Why We Do What We Do: Commentary on A Reciprocal-Engagement Model of Genetic Counseling Practice
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Why do genetic counselors need a model of practice? After all, none of us walk into a counseling session in a state of panic because we do not know what we are supposed to do. Is not a model of practice simply stating the obvious?
Well, not so obvious, as the three of us and the other participants learned at the Models of Practice conference organized by McCarthy Veach, Bartels and LeRoy in November 2005). The differences in viewpoints among the 25 or so participants and the difficulties we had in clearly articulating our private models was an eye opening experience.
A model of practice is a way to define how we communicate and assist clients in decision-making. We can dissect what we do and how we do it by defining the tenets, goals, strategies and behaviors we use but have a difficult time articulating. The attempt to develop this model should promote avenues of research in the genetic counseling field and should improve methods of teaching genetic counseling. Along with the newly...
KeywordsGenetic counseling practice Genetic counseling
- McCarthy, V. P., Bartels, D. M., & LeRoy B. S. (2007). Coming full circle: a reciprocal-engagement model of genetic counseling practice. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, xx-xx.Google Scholar