Who is a Genetic Counselor ?
- 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.