The Health Professional Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s™ (ATTP)


The Health Professional Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s™ (ATTP)
Chicago, IL, USA – November 8-10, 2017

Co-organized in collaboration with the National Parkinson Foundation.

The Health Professional Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s™ (ATTP) takes place in Chicago, IL, November 8-10, 2017. Course Description

The Health Professional Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s™ (ATTP) is a three-day course which will take place in Chicago, IL, November 8-10, 2017. The Health Professional Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s™ (ATTP) course is based on the NPF ATTP training program.

The MDS ATTP has been developed in collaboration with the MDS Pan American Section (PAS) and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) to increase knowledge of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and build capacity for comprehensive inter-professional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The course is intended for doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, the majority of whom already have some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and are interested in further education and collaboration.  The faculty consists of an interdisciplinary faculty of MDS and NPF senior movement disorder specialists.

Prior to the course each registrant will complete three online preparatory modules that 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, a session on inter-professional team care, live patient interview with inter-professional care planning and a session for linking back to the workplace. 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. There will be a live case presentation of a mid-stage person with Parkinson’s disease, and this person's care partner, focusing on inter-professional team care planning with continued planning for linking back to the workplace, which will focus on the needs and priorities of mid-stage complexities and care management.

Day 3

The third day will include a special session on practical approaches to care for patients with neuropsychological concerns. This day’s discipline-specific breakout session will emphasize advanced stage PD and associated care. It will include a panel of PD caregivers and a session on late-stage issues for family caregivers. The course concludes with phase III, a session of “linking back to the workplace”, wherein teams and individual participants make very specific plans for implementation of that which they have learned.

Recommended Audience

Doctors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physician’s Assistants, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers.

Learning Objectives
  • 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 the person's 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
Physician Competencies

Participants will gain the following competencies:

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Work on interdisciplinary teams
  • Employ evidence-based practice
  • Increase medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Cognitive expertise


Searle Conference Center at Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA.