This course is available to the general public for purchase, and is intended for an intermediate audience of heath care professionals.

The “Invisible” Side of MS

3.0 CEUs

Recent research has identified an urgent need to uncover and manage the “invisible” (also known as “psychosocial”) symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. This course incorporates multiple instructional modalities to ensure that learners understand the common barriers to assessing and managing invisible symptoms.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • The impact of invisible symptoms of MS on quality of life
  • The disconnect – Prescribers are primarily focused on medical symptoms
  • The disconnect – People with MS may be reluctant to discuss invisible symptoms
  • Key elements of a psychosocial assessment
  • Treating the invisible symptoms of MS

Course Objectives:

  • List and describe five “visible” (physical) symptoms of MS
  • List and describe five “invisible” (psychosocial) symptoms of MS
  • Identify two barriers to recognizing and treating invisible symptoms of MS
  • Explain why invisible symptoms need to be recognized and treated
  • Describe the role of the healthcare extender in assessing and managing invisible symptoms
  • List five healthcare extenders who support people with MS and their family caregivers
  • Identify one validated assessment tool that healthcare providers and extenders can use to recognize and discuss invisible symptoms

Course Approvals:

  • NAB: This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 3.0 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS – approval# 20190422-3-A44112-DL – expires 04/22/2019.
  • CE Broker Approved for Florida Long Term Care Administrators, Nurses, and Certified Nurse Aides as well as District of Columbia Certified Nurse Aides and Home Health Aides
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approval #: LTS -A1138 (Resident Care)

About the Instructor

chris-kellyChris Kelly joined Griswold Home Care as the Director of Learning and Development in 2012. In this role, he works with a dynamic team to develop innovative learning and development programs for franchisees, healthcare providers, clients, and family caregivers. For the past 25 years, Chris has provided direct care, health education, support, and advocacy for children and adults who are facing challenging health conditions. Prior to joining Griswold Home Care, he served as Director of Education with the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter. In this role, he managed all education and support programs for persons with dementia and the family/professional caregivers who support them. He also managed a 25-bed Alzheimer’s Special Care center for a national assisted living chain. Chris dedicated the early part of his professional career to providing personal care and activities therapy in the LTC and CMHC settings. He has earned a Master’s degree in Adult/Distance Education from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Psychology from LaSalle University. Chris has also presented for statewide, national and international conferences on the topics of Aging, family caregiving, Dementia, health literacy, and educational design. Chris has dedicated his professional career to his grandmother who lost a 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease., #1274, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 01/06/2014 – 01/06/2015. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 (clinical or social work ethics) continuing education clock hours.