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The Frontage Road to Mars: Tourette Connections Conference Keynote Address
Marlene Sundgaard, bringslived experience of having overcome challenges in many areas to become a successful adult. Her personal story and current work with youth with Tourette Syndrome embodies the social work values of dignity and worth of the person and the importance of human relationships. As social workers, valuing Self-Determination is so foundational that it is listed as item 1.02 in our Code of Ethics, and her keynote will provide a good example of this concept. Ms. Sundgaard’s life example is important as we work to address cultural and racial discrepancies in the diagnosis and treatment of Tourette Syndrome, and serves to remind professionals that this is a disorder that knows no racial or ethnic boundaries. Learning Objectives:
Social workers will better understand the struggles of growing up with undiagnosed Tourette Syndrome.
Social workers will understand the importance of role models and peer support in coping with a chronic medical condition.
Social workers will gain an understanding of the lifelong course of Tourette Syndrome.