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Therapeutic Genetic Counseling II

NIH - Bethesda, MD
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:00 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Lori Erby

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 25% Discussion
  • 25% Paper(s)
  • 25% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program

For consent, contact: