Genetic Counseling and Huntington’s Disease

Genetic counselors are professionals trained to provide information about genetic diseases to individuals who are at risk for those conditions or symptomatic and to counsel them on issues related to family planning, inheritance potential and family dynamics.

This course aims to educate the genetic counselor about the intricacies of Huntington's disease so they are better able to apply their knowledge and skills about hereditary diseases when counseling a person at risk who is seeking predictive testing or a symptomatic individual seeking confirmatory testing thereby increasing access to trained genetic professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare the community-based genetic counselor to address the unique challenges a person at risk for Huntington's disease may present in predictive testing situations.
  • Provide tools and expert knowledge about Huntington's disease to facilitate the process of counseling and testing by a non-HD specific genetic counselor.
  • Educate the community-based genetic counselor to recognize special issues related to HD genetic testing including testing minors, implications of being first to test in family, testing twins, as well as mental health issues including suicide.

Module 1:

Symptomology and Natural History of Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease Inheritance and Genetic Testing


Sandra Kostyk, MD, PhD

Matt Bower, LGC  

Module 2: 

HD Genetic Testing Protocol and Special Issues in HD Genetic Testing  


Mara Sifry-Platt, MS, LCGC

Module 3:

Psychosocial Implications and Family Communications 


Ami Rosen, MS, CGC

Module 4:

The Next Generation Research Advances and Family Planning


George Yohrling, PhD

Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

Module 5:

Understanding Behavior in Huntington’s Disease and Resources for Genetic Counselors and HD Families

Arik Johnson, PsyD 

Purchase Information

This course was developed by the Huntington's Disease Society of America and is available at no cost to genetic counselors. This course is made possible by an unrestricted grant to HDSA from Genentech. Add this complimentary course to your cart, then complete the free checkout process to gain access to this course.

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Continuing Education

Genetic Counselor CEUs: This event has been approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for 5.45 contact hours or 0.545 Category 1 CEUs through 03/31/2022. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification.

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