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July 21, 2012

New Online CE Course on Epilepsy from HealthForumOnline

HealthForumOnline (HFO) a provider of nationally-approved online continuing education (CE) has added a course entitled The Excitable Brain: What Every Clinician Should Know About Epilepsy to their extensive library of over 80 online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and allied health professional,. A neurological disorder affecting millions worldwide, epilepsy remains one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed neurological disorders. Often patients are misdiagnosed with psychiatric illness or attentional disorders before proper diagnosis, increasing their risk for repeated seizures and resultant cognitive and neurobehavioral changes. This online CE course presents information to health care providers to facilitate their role in the assessment and treatment of Epilepsy from a behavioral medicine perspective.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 21, 2012 –HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals is pleased to announce a new course to HFO’s extensive online CE resource library entitled The Excitable Brain: What Every Clinician Should Know About Epilepsy.

An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. In the United States alone, approximately 3 million people are affected with epilepsy or seizures with an annual cost of approximately $17 million in direct and indirect costs.  In fact, it is estimated that 10% of Americans will experience a seizure in their lifetime. Although epilepsy has a major impact on public health, this disorder rarely receives public attention or the amount of research funding necessary to make advances in prevention and treatment (e.g., Reuber & Mayor, 2012; Trevathan, 2011). 

Since epilepsy is not a disease but a symptom of multiple and various causes, the chances of having patients with either seizures or epilepsy are great.  Frequently, clinicians see patients with brain tumors, stroke, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, and dementia, all which may cause seizures or epilepsy.  With the growing number of soldiers returning from war with traumatic brain injury and with the aging population in the United States, the number of patients who have epilepsy is expected to increase in the upcoming decades (e.g., Salinsky, et al., 2011).

In the epilepsy context, misdiagnosis is common and places patients at an increased risk for repeated seizures and resultant cognitive and neurobehavioral changes. Moreover, as these patients are often misdiagnosed with psychiatric illness or attentional disorders before a getting a proper epilepsy diagnosis, mental heatlh professionals can play a pivotal role in diagnostic redirection and the behavior management of symptoms and stress.

This online continuing education course for health professionals reviews the various types of seizure disorders and syndromes using the most current classifications proposed by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). A review of procedures for diagnosing seizures includes neuropsychological evaluation as well as EEG, Wada testing, cortical stimulation mapping, and functional neuroimaging. Special emphasis is placed on neurocognitive and neurobehavioral sequelae of temporal lobe epilepsy. Also of focus is the role of neuropsychological assessment in epilepsy diagnosis and in pre-/post-surgical evaluation. Further, this course reviews differential diagnoses including psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and comorbidity of epilepsy with other medical and psychiatric disorders. Last, the role of the healthcare provider in providing cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy as well as helping patients mitigate factors such as stress, sleep hygiene, diet, alcohol and drug use, and compliance with medications is discussed. 

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO’s 19 categories of continuing education (CE) topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality/mindfulness, LGBT issues) containing over 80 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective.

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

Reuber, M., & Mayor, R. (2012). Recent progress in understanding and treatment of nonepileptic seizures. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 25. In press. doi:10.1097/YCO.013e3283523db6
Salinsky, M., Spencer, D., Boudreau, E., & Furguson, F. (2011). Psychogenic epileptic seizures in US veterans. Neurology, 77(10), 945-950. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e31822cfc46
Trevathan, E. (2011). “Flying blind” without epilepsy surveillance data (Editorial).  American Academy of Neurology. 76 (1), 10-11. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e318203e9b0

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

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