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Professionals in Epilepsy Care Symposium 2014

Recorded December 2014

Overview
Recent research and practice recommendations include the comprehensive care of persons with epilepsy and their families. Despite this recommendation no guideline exists for comprehensive epilepsy care. This symposium will present recent research and practice evidence to assist interdisciplinary providers about practical ways to provide comprehensive care for persons with epilepsy and their families through the lifespan. Cases will be used to apply interventions to improve health outcomes through early comorbidity screening and health outcomes including: behavioral health screening, behavioral interventions and resources, antiepileptic medication through the lifespan, as well as care of special populations such as veterans and adolescents.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize when to screen for comorbid epilepsy conditions, initiate appropriate treatment, and refer to the appropriate health care professional
  • Participate in providing education, resources, and counseling to persons with epilepsy and their families regarding the comprehensive treatment needs of persons with epilepsy
  • Assist the epilepsy care team / provider in identifying and treating the comorbid conditions and identifying antiepileptic medication issues for children, men, women, and the elderly
  • Assist the epilepsy care team / provider in identifying and using best screening instruments regarding epilepsy psychiatric / psychological / neurodevelopmental comorbid conditions for persons with epilepsy and their families. Learner will also assist in the practical provision of or access to behavioral treatment of such comorbid conditions.

Target Audience
Basic and Intermediate

Program
Co-Chairs: Georgette Smith, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP and Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.
Introduction and Case Presentation
Georgette Smith, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP

Behavioral Health and Cognitive Screening as Part of the Epilepsy Clinic Visit
Bruce P. Hermann, Ph.D.

Finding Resources and Practical Solutions for Behavioral Interventions
Loretta Carbone, M.S.W.

Antiepileptic Therapy: Pediatric, Elderly, Women’s and Men’s Issues
Jeannine Conway, Pharm.D.

Special Populations
Mary Jo Pugh, Ph.D., RN (Veterans)
Jonathan Edwards, M.D. (Adolescents)

Review of Cases: Panel Discussion
Sandra Cushner Weinstein, M.S.W.

Conclusions
Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.

ABPN Core Competencies
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the Professionals in Epilepsy Care Symposium and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

Core Competencies: Professionalism, Practice-based Learning, Interpersonal and Communication Skills and System-based Practice