A Guide to Genetic Counseling, 2nd Edition. Chapter 16: Genetic Counselors as Educators

This chapter provides detailed analysis on how genetic counselors can become educators to other health care professionals, to the lay public, to teachers and to students. It gives examples of types of presentations, tips on how to prepare an effective presentation, and how to develop education materials.

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Genomic Competencies

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Genetic Counselor

  • Education
    • 14:   Effectively educate clients about a wide range of genetics and genomics information based on their needs, their characteristics and the circumstances of the encounter.
      • 14a:   Identify factors that affect the learning process such as intellectual ability, emotional state, socioeconomic factors, physical abilities, religious and cultural beliefs, motivation, language and educational background.
      • 14b:   Recognize and apply risk communication principles and theory to maximize client understanding.
      • 14c:   Communicate relevant genetic and genomic information to help clients understand and adapt to conditions or the risk of conditions and to engage in informed decision-making.
      • 14d:   Utilize a range of tools to enhance the learning encounter such as handouts, visual aids, and other educational technologies.
      • 14e:   Communicate both orally and in writing using a style and method that is clear and unambiguous.
      • 14f:   Present balanced descriptions of lived experiences of people with various conditions.
      • 14g:   Explain and address client concerns regarding genetic privacy and related protections.
      • 14h:   Employ strategies for successful communication when working with interpreters.
    • 15:   Write concise and understandable clinical and scientific information for audiences of varying educational backgrounds.
      • 15a:   Develop written educational materials tailored to the intended audience.
      • 15b:   Recognize the professional and legal importance of medical documentation and confidentiality.
      • 15c:   Assess the challenges faced by clients with low literacy and modify the presentation of information to reduce the literacy burden.
    • 16:   Effectively give a presentation on genetics, genomics and genetic counseling issues.
      • 16a:   Assess and determine the educational goals and learning objectives based on the needs and characteristics of the audience.
      • 16b:   Develop an educational method or approach that best facilitates the educational goals of the presentation and considers the characteristics of the audience.
      • 16c:   Present using a delivery style that results in effective communication to the intended audience that is clear and unambiguous.
      • 16d:   Assess one's own teaching style and use feedback and other outcome data to refine future educational encounters.