Z 01/16/19: Ethical Issues Facing Functional Neurological Disorders – “What is My Diagnosis”?

$ 40.00

January 16, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 pm. CST

The registration for this webinar will close on January 16, at 12:00 pm cst.

Instructor: R. Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine & Northwestern Medicine

Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Nurses, Social Workers


Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that falls between the borderlands of neurology and psychiatry. It is characterized by one or more symptoms of altered voluntary motor or sensory function that cannot be fully explained by another neurological or medical condition. Many clinicians often feel inadequate in making the diagnosis, understanding the illness, or discussing it with patients. Many patients often feel marginalized or unsatisfied with encounters with clinicians and have a sense of non-disclosure. Additionally, clinicians may avoid discussing the diagnosis or prognosis with patients.  The management of FND has significant impact on patients’ quality of lives and healthcare cost given the risk of frequent hospital visits and less informed plethora of expensive work ups without solid supportive data. Many patients want to learn more about the diagnosis and a discussion about the illness often supports the treatment in rehabilitation settings. Improved understanding of the diagnosis may also allow clinicians to implement treatment plans that foster independence and gradual restoration of functioning. This webinar will focus on the diagnosis of FND and principles of what this diagnosis is and is not. It will discuss how to present the diagnosis to patients and the importance of diagnostic disclosure.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the diagnostic criteria for a functional neurological disorder
  • Identify methods to discuss the diagnosis with a patient
  • Understand the ethical dilemma underlying diagnostic disclosure of FND

    Continuing Education Credits

     Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour. Approval #216-000069.

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1 contact hour.

    Occupational Therapy 

    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This introductory level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT


    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OH-362, 09/01/2020-29KAS)

    This CNE activity is  being offered for 1.0 contact hours

    Social Work

    The Shiriey Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.  This program will award 1 CEU.

    Speech-Language Pathology


    This course is offered for  0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


    Financial -  Receives a salary from Northwestern Medicine and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

    Non-Financial -  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists