Online Course
The Role of Rehabilitation Professionals in Mental Health Disorders Following Stroke
Improve a stroke survivor’s outcome – body and mind

2-2.5 hours





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Srishti Banerjee
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Interested in the mental health aspects of physiotherapy care and looking beyond the realms of traditional physiotherapy

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The Global Burden of Disease report published in 2019 estimated that stroke is the second leading cause of death, and the third leading cause of death and disability combined worldwide. There is growing interest in the effect stroke has on the development of mental health disorders. Mental health issues are also a leading cause of disability worldwide, with depression and anxiety topping the list of global mental health diagnoses. Mental health disorders are common post-stroke, but are often overlooked and underdiagnosed. These disorders can greatly affect a stroke survivor's quality of life, treatment outcomes and functional status, burden of care, and mortality rates.

Due to the time-intensive nature of rehabilitation assessments, treatments, and interventions, rehabilitation professionals are well placed to help screen for mental health issues in stroke survivors and aid in preventive education. This course overviews mental health disorders which commonly occur post-stroke. It discusses their aetiology, clinical features and differential diagnosis, as well as relevant assessments and basic interventions that can be performed by rehabilitation professionals.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of mental health disorders which can occur post-stoke and the role of rehabilitation professionals in managing these commonly occurring conditions.


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

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, 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 2-2.5 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 2.1 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:

  • discuss the key features of at least two mental health conditions in individuals after stroke, focusing on prevalence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and their influence on rehabilitation outcomes
  • identify at least three interprofessional management strategies for psychological or emotional impairments in individuals after stroke

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Srishti Banerjee: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
A must-read for any rehabilitation professionals! Stroke care is always a multidisciplinary approach.
Tshenday Wangchuk