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 Utah Psychological Association

Demystifying Functional Neurological Disorders

  • March 17, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Livestream event via Zoom. Link sent two days before event.


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3.0 CE Hours

Course Overview:

Functional neurological disorders (FND) are the second most common cause of complaints of patients seeking neurological care. Functional neurological symptoms can mimic any neurological symptoms, and the most common subtypes are Functional Seizures or Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) and Functional Movement Disorders (FMD). For decades, these conditions have puzzled medical providers and effective diagnosis and treatment has been hard to achieve. Recent research has brought more clarity to the conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment of FND, providing hope for patients and providers. Psychotherapeutic intervention remains the most effective treatment approach for these conditions. In this workshop, Dr. VanderVeen will review the latest research into FND, including how psychologists and mental health professionals can use evidence-based practices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with FND.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand current and historical conceptualizations of functional neurological disorders
  2. Understand the role of mental health professionals in the diagnosis of functional neurological disorders
  3. Improve knowledge of evidence-based psychological treatments for functional neurological disorders


J. Davis VanderVeen, Ph.D.

Davis VanderVeen earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). He completed his predoctoral internship at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, and completed one year of post-doctoral training in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. VanderVeen is a health psychologist in private practice with Anchored Health Psychology, and works in the Pain Management Center at the University of Utah. He sees patients for all health-related presentations, and specializes in working with patients with functional neurological disorders, chronic pain, and sleep issues.


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 On or before March 10, 2023 $75  $125
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