you will be able to access CIRCuiTS for the duration of that license and therefore will have longer to complete the training.

What else is necessary to qualify as a CIRCuiTS therapist?

 

After completing the online course, in order to complete your training you may be required to attend a clinical workshop or to receive supervision from an experienced CIRCuiTS therapist (e.g. from within the CIRCuiTS team) on your first two clients. Supervision and face-to-face training arrangements should be discussed with the CIRCuiTS team at the point of purchasing the training.

How soon can I start working with CIRCuiTS clients after completing my training?

 

As soon as you like, provided that you are receiving regular, ongoing supervision from a suitable clinician. In fact, it is encouraged that you begin working with a client as soon as possible after completing the training, in order to consolidate your learning.

Is the online training course available in different languages?

 

No, the online training is currently only available in UK English. The CIRCuiTS programme itself, however, is available in a range of languages: see here.

MEMBERS FORUM

What is the Members Forum?

 

Our Members Forum is accessed via this website. It is a place for CIRCuiTS trainees and practicing therapists to connect with other trainees and therapists around the world. Members have their own profile and can ask questions, start discussions and debates, offer advice, encouragement, and support, and share experiences (both difficulties and successes!). There is one forum area for practitioners and one for trainees. In the forums, members can search for, read and comment on questions and discussions that other members have started. Members can also write their own forum posts asking a new question or opening up a new topic for discussion. We hope that this will allow members to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and connection within the worldwide CIRCuiTS community.

Who can access the Members Forum?

The Members Forum is for people who already have an active CIRCuiTS account. This normally means people who are currently doing our online training course or people who are currently delivering CIRCuiTS to clients under an active clinical or research license. Please do not request access to the Members Forum if you do not currently have an active CIRCuiTS account, as your request will not be approved.

How do I access the Members Forum?


Click the ‘Members Forum’ page in the menu above. Enter your email and a strong password of your choosing, and click ‘Sign Up’. Keep ‘Join this site’s community’ ticked in order to use the full range of forum functions. A sign-up request will be sent to the CIRCuiTS Team for approval. If you currently have an active CIRCuiTS account, your request will be approved and you will be notified of this by email. You will then be able to log into the Members Forum page (by clicking ‘Log In’).