Clinical Practice 2 (GENC5008)


Clinical placement 2 will extend students' observational experiences of genetic counselling of individuals and families affected by a broad range of genetic disorders. 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 or outreach genetic counselling service associated with NSW Health, including time in prenatal/paediatric and adult units. 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, Journal Clubs, hospital clinics, 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.

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8 x 1.5h lectures/tutorials/reflective practice/videotape student counselling session Practical: 2 X 2 weeks full time clinic placement. SMS-Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards


Videotaped consultation analysis (30%); long case (20%); clinical placement assessment for each placement (2 x 25%)


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 pr

Practical work

2 X 2 weeks full time clinic placement with a metropolitan or outreach genetic counselling service associated with NSW Health - cancer, prenatal/paediatric and adult units are offered.

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successful completion of all Stage 1 units of study

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