University of Technology Sydney

96104 Communication and Counselling

6cp; block attendance (professional skills week); 2hpw ('live and online' workshop, teaching weeks 1–8, 9–14)
Requisite(s): 96105c Clinical and Community Placement 1 AND 96103c Medical Genetics and Genomics in Practice AND 96102c Research Methods in Genetic Counselling
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Counselling and communication theory and skills form the foundation for the many types of work that genetic counsellors engage in. During this subject, students engage in core counselling and communication skill training in a supported environment. Counselling and communication theories that underpin genetic counselling practice are introduced. Cultural safety is integral to client centred-genetic counselling practice. Students are introduced to ways of knowing, being and doing among Indigenous Australians, New Zealand Maori, Pacific Islanders and other groups to assist with development of inclusive, collaborative, consultative practice.

Reflective practice is a core competency for genetic counsellors. Much of the learning for this subject involves role play. Students are encouraged to reflect on their use and development of counselling and communication skills during the learning activities and assessment tasks to support the early development of professional self-awareness.

This subject is a foundation subject in the Master of Genetic Counselling (C04374).

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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