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Facilitating Family Adaptation to Loss and Disability II

NIH - Bethesda, MD
2nd term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  9:00 - 10:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Lori Erby



Provides an overview of disability awareness and the inter- and intrapersonal experience of disability, as well as a family-system theoretical approach to adaptation to disability. Reviews specific examples of adaptation include family adaptation, adaptation in children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, and sibling adaptation. Covers topics including adaptation throughout the lifespan, acute vs. episodic vs. chronic illness, visible vs. invisible disabilities, cancer, terminal illness, and counseling techniques that would facilitate adjustment for these situations

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the adaptation process and main issues for: children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, parents who have a child with a illness/disability, siblings of persons with illness/disabilities, those with physical disabilities, invisible illness/disability, cancer diagnoses and terminal illness
  2. Analyze cases in terms of adaptation theories discussed in class
  3. Develop counseling interventions for couples, children and families who are affected with disabilities, chronic illness, cancer or terminal illness
  4. Describe the grief associated with adaptation to terminal illness for children and adults
  5. Recognize their own history with illness/disability, including attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and counter-transference issues that affect their development as a genetic counselor
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 85% Written Assignment(s)
  • 15% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

ScM in Genetic Counseling students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Grades submitted at the end of the term.