The profession developed a set of competencies for all practitioners that encompasses five different domains: Genetics Expertise and Analysis; Interpersonal, Psychosocial and Counseling Skills; Education; and Professional Development and Practice. The Practice Based Competencies for Genetic Counselors provides guidance for the training of genetic counselors and an assessment of competency for practicing genetic counselors.
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Additionally, as part of professional practice in genetic counseling, Diplomates must adhere to ABGC’s policies and procedures in order to maintain an active Certified Genetic Counselor® credential. And, as part of certification and recertification, Diplomates must be aware of and practice in accordance with the National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Code of Ethics, Canadian Association of Genetic Counseling’s Code of Ethics or, if practicing abroad, other internationally recognized genetic counseling bodies’ codes of professional conduct.