Online Course
Mental Health Considerations with Cerebral Palsy
Broaden your understanding of the mental health challenges associated with cerebral palsy

1.5-2 hours





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Pradeep Gunarathne
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Pradeep is an occupational therapist with experience in a range of mental health settings

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects motor function, communication, and daily living activities. Individuals with cerebral palsy are also at an increased risk of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, fear and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, while the physical aspects of cerebral palsy are widely recognised, its impact on mental health can go unnoticed. Untreated mental health issues can affect quality of life, participation in social activities and academic or work performance. There is, therefore, a need for increased awareness and improved access to mental health services for individuals with cerebral palsy. Evidence-based treatments for mental health issues in individuals with cerebral palsy include medication, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. As will be highlighted in this course, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is essential, and many members of the rehabilitation team can play a role in recognising and addressing mental health issues.


The course aims to increase awareness of the mental health needs of individuals with cerebral palsy. It also aims to highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation that considers both physical and mental health in individuals with cerebral palsy.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video 1: Mental Health Considerations with Cerebral Palsy
  2. Reading activity
  3. Video 2: Professional Roles in Mental Health and Cerebral Palsy
  4. Reading activity
  5. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify five factors that can lead to mental health challenges in individuals with cerebral palsy and their caregivers
  • recognise key signs and symptoms of mental health problems in individuals with cerebral palsy
  • discuss the role of at least four members of the rehabilitation team in helping to address mental health issues in individuals with cerebral palsy

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pradeep Gunarathne: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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Featured reviews
The course is beneficial because it teaches us a circular chain of work among the roles of social worker, psychologist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist.
Abu Bangura
Sierra Leone
It is a topic that physiotherapists often pay not enough attention to clients with cerebral palsy. This course is an excellent reminder to see them as a PERSON, not just muscle tone and movements. They also have feelings and thinking. We also need to support the families who are their primary carers.
Wai Ting Tina Chan
Hong Kong