2013 Review and Update of the Genetic Counseling Practice Based Competencies by a Task Force of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling

Debra Lochner Doyle, Rawan I. Awwad, Jehannine C. Austin, Bonnie J. Baty, Amanda L. Bergner, Stephanie J. Brewster, Lori A.H. Erby, Cathi Rubin Franklin, Anne E. Greb, Robin E. Grubs, Gillian W. Hooker, Sarah Jane Noblin, Kelly E. Ormond, Christina G. Palmer, Elizabeth M. Petty, Claire N. Singletary, Matthew J. Thomas, Helga Toriello, Carol S. Walton, Wendy R. Uhlmann

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Abstract

The first practice based competencies (PBCs) for the field of genetic counseling were adopted by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), 1996. Since that time, there has been significant growth in established and new work settings (clinical and non-clinical) and changes in service delivery models and the roles of genetic counselors. These changes prompted the ABGC to appoint a PBC Task Force in 2011 to review the PBCs with respect to their current relevance and to revise and update them as necessary. There are four domains in the revised PBCs: (I) Genetics Expertise and Analysis (II) Interpersonal, Psychosocial and Counseling Skills (III) Education and (IV) Professional Development and Practice. There are 22 competencies, each clarified with learning objectives or samples of activities and skills; a glossary is included. New competencies were added that address genomics, genetic testing and genetic counselors’ roles in risk assessment, education, supervision, conducting research and presenting research options to patients. With PBCs serving as the pre-defined abilities or outcomes of training, graduating genetic counselors will be well prepared to enter the field with a minimum level of skills and abilities. A description of the Task Force’s work, key changes and the 2013 PBCs are presented herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-879
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Genetic counseling
  • Genetic counselors
  • Graduate program accreditation
  • Practice based competencies (PBCs)
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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