Clinical Practice 2 (GENC5008)

UNIT OF STUDY

Clinical practice 2 will extend students' observational experiences of genetic counselling of individuals and families affected by a broad range of genetic disorders. The focus of this unit is enhancing reflective practice skills. Clinical experiences will expose students to the natural history, testing and management of common genetic conditions, and to the associated psychosocial issues, as well as provide opportunities to observe, practice and further develop a range of genetic counselling skills consistent with the core practice-based competencies for this profession. It aims to further develop the student's appreciation of the counsellor-client relationship, the components of the genetic counselling interaction, and various models of genetic counselling practice. The impact of genetic disorders on families, relevant medical, psychosocial, cultural, and religious issues will be addressed. The aim is for students to develop intermediate level professional clinical competencies as required by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling. The unit includes clinic placement with a metropolitan, regional or rural outreach genetic counselling service associated with NSW Health, including time in prenatal/paediatric and adult units- or interstate or international genetics services. Students will be allocated a supervisor(s), observe Genetic Counsellors in session, participate in the everyday running of a service including use of Kintrak database for recording family history, attend relevant meetings, and other associated activities. Following the placement, students will be assisted in the development of a long case study report reflecting on their practice, skills gained and challenges faced.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

7 x 1.5h lectures/tutorials/reflective practice at SMS Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal north Shore Hospital, St Leonards.

Assessment

2x Clinical placement Report (2 x 15%) and log book (15%), long case (30%) and exam (10%).

Textbooks

Geldard, D., and Geldard, K. (2012). Basic Personal Counselling - A training manual for counsellors (7th ed.). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education. ISBN - 9781442502192
Veach PM, LeRoy BS & Bartels, DM (Eds) (2003) Facilitating the genetic counseling process: a practice manual Springer-Verlag
Weil J (2000). Psychosocial Genetic Counselling. Oxford University Press.
Uhlmann WR,Schuette JL, & Yashar, B. (2009) A Guide to Genetic Counselling. Wiley, New Jersey
Crago, H.,and Gardener, P. (2012). A Safe Place to Change ¿ Skills and Capacities for Counselling and Therapy. Melbourne: IP Communications.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

successful completion of all Stage 1 units of study

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.