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Course Summary

In this course, we hear from three experts that will talk about multiple sclerosis (MS) support partners. These are the individuals that are often invisibly affected in chronic medical conditions. The conversations that you are going to hear focus on topics such as how family roles shift over time, grief, loss, healthy communication, the value of proactive planning and strategies for managing emotions in a healthy way.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges and emotional symptoms common to Support Partners

  • Identify at least two strategies or techniques that help both people with MS and their support partners to manage MS disease progression and/or the uncertainties of living with multiple sclerosis

Course curriculum

Created & Published: February 17, 2022

    1. Course Introduction & Instructions

    2. Consume Course Content the Way YOU Learn Best - Podcast, Transcript, or YouTube Video

    3. Support Partners Post-Test

    4. Support Partners Course Evaluation

    5. Bonus Content: Resource Page

About this course

  • $30.00


Find Empathy Education is Based in Research

  • Halstead EJ, Leavitt VM, Fiore D, Mueser KT. A feasibility study of a manualized resilience-based telehealth program for persons with multiple sclerosis and their support partners. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2020 Aug 21;6(3):2055217320941250. doi: 10.1177/2055217320941250. PMID: 32913660; PMCID: PMC7444140.

  • Hughes, AJ, Botanov, Y, Beier, M. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and their Support Partners: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 2022, 103481, ISSN 2211-0348,

  • Pakenham KI. The positive impact of multiple sclerosis (MS) on carers: associations between carer benefit finding and positive and negative adjustment domains. Disabil Rehabil. 2005 Sep 2;27(17):985-97. doi: 10.1080/09638280500052583. PMID: 16096252.


Senior Programs Consultant Rosalind Kalb, PhD

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in MS care, support and education for over 30 years. After receiving her doctorate from Fordham University in 1977, she began her career in MS, providing individual, group, and family therapy at the Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for MS at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then at the MS Comprehensive Care Center in White Plains, NY. Dr. Kalb joined the National MS Society in 2000, creating online resources and educational materials for individuals and families living with MS and healthcare professionals until 2017. She continues her resource development work for the Society as a consultant. Dr.Kalb is senior author of Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies (2nd ed.), and co-author of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges. In addition, Dr. Kalb has edited two books–Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have; The Answers You Need, now in its 5th edition, and Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Kalb has also served as a Can Do program consultant since 2001.

Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Abbey Hughes, PhD

Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with expertise in rehabilitation psychology and multiple sclerosis rehabilitation. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment, treatment and management of psychological and cognitive difficulties associated with multiple sclerosis, including adjustment to disability, sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and problems with thinking or memory. Using a multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach, Dr. Hughes conducts neuropsychological assessments, provides consultations and engages in psychological/behavioral medicine interventions with a variety of patients. As a clinician-scientist, she conducts research examining the assessment and treatment of sleep disturbance and neuropsychological impairment in people with multiple sclerosis.

Owner, Ballistic Armor Defense & Equipment, LLC Warren Taninbaum

Commander, USN (retired). Twenty eight years of logistics experience as a US Navy Supply Corps Officer. Support Partner to wife living with multiple sclerosis.

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Approved CE Provider

Empathie, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Empathie, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Find Empathy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7257. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Find Empathy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Find Empathy, #1817, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:
 06/14/2022 – 06/14/2023.   Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credit.

How to Take this Course & Criteria to Receive CE Credit

To obtain a certificate of completion for continuing education credits associated with this course, please follow the following steps:

  • ENROLL in this course and create an Empathy account

  • COMPLETE COURSE CONTENT in one of 3 ways:
    • Listen to the corresponding course podcast by streaming it on the webpage, downloading the audio file, or listening to it on your favorite podcast provider.
    • Read the podcast transcript, in its entirety
    • Watch podcast video on YouTube

  • TAKE THE POST-TEST assessment and achieve a passing grade of at least 75%

  • Complete the COURSE EVALUATION

Remember, full attendance is required for all CE activities. This means you will be asked to certify that you listened, watched, or read the entire podcast episode.

Once you have completed the above steps, your course certificate will automatically populate for download and will automatically be sent to the email linked to your account. It can be downloaded immediately and will be available for future download.


It is absolutely critical that our program exemplifies accessibility for all participants.

We seek to ensure all participants are able to fully, equally, and independently access the educational content. Our goal is to have a website that is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. If you have any difficulty navigating the website, we want to know! Please contact us at

While our educational offerings are primarily in podcast format, we also provide a written transcript for each course. It will be available on the course landing page and available for download in PDF format.

CE credits require a post-test assessment. The assessment is untimed and provided in writing on the course website. However, for individuals with visual impairments, or those that may benefit from an orally presented post-test and program evaluation, contact us. We will work with you to find an alternative option for completing the course post-test and program evaluation.

We remain available and open to ANY additional requests for format modification or additional assistance.

If any accommodations are needed to enroll or participate in the course, or complete the post-test and course evaluation, please contact us at

Access & Expiration Information

Once enrolling in a course, you will have 30 days to complete the post-test and course evaluation. If your access lapses before completing all tasks, you will need to re-enroll.

Once you have completed the post-test and program evaluation, your certificate will be immediately available for download. Access to the certificate will expire after 365 days. Find Empathy will keep course certificates on file for 7 years. If a certificate is needed, contact

You are allotted 3 retries to achieve the acceptable 75% passing grade.

Additional Information

This course is intended for psychologists and social workers.
It is also appropriate for mental health counselors and therapists.
The instructional level is at the introductory and intermediate level.

The primary format of the course is podcast; a non-interactive distance-learning recorded audio continuing education course.

It is available via all major podcast providers including, but not limited to Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and more. You can also listen to the podcast via the player on our website or download it for free to your favorite digital device.

To ensure our course material is accessible, we also provide the content in video (with subtitles) and written forms.

There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, or instructor(s).

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