Genetic Counseling Cultural and Linguistic Competence Toolkit

The central instructional element of this tool are 9 case studies with supplemental readings and assessment questions.

The cases describe the impact of various cultures on the fundamental processes of genetic counseling. Cultures explored include:

  • African American
  • Middle Eastern
  • Asian, Hispanic
  • Deaf
  • refugee
  • intellectual disability
  • religion
  • prisoner cultures

The website also includes links to resources on health disparities, cross cultural communication, teaching tools and clinical tools.

Type Website
CME Available Yes
Cost Free, unless CEU's are desired. Then the cost is $225.


Date of Resource 2010

Genomic Competencies

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

Genetic Counselor

  • Interpersonal, Psychosocial and Counseling Skills
    • 13:   Apply genetic counseling skills in a culturally responsive and respectful manner to all clients.
      • 13a:   Describe how aspects of culture including language, ethnicity, life-style, socioeconomic status, disability, sexuality, age and gender affect the genetic counseling encounter.
      • 13b:   Assess and respond to client cultural beliefs relevant to the genetic counseling encounter.
      • 13c:   Utilize multicultural genetic counseling resources to plan and tailor genetic counseling agendas, and assess and counsel clients.
      • 13d:   Maintain professional boundaries by ensuring directive statements, self-disclosure, and self-involving responses are in the best interest of the client.