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Health Communication Skills 1 (GENE90004)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGENE90004
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will not be offered until 2018.

Issues of grief, breaking bad news and principles of interviewing with reference to families and couples will be studied. The means of study will be lectures, small group discussions and role plays. Students will attend and observe genetic counselling in a team, at Genetics Clinics within clinical genetics services, at various sites. Professional practitioners with experience in grief counselling family therapy and couple therapy will participate as tutors.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • Articulate and critically examine the various processes that impact on individuals, couples and families who receive a genetic diagnosis;
  • Critically reflect on the factors present in interviewing families, couples and individuals, and articulate the similarities and differences in couselling strategies;
  • Through observation and reflective examination of the theory, develop self awareness;
  • Understand the role of a genetic counsellor in a clinic including coordination skills; and
  • Understand and critically reflect on the role of a genetic counsellor in a multi-disciplinary team.

Generic skills

On completing the subject students should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the issues of grief, reactions to bad news and decision making in a genetic counselling interview;
  • Identify and understand the principles of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Critically evaluate the different and particular responses of people who come for genetic counselling and the impact of their past experience;
  • Analyse the process of a genetic counselling interview through observation;
  • Critically evaluate, comprehend and acknowledge the normality of various emotional reactions at the time of diagnosis of a genetic condition, and develop strategies within the interview for acknowledging these reactions; and
  • Present information in plain English in an accurate, non judgemental and non directive manner.

Last updated: 9 November 2018