Fifth annual conference on psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES)
Epilepsy Taking Control - Patient Education Conference

Fifth annual conference on psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES)

When: October 20, 2018

Time: 9.00AM-4.30PM (registration 7.45-9.00AM)

Where: Malcolm Forbes Auditorium
Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

Breakfast and lunch included

This is an all-day conference on adult and childhood psychogenic non-epileptic seizures taught by epileptologists, neuropsychologists, and clinical psychologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Topics covered will include the gold standard diagnostic approach as well as the important contributions neuropsychology provides for subsequent treatment. Treatment approaches for adults and children living with PNES will also be discussed.

9 - 9:15 Program Overview - Lorna Myers, Ph.D.
9:15 - 10 Introduction to Psychogenic non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) - Lorna Myers, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
10 - 10:45 How are psychogenic seizures diagnosed - Christos Lambrakis, M.D., Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
10:45 - 11 BREAK
11:00-11:45 The neuropsychology of PNES - Robert Trobliger, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
11:45 - 12:00
Psychological trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PNES - Lorna Myers, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:15 Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures in Children and Adolescents -- Julia Doss, Psy.D. Minnesota Epilepsy Group
2:15 - 2:30 BREAK
2:30 - 3:30 Psychotherapists: How to treat a patient who has PNES? Patients: how to explain PNES to others? -- Lorna Myers, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
3:30 - 4:30 Informal round table gathering for audience members who wish to stay behind and continue networking

Robert Trobliger, Ph.D.
Dr. Trobliger is the co-director of the Clinical Neuropsychology program at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, which has offices in New York and New Jersey. He sees both children and adults. He completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at New York University. During his studies he did training at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Bellevue's Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center's TBI Unit, and several private practices. Following completion of his PhD, he completed a fellowship at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group before joining as a full-time staff member. His research interests include: Epilepsy and Memory, Epilepsy and ADHD, and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) and cognitive functioning.

Lorna Myers, Ph.D.
Dr. Myers is the director of the Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizure program at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group. She is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist and has worked with patients diagnosed with PNES for fifteen years. She is also a certified clinician and supervisor in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD. In 2014, she published the book: Psychogenic non- epileptic Seizures: A Guide which was later translated and published in Japanese and Spanish.

Christos Lambrakis, M.D.

Dr. Lambrakis is the Associate Director of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group and an epileptologist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, Rensaeler Polyteclinic Institute of New York and his Doctorate of Medicine from New York Medical College. He completed his Internship, residency in Neurology and Neurophysiology Fellowship in Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He and Dr. Marcelo Lancman formed the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group in 1998. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology with a specialization in Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Julia Doss, Psy.D.
Dr. Doss is the Director of Pediatric the Psychogenic non-epileptic seizure program at the Minnesota Epilepsy Group and the Training Director of the Pediatric Psychology Fellowship. Dr. Doss is a clinical psychologist and one of the authors of a new book called Pediatric non-epileptic seizures: A Treatment Guide (Springer Publishing).

Target audience: Psychologists and Social Workers.
The course is geared for: All Levels

Course Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1) Tell the definition and characterization of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
2) Detect the common neuropsychological profiles of patients who carry this diagnosis
3) Discuss treatment options for patients with PNES depending on their psychiatric comorbidities and age.
4) Demonstrate competence in managing a patient with PNES in their office
5) Specify the differences that occur in adult and pediatric PNES

The conference is free of cost.
CE credits available: (cost: $40)
For questions or concerns, phone 201-343-6676 or email
Continuing education certificates will be available following satisfactory course completion at

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, And signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in Or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit Is Not available.

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