Education Credit

2.5 CME

Nurses may claim up to 2.5 contact hours for this session.

University of Minnesota approves this knowledge-based activity for 2.5 contact hours (0.25 CEUs). UAN XXXX-XXXX-19-XXX-LXX-P. Initial Release Date: 12/6/19.

Annual Fundamentals Symposium: Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: From Challenges to Practical Management

Convention Center, Ballroom III
12:30 PM-3:00 PM
Behavioral Health Providers

This session is meant to be an educational symposium that is mainly targeted to a clinical audience but will cover the fundamentals of PNES, including the diagnostic challenges, understanding the pathogenic mechanisms, communicating the diagnosis, and treatment (from evidence to practice). Following a series of brief lectures by experts, this session will close with an interactive panel discussion with experts in the field to discuss the challenges and opportunities in front of us.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, participants will be able to:



  • Review the diagnostic challenges for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • Discuss the pathogenic mechanisms for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • Appreciate the importance in communicating the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • Recognize the evidence based treatments and practical strategies for treatment



Chair: Barbara Dworetzky, MD, FAAN

Introduction, Barbara Dworetzky, MD, FAAN
Diagnostic Challenges, Barbara A. Dworetzky, MD, FAAN
Understanding the Pathogenic Mechanisms, Selma Aybek Rusca, MD
Communicating the Diagnosis, Markus Reuber, MD, PhD, FRCP
Treatment: From Evidence to Practice, Gaston Baslet, MD, and Lorna Myers, PhD
From Challenges to Opportunities: Interactive Session With the Experts, Selma Aybek Rusca, MD; Gaston Baslet, MD; Julia Doss, PsyD; Barbara Dworetzky, MD; W.Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD, MPH; Lorna Myers, PhD; and Markus Reuber, MD, PhD