Psychiatric Genetics across Genetic Counseling Practice Settings Online Course

As consumer awareness of the influence of genetics on health and disease expands, more and more genetic counselors are receiving questions about the link between genes and psychiatric disorders. This course provides genetic counselors with a broad understanding of the genetic components of psychiatric disorders, including common patient questions across multiple clinical settings, available testing, and key considerations when counseling about psychiatric disorders.

Course Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Review common psychiatric disorders, how they are diagnosed and treated, and the genes that influence them.
  2. Present how knowledge regarding the genetics of psychiatric disorders has evolved over time.
  3. Explore common patient questions related to psychiatric genetics.
  4. Describe gene-drug interactions in the context of psych-pharmacogenomics.
  5. Reveal what testing options are (or are not) available.
  6. Consider guidelines and suggestions for discussing psychiatric issues during a GC session.
  7. Outline case examples of how/when psychiatric issues might come up in a clinic, including a prenatal, pediatric and adult example.

Bundle Your Courses to Save More!

When you bundle your 2017 courses together and purchase two at the same time, you will save 10% on the total purchase, allowing you get to more learning opportunities and education for less! Visit the 2017 Online Course page to learn more about bundle pricing. 


The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has been authorized to offer up to 0.34 CEUs or 3.45 Category 1 Contact Hours for the activity: Psychiatric Genetics across Genetic Counseling Practice Settings online course through 04/27/2018. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification. Genetic counselors must be certified at the time of the activity in order for credits to count towards recertification.

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