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Clinical Practice 2 - GENC5008

Year - 2018

Clinical practice 2 will extend students' 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 or Trakgene 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.

7 x 1.5h lectures/tutorials/reflective practice and 1 full day workshop at SMS Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal north Shore Hospital, St Leonards.

Log book of 15 cases (20%), long case 4000 wd (40%) and video-taped consultation skills assessment and reflective exercise 1300 wd (40%) 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; Veach PM, LeRoy BS and 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, and 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.

Additional information
Completion of all Stage 1 units of study are required prerequisites.

Assumed knowledge
Knowledge and skills gained in GENC5003 and GENC5004


Completion of all Stage 1 units of study


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Genetic Medicine
Study Mode: Clinical experience
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 9.0
EFTSL: 0.188
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Associate Professor Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Sydney Medical School
HECS Band: 3
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