Certificate of Achievement

Aedrian Abrilla

has completed the following course:

What is Genetic Counselling?

Wellcome Connecting Science

This course covered: historical reasons as to why genetic counselling exists and reasons for having genetic counselling demonstrated through patient case studies; explored the main skills, knowledge, and key responsibilities to patients that genetic counsellors need; shared the perspectives of international genetic counsellors; discussed some of the ethical issues of genetic counselling and speculated about the future of the genetic counselling profession.

6 weeks, 2 hours per week

Dr Treasa Creavin

Head of Conferences and Online Training

Wellcome Connecting Science

Dr Anna Middleton

Head of Society and Ethics Research (Chair of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC))

Wellcome Connecting Science

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Learning outcomes

  • Identify why people have genetic counselling and the different contexts in which people receive genetic counselling
  • Describe the different skills and knowledge needed by genetic counsellors
  • Compare genetic counselling in different contexts and different countries
  • Reflect on some ethical issues that arise in genetic counselling
  • Discuss the role of genetic counselling in healthcare as we enter the ‘genomic era'


  • Why people would see a genetic counsellor
  • Some of a genetic counsellor’s key tasks
  • A genetic counsellor’s key skills and knowledge: counselling skills, medical and scientific knowledge
  • Ethical issues in genetic counselling
  • What the future might hold for genetic counsellors


“This introductory course provides an excellent overview of the practice of genetic counselling. We recommend the course as a useful resource for all Year 1 STP students on the MSc Genomic Counselling Programme at the University of Manchester. The course is also highly relevant to any clinician or scientist wanting to know more about the role of a genetic counsellor. The interactive style provides an opportunity to connect with course members and genetic counsellors around the world.” - Dr Rhona MacLeod, Consultant Genetic Counsellor, Pathway Lead MSc Genomic Counselling

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Issued on 22nd October 2021

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Free online course:

What is Genetic Counselling?

Wellcome Connecting Science