The main objective of this course is to further facilitate students' development of their ability and confidence to use basic counselling and interview skills. Students will develop an understanding of the range of expressions of grief and loss generated by the lived experience with a genetic condition or genetic testing results and evidence-based strategies for supporting clients underpinned by an evidence base. The counsellor-self will be examined and the ability to recognise and address transference and counter-transference issues will be developed. Team presentations will address the topics of communication theories and their application to genetic counselling and communication models with diverse populations in genetic counselling. Clinical experiences will expose students to the natural history and management of common genetic conditions, and to the relevant associated psychosocial issues, as well as provide opportunities to further develop a range of genetic counselling skills consistent with the core practice-based competencies for this profession. Strategies for the communication of risk will be developed and available tools to assist will be reviewed.
7 x 1.5h lectures/ tutorials/ reflective practice and 1 full day workshop by faculty/guest lecturers. SMS-Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards.
Audiotaped consultation analysis (30%); team presentation (30%); log book from clinical placement for each placement (2 x 20%). In addition competencies are assessed during placement but do not attract a mark.
Geldard, D., and Geldard, K. (2012). Basic Personal Counselling: A training manual for counsellors (7th ed.). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education. ISBN 9781442502192; Gaff, CL and Bylund, CL (Eds) (2010) Family Communication about Genetics: Theory and practice. Oxford University Press, UK.
GENC5005 and PUBH5422 are co-requisites.
Knowledge and skills gained in GENC5001, GENC5002 and GENC5003