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Parkinson’s Foundation Team Training is a course designed to increase knowledge about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and build capacity for comprehensive, interprofessional care in the treatment of PD.

Training Dates & Location

This dynamic, interactive course offers an intensive curriculum and can be accessed via three different programs, offering virtual or hybrid learning choices:

Option 1: Team Training LIVE

  • 3.5 day in-person course offered each fall season
  • Includes approximately 3 hours of required online pre-course work

Option 2: Team Training VIRTUAL

  • Semester long self-paced virtual course offered each winter season
  • Culminates in a required series of four live virtual group learning sessions

Option 3: ADVANCED Team Training

  • Pre-requisite of attending either Team Training LIVE or VIRTUAL
  • Two day in-person course doing a deep dive on one narrow topic (for example, Advanced Team Training 2022 course will look at COGNITION)
  • Includes approximately 3.5 hours of required online pre-course work

All Team Training programs include:

  • Continuing Education credit for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, PTs, OTs, SLPs, social workers, and psychologists
  • Individual and team planning tools for immediate implementation (team discounts are offered)
  • Opportunity to network with regional, national, and international health professionals
  • Having your name added to the PF Helpline database so our counselors can direct callers to you when looking for experts in your region of the country

Sign Up for Team Training

This dynamic, interactive course is designed to cover the latest in Parkinson’s care for healthcare professionals.

Who Can Benefit

The program currently caters to the following professions for training:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists

Program Agenda

While programs are updated for each training, and constantly evolving, this sample below gives a sense of what the program may look like for Team Training VIRTUAL.

Download Sample Agenda for Team Training Virtual

Accreditation

Accreditation Each Team Training program offers continuing education to participants, including the following professions: MD, PT, OT, SLP, RN, NP, SW.

Sample Accreditation Statement for Team Training VIRTUAL

Scholarships

Currently, we offer a scholarship program for individuals from the Heathland area (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri). Learn more about these grants by visiting Team Training Scholarship Information.

From time to time, we offer other grants for participants. When available, we will post details here.

Background & Goals

Parkinson’s Foundation Team Training has been developed to increase knowledge of Parkinson’s disease and build capacity for comprehensive inter-professional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

The course is intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers and physicians who are interested in education about the management of medications and care challenges in Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s Foundation believes that inter-professional care can make the difference between satisfaction and despair for patients, caregivers and the staff providing the care. While Team Training is designed to bring teams together to learn how to better collaborate and plan for better care and treatment of patients, it’s open to all health professionals, even those working in settings that don’t have team care models.

Prior to the course, each registrant will complete three online preparatory modules that include an overview of Parkinson’s, interdisciplinary Team Trainings, and neuropsychiatric symptoms and management.

The faculty consists of an interdisciplinary team of senior movement disorder specialists.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives apply to all professions:

  • Participate effectively as an interdisciplinary or inter-professional team member
  • Identify challenges associated with Parkinson’s and side effects of PD medications
  • Discuss how to support a person with Parkinson’s and their care partners in self-management
  • Discuss key characteristics of early, middle and late-stage Parkinson’s
  • Describe the unique and complementary role of each discipline in your Team Training
  • Identify strategies for building inter-professional networks and community partnerships

Team Training has confirmed my passion for Parkinson’s disease and has defined the importance of interdisciplinary teams.

Nurse Practitioner
Team Training Alumni

Training Dates & Locations

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Leadership

Team Training is not simply a course in Parkinson's disease. This is an intensive integrated curriculum, developed jointly by the faculty team and taught in a collaborative way. Faculty are committed to its mission of person-centered interprofessional care in Parkinson's and serve as a faculty team modeling effective integrated care planning in the training itself.

Whether addressing cognition, mobility, communication or emotional issues, Team Training faculty values the contribution of each discipline to assessment and care of the person with Parkinson's disease and their caregiver.

This training has given me the momentum and framework to go back and make immediate changes in the clinic. This week has increased my enthusiasm to improve our interdisciplinary care and expand our programs.

Physical Therapist
Team Training Alumni

Accomplishments

The Team Training program has had a steady growth trajectory and is increasingly in demand across the country. With an impressive list of accomplishments, Team Training has delivered on its promise and has, to date:

  • Completed 40 trainings, enrolling over 2500 practitioners and students across multiple disciplines.
  • Enrolled over 400 interdisciplinary teams to date throughout the U.S., Canada and now reaching global participation.
  • Significantly impacted participants, many of whom left the training with plans to start a Parkinson's program or revive their interdisciplinary Parkinson's team.
  • Changed their understanding of the impact of Parkinson's disease on family care partners.

Sponsoring Team Training

The Parkinson's Foundation seeks private funding to support the program. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring this program in your area or would like to make a contribution, please contact TeamTrainingHelp@Parkinson.org or call 1-800-473-4636.

To find a professional who has completed Team Training in your area, call our Helpline at 800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636).

Hear From Others

Professionals from different backgrounds share their experience from the training.

Payment

Payment will not be accepted without first applying to the training.

If you have not applied, please register now. Please allow 24-48 hours to receive a letter of acceptance.

Payment is due immediately after you receive your acceptance email, in order to be enrolled in the course (unless other arrangements have been confirmed with Parkinson’s Foundation staff). Please refer to the payment link provided in your acceptance email to pay for the course.

  • Registration fee: $550.00 USD (per person)
  • Teams of 3 to 4: $475.00 USD (per person and must represent at least 2 different disciplines)
  • Team of 5: $450.00 USD (per person)
  • Teams of 6+: $425.00 USD (per person)
  • VA facilities: The Parkinson’s Foundation provides pricing in an email to VA employees.
  • MD Fellows: Complimentary (limited to 2 MD fellows per training)
  • Students: Complimentary limited*

*Complimentary student access is limited to two students per each listed discipline track. You must be a full-time student and unlicensed in the discipline track for which you are applying.

Number of Registrants One Two Three Four Five Six Seven
Cost Per Person $550 $550 $475 $475 $450 $425 $425
Total With Discount $550 $1,100 $1,425 $1,900 $2,250 $2,500 $2,975
Total Per Person Without Discount ($550 Each) $550 $1,100 $1,650 $2,200 $2,750 $3,300 $3,850
Total Savings With Discount $0 $0 $225 $300 $500 $750 $875

If you or your facility needs additional time to provide payment, please contact us to work out a payment arrangement. Please email teamtraininghelp@parkinson.org.

Publications

Interprofessional education increases knowledge, promotes team building, and changes practice in the care of Parkinson's disease, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 22 (2016). Download to read.

Development and Evolution of a Model Interprofessional Education Program in Parkinson’ s disease: A Ten-year Experience (May 2018). Download to read.

Advanced Team Trainings

Completion of a previous Parkinson’s Foundation Team Training (formerly ATTP) training is required to apply.

Team Training alumni have exclusive access to our advanced Team Training Programs, intensive two-day trainings on a specific topics affecting the Parkinson’s community.

Team Training Cognition
Summers of 2022 and 2024
Featuring a two-day training on cognition and the challenges in the treatment of PD.

Team Training Mental Health
Summers of 2023 and 2025
Featuring a two-day training on mental health and the challenges in the treatment of PD.

All applicants for advanced Team Training must have previously completed and obtained a Team Training completion certificate. All applicants will be verified in our database prior to acceptance.

Upcoming Training: Team Training Cognition
San Diego, CA
August 11-12, 2022

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