Who is this course for?
This course is specifically designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with Functional Neurological Symptoms. If you are ready to improve your quality of life while learning how to reduce symptoms frequency and related symptoms such as anxiety and PTSD, this course is for you.
FNDcourage is in the process of creating a separate course for healthcare professionals (neurologists, psychiatrists, counselors, etc.), teaching knowledge and clinical interventions to those who directly work with patients diagnosed with FND.
How can the FNDcourage Course help me?
Through a mix of education, practical learning experiences, and real-life examples, you will develop your FNDcourage Toolbox upon which you can draw rather than having to rely on old coping strategies which are no longer serving you.
Being part of this course will allow you to understand why your functional neurological symptoms are happening, why your body is reacting the way it is, and how to respond in new ways. We believe that when you are educated about your nervous system and equipped with the proper tools for working with your body, emotions, thoughts, and consciousness, you can walk on unshakable ground rather than being overcome by your symptoms.
How does the course work?
The course is offered through an online platform called teachable which allows you to easily access content and interact with facilitators and peers through a private online journal. FNDcourage delivers weekly video lectures, guided video mindfulness exercises tailored to the unit of study, and homework that will help to build your FNDcourage Toolbox. The course is divided into 12 units of study, each week is building on the week before and leading to an in depth understanding on FNS as well as offering skills and tools to help you regulate your nervous system.
Lecture: every week you will engage in a live group call with Dr. Moenter to learn about a specific FND related topic, and ask topic related questions. The group call happens through zoom, a video conferencing platform which will be available to you at now cost. You will NOT need to turn your cam or mic on during class.
Group Chat: Chat is open for 30-minutes before class start time. It’s a great place to connect with other students and learn from the experiences of one another. Participation in chat is optional yet highly encouraged.
Meditations: Each week you will receive a new meditation specifically designed and recorded by us to help you feel more grounded, in your body, and resourced.
Study Material: Handouts and homework sheets are provided every week for you to download and print.
Private Online Journal: this forum is for current students only. We offer weekly office hours threads for:
- Q&A Thread: Post your questions that come up with the material and we will offer insight and support.
- Homework Thread: Post your assignment each week, discuss your skills use, and engage with other students.
Is this course psychotherapy?
No. This is a psychoeducational course. Psychoeducation provides information and support to better understand and cope with a condition, but is not considered to be a therapeutic assessment and treatment.
How much does it cost and how do payments work?
The 12-week course costs $750. You may also elect to pay tuition in three monthly installments of $250 (billed every four weeks). If you wish to cancel your enrollment, you will have to notify FNDcourage within 14 days from the start date of the course
In addition to what is included in the course, participants may elect to add on one-hour individual psycho-educational consultation sessions with Dr. Afra Moenter.
How do I sign-up?
Go to www.fndcourage.com/
How do I schedule an individual support session?
To schedule an individual psycho-educational video or in-person session with Dr. Afra Moenter, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to have an official diagnosis of FND or (P)NES?
This course is specifically designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with FND, but we have found this course to be supportive for individuals with the broader diagnosis of Medically Unexplained Symptoms.
Do you take insurance?
Since FNDcourage is not psychotherapy, we can not accept insurance directly. But you may wish to contact your neurologist or psychiatrist to obtain a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) for FND health-related classes and contact your health insurance provider, HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) administrator to see if this will allow you to be reimbursed for your tuition costs.