NSGC Master Genetic Counselor Series

This series is comprised of 9 recorded genetic counseling sessions:

  • three prenatal,
  • three cancer, and
  • three cardiovascular genetics sessions.

Each is conducted by a different genetic counselor recognized as a Master Genetic Counselor by their peers.

With the videos are two instructional manuals-one for using the videos for peer supervision/reflective practice for practicing genetic counselors and one for teaching psychosocial skills/practice to genetic counseling students.


Type Other
CME Available No
Topic
Cost Free
Note 2011


Date of Resource 2011

Genomic Competencies

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

Genetic Counselor

  • Genetics Expertise and Analysis
    • 1:   Demonstrate and utilize a depth and breadth of understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics core concepts and principles.
      • 1b:   Apply knowledge of genetic principles and understand how they contribute to etiology, clinical features and disease expression, natural history, differential diagnoses, genetic testing and test report interpretation, pathophysiology, recurrence risk, management and prevention, and population screening.
    • 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.
      • 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.
    • 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
    • 20:   Support client and community interests in accessing, or declining, social and health services and clinical research.
      • 20e:   Identify appropriate individual and/or group opportunities for ongoing personal supervision and mentorship.