Getting a New Program Started
As a part of its mission, the AGCPD seeks to support the development of new training programs in genetic counseling. If you are considering starting a program, we want to extend an invitation to join the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD) as an Associate Member. Planning a new program is an exciting and time intensive endeavor. We hope that the resources of our group will be of benefit to you during the process.
The AGCPD was formed to promote collaborative interactions between the genetic counseling training programs and to support high standards of practice. The AGCPD also advocates on behalf of the interests of training programs 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 strives to create resources for our members, such as the Master Genetic Counselor video series.
Recently, AGCPD has taken an interest in developing materials to assist emerging genetic counseling training programs, such as example budget templates, information about student/faculty ratios, and other frequently asked questions by new programs, which may be helpful supplementary information to the ACGC Standards for Accreditation. The slide set presented at the 2014 NSGC conference may be a helpful starting point.