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Functional Neurology Management of Concussion (FN-MOC)

Presented by: Dr. Matthew Antonucci

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THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING. ARE YOU READY TO LEARN HOW TO DELIVER UNPRECEDENTED CONCUSSION OUTCOMES? IT'S TIME!

Carrick Institute is proud to bring you one of the most comprehensive concussion and mTBI management programs in the world! 
 Functional Neurology Management of Concussion presented by Dr. Matthew Antonucci.

Over the past 40 years, the brilliance and leadership of Prof. Frederick R. Carrick has established Carrick Institute the undisputed leader of education in functional neurology. Carrick Institute has proudly produced the educational curricula that has enabled more than 18,000 functional neurology providers to deliver their patients unprecedented results. Our mission is unwavering and focus is explicit. We deliver the highest quality training in an effort to help produce the world’s best clinicians. The purpose of FN-MOC is just another example of that. We plan to make you an authority in concussion management, from diagnosis to rehabilitation, with true-to-style content breath, depth, and clinical applications.

This meticulously-crafted and masterfully-delivered two-level program serves as epitome of our educational offerings.  We are ready to take your career to the next level.  Are YOU?

OLD CONTENT Carrick Institute is proud to bring you its most advanced specialty program in the field of concussion and mTBI – Functional Neurology Management of Concussion presented by Dr. Matthew Antonucci.

With the leadership of Prof. Frederick R. Carrick, the Carrick Institute pioneered the concept of an individualized clinical neuroscience approach in healthcare known as the paradigm of functional neurology.  For over 40 years the concepts of Functional Neurology taught in our curriculums have served patients at the highest levels. Carrick Institute’s mission remains the same.  It strives to offer the highest quality training in an effort to help produce the world’s best clinicians.

This two-level program serves as the pinnacle of our educational offerings.  We are ready.  Are YOU ready to take your career to the next level?

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A Two-Level Approach to Concussion Management Education

The Functional Neurology Management of Concussion (FN-MOC) has been meticulously crafted for all healthcare providers with a passion for helping patients with concussions, regardless of their educational background. 

Level 1  is 70 hours of education focused specifically on critically evaluating consensus statements and current publications, to guide in the development of a contemporary, comprehensive approach to concussion/mTBI. We discuss risk factors that may predict concussion. We examine factors that make individuals more vulnerable to sustaining a concussion. The pathophysiological story of an mTBI is reviewed, from the mitochondria through the abstract concept of neural networks and graph theory. We discuss the time of impact management, and urgent care, including hospital protocols, imaging algorithms, and acute care. Utilizing the decades of research that exists on concussion symptoms and clinically-evaluated dysfunction, we lay the pedagogical foundation of this course on the 7 concussion phenotypes. Special attention is given to ensure the development of competency in the entrusbable professional activities of assessing each phenotype empirically, with minimal technology, and unprecedented confidence. 

Level 2 is for the dedicated practitioner that wants to be the go-to concussion solution provider in their area. It is a 280-hour mastery program designed by Dr. Antonucci in collaboration with our robust medical advisory board, to cultivate expertise in concussion and mTBI rehabilitation on the foundational concepts taught in Level 1, with a depth of information that can not be found anywhere in post-graduate education. Level 2 Scholars will learn the essential and nuanced details about human sensory processing and motor control systems that are disrupted by concussion and mTBI, and the therapeutic modalities designed to restore their integrity.

*  Please note that one must attend and complete Level 1 before attending Level 2, as Level 2 will assume proficiency in Level 1 theory, assessment, and EPAs.

Program Structure

This 2-level program utilizes a specific pedagogy to ensure the best learning experience for attending clinicians, while also making it available to clinicians worldwide. 

Flipped Classroom – A flipped classroom is a style of blended learning that introduces crucial foundational concepts before the main lectures and applications are taught. This allows all scholars to enter the main program on the same level and encourages deeper learning on more advanced topics during the main lectures.

Interactive Asynchronous Learning – Interactive asynchronous learning allows you to learn on your own schedule.  The main lectures are pre-recorded and will be available 24/7 on your online learning portal.  Our online learning features interaction through knowledge-check questions embedded throughout the lectures, quizzing, and submission of open-ended written competency evaluations.  The material will remain on your learning portal as long as one maintains an active Carrick Institute account. We encourage scholars to review the material several times for the best learning experience. 

Onsite-Learning – To achieve certification status, one must attend the onsite portion for each level.   The onsite learning will carefully instruct clinicians on the hands-on skills they need to know for proficiency in the management and rehabilitation of concussions. 

Level 1 & Level 2 both have an onsite module that is required to attend to receive certification status. 

  • Level 1 – Chapter 4 (Creating and Performing a Baseline Assessment): 3 days onsite (25 neurology hours)
  • Level 2 – Chapter 8 (Therapeutic Procedures Workshop): 3 days onsite (25 neurology hours)

Those who complete Level 1 & Level 2 of Functional Neurology Management of Concussion will be eligible to sit for the FABBIR board examination from the ACFN

Level 1 Objectives

Chapter 1 –  Consensus Guidelines and Recommendations [Concussion Primer Flipped Classroom (via online self-paced learning)]

  • Definitions and Causes of mTBI / Concussion
  • Pathophysiology  of mTBI / Concussion
  • Epidemiology of mTBI / Concussion
  • The Acute Management and Urgent Care of mTBI / Concussion
  • Treatments for Acute of mTBI / Concussion

Chapter 2 – Evaluation of the Intangible Effects of Concussion (via online self-paced learning)

  • The Importance of Obtaining Baseline Brain Health Measurements
  • Measuring Consciousness
  • Pathophysiology of Cortical and Subcortical Structures in mTBI
  • Phenotyping Concussions
  • Collecting Data and Creating Predictions/Prognosis
  • Creating a Concussion Intake Form
  • The Relationship Between Sensory Seeking Behaviors and Mental Toughness and Concussion
  • Tools for Assessing the Symptom Burden of mTBI
  •  Outcome Assessment Tools for Concussion, and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL)
  • The Screening of Affect for Non-Psychologists
  • Screening for Sleep Disturbances in Concussion
  • Screening for Autonomic Dysfunction in mTBI
  • Supporting Literature Reviews on All Previously Listed Topics
  • Library of Outcome Assessment Tools and Patient Reported Outcome Measures

Chapter 3 – Quantifying Concussion-Related Brain Function at the Bedside (via online self-paced learning)

  • Analysis and Comparison of Contemporary Concussion Evaluation Tools (Screening, Confirmatory, Objective)
  • The Embryological Development of Sensory Processing and Motor Control and Its Application to mTBI and Concussion 
  • The Role of the Physical Examination in mTBI and Concussion
  • The Interpretation and Correlation of Vital Signs in Relationship to mTBI
  • The Bedside Evaluation of Autonomic Function in Concussion
  • Evaluating Cognitive Performance
  • Optometric and Orthoptic Functional Evaluation
  • Assessing Somatesthesia and Motor Control
  • The Bedside Evaluation of Assessment of Graviception, Linear and Angular Movement
  • Evaluating the Effects of Sensory Error on Autonomic Function

Chapter 4 – Creating and Performing an Evidence-Based Baseline/Concussion Examination (On-site Training – 3 days)

  • This is a 3-day, hands-on, skill-development course. You will be the doctor and the patient. You will leave with certifiable proficiency in performing the examination procedures detailed in Chapter 3, and the results of your personal brain health baseline assessment. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring the tools introduced in Chapter 3 
  • This course consists of more than 50 EPAs or Entrustable Professional Activities that will be taught and perfected throughout the weekend. Scholars will need to attend, be assessed for proficiency, and must pass to achieve FN-MOC certification status.

Chapter 5 – Management of Concussion Sequela (via online self-paced learning)

  • Tools and Technology for Clinical Efficiency
  • Crafting a World-Class Report of Findings
  • Evidence Supported Palliative and Therapeutic Modalities for Concussion and mTBI
  • Including generalized approaches to:
    • Cardiovascular/Metabolic
    • Vestibular
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Visual/Oculomotor
    • Cognitive/Affective
  • Return to Activities and Return to Play Protocols
  • Putting It All Together: Your Community and Your Practice
  • Introduction to Moderate and Severe Brain Injuries
  • Discussion on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or “CTE”
FN-MOC Certification
  • Chapter 4 must have been completed on-site and proficiency confirmed by the course instructor.
  • All 5 chapters must be complete at the time of application.
  • At the time of examination, applicants must present 15 de-identified, but verifiable, direct-contact experiences with an individual or individuals with concussion or mTBI.
  • Applicant must receive a passing score on the examination:
    • 100 Multiple-Choice Questions
      • Must score 80% or higher
    • 5 essay questions, 20 points each (grading rubric will be furnished at the time of examination)
      • Must score 80% or higher

Tuition for Level 1

Level 1 tuition is $2995. 
All tuition is priced in USD.

Included in Your Tuition for Level 1

  • 70 hours of training (consists of online learning plus a 3-day onsite training for Module 4 – Creating and Performing a Baseline Assessment)
  • All-access to the digital recording of the class.
  • Any future updates to the course videos or other materials.
  • Re-attendance*
  • 70 Neurology Hours towards the ACFN (American College of Functional Neurology) & ACNB (American Chiropractic Neurology Board)
  • Access to the flipped classroom with all-access updates. 
  • 3 months of unlimited access to Medline upon completion of the module

*Scholars will receive CEU & neurology hours upon their first completion of the module. Any re-attendance is considered an audit.  Scholars must maintain an active account to receive benefits. 

Level 2 Objectives

*Finalized program details for Level 2 will be released in early Spring 2023.*

Each chapter of Level 2 will dive into the deepest depths of its content, with a consistent theme of “assess to treat”. In Level 2 we are not concerned with a diagnosis. Every assessment that is performed should provide meaningful therapeutic implications for solving the complex puzzle of protracted and persisting symptoms.

Chapter 1: Understanding Persisting Concussion Symptoms (“Post-Concussion Syndrome”) (via online self-paced learning)

  •  To solve persisting concussion symptoms, scholars must understand why they are persisting, to begin with. The mechanisms of PCS are related-to but are different than the mechanisms of acute concussion. Therefore, they need to be managed differently. Scholars will find these answers and more in this carefully curated flipped classroom assignment.

Chapter 2: Concussion-Related Metabolic, Autonomic, and Sleep Pathophysiology (via online self-paced learning)

  • After weeks, months, and sometimes years of neuroplastic remodeling, the brain and its environment is often in a downward spiral. Chronic inflammation, hormonal disruption, autonomic dysfunction, insomnia, and other challenges perpetuate pain, suffering, injury, and poor quality of life. In this chapter, we will discuss common metabolic, autonomic and sleep disturbances caused by hypothalamic and pituitary dysfunction, as well as remodeled central autonomic networks.

Chapter 3: Vestibular Dysfunction and Central Syndromes (via online self-paced learning)

  • In Level 1, we learned that vestibular processing is the most precocious sensory modality, upon which all other senses are tangentially built. In this chapter, we discuss the advanced vestibular testing, interpretation, and multi-sensory training that can augment central and peripheral vestibular processing.

Chapter 4: Cervical and Somatic Dysfunction and Treatment Strategies (via online self-paced learning)

Chapter 5: Oculomotor and Visual Assessment and Rehabilitation (via online self-paced learning)

Chapter 6: Assessing and Rehabilitating Changes in Cognition and Affect (via online self-paced learning)

Chapter 7: Clinical Workflows, Patient Management, and Treatment Plan Creation (via online self-paced learning)

Chapter 8: Therapeutic Procedures Workshop (3 days of on-site training)

Tuition for Level 2

Tuition details will be released when the total hours for the program have been tallied up in early Spring 2023. 

Included in Your Tuition for Level 2

  • Approxiately 280 hours of training (consists of online learning plus a 3-day onsite training for chapter 8 – Therapeutic Procedures Workshop)
  • All-access to the digital recording of the class.
  • Any future updates to the course videos or other materials.
  • Re-attendance*
  • Approximately 280 Neurology Hours towards the ACFN (American College of Functional Neurology), ABBIR (American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation) & ACNB (American Chiropractic Neurology Board) 
  • Access to the flipped classroom with all-access updates. 
  • 3 months of unlimited access to Medline upon completion of the program

*Scholars will receive CEU & neurology hours upon their first completion of the program. Any re-attendance is considered an audit.  Scholars must maintain an active account to receive benefits. 

FAQ Videos

2023 Course Dates

Level 1 Chapter 4 – Cape Canaveral, FL – May 19-21, 2023

Level 1 Chapter 4 – Oslo, Norway – September 1-3, 2023

Level 1 Chapter 4 – Calgary, Canada – September 29 – October 1, 2023

Level 2 Chapter 8 dates to be released in Spring 2023.

Level 1 Release Dates By Chapter

2024 Course Dates

Level 1 Chapter 4 – Colorado – February 23-25, 2024

 

Chapter 1

Available Now! You can access chapter 1 via online, self-paced learning in your online portal. 

Chapter 2

Available Now! You can access Chapter 2 via online, self-paced learning in your online portal. 

Chapter 3

Available Now! Chapter 3 will be available in September via online, self-paced learning in your online portal.

Chapter 4

Chapter 4 is intended to be taken in person. Please review the locations above and send an email to admissions@carrickinstitute.com if you have not selected your live location yet! 

We will be recording the live event and making it available for online self-paced learning. * To achieve certification status, you must attend the onsite portion. 

Chapter 5

Chapter 5 will be available in November via online, self-paced learning in your online portal. 

Re-attendance policy: Scholars who have registered and completed a course after December 2019 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.

Re-attendance will be open 2 weeks before the course. Please email admissions@carrickinstitute.com to be added. 

To view full Terms & Conditions, click here.

For more information on CE/CME eligibility, visit https://carrickinstitute.com/ceinfo/

Presenting Faculty

Dr. Antonucci is an experienced chiropractic neurologist, functional neurology practitioner, researcher, and international lecturer.  He trained extensively under Professor Ted Carrick and has provided breakthrough forms of neurorehabilitation and performance training to thousands of patients. He consults with several NFL and NHL franchises on performance training and neurotrauma, and his work has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox News, and more. He has delivered more than 11,000 hours of presentations, both nationally and internationally, as Carrick Institute faculty.  Most importantly, he is a loving husband and the father of five amazing boys, whom he hopes to inspire to follow in his footsteps.

We are very excited to have Dr. Antonucci be your guide on this clinical education journey. 

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