Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit Cases
After participating in Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit Cases, participants will be able to:
- Identify resources for increasing their cultural knowledge.
- Know how to apply cultural assessment tools in genetic counseling practice.
- Engage in cultural self-awareness, resulting in increased recognition of personal biases, limitations, and strengths when working with culturally diverse clients.
This is a self-paced independent study online learning opportunity. The complete course is composed of 9 cases that were developed as part of a website and resource portal on cultural and linguistic competence for the genetic counseling profession. Each case focuses on a major topic in cultural and linguistic
All completed learning must be documented. Participants answer at least 10 multiple choice assessment questions for
Case Titles, Presenters and Learning Objectives
- Case Title: Case Preparation: Genetic Counseling a Prenatal Patient with Intellectual Disabilities
- Discuss how reproductive options, decision making, or genetic testing may be influenced by the presence of mild intellectual disability in a genetic counseling client.
- Determine the relative importance of steps in the genetic counseling process when working with an adult with
- Identify online and community resources that contribute to case preparatory work when providing genetic counseling to adults with mild intellectual disability.
- Determine when patients need interpreter services and how to obtain those services.
- Differentiate between the roles of the traditional interpreter and the cultural broker.
- List strategies for effective contracting with a medical interpreter before a genetic counseling session.
- Describe health disparities related to prisoners and the prison environment.
- Recognize the sociological, social psychological and psychopathological variables linked to criminal behavior.
- Explain the laws and policies regarding medical treatment in jails and prisons and acknowledge that regulations may differ between jurisdictions.
- Describe strategies for building patient trust and eliciting medical history for individuals belonging to vulnerable populations, such as inmates.
- Acknowledge personal perspectives towards gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons.
- Discuss the emotional, psychological, and legal barriers facing GLBT persons.
- Use culturally appropriate language when taking a family history and counseling GLBT persons.
- Discuss the meaning of disability referring to the pathological and medical models.
- Identify four main types of nonverbal communication and their impact on the overall communication process.
- Define incidental learning and explain its relevance to genetic counseling.
- Explain how to use the PRACTICE mnemonic in genetic counseling.
- Summarize the challenges faced by refugees prior to and after arriving in the U.S.
- List the characteristics of health care
provisionthat convey respect for Somali culture.
- When discussing diagnosis and natural history, apply the mnemonic device, ETHNIC, to understand how culture may affect a patient’s treatment.
- Explain the steps involved in testing options, interpretations and results discussion.
- Elicit and interpret individual and family experience, behaviors, emotions, perceptions
andvalues that may clarify clients’ religious and spiritual beliefs and values.
- Increase awareness of factors that contribute to decision making in genetic counseling settings.
- Incorporate assessment and discussion of religion and spirituality in genetic counseling sessions.
- Facilitate decision making in an unbiased, non-coercive manner.
- Establish rapport, identify major concerns and respond to emerging issues of a client or family in a culturally responsive manner.
- Elicit and interpret individual and family experiences, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and attitudes that clarify beliefs and values.
- Use a range of interviewing techniques.
- Provide short term
client centeredcounseling and client support.
- Promote decision making in an unbiased, non-coercive manner.
- Discuss three ways to address the needs of research participants with limited English proficiency or low health literacy.
- Identify three factors that contribute to health disparities experienced by immigrants.
- Know where to obtain professional recommendations about counseling consanguineous couples.
- Identify five characteristics of patient education materials written in “plain language.”
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Registration Information and Fees
This course is offered by Genetic Counseling Toolkit LLC, Cincinnati, OH. A variety of registration options for genetic counselors, students
Accessing the Course
The course can be accessed from http://www.geneticcounselingtoolkit.com and clicking on the Cases tab. Participants who wish to earn Category 1 CEUs or a Learning Certificate should register by clicking on the CEUs tab. Registrants will have one year to complete and pass the quizzes to earn Category 1 CEUs or a Learning Certificate.
NSGC has approved this program for up to 1.44 CEUs or 14.43 contact hours for this program through 02/01/2021. CEUs earned through this program will be accepted by ABGC as Category 1 CEUs for purposes of certification and recertification.
Genetic Counseling Toolkit, LLC
Nancy Steinberg Warren, MS, CGC
This work has been supported by the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship, the 2009 grant from the Engelberg Foundation to the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc.