A Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit

What’s New

Genetic counselors: If you registered for CEU credit, be sure to check the CEU webpage for the next quarterly deadline for submitting self-reporting forms.

We are proud to announce that the Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit is posted on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine website! http://nnlm.gov/bhic/2011/03/23/genetic-counseling/

The NSGC has re-authorized the Genetic Counseling Toolkit, LLC to offer up to 1.443 or 14.43 contact hours (Category 1) for the Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit-Cases. This approval is valid until February 1, 2019.

The International Medical Interpreter's Association has awarded the Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit Cases 1.44 CEU(s) based on the IMIA credit value system. CEU Expiration Date: February 2, 2019.

This paper reinforces the limitations of using Google Translate in lieu of certified translators in medical setting: Google Translate.pdf

Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, April 2013

Every Two Weeks, Another Language Dies.
There are about 7,000 languages left in the world. Read about UNESCO's Endangered Languages: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/04/15/dying_languages_scientists_fret_as_one_disappears_every_14_days.html

Of Cannibals, Kings and Culture: The Problem of Ethnocentricity by ADAM ETINSON.

What users are saying about the Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit

Feedback from Genetic Counselors:
"Thank you for an excellent and very interesting course! Also, I'm very glad to hear your site will be available for the next two years. It's invaluable!"

"This was a very useful course."

"Thanks for the interesting learning opportunity! I enjoyed it."

"Incidentally, this course was FANTASTIC."

"This is actually one on-line learning that I'm looking forward to!"

"I find the entire toolkit interesting, especially the case examples are extremely interesting and the literature provided is extremely helpful and interesting."

"Thank you for this wonderful learning opportunity! I will encourage my colleagues to enroll."

"I found this learning opportunity to be highly informative and personally challenging!"

"Thank you for the time and effort put into developing the cultural competence toolkit. It was most educational and enjoyable."

"Thanks...Excellent course by the way!!"

"Thanks for all of your work in putting together these cases! A number of the cases were thought provoking and I enjoyed going through it."

Feedback from Genetic Counseling Program Directors:
"I have incorporated the toolkit in three separate classes. I have noticed that the toolkit cases have given the students a deeper appreciation of the impact of culture on the genetic counseling process and it has gotten them more engaged/enthusiastic about learning about cultural issues. So thank you for putting this together!"

“I spent about 30 minutes looking for something that will help me lead a discussion on the Rebecca Skloot book....and found exactly what I was looking for in the Health disparities section, which, I think, is underexplored in the book. Such of wealth of teaching tools. It will be impossible to use the entire website but there are so many options you will surely find something that fits your needs or your environment.”

Feedback from a Genetic Counseling Student:
“The various introductory pages I explored do a good job of explaining why cultural competence is important without sounding repetitive. I really liked some of the multilingual resources. I did not know many of them existed, but it will be helpful to have them all compiled in one location for future use. It was neat to read some of the genetic counselors' cultural competency tips and identify with their individual experiences.”

Feedback from a Spanish Medical and Mental Health Interpreter:
"I became very interested in learning about genetic counseling after I was a participant in the webinar that took place on June 14, 2010. Ms. Warren was a presenter in the webinar. The website is very informative. I have been spending two or three hours a day reading about genetic counseling. I also have visited some of the links. I think it is perfect….I want to be the best Spanish medical interpreter for the genetic counselors.”

Feedback from a College Student who will be applying to Genetic Counseling Programs:
"I really liked the toolkit and it was a great way to introduce the methods in which genetic counselors go through cases....I spent about 20 hours going over the casebook, exercises, and suggested links on the site."


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