Competency information


In trainee led consultations, address ethical issues raised, and take steps with the patient to find a resolution where possible


  • Ethical issues that may be raised within the context of a genetic counselling appointment
  • Ethical theory vs ethical governance
  • Frameworks for thinking about ethics
  • Effective use of counselling supervision
  • AGNC code of ethics
  • GCRB code of conduct
  • Good scientific practice
  • HCPC standards of proficiency
  • The role of critical reflection in addressing the ethical issues
  • Relevant codes of ethical conduct
  • Conflicts of confidentiality
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Active listening skills to elicit ethical dilemmas
  • Addressing and discuss ethical issues with patients
  • Negotiation skills and managing patient expectations
  • Counselling theory
  • Core skills (empathy, congruence and warmth)
  • Advanced skills (advanced empathy, concreteness and challenge)

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 4 Outcome

Use counselling supervision and multidisciplinary meetings to work through ethical and cultural issues in genomic counselling practice.