Competency information


Assess individuals psychological state and their social support and mental health needs and refer appropriately


  • Exploring individuals’ psychological needs in genetic counselling consultations
  • Identifying individual patients at psychological risk for early intervention and/or referral to other agencies as appropriate
  • Referral pathways for appropriate agencies, such as mental health services
  • Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Mental capacity
  • Exploring individuals’ social support needs in genetic counselling consultations
  • Appropriate social support resources
  • Consideration of patient consent for referral

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 1 Outcome

Lead on establishing the patient agenda and psychosocial needs in complex genetic and genomic counselling consultations, under the supervision of a GCRB registered Genetic Counsellor.

# 2 Outcome

Employ counselling skills to facilitate complex decision making during genetic and genomic counselling consultations.

# 3 Outcome

Apply communication skills to provide complex genomic test results in an empathic manner.

# 4 Outcome

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