About Genetic Counselors


Thank you for celebrating the second annual Genetic Counselor Awareness Day on November 8, 2018!  We look forward to celebrating again next year!

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is dedicated to empowering genetic counselors to help raise awareness and interest about genetic counselors in your communities and institutions, and to help consumers understand the important and supportive role genetic counselors can play in their healthcare.

Spread the Word!

 Use the following customized communication tools and resources in order to promote Genetic Counselor Awareness Day.

  • "I Am a Genetic Counselor" Video: Share the video below to highlight the many roles of genetic counselors play in healthcare.

  • Genetic Counselor Awareness Day Flyer: Post one of these flyers at your institution to help spread the word about this important day and the work you do within your institution: 


English Version 1


English Version 2


Spanish Version 1


Spanish Version 2


  • Media and Social Media Toolkit: This is your chance to reach out to media and your social media network to spread the word about local genetic counselors and the profession’s role in healthcare. To assist you, NSGC has developed a comprehensive toolkit with the following materials and instructions:
    • Template News Release: Download and share this template news release with your public relations team to use with local media.
    • Letter to the Editor and Op-Ed Tips: Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds are an effective way to offer a genetic counselor’s unique perspective on healthcare. Review NSGC’s tips to increase the chances of getting your piece published.
    • Key Messages and Interview Tips: Ahead of media interviews, use our suggested key messages and preparation guide so you are sure to get across your most important points.
    • Sample Social Media Posts and Images: Share news about Genetic Counselor Awareness Day across your social channels with NSGC’s draft posts and branded images. 
  • PowerPoint Presentation Sample: Download this template presentation and use it in part or in whole, or customize it for your own use. Information includes what to expect when meeting with a genetic counselor, genetic counseling as a career and when to refer to a genetic counselor.

    • Looking for a blank PowerPoint template? Use this template to create your own presentation (available in two sizes: 4x3 and 16x9).

  • High School Lesson Plan:  Access this lesson plan developed by the ASHG and the Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) that places students in the role of genetic counselors as they work through a bioinformatics lesson. You can use this as the basis for a presentation to high school (or advanced middle school) students, or provide this to a teacher to use to highlight genetic counseling as a career choice

Ways to Celebrate

  • Genetic Counselor Awareness Day Temporary TattoosSport temporary tattoos that have the Genetic Counselor Awareness Day logo. Use our Genetic Counselor Awareness Day logo to place an order with a temporary tattoo vendor, for example, 24 Hour Wristbands. This site is one of a number of online resources for ordering temporary tattoos or other custom items. Looking for a help getting started with an order? Please do not hesitate to contact Erika Bruning, with questions. 

Take Time for Professional Development

Invest in your own professional development to keep your skills sharp so you stay at the leading edge of the changes occurring in genetics, genetic counseling and healthcare today. 

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day 2018 Webinar  
Building Communities in Genetic Counseling: Connecting with Others to Move Your Practice Forward - View Recording

Speaker: Janice Edwards, MS, CGC, Clinical Professor and Director, University of South Carolina 

Objective 1: Recognize opportunities among the many communities of the genetic counselor
Objective 2: Create synergist relationships to energize mutual goals
Objective 3: Build relationships within and between communities to advance the profession

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day 2017 Webinar Recording 

Blazing the Trail:  Why Genetic Counselors Must Lead the Genomics Revolution

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