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415.631.92 Therapeutic Genetic Counseling II

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:00 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Ann Dunevant
Course Instructor:

415.630; Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss 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
  5. develop an applied theory of genetic counseling practice
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and written assignments.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required