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What is Genetic Counseling?

Genetic Counselors are health care professionals with graduate degrees. They have specialized training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Most genetic counselors work with physicians, social workers, nurses, and other medical professionals to offer care to patients and families affected by a wide variety of genetic conditions.

Genetic Counselors work with patients and families to evaluate family health history, discuss genetic conditions, explain genetic testing, and assist in decision-making about genetic testing. Genetic counselors serve as educators and resources for other health care professionals and the general public. Many participate in research activities related to medical genetics and genetic counseling.

(Adapted from NSGC definition -

The Minnesota Genetic Counselor Association

Find out more about how a genetic counselor could help you or your family.

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