Genetic counselors are professionals trained in the fields of genetics and psychosocial counselling.
They act as advocates for families affected by genetic disorders.
They help patients understand the concepts of heredity.
Assist them in planning for treatment of affected individuals as well as providing options for future offspring.
What is the role of a Genetic Counselor ?
Genetic counselors play a key role in educating health providers and assisting with establishing standards of practice. Trained genetic counselors also provide a liaison for health professionals and patients to communicate with policy makers, the media and the public about new and emerging medical/ genetic technologies and services.
What does a Genetic Counselor do ?
Review family and medical history.
Figure out if the patient or their family members are at risk for disease.
Explain how genetic conditions are passed down through families.
Find and give information about genetic conditions.
Provide information about testing options and help patients decide whether they want testing.
Offer guidance to help the patient make informed choices or life plans.
Help patients find referrals to medical specialists, advocacy, support networks, and other resources.