Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 113-121

First online:

Practice-based competencies for accreditation of and training in graduate programs in genetic counseling

  • Beth A. FineAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Medical School
  • , Diane L. BakerAffiliated withDepartment of Human Genetics, University of Michigan
  • , Morris B. FiddlerAffiliated withSchool for New Learning, DePaul University
  • , ABGC Consensus Development Consortium

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In January 1996, the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) adopted 27 practice-based competencies as a standard for assessing the training of graduate students in genetic counseling. These competencies were identified and refined through a collective, narrative process that took place from January through November 1994, and included directors of graduate programs in genetic counseling, ABGC board members and expert consultants. These competencies now form the basis of the document “Requirements for Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling Seeking Accreditation by the American Board of Genetic Counseling” (American Board of Genetic Counseling, 1996). The competencies are organized into four domains and are presented and discussed in this article.

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genetic counseling practice-based competencies graduate program accreditation