Psychosocial Assessment, Support and Counseling

Psychosocial Assessment, Support and Counseling

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
 - Nelson Mandela

Genetic Counseling an Asian American Couple

Thanks to Elise Bendik and Sharanya Kumaravel, Master’s candidates in Genetic Counseling at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, for their work as contributing authors for this case.

Expert Commentary by Jon Weil, PhD, Genetics, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Learning Objectives*:

By the end of this case, genetic counselors will be able to:

  1. Establish rapport, identify major concerns and respond to emerging issues of a client or family in a culturally responsive manner.

  2.  Elicit and interpret individual and family experiences, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and attitudes that clarify beliefs and values.

  3.  Use a range of interviewing techniques.

  4.  Provide short term, client centered counseling and psychological support.

  5.  Promote client decision making in an unbiased, non-coercive manner.


*Learning objectives are from the American Board of Genetic Counseling Practice-Based Competencies for Psychosocial Skills (ABGC, 2004).


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