Wednesday, October 24 - Saturday, October 27, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ

Neurology and Behavioral Health for the Family Physician Live Course

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Neurology and Behavioral Health for the Family Physician offers everything you need to stay current in your practice. Learn the latest information on the skills you use every day in sessions about ADHD, autism, bipolar disorders, Parkinson’s, substance abuse, and more.

Course Details

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Attend Neurology and Behavioral Health for the Family Physician

Wednesday, October 24 - Saturday, October 27, 2018

Phoenix, AZ

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel


September 22, 2018.



Registration Fees

AAFP Member
Early Bird    $795
Standard     $895

New Physicians
Early Bird     $745
Standard      $845

Student or Resident
Early Bird    $545
Standard     $645

Allied Health
Early Bird     $795
Standard      $895

Early Bird     $1,095
Standard      $1,195


Earning CME Credit

Approved for up to 26 AAFP Prescribed credits - 20 for attending the course and another 6 for participating in optional sessions (additional fees and registration apply)View all statements and agreements »

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop evidence-based, primary care strategies for common neurological conditions in the care of their patients, including: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, neuropathic pain, movement disorders, concussions, seizures, sleep disorders, and more.
  • Prepare effective plans to diagnose, treat, and manage common behavioral health conditions seen in primary care, including: depression and anxiety disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and more.
  • Educate and counsel patients on behavior modification strategies to reduce risks of complications, and improve outcomes related to their neurological and/or behavioral health.
  • Provide effective care coordination when specialist referral is required.
  • Utilize strategies to help patients overcome barriers to change in relation to disease management, including cultural competency, literacy skills and access to services or care.

Event Schedule

Download the complete schedule(4 page PDF), which includes session times, topics, and faculty.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 : 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Registration/Hot Breakfast Provided
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 : 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 : 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 : 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Friday, October 26, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Friday, October 26, 2018: 7:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Friday, October 26, 2018: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Friday, October 26, 2018: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018 : 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Saturday, October 27, 2018 : 7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Saturday, October 27, 2018 : 12:00 p.m.Course Adjourn

*Separate registration and fee required.
Note: Times are subject to change.


Note: Topics are subject to change.

  • ADHD (Child & Adult)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Concussion
  • Dementia & Delirium
  • Depression Screening & Management
  • Dizziness & Vertigo
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Gait Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Opioid Abuse Identification & Treatment
  • Parkinson’s Update
  • Peripheral Nerve Entrapment
  • Psychological Evaluation & Mental Status Examination
  • Psychosis
  • PTSD
  • Seizure Disorders in Children & Adults
  • Sleep Disorders: Insomnia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Trauma Informed Care


How to Add Optional Sessions

Separate registration and fee required to attend an optional session. Seats are limited and are only available to course registrants. Select a session during online registration.

Already registered for the course? You may now edit your registration online to add a optional session. Register now »

Optional Sessions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(#101) Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. or
(#104) Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Explain the components, and format options for the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in practice
  • Plan to implement CBT principles into practice.
  • Explain essential documentation required to ensure adequate reimbursement for CBT.
  • Demonstrate CBT counseling techniques through role play.

Injections for Peripheral Nerve Entrapment

(#102) Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. or
(#105) Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic rationale for the injections being performed. 
  • Explain the risks and benefits of corticosteroid injections for peripheral nerve entrapment.
  • Describe appropriate equipment/supplies for performing corticosteroid injections.
  • Using models, perform injections for peripheral nerve entrapment.
  • Demonstrate evidence based techniques recommended for peripheral nerve entrapment injections.


(#103) Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. or
(#106) Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Explain the principles of mindful practice.
  • Identify ways the mindfulness based interventions may help both self-wellbeing, and improve patient outcomes.
  • Determine ways to incorporate mindfulness within your own practice.
  • Practice contemplative exercises including self-awareness and reflective questioning.

Invited Faculty

Robin K. Blitz, MD, Course Chair, Senior Medical Director, Special Needs Initiative, United Healthcare and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona

Janice Knoefel, MD, MPH, Course Chair, Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tim Brown, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP, Director of Clinical Pharmacotherapy in Family Medicine, Center for Family Medicine at Akron General Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Affiliate, Akron, Ohio

Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed, Educational Consultant and Mindfulness Trainer, Scottsdale, Arizona

Scott A. Fields, Ph.D., Professor; Director of Behavioral Science, West Virginia University School of Medicine – Charleston Division:  Department of Family Medicine, Charleston, West Virginia

Deepak Patel, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, Director of Sports Medicine, Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency, Aurora IL; Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College, Chicago IL; Medical Director, Rush-Copley Sports Medicine, Aurora IL; Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, Yorkville Primary Care, Yorkville IL

Deborah S. Plate, DO, FAAFP, Akron, Ohio

Kathleen Rowland, MD, MS, FAAFP, Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency; Assistant Professor, Rush University

Ahsan A. Naseem, MD, Medical Director Bryan Heartland Psychiatry, Bryan Physician Network, Lincoln, Nebraska

Adam J. Sorscher, MD, Associate Professor Community and Family Medicine, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire; Medical Director, The Sleep Health Center, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Marcie J. Goeden, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri

Laurence J. Robbins, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado

Course Materials

Registration includes online access to the full-color syllabus and other on-site resources one week before the course. A hard copy of the full-color syllabus may be purchased for $79.95 when registering for the course. A limited number of syllabuses will be available for purchase on site. Additional information will be provided by email after you register.

Hotel Information

The following hotel is available for accommodations during this course. Contact the hotel to make arrangements for your stay.

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel(
100 N 1st Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (800) 309-8138

Rate: $199 Single/Double Occupancy
+ current tax rate

Accommodation Cutoff -- September 22, 2018

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

About Hotel Reservations
  • Reservations made after September 22, 2018, will be confirmed on a rate and space available basis. The conference rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after this date.
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will not be charged prior to the scheduled arrival date.
  • Reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty.
Reservations include:
  • Complimentary basic wireless internet access in guest rooms.
  • Valet-parking discounted from $30 to $20 overnight for drive-in and overnight guests.

CME Credit Statement

This Live activity, Neurology and Behavioral Heatlh for the Family Physician, with a beginning date of October 24, 2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 26 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Live activity for a maximum of 26 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
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