Multiple Sclerosis:
What is it? How is it Diagnosed?​


CE Credit


Cost for 1 CE


Skill Level

1 hr




Course Summary

This module teaches basic pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis, theories of etiology, and basic epidemiology. This will help mental health providers address unhelpful or inaccurate thought patterns (e.g., self-blame for contracting the disease), address health behaviors that could lead to faster progression (e.g., smoking), and correct misinformation about the racial and ethnic make-up of those that develop MS. 

Additionally, being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is inherently fraught with uncertainty.  Diagnosing the disease can be lengthy, and patients often express questions about the process.  They are often unaware of MS mimics that neurologists are trying to rule-out.  Understanding the diagnostic process, as well as MS mimics can help psychologists and mental health providers decrease unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts about the diagnostic process, increase confidence in their medical team, enhance adherence to recommended tests, or enhance multi-disciplinary care. 

Additionally, MS has several subtypes (e.g., relapsing-remitting or progressive). Understanding these clinical courses and the natural history with and without disease modifying medications, can help with psychoeducation of patients living with the condition, as well as encouraging adherence to disease modifying medications to reduce disease progression.  

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Differentiate between the different types of MS in order to understand a particular patient’s experience or potential disease trajectory.
  2. Identify at least 3 symptoms common to MS. Understanding different MS symptoms can help mental health providers understand how these symptoms impact psychosocial functioning (e.g., bladder incontinence may lead to increased anxiety and social isolation).
  3. Described the testing and diagnostic process, including the basics of the McDonald diagnostic criteria.

Who is the course for?

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.

Course Format

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 Instructors

How to Take This Course and Criteria to Receive Credit​

To obtain a certificate of completion for continuing education credits associated with this course, please follow the following steps:

    1. Enroll in this course
    2. 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. 
    3. Alternatively, you can read the podcast transcript, in its entirety.
    4. 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, will be emailed to you. It will also be available on your Empathy 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


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.  Find Empathy will keep course certificates on file for 5 years. If you have trouble accessing your certificate contact


Listening is free. Pay only if you need the continuing education credits.

This course is 1 hour and worth 1 CE. It costs $20.

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