Genetic Counselling Workshop

The Genetic Counselling Workshop is organised in collaboration with the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute and will take place on 23rd January 2016.
(Limited seats are available for workshop)

Workshop Registration Fee:

First Early Bird Fee: USD 275

Standard Fee: USD 300 (Applicable from 22nd November 2015)

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Dr Christine Patch, Consultant Genetic Counsellor, Guy’s Hospital, London

Dr Anna Middleton, Principal Staff Scientist and Genetic Counsellor, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge



09:00 – 09:15

Introduction to the workshop and delegates

09:15 – 10:00

What is genetic counselling?

  • qualifications and training needed to work as a genetic counsellor in the UK and reciprocity of registration within the genetic counselling profession
  • core theoretical frameworks that guide practice
  • ethical principles that guide practice
  • counselling supervision

10:00 – 10:45

The work of a genetic counsellor

  • the multidisciplinary approach to care
  • the types of patients genetic counselors see on their own
  • the specialist clinics that genetic counsellors run

10:45 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:00

How can genomics be used in the clinic?

  • who can receive sequencing in a clinical setting
  • the impact of genomics on counselling practice

12:00 – 12:45

Genomics and ethics

  • what to do with incidental findings from sequencing studies
  • what information do people want to know?

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:15

Case study 1: exploring a diagnosis for developmental disorders and counselling issues

14:15 – 14:45

Case study 2: pre symptomatic testing in Huntington’s disease and counselling issues

14:45 – 15:15

Case study 3: pre-natal testing and PGD and counselling issues

15:15 – 15:45

Case study 4: genetic counselling and disability (using deafness as an example)

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