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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Prepares students to develop an applied theory for genetic counseling practice. Presents a client-centered approach as adapted for short-term therapy related to genetic conditions, using case examples and role-playing to implement concepts and apply them to clinical scenarios; basic attending skills in conjunction with issues of countertransference; and limitations of counseling, particularly for mentally ill clients or those with pathologic grief reactions. Compares and contrasts several counseling theories.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to (1) understand basic attending skills and assessment of clients' concerns related to genetic conditions and risks; (2) practice establishing and acting on a therapeutic relationship in supervised role plays; (3) adopt a client-centered approach to counseling genetics clients; (4) describe core concepts in existential, cognitive-behavioral, self-in-relation, family systems, feminist and group theories as they relate to genetic counseling; and (5) develop an applied theory of genetic counseling practice.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and written assignments.
Location: NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Friday 12:00 - 1:50
Enrollment Minimum: 4
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • NIH