Social Work Online Course 2: Ethics in the World of HD

Social work ethical concepts are reviewed and put in context of social workers working with HD families. Scenarios about ethical dilemmas are presented.



Lisa Mooney currently works as a dual licensed social worker- for both the HDSA Northern California Chapter and the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis.  She has worked with HD patients for 7 years and facilitates a monthly support group for patients, caregivers and at-risk persons while providing HD education throughout the Northern CA region.  The best part of her job is getting to know families, providing emotional support and assisting them throughout their HD journey from diagnosis to end of life.  The worst part is knowing that often the relationship does not end with the identified HD person, since other generations may get HD as well. 



The social worker will be able to:

  • Explain the need for a code of ethics
  • Name 3 social work values
  • Name 3 guidelines for identifying an ethical dilemma