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

  • Summarize the mental health benefits of physical activity and exercise in individuals with MS.

  • Identify at least two common barriers to exercise for individuals with MS, and strategies to help your patients overcome these barriers.

  • Identify at least one exercise strategy that can be used by individuals with Advanced MS.

Course Summary

What this course is all about

Not long ago, people with MS were told to go home, rest, and not overexerted themselves. Through the work of both patient advocates and exercise researchers. We now know this advice to go home and rest is not only wrong, but potentially harmful. Current data demonstrates that exercise and movement in people with Ms is associated with improved cognition, mood, fatigue, and improved progression outcomes.

People, living with MS, may want to get back to exercise, but have worries about how to get back into it or struggle with motivation.

In this episode course, you will learn about the importance of exercise, help your patients learn to exercise safely, when to refer to professionals, to help patients manage and reduce fears around topics like fatigue or heat sensitivity, and to help your clients problem solve through the challenges of staying active with multiple sclerosis.

Course curriculum

Created & Published: March 17, 2022

    1. Course Instructions

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

    3. Exercise: Post Test Assessment

    4. Exercise: Course Evaluation

    5. BONUS Content - Exercise Resource Page for Your Clinical Practice

About this course

  • $25.00


Senior Director, Patient Management, Care and Rehabilitation Research at the National MS Society Kathy Zackowski, PhD, OTR

Dr. Zackowski is the Senior Director, Patient Management, Care and Rehabilitation Research at the National MS Society. She manages the Society’s research portfolio focused on clinical and rehabilitation care, as well as development of the Society’s Wellness Initiative. In addition, Dr. Zackowski serves on the scientific leadership team of the Progressive MS Alliance. Dr. Zackowski received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis with an emphasis on neuroscience and motor control and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Zackowski headed a laboratory for 15 years that investigated the mechanisms that underlie sensorimotor impairments and disability resulting from damage to the central nervous system. She remains on faculty as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Zackowski is also an Occupational Therapist with 25 years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation, having an MS practice for over 15 years in treating individuals with multiple sclerosis at the Johns Hopkins MS Center.

Founder and Director of MSforward Daryl Kuchera

Daryl Kucera is the founder and director of MSforward. His life’s passion is providing exercise opportunities for people living with physiological challenges. Daryl earned his BSAS degree in Fitness Science; he is a Certified Master Personal Trainer and a Certified Youth Sports Instructor. ​ Among his many achievements, Daryl has co-authored four university-sponsored research papers and is published in the internationally acclaimed journal, NeuroRehabilitation. In 2010, he received the Robert M. Herndon Award for Outstanding Article in the International Journal of MS Care and he is credited with establishing the only medically recognized post-physical therapy exercise program for people with MS. ​ “Guiding others with disabilities toward the best quality of life possible through physical exercise, emotional support and laughter is the greatest blessing I can imagine. I now understand that MS is a gift I received from above that allows me to give to others. I can think of no other way to give back for all of the blessings I have received than to grow and develop MSForward to benefit and serve as many physiologically challenged people as possible.” -Daryl

Physical Therapist, Clinical Specialist, Board-Certified Neurology Clinical Specialist, C2 Schroth Certified Peiting Lien, DPT

Peiting works at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Originally from New Zealand, Peiting received her Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from University of Otago (NZ) in 2004 and then her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2008. After treating a diverse clinical background of patients, both nationally and internationally, for more than 7 years she decided to become a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2013. Shortly thereafter, she became passionate about movement dysfunctions, motor learning and the challenge of working with adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis; thus, leading to her Schroth certification. She started collaborating with Dr. Paul Sponseller and Kristen Venuti, CRNP, at Johns Hopkins in hopes of providing a more comprehensive team approach in serving families and children with scoliosis through the Schroth method of treatment.

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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 1.25 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.


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.

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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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