Facilitating the Genetic Counseling Process: A Practice Manual

This seminal text contains 12 chapters divided into three sections: 

  • communication skills (chapters. 2-7)
  • interpersonal counseling and psychosocial assessment skills (chapters. 8-10)
  • professional ethics and values (chapters. 11-12)

Each chapter includes in-class and written exercises that can be used to help students practice the skills and concepts covered.


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2003


Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Genetics Expertise and Analysis
    • 2:   Integrate knowledge of psychosocial aspects of conditions with a genetic component to promote client well-being.
      • 2a:   Demonstrate an understanding of psychosocial, ethical, and legal issues related to genetic counseling encounters.
      • 2b:   Describe common emotional and/or behavioral responses that may commonly occur in the genetic counseling context.
      • 2c:   Recognize the importance of understanding the lived experiences of people with various genetic/genomic conditions.
      • 2d:   Evaluate the potential impact of psychosocial issues on client decision-making and adherence to medical management.
  • Interpersonal, Psychosocial and Counseling Skills
    • 10:   Use a range of genetic counseling skills and models to facilitate informed decision-making and adaptation to genetic risks or conditions.
      • 10a:   Demonstrate knowledge of psychological defenses, family dynamics, family systems theory, coping models, the grief process, and reactions to illness.
      • 10b:   Utilize a range of basic counseling skills, such as open-ended questions, reflection, and normalization.
      • 10c:   Employ a variety of advanced genetic counseling skills, such as anticipatory guidance and in-depth exploration of client responses to risks and options.
      • 10d:   Assess clients' psychosocial needs, and evaluate the need for intervention and referral.
      • 10f:   Develop an appropriate follow-up plan to address psychosocial concerns that have emerged in the encounter, including referrals for psychological services when indicated.
    • 11:   Promote client-centered, informed, non-coercive and value-based decision-making.
      • 11a:   Recognize one's own values and biases as they relate to genetic counseling.
      • 11b:   Actively facilitate client decision-making that is consistent with the client's values.
      • 11c:   Recognize and respond to client-counselor relationship dynamics, such as transference and countertransference, which may affect the genetic counseling interaction.
      • 11d:   Describe the continuum of non-directiveness to directiveness, and effectively utilize an appropriate degree of guidance for specific genetic counseling encounters.
      • 11e:   Maintain professional boundaries by ensuring directive statements, self-disclosure, and self- involving responses are in the best interest of the client.
    • 8:   Establish a mutually agreed upon genetic counseling agenda with the client.
      • 8a:   Describe the genetic counseling process to clients.
      • 8b:   Elicit client expectations, perceptions, knowledge, and concerns regarding the genetic counseling encounter and the reason for referral or contact.
      • 8c:   Apply client expectations, perceptions, knowledge and concerns towards the development of a mutually agreed upon agenda.
      • 8d:   Modify the genetic counseling agenda, as appropriate by continually contracting to address emerging concerns.
    • 9:   Employ active listening and interviewing skills to identify, assess, and empathically respond to stated and emerging concerns.
      • 9a:   Elicit and evaluate client emotions, individual and family experiences, beliefs, behaviors, values, coping mechanisms and adaptive capabilities.
      • 9b:   Engage in relationship-building with the client by establishing rapport, employing active listening skills and demonstrating empathy.
      • 9c:   Assess and respond to client emotional and behavioral cues, expressed both verbally and non-verbally, including emotions affecting understanding, retention, perception, and decision-making.
  • Professional Development & Practice
    • 17:   Act in accordance with the ethical, legal and philosophical principles and values of the genetic counseling profession and the policies of one's institution or organization.
      • 17a:   Follow the guidance of the National Society of Genetic Counselors Code of Ethics.
      • 17b:   Recognize and respond to ethical and moral dilemmas arising in genetic counseling practice and seek outside consultation when needed.
      • 17c:   Identify and utilize factors that promote client autonomy