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Functional Neurology Essentials (FNE)

Functional Neurology Essentials will appeal to any healthcare practitioner wanting a fast and effective way to learn and implement the fundamental principles involved in nervous system optimization & Functional Neurology into their patient care.

What is Functional Neurology Essentials? (FNE)

Functional Neurology Essentials, formally known as (RBE) is a state-of-the-art program that teaches healthcare practitioners from any discipline the art and science of nervous system optimization. It achieves this by integrating multiple models of brain function with well-established principles in neurophysiology & clinical neuroscience and by delivering that information in an easily understandable and applicable manner.

Who is this class for?

Functional Neurology Essentials will appeal to any healthcare practitioner wanting a fast and effective way to learn and implement the fundamental principles involved in nervous system optimization & Functional Neurology into their patient care. The program will also appeal to practitioners who appreciate hands-on, evidence-based clinical training, as one of the program’s main components includes a four-day live training session.

The healthcare professionals that can attend this program are MD, DC, DO, PT, OT, ATC, LMT, ND, LAc, PA, NP, and CA (If accompanied by DC).  

Functional Neurology Essentials Doctors

The Treatment Approach Taught in Functional Neurology Essentials

Functional Neurology Essentials utilizes a receptor-based treatment paradigm in which partitioners stimulate various receptor systems at specific intensities and patterns to promote nervous system optimization.

Not all sensory input is beneficial in treating neurological dysfunction. Functional Neurology Essentials teaches assessment strategies that allow you to select the most appropriate receptor system, pattern, and intensity. By better understanding how your therapies achieve their results, you will better serve your patient/client population.

Why Learn Functional Neurology?

Optimizing one's nervous system creates an environment for maximum healing while simultaneously maximizing the human potential.

Why Learn Functional Neurology?

Our nervous system controls all our bodily functions, actions, and reactions. Many diseases often involve negative changes within the central nervous system that further promote and contribute to the initial illness. It is becoming more evident that many diseases can also originate from dysfunction within the CNS, requiring practitioners to know about these relationships, especially when patients fail to respond to standard treatments.

Leveraging functional neurology to optimize nervous system function refers to the process of stimulating the CNS  with the goal of restoring optimal functional connectivity. It relies on two critical elements for its success: the first neurogenesis and the second neuroplasticity. Neurogenesis refers to the creation of new neurons, while neuroplasticity refers to the ability of our nervous system to rewire and optimize itself.

Thus, optimizing one’s nervous system creates an environment for maximum healing while simultaneously maximizing the human potential.

The Diagnostic Path Taught in Functional Neurology Essentials

Functional Neurology Essentials teaches a tried-and-true method for evaluating and treating disorders of the CNS. It involves the following general process:

The Diagnostic Path Taught in Functional Neurology Essentials
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The Top Things Functional Neurology Essentials Will Teach You

How to observe your patient through a neurological lens.
Most current models concerning brain function and their clinical implications
How to apply the Brain Hemisphericity/Lateralization model to your current treatment approach
Best practices techniques involving intake questionnaires and treatment outcome measurements
Neurological Screens Including:

- Neuro Visual Screens
- Proprioceptive Screens
- Somatosensory Screens
- Autonomic Screens
- Balance Screens
- Gait Assessment

Examination procedures confirming the anatomical localization of CNS dysfunction

- Core Physical and Neurological Exam Procedures
- Specialty Physical and Neurological Exam Procedures

Treatment applications addressing the anatomical site of CNS dysfunction

Applying the ten principles of plasticity to any treatment plan

How to implement Functional Neurology into your practice

Different management approaches in Functional Neurology. How to decide the best one for you and your patient

What Sets Functional Neurology Essentials Apart from Other Programs?

Optimizing one's nervous system creates an environment for maximum healing while simultaneously maximizing the human potential.

One of the main elements that sets Functional Neurology Essentials apart from any other programs is the methodology used in its creation. While many programs are created using information solely from textbooks, we started developing Functional Neurology Essentials by doing a job analysis on some of the most successful Functional Neurology practitioners in the world.

The results allowed us to identify three critical criteria used in the writing of the program:

Type of patients Functional Neurology practitioners commonly treat.
The most common practical clinical assessments and applications utilized by these practitioners.
The academic concepts that these doctors felt contributed most to their learning of the material.

This knowledge enabled us to establish the most fundamentally effective examination procedures to help anatomically localize the area of CNS dysfunction and identify the most effective receptor-based therapy to treat it.

We then performed a literature search to construct an extensive library of evidence supporting nearly every concept and procedure taught in this program.


What Functional Neurology Essential Clinicias Are Saying

The ReceptorBased Essentials has completely transformed the way I approach cases. I learned more clinical applications in this course than I did in any other course I have taken. I feel confident that I have a great foundation to build off of in Functional Neurology. Whether you're looking to get started with your Functional Neurology education, continue your FN education or to just take one course and be done - ReceptorBased Essentials will set you up for success to work with even the most complicated cases.
Dr. Lon Kalapp

Course Information

Course Structure
10 Hours of Flipped Classroom Material - prerequisite of the 4 day live onsite/online training

4-day live onsite or online learning & training

1 day of online, self-paced learning that includes:

- Course summary highlighting key points
- Case videos with discussion

End-of-program exam in which a passing score is necessary to achieve certification.

Post-examination faculty advisor consult

- To discuss weaknesses and strengths as determined by your examination scores.
- To answer any questions, you may have.

Included In Your Tuition
50 Neurology Hours (includes 30 hours from 4 days onsite/online training; 10 hours from Flipped Classroom; 10 hours from Day 5 online)

Receive any future updates to the course videos or other materials
All-Access to the digital recording of the class

All-Access to the flipped classroom material and online videos, including updates. The clinical applications will be organized and updated so you can easily find them, review them, and implement them in practice.
Re-attendance – Retake the class on-site, via Livestream, or via online, self-paced learning as many times as you’d like as an audit.*

A workbook to help you better organize and retain the material taught.

3 months of unlimited access to Medline

Re-attendance policy: Scholars who have registered and completed the program (including the 4-day format or the 5-module series in its entirety) have the ability to re-attend the course with no additional fee. When re-attending a course, the scholar will not receive continuing education credits and will receive an audit. Carrick Institute is not responsible for providing new materials for class audits, including but not limited to manuals, shirts, equipment, etc. If manuals have been updated since the original attendance date, the updated materials will be available via PDF on the scholar’s online portal. If the scholar would like to purchase a new paper manual, they may do so before the course start date.

Due to the limited seats for this program. Re-attendance for this in-person module is only available for registration 14 days in advance. If you would like to reserve a seat for this course please email

The All-access and re-attendance as part of your Functional Neurology tuition are specific to the Functional Neurology program. The re-attendance is considered an audit of the course material and does not yield CE or CEU credits. It does transfer to other programs offered by the Carrick Institute.


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Continuing Education​

Continuing education requirements to maintain certification status through a professional association are usually separate from the state board’s requirements. In order to maintain your certification status in your state please submit a State Continuing Education Application Form.

*We cannot guarantee approval for individual state CEUS. Each state has different rules and regulations. State Applications need to be submitted at least 90 days prior to the state date of your course*

Recertification / Diplomate Requirements: All Carrick Institute courses are approved by the ACFN & ACNB.

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