Health Professional Course – Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP)

The Health Professional Course – Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP)

San Diego, CA, USA - November 13-15, 2014


Course Overview

The Health Professional Course - Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP) is a three-day course which will take place in San Diego, CA, USA, November 13-15, 2014. The Health Professional Summer School was developed in collaboration with the MDS Pan American Section (PAS) and the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) to increase knowledge of Parkinson’s disease and build capacity for comprehensive inter professional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The course is intended for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, doctors, physician’s assistants, and nurse practitioners the majority of whom already have some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and are interested in further education and collaboration. It will be taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of MDS and NPF senior movement disorder specialists. Prior to the course each registrant will complete three online preparatory modules which include an overview of PD, interdisciplinary care teams, and neuropsychiatric symptoms and management.

Day 1

The first day of the course will include a PD update, an overview of neuropsychiatric symptoms and management, parkinsonian syndromes and a session on inter professional team care. The participants will also interact with a panel of early stage PD patients.

Day 2

The second day will build on interdisciplinary team development and then break into discipline specific breakout groups for practice specific tools and guidelines for each profession. Discipline specific breakout groups include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, social work and nursing and the physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners combine as one breakout group. On the second day participants will interact with a panel of mid-advanced stage PD patients.

Day 3

The third day will explore the topic of integrative care and includes a special session where each discipline group has a session with faculty of each of the other disciplines as a way to build inter professional understanding. This day’s discipline specific break out session will emphasize advanced stage PD and associated care and will include a panel of PD care givers and a session on late stage issues for family caregivers. The course concludes with a session entitled “linking back to the workplace,” wherein teams and individual participants make very specific plans for implementation of that which they have learned.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Design, review and modify a patient/family specific treatment plan
  • Participate effectively as an interdisciplinary or inter professional team member
  • Identify challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease and side effects of the medication
  • Support a person with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners in self-management
  • List key characteristics of early, middle and late stage Parkinson’s disease
  • Describe the unique and complementary role of each discipline in your care team
  • Identify strategies for building inter professional networks and community partnerships
Recommended Audience

The course is intended for North American and European audience with particular focus on the United States and Canada and is open to Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Doctors of Medicine, Physician Assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.

Particular focus is on teams from different disciplines within the same institution.  A team registration rate is given to those applying from the same institution in groups of 3 or more.


Co-organized in collaboration with the National Parkinson Foundation


The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

More information on additional credit types for the various allied health professions included in this course will become available soon.

Registration is closed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Venue Information

This course will be held at:
Crowne Plaza San Diego
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

Associate Membership

Attendees at this course will qualify to apply for a complimentary 1-year MDS membership that includes:

  • Access to the “members only” website resources and online journals
  • Reduced registration rate for future courses and International Congress
  • Quarterly Newsletter, Moving Along
  • Access to online MDS Membership Directory

Following the course all those who qualify for this offer will be emailed a link to apply for associate membership.  Once approved, benefits will begin immediately.

Learn More

For more information, contact:

MDS Education