Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 113–121

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

  • Beth A. Fine
  • Diane L. Baker
  • Morris B. Fiddler
  • ABGC Consensus Development Consortium

DOI: 10.1007/BF01408656

Cite this article as:
Fine, B.A., Baker, D.L., Fiddler, M.B. et al. J Genet Counsel (1996) 5: 113. doi:10.1007/BF01408656


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.

Key words

genetic counseling practice-based competencies graduate program accreditation 

Copyright information

© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beth A. Fine
    • 1
  • Diane L. Baker
    • 2
  • Morris B. Fiddler
    • 3
  • ABGC Consensus Development Consortium
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  2. 2.Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  3. 3.School for New LearningDePaul UniversityChicago
  4. 4.Graduate Program in Genetic CounselingNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago

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