A Guide to Genetic Counseling

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Wendy R. Uhlmann, Jane L. Schuette, Beverly Yashar
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 20, 2011 - Medical - 648 pages
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The first book devoted exclusively to the principles and practice of genetic counseling—now in a new edition

First published in 1998, A Guide to Genetic Counseling quickly became a bestselling and widely recognized text, used nationally and internationally in genetic counseling training programs. Now in its eagerly anticipated Second Edition, it provides a thoroughly revised and comprehensive overview of genetic counseling, focusing on the components, theoretical framework, and unique approach to patient care that are the basis of this profession. The book defines the core competencies and covers the genetic counseling process from case initiation to completion—in addition to addressing global professional issues—with an emphasis on describing fundamental principles and practices.

Chapters are written by leaders in the field of genetic counseling and are organized to facilitate academic instruction and skill attainment. They provide the most up-to-date coverage of:

  • The history and practice of genetic counseling

  • Family history

  • Interviewing

  • Case preparation and management

  • Psychosocial counseling

  • Patient education

  • Risk communication and decision-making

  • Medical genetics evaluation

  • Understanding genetic testing

  • Medical documentation

  • Multicultural counseling

  • Ethical and legal issues

  • Student supervision

  • Genetic counseling research

  • Professional development

  • Genetics education and outreach

  • Evolving roles and expanding opportunities

  • Case examples

A Guide to Genetic Counseling, Second Edition belongs on the syllabi of all medical and human genetics and genetic counseling training programs. It is an indispensable reference for both students and healthcare professionals working with patients who have or are at risk for genetic conditions.


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The Family History
Beginning to See Each Other
Case Preparation and Management
Performing a Risk Assessment
Managing the Clinic Visit
The Working
Patient Education
Beliefs About the Causes of Disease and Disorders
Ethical and Legal Issues
Areas of Practice Raising Ethical and Legal Questions
Strategiesfor Providing Direction
Understanding the Basics
Data Collection and Analysis
Pulling It all Together
Professional Identity and Development

Application of Instructional Aids for Patient Education
Risk Communication and DecisionMaking
The Medical Genetics Evaluation
Reasonsfor False Positives and False Negatives
Development of a New Clinical Genetic Test
Complexities of New Technologies in the Genetic Counseling
The Importance of Medical Documentation
Who Records in the Chart?
Multicultural Counseling
Participation in Professional Organizations
Evolving Roles Expanding Opportunities
From the Traditional Genetics Clinic Setting
Positioning Oneselffor a New Role
Reproductive Genetics Case Donna F Blumenthal
Cancer Genetics Case Monica L Marvin

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About the author (2011)

Wendy R. Uhlmann, MS, CGC is the genetic counselor/clinic coordinator of the Medical Genetics Clinic at the University of Michigan. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Human Genetics and an executive faculty member of the genetic counseling training program.

Jane L. Schuette, MS, CGC has been a genetic counselor for 26 years ansd is currently genetic counselor and clinic coordinator in the Division of Pediatric Genetics at the University of Michigan Health System.

Beverly M. Yashar, MS, PhD, CGC is the program director for the genetic counseling graduate training program in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan.

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