Facilitating the Genetic Counseling Process: A Practice Manual. Chapter 6: Structuring the Genetic Counseling Session: Initiating, Contracting, Ending and Referral

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. This chapter discusses the four components of the genetic counseling session: initiating, goal setting (contracting), ending and referral and provides group and individual exercises for skills practice

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Genomic Competencies

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

Genetic Counselor

  • 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.
      • 10b:   Utilize a range of basic counseling skills, such as open-ended questions, reflection, and normalization.
      • 10d:   Assess clients' psychosocial needs, and evaluate the need for intervention and referral.
    • 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.