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Mental Health Professionals Clinical Discussions


About the Mental Health Professionals Clinical Discussions

Join the National MS Society and mental health practitioners for a bi-monthly educational discussion series designed to enhance the knowledge base of mental health professionals. This is an interactive video discussion and participation by all is encouraged.
Target audience: Those from mental health fields, including professionals who are new to MS or those with advanced MS knowledge. All interested disciplines are welcome to attend. 
Format: Each 60-minute web meeting will focus on content related to mental health counseling. The discussion will be centered on individuals living with MS and their families. 

Schedule and registration

Web calls are the third Thursday of every other month from 2-3 p.m. ET

2023 Schedule

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 2 p.m. ET
More information coming soon

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 2 p.m. ET
More information coming soon

Register to attend
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(Note: You will not receive immediate confirmation of your registration, but will receive an email with additional information prior to the calls.)


  • May 18, 2023 - Speech, Language and Swallowing Difficulties in People with MS, Medical and Psychosocial Implications, led by Marissa A. Barrera, PhD, MSCS, CCC-SLP. Access the slides here.
  • March 16, 2023 - National MS Society Mental Health Policy Priorities, led by Shannon Wood, Director of Advocacy and Policy, National MS Society; Natasha Silva, Senior Director of Federal Government Relations, National MS Society
  • December 16, 2021 - Trauma and MS, led by Mary Gossett, MSW, LGSW, Manager, MS Navigator, National MS Society
  • October 21, 2021 - The Interdisciplinary Team Model: Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health Providers. Pre-read article 
  • May 20, 2021 - What Mental Health Practitioners Need to Know, led by Alyssa Leonard, MS, OTR/L, MSCS Senior Occupational Therapist, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, NJ
  • January 21, 2021 - Abuse and Neglect of People Living with MS. View the accompanying journal abstract. Download the powerpoint presentation.
  • November 19, 2020 - Social Isolation in MS and the Pandemic, led by Elizabeth Vincent, LCSW, TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Adult/Pediatric. Download the accompanying journal article
  • September 17, 2020 - Telemental Health vs. In-Person Visits, led by Andrea Arzt, LCSW, MSCS and Ronnie Hochberg, CRC, LMHC. Download the powerpoint presentation 
  • June 18, 2020 - Intervention to Promote Tolerance for Uncertainty in Multiple Sclerosis – Evan Smith, PhD, rehabilitation psychologist at Michigan Medicine. Download the accompanying journal abstract
  • April 27, 2020- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, led by Kimberly McGuire, PhD, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Download the accompanying journal article

Lead a call

For more information, to suggest a topic or to lead a discussion call, contact Deszarae Busi.


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