An Introduction to Multiple Sclerosis (MS): What is it? Where does it come from? Who does it affect?

A Pre-Recorded Audio Podcast
Continuing Education Course - 1 CE Credit

Interview Style Podcast Course with Dr. Meghan Beier

Course Summary

In this module, we will be teaching about the basic pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis, different theories of etiology, and basic epidemiology. In addition to the physical symptoms found in multiple sclerosis, 65% of individuals with this disease experience cognitive impairment, and 50% experience at least one significant episode of depression. Understanding the basic pathophysiology of MS can help psychologists and mental health providers understand the etiology of these cognitive and emotional symptoms that are so pertinent and relevant to psychological assessment and treatment.  Additionally, it is helpful for mental health providers to understand the basic epidemiology and theories of etiology around multiple sclerosis to adequately address:

    1. Unhelpful or inaccurate thought patterns (e.g., guilt or self-blame for contracting the disease or worry about passing the disease to offspring),
    2. Identify and address health behaviors that could increase risk of developing MS or leading to faster progression (e.g., smoking), and
    3. Rapidly changing knowledge around the racial and ethnic make-up of those that develop MS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the basic pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis and how it leads to the common cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms. 
    2. List at least one theory of for the etiology of multiple sclerosis. 
    3. Describe at least two facts about the epidemiology of MS. 

Target Audience and Instructional Level

This course is intended for psychologists.  It is also appropriate for mental health counselors, therapists, and social workers.  

The instructional level is at the introductory and intermediate level.

How to Take This Course & Criteria to Receive Credit

To obtain a certificate of completion for 1 CE associated with this course, please follow the following steps:

    1. Create a free Empathie account
    2. Enroll in this course
    3. Listen to the corresponding course podcast by streaming it on the webpage, downloading the audio file, listening on Apple Podcast, Google Play, or your favorite podcast provider. Alternatively, you can read the podcast transcript, in its entirety.
    4. Log into your Empathie account and take the post-test assessment. Achieve a passing grade of at least 75%. 
    5. Complete the Course Evaluation

Remember, full attendance is required for all CE activities. This means you will be asked to certify that you listened to the entire 1-hour podcast episode, or read the entire written transcript prior to completing the post-test assessment. 

Once you have completed the above steps, your course certificate will automatically populate for download. It can be downloaded immediately, or will be available on your Empathie account for future download.

If any accommodations are needed to enroll or participate in the course, or complete the post-test and course evaluation, please contact us at info@findempthie.com.

Course Format

  1. This course is provided in podcast format.  It will be available with all major podcast providers including, but not limited to, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and more.  You can also listen to the podcast via the player on our website or download it for free to your favorite digital device.

Commercial Support

There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, or instructor. 


Course and Certificate Access & Expiration

Course Access:

Once enrolling in a course, you will have 30 days to complete the post-test and course evaluation.  If your access lapses before completing all tasks, you will need to re-enroll. 

Certificate Access:

Once you have completed the post-test and program evaluation, your certificate will be immediately available for download.  Access to the certificate will expire after 365 days. Empathie will keep course certificates on file for 5 years. If a certificate is needed, contact info@findempathie.com

An Introduction to Multiple Sclerosis (MS): What is it? Where does it come from? Who does it affect?

Listening is free. Pay only if you need the CE credit.

Each CE course is $15.