Functional neurological disorders

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This course will be taking place online
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This course will be taking place online
About cognitive behavioural therapy training

This one-day workshop examines cognitive behaviour therapy techniques used for patients with functional neurological disorder (FND) symptoms.

Approximately one-third of outpatient neurology clinic attendances are patients reporting functional neurological symptoms*. Nationally there are limited sources of treatment and support for this client group and yet health professionals regularly see patients with FND within their services.

The workshop will feature presentations, case studies, live case examples, as well as interactive discussion. You are encouraged to bring your own case examples for open discussion around barriers and difficulties when treating this client group. This will be facilitated by an expert panel of clinicians working in specialist FND services within Neuropsychiatry Outpatients at Maudsley Hospital and the Lishman Unit at the Bethlem Hospital.

(*source:FND Hope UK).

Learning objectives
Describe the signs, symptoms, and clinical history of functional neurological disorders (FND) Describe the CBT model as it applies to FND
Provide an accurate and therapeutic explanation of an FND diagnosis to patients and carers Start to apply CBT principles and techniques when working with patients with FND
Who is this course for?

This course is open to health professionals who have an interest in learning more about evidence-based CBT** and how this can help patients gain improved management of their FND symptoms, in the hope of improving their quality of life.

(**source: Goldstein et al, 2004)

Why study this course?

Learn from the experts

Maudsley Learning is part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) – the provider of the most extensive portfolio of mental health services in the UK. We also work closely with King’s College London’s researchers. As a result, you’ll only receive information from qualified professionals who are leaders in their fields.

Advance your knowledge

If you’re looking to advance your knowledge of CBT or have an interest in the topic, this course is a great way to develop your understanding in a healthcare context. By the end, you’ll be able to spot the signs of functional neurological disorders (FND) and start to be able to apply CBT techniques when working with these patients.

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Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Clinical support worker, Consultant – non-psychiatry any, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GP, GPVTS, Occupational therapist, Psychology student, Psychotherapist, RMN, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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Frequently asked questions

What qualifications do you need to be a CBT therapist?

Typically, you will need a degree in a psychology related field. Then, most CBT therapists will complete a postgraduate degree or diploma specialising in the topic. In some cases, you may be able to complete a postgraduate diploma without a degree. To do so, you’ll need to demonstrate knowledge, skill and attitude requirements from the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. You may also be able to become a CBT therapist if you’re already a healthcare professional and receive training from the NHS. Courses like this one at Maudsley Learning are a great step towards a career in this field.

How long does it take to become a CBT therapist?

This can vary depending on which route you take. A university postgraduate course will be taught over 12 months in most cases, and NHS training for healthcare staff will vary from region to region.