Diagnosis and Treatment of Functional Movement Disorders (FMD)

Description: Functional movement disorders (FMD) are common, yet patients often experience delays in diagnosis and poor access to treatment.  Multidisciplinary treatment programs, integrating physical, occupational and speech therapy with a cognitive behavioral therapy based approach have shown promise in recent years.  This course will review current diagnostic criteria for FMD, communication with patients and multidisciplinary treatment strategies.  The activity is designed to provide practical tools, helping patients achieve optimal quality of life. 


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

  • Recognize current diagnostic criteria for functional movement disorders
  • Apply motor retraining strategies for treatment of functional movement disorders
  • Identify principles of cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of functional movement disorders

Instructor:  Kathrin LaFaver, MD, FAAN, Associate Professor of Neurology
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Occupational Therapy
    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 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 – Performance Skills; Category 2: OT Process - Intervention 

    Physical Therapy

    The Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours has approved this course. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

    Speech-Language Pathology

    Logo for The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Units

    This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


    Financial: Receives a salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
    Non-financial: Medical Advisors for FND Hope

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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