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Functional neurological Disorders – empowering clinicians in multidisciplinary teams to meet the need

Session outline

Functional Neurological disorders (FND) are an under recognized form of disability with significant impact on individuals, the community, and health care resources. There is evidence of the utility of a rehabilitation approach to support recovery in this patient group. There is, however, a lack of resources, and many rehabilitation clinicians lack confidence working with this patient group. The team from the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service have developed an education workshop that has been shown through participant feedback to improve clinician confidence in the approach to working with young people with FND.

In this workshop we work through a Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Model to assist young people with Functional neurological disorders. We present a model for assessment and rehabilitation goal setting, model discussions around diagnosis and psychoeducation, and take participants through the process of planning and working through an inpatient rehabilitation stay. We will use PowerPoint/video presentations to present theory alongside group discussions and breakout sessions to practise skills and discuss barriers. We will also provide the opportunity for breakout sessions to share discipline specific approaches to FND in a rehabilitation team.  We will present an approach to discharge planning with an emphasis on relapse prevention and how to support community clinicians with working with this patient group.

Throughout the session we will provide case examples and worksheets to support discussion and learning outcomes and provide written materials in the form of a manual for clinicians to refer to beyond the workshop.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the importance of the language used to explain and support an understanding of FND
  • The role of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach to FND
  • A framework for goal setting for patients with FND
  • How to prepare a patient and your team for an admission
  • Relapse prevention planning for a young person with FND
  • Discipline specific strategies to approaching young people with FND to help them achieve their goals

Target audience

  • Allied health
  • Medical practitioners
  • Students
  • Trainees
  • Nursing staff

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