415.630.92 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
F 12:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to (1) understand basic attending skills and assessment of clients' concerns related to genetic conditions and risks; (2) practice establishing and acting on a therapeutic relationship in supervised role plays; (3) adopt a client-centered approach to counseling genetics clients; (4) describe core concepts in existential, cognitive-behavioral, self-in-relation, family systems, feminist and group theories as they relate to genetic counseling; and (5) develop an applied theory of genetic counseling practice.
  • Course Description

    Prepares students to develop an applied theory for genetic counseling practice. Presents a client-centered approach as adapted for short-term therapy related to genetic conditions, using case examples and role-playing to implement concepts and apply them to clinical scenarios; basic attending skills in conjunction with issues of countertransference; and limitations of counseling, particularly for mentally ill clients or those with pathologic grief reactions. Compares and contrasts several counseling theories.

  • Intended Audience

    ScM in Genetic Counseling students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation and written assignments.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.