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NSGC Member Webinar Series

NSGC offers the member webinar series as a free member benefit, with timely year-round education on issues impacting our profession. From telemedicine to genetic engineering, these webinars keep you apprised of how the latest trends in healthcare may affect you.

If you have any questions about the NSGC Member Webinar Series, please feel free to review the FAQ document below or to contact NSGC Webinar Subcommittee members, Shrutika Yeola or Tanya Eble.

The five webinar package will be available for purchase soon.

2022 Webinar Series FAQ 

2022 Webinar Series

If you would like to purchase CEU's for the entire webinar series click here. (All 25 webinars included in purchase will be added once content is released) 

January 26, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT
1000 Mosaic Embryos and More: Status Update on PGT-A Intermediate Copy Number

Presented By: ART/Infertility SIG
Speaker: Andria G. Besser, CGC, NYU Langone Fertility Center 

Andria Besser is a board-certified genetic counselor and the Director of Reproductive Genetics at the NYU Langone Fertility Center. She obtained her Master's in Genetic Counseling at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has been specializing in assisted reproductive technologies for the last 12 years. She is a past Chair of the NSGC ART/Infertility SIG and an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Genetic Counseling Professional Group and Patient Education Committee. She has co-authored several publications about preimplantation genetic testing, including the ASRM committee opinion on embryonic mosaicism. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how embryonic mosaicism is inferred via preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) and recognize the limitations of
    this diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between the significance of mosaic results identified in the preimplantation embryo from those identified in the prenatal and
    postnatal period.
  • Examine current data surrounding outcomes of mosaic embryo transfers.

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February 9, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Genetic Testing in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Presented By: Pediatric and Clinical SIG
Speaker: Halie May, CGC, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

Halie is a genetic counselor at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a faculty member of the Department of Medicine, who specializes in cerebral palsy genetics and genomics. She collaborates with the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center in the Departments of Orthopedics at CUIMC and has most recently published 'Genetic testing in individuals with cerebral palsy', a cohort study describing the diagnostic rates in patients with and without known environmental etiologies for CP.

Learning Objectives:

  • Classify clinical features of genetic and non-genetic forms of cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Identify different genes involved in CP
  • Integrate current genetic research on CP into practice
  • Evaluate appropriate genetic testing work up for patients with CP
  • Discuss emotional implications of a genetic diagnosis in a patient with CP

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February 23, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Strategies for Self-Care and Mindfulness 

Presented By: 2022 Webinar Subcommittee
Speaker: Nadine Channoui, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives: 

  • Locate resources relevant to self-care planning.​
  • Experience one practice of guided meditation.
  • Identify multiple forms of self-care, collective-care, and mindfulness.

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March 11th, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Preimplantation Genetic Testing for the Genetic Counselor

Presented By: 2022 Webinar Subcommittee
Speaker: Sheila Johal

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize the methodology of PGT-M
  • Examine challenging indications for PGT-M using case examples.
  • Identify how genetic counselors may assist patients pursuing PGT-M

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March 23rd, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Writing High Quality Abstracts- Insights from the Abstract Review Workgroup

Presented By: 2022 Webinar Subcommittee

Speaker: Katie Lewis and Sharon Aufox

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize the Abstract WG process and criteria for reviewing abstracts  
  • Evaluate high quality abstracts for their strengths
  • Identify practical tips for creating high quality abstracts 

Katie Lewis Bio

Katie Lewis trained at the Johns Hopkins genetic counseling training program and currently works at the Center for Precision Health Research at the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests are in the use of genomic sequencing in healthy and underrepresented populations, alternative service delivery modes and the social and behavioral outcomes of patients who receive secondary findings. She is the 2022 Chair of the NSGC Abstract Review Workgroup.

Sharon Aufox’s Bio

Sharon graduated with a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the Sarah Lawrence Genetic Counseling Program in 1996. Following graduation, Sharon worked as a prenatal and pediatric genetic counselor as well as a laboratory genetic counselor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC from 1996-2000, and then as prenatal genetic counselor for Rockford Memorial Hospital until 2002.   Since 2002, Sharon has worked for Northwestern University. She worked for 18 years on a genetic biobank and was involved in several different related research projects including the Northwestern site of the eMERGE Network. Recently, she has been working on a gene discovery clinical study involving children with suspected genetic conditions and is the Assistant Director of Northwestern University’s graduate program in Genetic Counseling.  In addition to helping teach the program’s research methods course, she has mentored almost 50 graduate students with their thesis projects. 

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April 6, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT 

Topic: An update on the genetic landscape of hearing loss through the lens of Usher Syndrome

Presented By: Opthamology & Hearing Loss SIG 
Speakers: Marina Dutra-Clarke, Dana Schlegel

Learning Objectives: 

  • Examine the utility of genetic counseling and testing for isolated and syndromic hearing loss
  • Evaluate the psychosocial implications of vision loss at different stages of disease

Marina Dutra Clark Bio: 
Marina Dutra-Clarke is a board certified genetic counselor and licensed in California. She received her Master’s degree in genetic counseling at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a pediatric genetic counselor at UCLA where her role has a focus on hearing loss, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and general pediatrics. Most recently, she developed a genetic counselor-led hearing loss clinic for patients with non-syndromic hearing loss. Marina is also a clinical supervisor and lecturer for the UCLA genetic counseling master’s program.

Dana Schlegel Bio

Dana Schlegel is a certified genetic counselor licensed in Michigan.  She has been a genetic counselor at the Kellogg Eye Center of Michigan Medicine for the past 8 years, where she sees patients with retinal dystrophies and retinoblastoma. She received her MS in Genetic Counseling and MPH in Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan in 2014.  In addition to seeing patients in clinic, Dana is involved in classroom and clinical teaching.  She has also been involved in the Deaf community in various settings over the years.

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April 20, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Neurogenetics SIG

May 4, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic:  J.E.D.I. initiatives and Considerations for Genetic Counseling Student Lab/Industry Rotations.

Presented By: Lab and Industry SIG 

Learning Objective #1

Illustrate actionable ways to incorporate DEI initiatives into lab/industry educational opportunities for current and prospective genetic counseling students

Learning Objective #2

Discuss strategies to improve the equity of how GC rotations and educational opportunities are offered

Learning Objective #3

Recognize strategies to increase accessibility for lab/industry rotations for current and prospective genetic counseling students

Learning Objective #4

Identify calls to action to integrate DEI initiatives into genetic counseling training

Michelle Moore will begin by discussing a recent Journal of Genetic Counseling publication, "A call for unity in DEIJ efforts using a proposed framework for Education, Recruitment, Retainment, Research, and Active outreach (ERA) for genetic counselors in the United States." Michelle will introduce a DEI framework, including concepts that all GC programs should implement and discuss the unique considerations of lab/industry rotations in particular.

Tara Hart will discuss microinclusions and how supervisors can foster an inclusive learning environment. Tara will highlight Stanford resources and how to apply these resources in GC education and training. Additionally, Tara will discuss how GeneDx has worked to increase accessibility to lab/industry rotations for GC students and prospective students.

Carla McGruder will discuss the GC Immersive program at Color, which helps prospective students from underrepresented groups in the field advance their knowledge of the GC profession and bolster their preparedness as a candidate for GC training.

Timikia Vaughn will discuss the summer GC internship program at Natera, which is DEI focused. Timikia will discuss the challenges of offering rotations to students in an equitable and accessible manner.


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May 18th, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: Career Transition Roadmap: Taking a Strategic View of Your Career

Presented By: Late Career Sig

Learning Objective #1 

Identify key life priorities as they apply to career

Learning Objective #2 

Identify and prioritize core values as they apply to career

Learning Objective #3

develop a strategy for determining career transition status

Learning Objective #4 

Identify one executable action to move closer to your career goal

Are you thinking about making a job change, industry change or a career change?  Are you re-thinking your work and life priorities?  Are you asking yourself: “Should I stay, or should I go?”

If yes, this webinar will provide you with a career transition roadmap that gives you tools to navigate the process more easily:  how to prepare yourself, ideas on how to approach the decision-making process, and how to better manage your mindset and emotions as you navigate the uncertainty of change.

As a participant, you will receive a set of “self-reflection” exercises after the workshop that will help clarify what is most important to you as you consider next steps in your career.

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May 25th, 2022 1:00pm-2:00 pm CT

Topic: What’s new in Pharmacogenomics (PGx) in Psychiatry: Emerging research evidence and considerations for clinical utility, implementation, and counseling.

Presented By: Psychiatric SIG 

Learning Objective #1

Examine the evidence for using PGx testing to guide depression treatment as compared to treatment as usual.

Learning Objective #2

Compare patient and providers’ perceptions of PGx testing for depression and its clinical implementation within a public healthcare system.

Learning Objective #3 

Summarize patient preferences and needs for accessing PGx testing for depression, and the resulting considerations for pre- and post-test counseling.


 Outline of howthe webinar time will be utilized.

1. 20 minutes for the 1st presentation on the meta analysis of data on the utility of pharmacogenomic testing for depression. (Title: “Evaluating treatment outcomes in pharmacogenomic-guided care for major depression: a rapid review and meta-analysis”)

     Will PGx help improve outcomes for individuals with depression (e.g., supporting remission and reducing adverse medication effects?)

     Goal: increase GC awareness of the current research on the utility of PGx testing to support depression treatment specifically through meta-analysis of randomized control trials and discuss where more research is needed.

2. 20 minutes for presentation on qualitative research (“Pharmacogenomic testing for major depression: a qualitative study of the perceptions of people with lived experience and professional stakeholders”) looking at how PGx may be helpful and best delivered from the perspective of individuals with lived experience of depression.

     Goal to help inform GC awareness and understanding of what would be helpful to include in a PGx genetic counseling session as informed by the lived experience of individuals with depression.

     Another consideration is what is within the scope of a GC to discuss in a PGx counseling session with a patient/client. What other health care providers need to be consulted/included to meet patient/client needs?

3. 20 minutes panel discussion (we plan to review questions submitted via the chat as well as received real-time at the end of the speaker presentations).


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June 1st, 2022 12:00pm-1:00 pm CT

Topic: ¿Qué dijo?: Identifying resources to support Spanish speaking patients within genetic counseling 

Presented By: Spanish Development SIG

Learning Objective #1

Define language proficiency in healthcare and implications for genetic counseling.

Learning Objective #2

Explore and recognize the landscape of Spanish language resources and how to find them

Learning Objective #3

Understand the development of the Spanish working group at a specific institution and the process for reviewing Spanish language documents

Speaker #1 

Cheyla Clark, MPH, MS, CGC UT Southwestern Medical Center

Speaker #2 

Maria Hernandez, B.S; UT Southwestern Medical Center

Speaker #3 

Amanda de Leon, MS, CGC UT Southwestern Medical Center

We plan to promote equity in genetic counseling services for both Spanish speaking patients as well as English speaking patients through resources available at institutional and national levels.

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June 15, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Cancer SIG 

June 29, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Renal SIG 

July 13, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: Consumer-Initiated Testing Case Conference 

Presented By: Precision Medicine SIG 

July 27, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: 2022 Webinar Subcommittee

September 7, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Leadership & Management SIG 

September 21, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: Trends In Global Genetic Counseling 

Presented By: International SIG 

October 6, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD 

Presented By: Lab & Industry SIG

October 19, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Neurogenetics SIG 

November 2, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Prenatal SIG 

November 16, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT 

Topic: TBD

Presented By; Genomic Technologies SIG 

November 30, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Topic: TBD

Presented By: Renal SIG 

2021 Webinar Series

2021 Webinar Series Recordings

The NSGC Member Webinar Series Recordings are now available for up to 5.0 Contact Hours. These webinars are on timely year-round education on issues impacting our profession. From strategies to increase gender inclusion to developing career ladders, these webinars keep you apprised of best practices and the latest professional issues and career development support.

Pricing: $100/members; $130 non-members (20% discount offered for members through 12/31/2021; discounted price: $80)

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2021 Past Webinars

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day Webinar

Genetic Counselors in the Community: You Get So Much When You Give

November 4, 2021, 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways that genetic counselors have served as advocates for patients within their communities.
  • Describe genetic counseling skills that may translate to community outreach and advocacy work.
  • Review the personal and professional benefits that may result from advocacy and community outreach work.
  • Describe key takeaways from community outreach work and how these takeaways have contributed to enhancing genetic counseling skills.


  • Pilar Magoulas, MS, CGC
  • Kira Dineen, MS, LCGC, CG(ASCP)CM
  • Susan Walther, MS, CGC
  • Rachel Donnell, MMSc, CGC

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The Only Constant is Change: An Overview of the Evolution of Genetic Counseling Training in North America

Live webinar date: October 13, 2021, 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the landscape of genetic counseling graduate education in North America.
  • Explain the basics of the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match.
  • Identify three ways in which the Standards of Accreditation for Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling have evolved in the last decade.
  • Discuss one region’s adaptations to genetic counseling training in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

Speakers: Dawn Allain, Amanda Bergner

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Follow-up Q&A

Beyond the Binary: Gender Diversity in Genetic Counseling 

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Live Webinar Date: Tuesday, June 22, 1:00 pm EDT/12:00 pm CDT/11:00 am MDT/10:00 am PDT

Presented by: 

  • Kim Zayhowski (she/her), MS, CGC, Boston Medical Center and Boston University’s Genetic Counseling Program
  • Tala Berro (she/they), MS, CGC, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain terminology related to sex and gender. 
  • Provide strategies to increase gender inclusion in genetic counseling sessions. 
  • Highlight the need for gender inclusion within and beyond the genetic counseling field.

Climbing Ladders and Swinging Branches: Establishing Roots to Support Genetic Counselor Professional Advancement 

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Presented by: 

  • Kathleen Gewandter, MGC, CGC, Moffitt Cancer Center 
  • Dawn Laney, MS, CGC, CCRC, Emory Department of Human Genetics 
  • Kiley Johnson, MS, LCGC, GeneMatters 
  • Yiru C Zhao, PhD, MS, CGC, Genescreen 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Contrast innovative new approaches to career ladder development and adjustments amongst various settings, including academic, industry and clinical. 
  • Demonstrate what goes into the development of a career ladder. 
  • Discuss how to leverage the career ladder for your own professional benefit. 
  • Apply data compiled across multiple career paths to better understand the experiences of genetic counselors related to career progression.

Antiracism in Action: Genetic Counseling Trainee Platform for Racial Justice

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Presented by:

  • Gianna Petrelli
  • Rushna Raza
  • Smriti Singh
  • Sofia Horan
  • Melissa Gandhi

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the history, mission and organizational structure of Genetic Counseling Trainee Platform for Racial Justice (GCRJ)
  • Discuss challenges, insights and successes in a community centered grassroots organization.
  • Explore how genetic counselors can incorporate anti-racism into their work and considerations for teaching and supervision. 

NSGC Member Webinar Series Archives

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Have an Idea for a Webinar Topic?

Do you have an idea for a webinar, online course, or other education for genetic counselors? Share your ideas with the NSGC Education Committee by submitting your idea here. The NSGC Education Committee reviews submissions on a monthly basis and follows up with submitters shortly thereafter. You will be contacted by an NSGC volunteer to follow up on your submission.