Pediatric Functional Neurological Disorders

 


Three (3) Hour Virtual Professional Development Workshop for Texas Psychologists, LPCs, LCSWs, and LMFTs

Friday, September 18, 2020  - 9:00 am to noon


Allison Wilkinson Smith opt    Jeff Waugh opt    Stevie Puckett opt

Workshop Description

Dr. Wilkinson-Smith will provide an overview of psychological and neuropsychological functioning in pediatric patients with functional neurological disorders. Existing literature on cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial functioning in this population will be reviewed. Methods for assessing children and their families will be discussed, including relevant tests as well as interview techniques. Highlights from data collected at the Children's Health Pediatric Functional Neurological Disorders clinic will be provided, along with example case studies.

Dr. Waugh will describe the clinical physiology and neuroimaging research that describes objective, brain-based abnormalities in patients with FND. He will detail an approach to clinical assessment that focuses on unique physical exam features that distinguish FND from other causes of abnormal movements, strength, and sensation.

Dr. Puckett-Perez will present on research-supported treatment of Functional Neurological Disorders, with focus on how psychology providers may effectively support FND patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will recognize the clinical and physiologic abnormalities that correlate with Functional Neurological Disorder and develop a framework or discussing FND as a circuit disorder
  • Describe clinical features of functional neurological disorders in pediatric patients
  • List appropriate neuropsychological measures that are helpful in the assessment of functional disorders
  • Describe effective therapeutic strategies that may be used in the treatment of patients with functional neurological disorder

Presenters

Dr. Alison-Wilkinson Smith is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP), has a sub- specialty certification in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and is certified in Therapeutic Assessment of children. She is the co-director of the Pediatric Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic at Children's Health. She is actively involved in assessment of youth with functional neurological disorders, as well as research and clinical training. Her interests also include pediatric autoimmune encephalitis and the assessment of children with complex mental health and psychosocial needs. She has a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Consortium and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Dr. Jeff Waugh is the director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Program at UT Southwestern, and the co-director of the Functional Neurological Disorders clinic at Children’s Health. By training he is a pediatric neurologist and research neuroscientist, and devotes 75% of his time to neuroimaging research to understand the anatomic bases for movement disorders in children. Dr. Waugh completed his MD and PhD as part of the MST Program at UT Southwestern. He trained at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for his Pediatrics residency, and completed a second residency in Pediatric Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He then spent two years in post graduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he completed a combined clinical fellowship in Movement Disorders and post-doctoral fellowship in research neuroimaging. After completing his clinical training, he accepted a faculty position at the Harvard Medical School and founded the Pediatric Movement Disorders clinics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, the first such clinics in New England. He joined the faculty of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern in 2017, where he leads an expanding group of researchers in investigating the neuroanatomic bases for developmental disorders of movement.

Dr. Stevie Puckett-Perez is a Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She provides therapeutic treatment in the hospital setting to children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide variety of presenting medical and psychological needs. However, much of her work involves treatment of children with functional disorders, as well as training and mentoring fellows and students in this area, and providing consultation and support for medical colleagues to collaboratively treat patients with complex functional disorders. She has a PhD in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. She completed her internship at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s Health in Dallas. In both her training and professional roles she has developed quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving the care experience of patients with functional diagnoses, such as Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), Function Gastrointestinal Disorder (FGID), and other Somatic Symptom Disorders.

Registration Fees

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Early Registration (By 09/14/20): DPA Member - $65; Non-Member - $95; DPA Student/Intern/Postdoc Member - $15; Non-Member Student/Intern/Postdoc - $45

Delayed Registration (after 09/14/20): DPA Member - $85; Non-Member - $115; DPA Student/Intern/Postdoc Member - $35; Non-Member Student/Intern/Postdoc - $65

Additional Info

Workshop starts promptly at 9:00 am. Registrants will receive a link to the online workshop once registration is processed. Professional development/CEUs will be emailed at the conclusion of the event once attendance has been confirmed and evaluations are completed. Credits are only available to those who attend the virtual event at the scheduled time. At this time, DPA is not able to provide credit to those who view the recording at a later date.

Accreditation Statement

Psychologists - This activity qualifies for 3.0 hours of professional development credit for Texas Psychologists. Dallas Psychological Association, Inc. (DPA) maintains responsibility for the program and its content as per TSBEP rule 461.11(c)(2)(A). Counselors - This activity consists of 3.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. DPA activities meet the continuing education requirements as outlined in Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors rule 681.142. Social Workers - This activity consists of 3.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. DPA activities meet the continuing education requirements as outlined in Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Workers rules 781.509 and 781.511(a)-(c). Marriage and Family Therapists - This activity consists of 3.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. DPA activities meet the continuing education requirements as outlined in Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists rule 801.264. For all license categories, full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. Please retain the certificate of completion and use as proof of completion when required.

Event Properties

Event Date 09/18/2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 09/18/2020 12:00 pm
Speaker Dr. Jeff Waugh; Dr. Alison-Wilkinson Smith; Dr. Stevie Puckett-Perez
Number Hours 3.0 Hours
Location Virtual Workshop
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