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Masterclass in functional neurological presentations in older people: a general overview of presentations and diagnoses, approaches for working and interventions

Friday 10th May 2019 at University of Worcester - Hines Building, St John's Campus

Registrations for this event closed at 16:00 on Wednesday 8th May 2019

A masterclass in functional neurological presentations facilitated by Prof. Alan Carson and Dr. Jason Price. Whilst the day will have a general overview of these presentations and their management, Alan and Jason will also be discussing with us how presentations may vary amongst older adults.

The day will include a focus on:

  • Functional cognitive presentations/disorders – with a focus on diagnosis and assessment
  • Non-epileptic seizures
  • Functional motor and movement disorders
  • Thinking about the impact of ageing and co-morbidities
  • An overview of useful models for working with such presentations
  • An introduction to the use of hypnosis as an intervention

Jason and Alan will round the day off with a discussion using case studies to enable application of learning from earlier in the day, and a reflective session during which delegates can ask brief questions to further their learning.

The day is being hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Older People’s West Midlands Branch. It is hoped that psychologists working with older people will be keen to attend, but also other clinicians working with older people and in neuropsychology will be very welcome to attend.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more from these renowned speakers who are recognised for their expertise and excellence in this specialist clinical area. FPOP West Midlands are delighted to welcome Jason and Alan and host what we recognise will be a fantastic learning opportunity to enrich our clinical practice.

Registrations for this event closed at 16:00 on Wednesday 8th May 2019. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Friday 10th May 2019

Please note this is a draft agenda and subject to change

09:15Registration and refreshments
09:45Introductions and housekeeping
10:00Session One
11:15Refreshment break
11:30Session Two
12:30Lunch and networking
13:30Session Three
15:00Refreshment break
15:15Case Discussion and Plenary Reflective Session with Q&A

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Alan John Carson

Prof Carson has worked as a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in Edinburgh, split between the brain injury units at the Astley Ainslie Hospital and the Regional Neurosciences Unit at the Western General Hospital, for the last 16 years. He is also an Honorary Professor in Neuropsychiatry based in Clinical Brain Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is routinely involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training and teaching. His primary research interest is in conversion (functional neurological) disorders but he has been involved in projects across a range of neuropsychiatric topics. The Functional Disorders Research group in Edinburgh, which he runs along with Jon Stone, has been among the field leaders over the last decade and produced influential work on clinical phenotype, classification, epidemiology and treatment. He has published over 100 papers but his favorite is getting a ‘Jackie style’ picture story into Practical Neurology. Along with Mark Hallett, Chief of Human Motor Control NINDS, and Jon he published what they hope will be the landmark Handbook of Neurology- Functional Neurological Disorders (Elsevier 2016). This was followed by hosting the International Conference on Functional (Psychogenic) Neurological Disorders in Edinburgh; the largest ever interdisciplinary meeting on the topic. He holds a number of advisory posts in neuropsychiatry and is the Clinical Lead of the Scottish Managed Clinical Network for Acquired Brain Injury.

Dr Jason Price

After qualifying in 2002 as a Clinical Psychologist, I worked in an acute neurosciences services and a community adult mental health team whilst completing the Division of Neuropsychology (DoN) PFMQ qualification (now QiCN). I started a newly implemented Consultant Neuropsychologist post in 2011, becoming Clinical Lead for Stroke Neuropsychology and FND Neuropsychology. I serve on the Executive Committee of the DoN and I am currently the Chair of the Policy Unit. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with multi-professional colleagues at a national level on various stroke and FND initiatives, including being Psychology Group Lead on the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke (2016), representing the BPS on the ICSWP, helping to develop a national committee for FND within the British Neuropsychiatry Association (UK FNForum) and contributing to a systematic review of FND with the American Neuropsychiatric Association. My therapeutic interests are in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing and clinical hypnosis.


Hines Building

University of Worcester , St John's Campus , Henwick Grove , St John's , Worcester , WR2 6AJ •  Directions

Park in car park M on the main campus, there is a £2.40 charge for the day. Delegates will then need to exit the car park, walking straight passed the astroturf following signs saying “goods inward” which will then lead to the Hines Building.