Pathways to Parenthood: An Overview for Genetic Counselors

Today there are numerous pathways to parenthood that are not well understood by most health professionals. And, with new technologies being developed rapidly, health professionals will undoubtedly encounter patients and families who have opted to explore pathways such as adoption, surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies. In particular, as genetics professionals such as genetic counselors, aim to collect a comprehensive family history and counsel patients through health care decisions, it is important that they have a working knowledge of the technologies, legal considerations, social and emotional considerations and pedigree tools that they may need to utilize or reference in conversations with patients and other health professionals. In this spirit, this course aims to identify patient motivations for creating a family via adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technologies. This course will review the technologies/paths available as well as legal and psychosocial considerations.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patient motivations for creating a family by adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technologies.
  • Examine the options, legal aspects and practice implications of ART and TPR.
  • Review the options, legal aspects and practice implications of Adoption.

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      • NSGC Member: $75
      • Non-member: $100
      • Student Member: $40
      • Student Non-member: $50

 

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Course Format
The course consists of pre-recorded presentations by educators, speakers, and facilitators of family planning and related topics. The presentations include the presenter's lecture, fully synchronized to the slide presentation. Participants can listen to presentations on their own schedule by accessing the NSGC website.

MODULE

SPEAKERS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Motivations and Psychological Considerations
Lesli Figlerski, Ph.D.

Identify patient motivations for pursuing alternative family building

Examine grief/loss associated with alternative family building

ART/TPR

Amber Gamma, MS, CGC

Melissa Brisman, Esq.

Ashley Deckman

Classify the options available to patients utilizing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and third-party reproduction (TPR).

Summarize the legal aspects of TPR.

Illustrate variability in ART and TPR patient experience.

Adoption

Denise Kendrick

Robert C. Lamarche LCSW, JD


Jennifer E Kelly, M.S.

Matt Tschirgi, MS, CGC

Summarize the different methods available for adoption.

Review resources available to clinicians and patients regarding adoption.

Examine the legal issues surrounding adoption and how to navigate the process.

Identify the financial costs and resources needed for a special needs adoption.

Nomenclature/Pedigree Robin L. Bennett

Summarize proper nomenclature of donor-conceived and adopted individuals

Synthesize appropriate representation of LGBTQ+ patients

 

Accessing the Course
To access the course, please visit NSGC's Online Education Center. Then, click on the "Access My Courses" link. You will then be taken to a page with instructions on how to access your online courses, and how to optimize your experience. The link to your online courses is labeled "Connect to Your Courses." Make sure the NSGC Online Learning Center page is open at all times while working within a unique module. Also, all pop-ups within the Online Learning Center need to be closed before closing out of the Online Learning Center in order to record your activity within the course. Please call NSGC Headquarters at 312.321.6834 with any questions.

Continuing Education

Genetic Counselor CEUs: This event has been approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for 5.15 contact hours or 0.51 Category 1 CEUs through 8/7/2022. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification.

Planning Group

  • Rebecca McClellan
  • Rachael Bradshaw
  • Katlin Peck
  • Caitlin Mauer
  • Amber Gamma
  • Ashley Deckman
  • Matt Tschirgi
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