Genetic Counsellor

WHAT IS A GENETIC COUNSELLOR?

What is their training?

Training is provided through a master’s degree program recognized by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Genetic counsellors can also obtain additional certifications. To be certified, they must pass an exam administered by the Certification Board of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) and/or by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

To help you understand what is a genetic counsellor, watch this short video, created by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors, that presents a nice summary of this profession not well known by the population.

Most health conditions, such as cancer, heart disease (hypertrophy, arrhythmia, etc.) and neurological problems (Alzheimer, Parkinson, etc.), have a genetic component and are not necessarily hereditary but some have a higher genetic risk than others. A genetic counsellor can review your family history to provide a risk assessment and help determine if a genetic test may be appropriate for you or a family member.

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