Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GC 585 Psychological Theories and Techniques for Genetic Counselors

3 credits
This course will introduce genetic counselors to the broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and familiarize them with the diagnostic criteria for some of the most common disorders. Students will be able to discuss several different theoretical perspectives in the general field of psychopathology as well as the empirical support for these theories. Patients with mental health issues can be challenging to counsel because of the difficulty in understanding them and their reactions. The scope of their needs and/or issues cannot feasibly be addressed in genetic counseling, however, through a combination of didactic and experiential learning activities, this course will offer students a substantial foundation about psychopathology and ways to apply their knowledge in their assessment and formulation of strategies in the genetic counseling setting. Emphasis will be placed on short term counseling techniques.