If you are considering starting a program, AGCPD would like to extend an invitation to join as an Associate Member. Planning a new program is an exciting and time intensive endeavor. AGCPD provides resources that will benefit you during the process. Materials such as example budget templates, information about student/faculty ratios, and other frequently asked may serve as helpful information to groups developing new program applications.
AGCPD strives to create opportunities for collaborative interaction among our members and advocates for quality in genetic counselor training by engaging with the accrediting agency, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), the certifying agency, the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), and our professional organization, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
AGCPD operates an email listserv that full, associate, and affiliate members are able to join. This is an excellent way to gather feedback on issues that arise during the planning phase of a program and to make connections. The group also meets annually for a summer retreat meeting that promotes attention to current topics and challenges in genetic counselor education. A business meeting held during the retreat includes updates on committee work and presentations from ACGC and ABGC. All members are welcome at AGCPD retreats, while only full members attend the business meeting.