Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Diagnosis and Treatment (3 CE’s)

Presented by David Clarke, MD
May 7th, 2021
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

Course Description and Target Audience

30-40% of patients seen in primary care have no medical explanation for their symptoms which are, instead, linked to psychosocial stresses. These include current life issues, poor self-care skills, the prolonged impact of adverse childhood experiences and somatic presentations of mental health conditions. Diagnosis and treatment of this form of illness will be reviewed in detail. These concepts were developed from experience with over 7000 patients since 1983 and are consistent with current scientific literature.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc). There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to explain the nature Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) to patients.
  • Attendees will be able to perform a Stress Evaluation to diagnose medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
  • Attendees will be able to successfully treat MUS & PPD.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the research evidence that supports these concepts.
  • Attendees will be able to plan an approach to MUS/PPD with comprehension of the links to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Presenter Information

David D. Clarke, MD is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. He is also Assistant Director at the Center for Ethics and Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He is Associate Faculty at Arizona State University, Associate Faculty at the Cummings Graduate Institue, Clinical Advisor to the Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association (U.K.) and Clinical Lecturer with Pacific University in Oregon.

Dr. Clarke is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practiced Gastroenterology in Portland from 1984 to 2009. During that time he conducted detailed interviews with over 7000 people whose symptoms were not explained by diagnostic testing. Dr. Clarke is a graduate of Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he received the Mosby Award for Clinical Excellence. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and at Oxford University in England. He was the Ethics Director for his medical group from 2005-2008.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee (no affiliation with NPTC or member sites)
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate (staff of member site and not currently providing supervision)
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor (provided supervision in the past year or is about to provide supervision)

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.
***Refund/Cancellation: Please give 24-hour notice to receive a full refund of the CE cost.

The presentation will be offered at the HealthPoint Administration Office 955 Powell Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98057.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.