Case Studies: When to Refer Patients for Cognitive Behavioral or Mindfulness-based Psychotherapies: Expanding the Neurologist's Toolkit

Event Time: Wednesday May 8, 2019 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
ELA Type: Live Well
Topic(s): Experiential Learning Area, Aging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology
Director(s): David Perez MD, Aneeta Saxena MD, Gaston Baslet MD
Description: Neuropsychiatric symptoms are common across several neurologic conditions, including traumatic brain injury, headache/pain syndromes, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, among others. In addition to primary management of the underlying neuro-pathophysiology, neuropsychiatric symptoms, including emotion dysregulation, poor impulse control, and executive dysfunction, require incorporation into a patient-centered treatment plan. While pharmacologic interventions are to be considered, behavioral medicine interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies (MBT), are increasingly recognized to have a significant role in the evidence-based management of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Through case-based descriptions, attendees will learn basic principles of both CBT and MBT, and to identify which patients may particularly benefit from CBT and/or MBT interventions. Ultimately, attendees will be able to engage patients in practical discussions around management, addressing "how will psychotherapy help improve my neurologic symptoms?"
Completion Message: By the end of the talk, attendees will be able to 1) identify patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms that will benefit from a referral to cognitive behavioral or mindfulness-based psychotherapies; 2) explain to patients the goal of the referral and the basic mechanism by which a cognitive behavioral or mindfulness-based approach can be helpful; 3) interact meaningfully with psychotherapists to help improve patients' conditions.
CME Credits: 0.75
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement

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