Genetic Counseling Practice: Advanced Concepts and Skills. Chapter 5: Grieving: An Inevitable Journey

The text book includes 15 chapters that fall into three topic areas:

  • genetic counseling dynamics,
  • client cultural and individual characteristics, and
  • genetic counselor development.
  • This chapter describes the grief process and bereavement and provides strategies for working with grieving clients. The chapter includes short case examples and group exercises to aid trainees in addressing specific aspects of client grief.

    Type Book
    CME Available No
    Cost Print Price - $114.95 ; eBook Price - $91.99/per publisher


    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
      • 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.
        • 10e:   Apply evidence-based models to guide genetic counseling practice, such as short-term client-centered counseling, grief counseling and crisis counseling.
        • 10f:   Develop an appropriate follow-up plan to address psychosocial concerns that have emerged in the encounter, including referrals for psychological services when indicated.
      • 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.