Working with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): It's not all in your head

A skill building course for healthcare professionals to help you relieve the emotional, physical and financial burden of MUS

Working with MUS conditions can be challenging, especially when you are not sure what might be driving the symptoms and your patient is looking for answers. Both patient and clinician can feel frustrated and eventually despondent when the usual investigations and treatments fail to address these distressing conditions.

This three-part experiential course offers some solutions to the above difficulties. You will learn to understand what factors can drive MUS, how you can help patients link MUS to psycho-physiological processes and offer them some basic tools to begin to manage their symptoms.

This course is not like other online courses. Online learning can be a passive experience, offering information and tools but no guidance on how to put them into practise. Our courses are different. We offer an active learning experience. In all our courses you'll find experiential exercises to help you embed your learning and bring your new skills to life immediately.

Created by Dr Angela Cooper & Dr Jessica Bolton

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A skill-building course for healthcare professionals, to help you understand and manage MUS. This course is designed to build your skills and to begin to apply them in real life, with real patients. Whilst you will be given theory to build your knowledge, it is embedding that knowledge into skills that will make the difference in your work with this group.

Working with this complex group can trigger your own emotional system and without awareness of this, stress can build up, confidence can dwindle and burnout can ensue. So in addition to building skills in MUS, we will help to support your emotional growth so that you can begin to feel more empowered, less anxious and more satisfied with what you can achieve.

Through short video modules, you will learn about MUS theory and practice working with MUS cases. Reflective practice, clinical skill building and emotional capacity building will ensure that your active participation brings your learning to life.

What You Will Learn

  • Research statistics on MUS
  • MUS Explanations
  • A meta-theory of emotional dysregulation to explain MUS
  • The effects of early trauma on later life physical problems
  • 3 anxiety pathways and the symptoms that correspond to these pathways
  • A 10-point approach to MUS
  • Skills in emotional palpation and feedback
  • Skills to improve patients' acceptance of mind-body explanations
  • Practise your new skills so theory becomes action
  • Practise noticing your own emotional and physiological responses as you embed your new skills through deliberate practice exercises
  • Learn about treatment tools for MUS that you can offer right away

What You Will Need

Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection. Experience may not be optimal on a phone or smaller tablet so we urge you to use a desktop whenever possible.

It may benefit a whole variety of health, education, wellbeing and social care professionals who need to develop active and effective relationships with their clients or patients. If this applies to you and it is helpful, let us know.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What do you mean by 'experiential'?
This means you can get very actively involved in learning the skills and techniques required for this approach. During the course we prioritise your experience in the present moment. We learn more effectively if we are actively involved, if we have regulated emotional experiences and if we practice deliberately what we need to improve. It can be challenging to stay active when learning via an online/ computer-based platform, so we have interwoven active exercises throughout the course so you can use the opportunity to notice your responses and learn about how your systems are activated. See the video on our Teachable Homepage to find out more about the EmotiHealth experiential learning approach.
Will this course really have an immediate impact on my clients?
Given the course is highly experiential, the potential for it to really impact you and your patients is increased. You can take a more passive approach, but your involvement will be significantly related to your outcomes! So the answer is yes, if you practise and work at it. The answer is yes, because we are providing both a cutting edge model and a cutting edge way of delivering learning opportunities in the comfort of your own office or home.

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