Psychosocial Development I and II represent a sequential course that provides the necessary tools for genetic counselors to excel in their careers and provide students with a foundation in genetic counseling psychosocial skill development. Students are taught psychosocial assessment of clients’ concerns about genetic conditions and risks. They will develop tools for establishing and acting on a therapeutic relationship. This activity and discussion based course is designed to provide genetic counseling students to learn psychosocial concepts and apply them to their clinical internships. The goal of this course is to give the exposure and tools needed to successfully counsel patients in a variety of settings, focusing on psychosocial assessment and responses and implementing interventions. Case examples with role-playing are essential in addition to self-assessment and reflection activities.
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