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) took 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 interprofessional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The course was 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 had some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and are interested in further education and collaboration.

It was taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of MDS and NPF senior movement disorder specialists. Prior to the course each registrant completed three online preparatory modules which included an overview of PD, interdisciplinary care teams, and neuropsychiatric symptoms and management.

Day 1

The first day of the course included a PD update, an overview of neuropsychiatric symptoms and management, parkinsonian syndromes and a session on interprofessional team care. The participants also interacted with a panel of early stage PD patients.

Day 2

The second day built on interdisciplinary team development and then participants were divided into discipline specific breakout groups for practicing specific tools and guidelines for each profession. Discipline specific breakout groups included occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, social work and nursing and the physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners combined as one breakout group. On the second day participants interacted with a panel of mid-advanced stage PD patients.

Day 3

The third day explored the topic of integrative care and included a special session where each discipline group had a session with faculty of each of the other disciplines as a way to build interprofessional understanding. This day’s discipline specific break-out session emphasized advanced stage PD and associated care and included a panel of PD caregivers and a session on late-stage issues for family caregivers. The course concluded with a session entitled “Linking back to the workplace,” whereby teams and individual participants made very specific plans for implementation of what they had learned.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants were 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 was intended for a North American and European audience with particular focus on the United States and Canada and was open to: Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Doctors of Medicine, Physician Assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.

Particular focus was on teams from different disciplines within the same institution.  A team registration rate was 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.

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