Genetics: Introduction to Genetic Counseling

Recognize the need for and components of the genetic counseling process

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate candidates for genetic counseling

  • Describe the basic process and goals of genetic counseling

  • Recognize genetic counseling interactions warranting a nondirective approach

  • Locate genetic counseling and informational resources

Professional Practice GapsIn an effort to define what healthcare providers need to know about medical genetics, several organizations developed core competencies (NCHPEG, 2000; ASHG, 2001). However, because clinical genetics is a relatively young and evolving field of medicine, many practitioners received insufficient formal genetics education. As a result, they express a lack of confidence in their clinical genetics knowledge and a lack of confidence in their ability to provide genetic counseling. References
Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics. Medical school core curriculum in genetics. ASHG Website. December 2001. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-06-15.
Core competencies in genetics essential for all health-care professionals. National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics. 2000. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-09-21.