Functional Neurological Disorders: Diagnosis and Conceptualization for Clinical Practice (Self-Study Webinar)

  • January 01, 2025




This presentation reviews current diagnostic criteria and typical presentations of common Functional Neurological Disorders (FNDs). Current conceptualization models for understanding the development and maintenance of FND symptoms are reviewed and critiqued. The presenter demonstrates the applicability of an integrated model in clinical settings through the use of case examples. Research has demonstrated that initial diagnosis and psychoeducation regarding FND is crucial in success of future treatment; therefore, this presentation focuses on best practices regarding delivery of diagnosis. Finally, emphasis on the impact of sociocultural factors in understanding and conceptualizing FNDs is highlighted

Learning Objectives:

1) Define and describe common presentations of Functional Neurological Disorders (FNDs)

2) Critique current models of conceptualizing FNDs, including the role of stigma and healthcare inequities

3) Describe the ways in which various cultural, political, and sociodemographic factors may influence the development and presentation of FND symptoms

4) Apply the best practice principles to their clinical work with patients with FNDs

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Stinson is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist within the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine who specializes in evaluation of the cognitive and neurobehavioral status of patients presenting with a wide range of neurodegenerative conditions. As a clinician, she has the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams to help ensure patients and families receive the best care possible. Clinical specialties include differential diagnosis of dementia and the evaluation of patients with epilepsy and brain tumors, including intraoperative mapping of motor, somatosensory, and language abilities. Through these responsibilities, she has had the opportunity to supervise learners across training levels and help them appreciate the important contributions neuropsychology makes to the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Clinical specialties continue to inform her research interests, which include the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of caregiver stress, predicting postoperative outcomes in epilepsy surgical patients, and designing effective supervision models for training in clinical neuropsychology.

This course is offered for 1.0 CE credits (1 hour)

$10 fee for NYSAN members

$30 fee for non-members

*New York State Association of Neuropsychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0052.*

*NYSAN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NYSAN maintains responsibility for this program and its content.* 

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