Understanding Huntingtons Disease: Historical, Physical, Psychiatric and Family Implications
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Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a rare (incidence 1:10,000), fatal, inherited neurodegenerative/neuropsychiatric disorder for which there is no known treatment or cure. It is characterized by abnormalities in movement, cognition, and psychiatric disturbances. In the absence of a cure, competent symptomatic treatment and psychosocial support is vital. HD is a family disease, both because of the autosomal dominant inheritance, but also because of the impact of the disease on the family system. Understanding of HD by professionals will aid in providing the best treatment available to optimize care and support for these families
Stacey Barton is a Center social worker with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center for Excellence which provides services for people with HD and their families, provides community out reach, and supports clinical research. She is also a site coordinator and/or cognitive rater for two studies by the Huntington’s Study Group: one dealing with neurobiological predictors, and one dealing with genetics.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
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