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This subject comprises a minimum of 48 days of clinical placements in various clinical genetics settings. It is a co-requisite for WELF90009 Genetic Counselling Practice 1 and WELF90008 Genetic Counselling Practice 2. Together, the three subjects provide the opportunity to integrate theory into practice.
Students will learn through observation and supervised practice with an expectation of increasing practice over the course of their clinical placements, so that eventually the student will have responsibility for a small client load.
The skills to be achieved mirror the skills that are required for professional certification by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA).
By the end of the subject students will have developed a professional portfolio that contains documentation of all placement related learning and assessment activities.
Placements are undertaken throughout the year, at services providing genetic counselling in Victoria. At the discretion of the Program Director, student may undertake one of their clinical placements interstate or overseas.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Identify and critically reflect upon the scope of practice of genetic counselling and the role of the genetic counsellor within a multidisciplinary team;
- Identify and integrate relevant theories of counselling and communication into the practice of genetic counselling through observation and practice;
- Engage in the process of supervision as a means to developing self-awareness through discussion and critical reflection of ethics in practice issues;
- Illustrate appropriate application of core competencies* for an entry level genetic counsellor as described by Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Board of Censors by performing and reflecting upon client consultations, case reports, log books and supervision *Core competencies – communication skills, reflective practice, critical thinking, case management skills, professional and ethical practice
On completing the subject students should be able to:
- Develop the skills to engage and develop rapport in a genetic counselling interview;
- Critically evaluate their use of theory, to establish a model(s) of effective counselling;
- Understand the processes of genetic counselling and the repertoire of skills that are used within an interview;
- Establish a strong ethical base of practice;
- Identify and analyse theories of counselling that can be integrated into clinical interviews and practice;
- Enhance skills through reading widely in the relevant literature;
- Understand the principles of writing a case study to satisfy the criteria for certification of the Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling and write two case studies based on clinical contact during the clinical placement;
- Complete a logbook of 50 short cases documenting clinical contact with individuals and families who come for genetic counselling. The logbook will meet the requirements for the Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling;
- Consider the factors in designing and completing a minor research project - including ethical issues, literature review, research question/hypothesis, design and methodology.
Last updated: 12 November 2022