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GS11 1082   Psychosocial Issues in Genetics

Singletary, Claire. Two semester hours. Fall annually. Prerequisite: Genetics and Human Disease (GS11 1013) and Topics in Medical Genetics I (GS11 1622)

Psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling combines didactic lectures and role-play to teach psychosocial issues associated with genetic disease. Topics include: basic counseling skills, interviewing skills, giving a family a diagnosis, grief theory, family adjustment theory, crisis intervention theory, individual adjustment theory, dealing with the educated and uneducated patient, noncompliant patients, disabilities, multicultural issues, and counseling for chronic disease. This course is taught by the program director along with a team including a developmental specialist, psychologist, nurses and genetic counselors.

Course Outline Fall 2012