Welcome to AGCPD

Established in 1992, the AGCPD was formed to promote collaborative interactions between various genetic counseling training programs and to help support their high standards of practice. The AGCPD currently consists of over 36 Full Member Programs advocating for genetic counseling training.

What is Genetic Counseling?

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates:

  • Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.

  • Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
  • Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.

Genetic counselors are Master’s-trained health care professionals who combine their knowledge of science, medical genetics, epidemiological principles and counseling theories. They provide skills in genetic risk assessment, education, interpersonal communication and counseling, to provide expert services to clients and their families for a diverse set of genetic or genomic indications.

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The AGCPD Mission

The mission of the AGCPD is to promote collaboration between genetic counseling program directors to facilitate recruitment, admissions, education, and guidance of genetic counseling students and to nurture new program development.

You can’t change your genes, but you can change your lifestyle and, in turn, reduce your risk factors. Family history doesn’t have too be your destiny.
Rovina M. Brock

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