Epilepsy Basics-An Overview for Behavioral Health Providers

Epilepsy Basics-An Overview for Behavioral Health Providers

60 minutes
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Epilepsy and psychiatric disorders have a bidirectional relationship. This means that not only people with epilepsy are at higher risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but people with primary psychiatric disorders are at higher risk of developing epilepsy.

  • Between 25 and 50% of people living with epilepsy will also be diagnosed with a psychiatric comorbidity, which may include depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, personality disorders, and psychosis
  • Mood and anxiety disorders are the most frequent comorbidities in adults living with epilepsy
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression are the most frequent mental health disorders in children living with epilepsy
Course Objectives:
Review the diagnosis of epilepsy
Review the spectrum of epilepsy and who can be affected by epilepsy
Identify common causes of epilepsy
Identify treatment options in epilepsy
Review impact of epilepsy and challenges present for people living with epilepsy
Describe common mental and behavioral health comorbidities
Review seizure first aid
For technical support, please contact:
Online Course Support Team
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 800-332-1000
Business hours: 9am to 5pm EST
Monday to Friday (Excluding US holidays)

For additional information or questions about this training, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation Public Health and Education Team: [email protected]
Who Can Take The Course?

Behavioral Health Providers, including social workers, psychologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatry advanced practice providers and counselors.

How to Take The Course?

See our FAQs additional technical requirements.

Can’t find the answer to your question? 

Contact the Epilepsy Foundation’s Public Health and Education Department

Epilepsy Learning Portal Support Team:

  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Phone: 800-332-1000
  • Business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • Monday to Friday (Excluding US holidays)
Are There Any Prerequisites To Take The Course?
There are no prerequisites to take the course.
What Materials Or Equipment Do I Need To Take The Online Course?
You need access to a computer or device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) with reliable, high-speed internet. The browser must support JavaScript.
How Long Does It Take To Complete The Course Online?
The time to complete the course varies by each user. The course includes one video and a post-assessment & evaluation. These lessons must be taken in order. The video lessons are approximately 50 minutes long. Each video module must be viewed in its entirety and post-assessment completed to successfully complete this training.
Are Continuing Education Units Available?

No

How Do I Get Credit For Taking The Course?
Upon completing the course, you must complete the online post-assessment and evaluation.
How Long Is The Post-Assessment?
The post-assessment consists of several multiple-choice questions.
Accommodation Requests
The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to providing resources that are accessible to people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact the Epilepsy Learning Portal Support Team Team: [email protected]. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.
Acknowledgments/Disclaimers

This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-04-00, CFDA 93.850, funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Instructors must divulge at the beginning of the course any vested interest in any product, instrument, device or materials that may be used in the learning event.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons and does not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or legal immigration status, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state and local laws (“protected status”). The following individuals have been designated to receive inquiries or complaints regarding the Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy:

Employees contact:
Name: Danielle Solomon
Title: Vice President, Human Resources
e-mail: [email protected]

Students, prospective students and third parties contact:
Name: LaQueisa Haynes-Smith
Title: Director, Training & Education
e-mail: [email protected]

Additional FAQ's

You can find additional FAQ's about this learning portal on the Frequently Asked Questions page