Identify why people have genetic counselling and the different contexts in which people receive genetic counselling
Describe the different skills and knowledge needed by genetic counsellors
Compare genetic counselling in different contexts and different countries
Reflect on some ethical issues that arise in genetic counselling
Discuss the role of genetic counselling in healthcare as we enter the ‘genomic era'
Who are genetic counsellors? Who has genetic counselling and what does a genetic counsellor do? On this course, you will find the answers to these questions whilst learning about the role of genetic counselling in healthcare in the genomic era.
You will discover why people seek genetic counselling and how it compares in different contexts and countries. You will explore the main skills and knowledge genetic counsellors need, as well as their key responsibilities to patients. You will discuss the ethical issues of genetic counselling, and its opportunities and challenges for the future.
Why people would see a genetic counsellor
Some of a genetic counsellor’s key tasks
A genetic counsellor’s key skills and knowledge: counselling skills, medical and scientific knowledge
Ethical issues in genetic counselling
What the future might hold for genetic counsellors
This course is designed for healthcare professionals, clinicians, biomedical research scientists, and anyone curious about genetic counselling.
Although not required, a basic knowledge of genetics, genetic testing technologies, and inheritance patterns would help support your learning on this course.
“This introductory course provides an excellent overview of the practice of genetic counselling. We recommend the course as a useful resource for all Year 1 STP students on the MSc Genomic Counselling Programme at the University of Manchester.
The course is also highly relevant to any clinician or scientist wanting to know more about the role of a genetic counsellor. The interactive style provides an opportunity to connect with course members and genetic counsellors around the world.” - Dr Rhona MacLeod, Consultant Genetic Counsellor, Pathway Lead MSc Genomic Counselling