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Bonnie L. Hennig, MSW, LCSW is the Clinical Social Worker at the University of Connecticut Health Center Huntington's Disease Program. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Social Work degree at Boston University in Boston, MA.

Ms. Hennig has been in the medical social work field for over 15 years. She has received both the Quality of Life Award and the George Sheehan Humanitarian Award from the Greater Hartford Unit of the American Cancer Society.

As part of the Huntington's Disease Program, Ms. Hennig assesses the psychosocial background of Huntington's Disease (HD) patients with particular attention on adjustment to illness and continuing care needs. She provides counseling to people at-risk, people affected by HD and family members including crisis intervention, griefwork, supportive counseling and family therapy. Ms. Hennig also assesses individuals interested in pre-symptomatic testing and provides follow-up counseling.

As a liaison to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA), Ms. Hennig has spoken to national audiences about the topic of helping children cope in a HD family. She has also been internationally recognized as an expert in the field of talking to children about HD and has been invited to speak in Canada, England and Scotland.

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