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

  • Identify at least two ways MS symptoms can interfere with healthy diet and nutrition, and ways to overcome those challenges.

  • Name the signs or red flags for when diet is leading to negative outcomes like self-criticism, guilt, shame, or decreased social interaction.

  • Identify other professionals, to whom you can refer, for help with nutrition and problematic dietary patterns. For example, OT for helping to manage fatigue or identify strategies for cooking at home, or a dietician to help manage co-morbid conditions like diabetes and MS.

Course Summary

What this course is all about

If you work with people that have multiple sclerosis, at some point, you're going to hear about diet. And this is for good reason. As highlighted by the National MS Society, a number of diet-related factors are linked to worse MS outcomes. For example, in some recent research, lower Vitamin D and adolescent obesity were associated with increased risk for developing MS. In a mouse model of MS it was found that salt was linked with more rapid development of disease. And there are numerous studies looking at gut bacteria in people with MS. Finally, some recent research has also examined "MS diets."

Some individuals swear by stricter diets and they lived by strict dietary rules. On the other end of the spectrum, many individuals with MS struggle to eat healthy whole foods and may rely largely on pre-packaged or easy to make foods. 

In this course, you're going to hear details about dietary research, more on the "MS Diets," recommendations for healthy eating, as well as emotional factors or MS symptoms that may be playing a role on those two ends of the spectrum.

Course curriculum

Created and Published: March 31, 2022

    1. Course Introduction & Instructions

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

    3. Diet Post-test

    4. Diet Course Evaluation

    5. Bonus Content - Diet Resource Page for Your Clinical Practice

About this course

  • $20.00


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Owner of MS Bites Mona Bostick RDN, CSO, LDN

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who began my nutrition career as an inpatient acute care dietitian working in an oncology setting. After leaving this job and starting my private practice Food Matters 365, LLC my work with the MS population began to grow rather organically. Quickly, I began to receive inquiries from other healthcare providers about the role of nutrition in multiple sclerosis. And this is when it became really clear to me that Dr. Google had taken huge advantage of the lack of credible information on this subject and has been filling the airwaves with… let’s just say, less than credible information. That is when it became my professional mission to share evidence-based nutrition information and put the role of nutrition into context for people impacted by MS. In 2019, I refocused my blogging efforts by renaming my website MSBites.

Director, Multiple Sclerosis Experimental Therapeutics Program, Professor of Neurology Ellen Mowry, MD

Dr. Mowry became interested in multiple sclerosis (MS) prior to beginning college and first performed MS research as an undergraduate biology major at Georgetown University. As a neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania, she began her multiple sclerosis clinical research activities in conducting a study of visual dysfunction and quality of life in multiple sclerosis. During her fellowship at UCSF, Dr. Mowry evaluated prognostic factors in multiple sclerosis and examined health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis, particularly as a marker of disease burden. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at UCSF. Dr. Mowry continued as a member of the faculty there before joining the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor in July, 2011; she received a joint appointment in Epidemiology in 2013. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. Over the past several years, Dr. Mowry has worked primarily to perform epidemiologic investigations of multiple sclerosis (MS) risk and prognostic factors and has evaluated both genetic and environmental contributors. While she has had a major role in several such studies, her most significant work led to the identification of the association of vitamin D status with relapse and brain lesion risk in patients with MS (Annals of Neurology 2010, Annals of Neurology 2012, European Journal of Neurology 2015). She also conducted the first pilot study comparing gut bacterial populations in patients with MS and healthy individuals (Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014). She was recently funded to investigate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the metabolomics profile in patients with MS compared to healthy controls. She enjoys designing and conducting clinical trials in MS and is the Principal Investigator of the Vitamin D to Ameliorate Multiple Sclerosis (VIDAMS) multicenter vitamin D trial (NCT01490502), which is sponsored by the National MS Society and a smaller multicenter pilot study investigating vitamin D pharmacokinetics in MS patients and healthy controls (NCT01667796). She is also the recipient of a Harry Weaver Award from the National MS Society, in which she is investigating the impact of intermittent calorie restriction in MS. Finally, as Director of the MS Experimental Therapeutics Program at Johns Hopkins, she assists colleagues with study design and helps oversee the conduct of MS clinical trials.

Healthcare Provider Engagement Manager for the NMSS & Certified Personal Trainer Emily Reilly

Emily Reilly has worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Healthcare Provider Engagement Manager since 2019. She graduated with a degree in marketing but switched career paths after becoming a military wife in 2011. Emily is a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and chronic disease fitness specialist with over 7 years of experience creating and teaching adaptive fitness classes for those living with MS. The MS community is near and dear to Emily since she herself was diagnosed with MS at the age of 17. She refused to let this diagnosis stop her from pursuing after her goals and dreams and strives to help empower others living with MS to do the same! Her motto is “No matter what your limitation, you can keep moving”.

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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.

COUNSELORS. 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.
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 06/14/2022 – 06/14/2023.   Social workers completing this course receive 1 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.

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