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

  • Identify the difference between the “normal” frustrations of living with a challenging condition like MS and a mental health diagnosis.

  • Identify at least two psychotherapeutic strategies (e.g., CBT, ACT, DBT, etc.) that work well for people living with MS.

  • Identify at least three everyday skills that a person living with MS can use to challenge unhelpful thoughts, calm strong emotions, or provide self-comfort and empathy when grieving.

Course Summary

What this course is all about

Up to half of individuals living with MS will experience symptoms of depression, in episode 5 we discussed medical approaches to mood, and looking out for serious symptoms like suicidal thoughts. However, not every bad mood is depression. In this episode we will learn the difference between a diagnosable mental health condition and normal fluctuations in mood. We will also discuss how grief shows up for people living with MS, and how that differs from depression. We will also focus attention on topics such as resilience, healthy coping, and psychotherapeutic or behavioral strategies for managing uncomfortable emotions.

Course curriculum

Published: April 28, 2022

    1. Course Introduction & Instructions

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

    3. Behavioral Interventions - Post-test

    4. Behavioral Interventions - Course Evaluation

    5. BONUS Content - Behavioral Interventions Resource Page for Your Clinical Practice

About this course

  • $25.00


Staff Clinical Health Psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP

Amy MB Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP is a Board Certified, Staff Clinical Health Psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sullivan received her doctorate degree at Argosy University-Atlanta, her internship at the University of Cincinnati, and her fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Pain Medicine. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a Division 1 basketball player at St. Bonaventure University, where she received her degree in psychology and chemistry. Dr. Sullivan is the training director for behavioral medicine at the Mellen Center where she trains multiple student clinicians and researchers. She is also the principal investigator for several clinical trials at the Mellen Center, where her research interests are focused on MS, pain, exercise and behavioral medicine. She is passionate about physician and caregiver self-care, burnout and psychological health and spearheaded the efforts for Mellen Center to win the National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, Best Practice by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interests are in individual, family and group work with patients and family members affected by Multiple Sclerosis. It is easy to understand how having MS, with its potential for progressing to permanent disability, can bring on depression, stress, grieving and anxiety. Emotional liability can be one of the most challenging aspects of MS from the standpoint of family life. Learn from Amy Sullivan, PsyD how anti-depressant medications, professional counseling, support groups and stress management strategies can help people with MS.

Director of Community Engagement for BioNews and Host of The Multiple Sclerosis Podcast Jennifer Powell

Jennifer is the Director of Community Engagement for BioNews (Multiple Sclerosis News Today is a subsidiary of BioNews). Jenn is also the host of the Multiple Sclerosis Podcast as well as a featured columnist. An active advocate in the MS community, Jenn imparts her hopeful optimism into real-life challenges facing the MS community. Now with secondary-progressive MS, Jenn continues to elevate the patient voice to better the lives of those living with MS. When she is not writing, Jenn enjoys volunteering with her local golden retriever rescue, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Jenn resides in Orange County, California, with her husband and golden retrievers.

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Researcher, Chief Scientific Officer of eSupport Health Vicky Leavitt, PhD, FAAN

Vicky Leavitt is a neuropsychologist and neuroscientist specializing in the psychological and cognitive symptoms of MS. For over ten years, Dr. Leavitt’s research has focused on symptoms that affect quality of life for people living with MS including fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. An additional focus of her research involves quantifying large-scale neuronal network alterations as a predictor of future memory decline in MS. Finally, her laboratory explores the benefits of treatment interventions focused on diet, exercise, sleep, intellectual enrichment, social support, physical activity, mood, personality, and other potentially modifiable lifestyle factors.Dr. Leavitt is assistant professor of neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Defense, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2019, she launched eSupport Health (, a telehealth company delivering online support to people with MS.Vicky earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and received her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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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 1.25 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.


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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.

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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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