Communation for Genetic Counselors

Numbering Code P-PUB01 8N020 LJ90 Year/Term 2021 ・ Irregular, year-round
Number of Credits 3 Course Type lecture and seminar
Target Year Professional degree students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period
Instructor name KOSUGI SHINJI (Graduate School of Medicine Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course [Basic information] Class date and time: Weekly classes in 1st period on Thursdays during the first semester, then biweekly classes in 1st period on Thursdays during the second semester (there may be exceptions).
Classroom: Building G, 3rd Floor, Seminar room, Level: Basic
Staff in charge: Shinji Kosugi, Masako Torishima, Akiko Yoshida, Hiromi Murakami, Saeko Katsumoto, Nana Akiyama, Manami Matsukawa

[Course overview] These lectures are focused on communication, which is an important theme in genetic counseling. The students themselves take the lead in discussions and share their learning with each other. With these lectures, they learn how to communicate not only with clients and families (to provide them support as genetic counselors), but also with members of their medical care team, who have different specialties. Another aim of this lecture is to provide the basic knowledge and information on the theories required for “Genetic Counseling Role-Play Exercise” and “Genetic Counseling Practice (clinical practice at hospitals).” Ultimately, the students are expected to deepen their knowledge in genetic counseling and genetic counselors' role through these lectures, exercises, and practices. The exercises are programmed to include different methods (such as role-play and video learning) according to the progress of the class.

[Teaching/learning method]
・Reading the texts before class, followed by the submission of a report.
・Discussions and exercises during lectures.
・It also includes the following extra-curricular activities: Video learning: “Three approaches to psychotherapy” / “Medical genetics” (in the School of Medicine)

We look forward to your participation! Questions about the content of the classes are welcome too. Please contact us by e-mail!
Course Goals 1. Acquire the minimum knowledge and attitudes required to support clients and their families as a genetic counselor.
2. Acquire the minimum knowledge and attitudes required to know how to act as a member of a medical care team.
Schedule and Contents [First semester]
[1st lecture] 4/8 [Yoshida, Torishima] “Introduction and Basic Concepts”: First day of the basics: Communication for genetic counselors. Introduction to the basics of self-presentation, classes, and homework.
[2nd lecture] 4/15 [Yoshida] “Basic Attitudes of Genetic Counselors”: Second day of the basics: Basic attitudes in genetic counseling and comprehension from the inside out (an internal frame of reference). Understanding basic attitudes, listening closely, and developing an internal frame of reference.
[3rd lecture] 4/22 [Torishima] “Empathic Understanding”: Third day of the basics: The concept of empathic understanding.
[4th lecture] 5/6 [Yoshida] “Building Rapport”: Fourth day of the basics: The flow of genetic counseling and the formation of trusting relationships (building rapport).
[5th lecture] 5/13 [Torishima] “Follow-Up”: Sixth day of the basics: Points to be considered in telephone reception.
14th day of the basics: The end of genetic counseling and follow-up.
[6th lecture] 5/20 [Yoshida] “Non-Verbal communication”: Fifth day of the basics: The importance of non-verbal communication.
[7th lecture] 5/27 [Yoshida] “Providing Information”: Eighth day of the basics: Providing information in genetic counseling.
[8th lecture] 6/3 [Torishima] “Decision-Making”: Ninth day of the basics: Decision-making in genetic counseling.
[9th lecture] 6/10 [Yoshida, Torishima] “Mini Role-Play”: Assessment to confirm the main complaints and to acquire information for creating the family tree.
[10th lecture] 6/17 [Yoshida, Torishima] “Mini Role-Play”: Assessment to explain and provide information about the mode of inheritance.
[11th lecture] 6/24 [Katsumoto, Torishima] “Views of Disability” & “Prenatal Testing”: Sixteenth day of the basics: Disability and society’s understanding.
Eighth day of practice: Genetic counseling involved in prenatal testing.
[12th lecture] 7/1 [Torishima] “Family Interviews”: 13th day of the basics: The role of genetic counselors in family interviews.
[13th lecture] 7/8 [Akiyama, Torishima] “Talking about Heredity to Children”: Genetic counseling for children.
Tenth day of practice: Talking about heredity to children [practice].
[14th lecture] 7/15 [Murakami, Yoshida] “Ethics”: Fifteenth day of the basics: Ethics in genetic counseling.
[15th lecture] 7/29 [Yoshida] “Case Examination”: The structure of genetic counseling and client assessment.


[Second semester]
[16th lecture] 10/7 [Matsukawa, Torishima] “Communication of the Japanese and Genetic Counseling”: Communication of the Japanese and genetic counseling.
[17th lecture] 10/21 [Kumamura, Torishima] “Learning from a Medical Social Worker”: Tenth day of the basics: Learning from the cases of a medical social worker ? Communication for Client Support.
[18th lecture] 11/4 [Torishima] “The Experience of Loss” & “Pre-symptomatic Diagnosis”: Eleventh day of the basics: Understanding the experience of loss.
Ninth day of practice: Genetic counseling for an individual who requested a pre-symptomatic test for hereditary diseases that are progressive and have no cure.
[19th lecture] 11/18 [Torishima] “Hands-on Learning of Psychological Assessment”: Specific Psychological and Social Assessments.
[20th lecture] 12/2 [Yoshida] “Cooperation with Related Parties and Institutions”: Fourth day of practice: Genetic counseling for visual impairments (retinitis pigmentosa).
Fifth day of practice: Cooperation with related parties and institutions.
[21st lecture] 12/16 [Urano/Yoshida] “The Basic Concepts of Life Stages, Mental Health, and Defense Mechanisms”: Twelfth day of the basics: Life stages and mental health.
Seventeenth day of the basics: Genetic counseling and defense mechanisms.
[22nd lecture] 1/6 [Yoshida/Torishima] “‘Living with a Hereditary Disease and Summary”: Eighteenth day of the basics: Living with a hereditary disease. Evaluation and summary
[22nd lecture] 1/20 Reserve day
Evaluation Methods and Policy First and second semesters are evaluated together at the end of the course. Attainment of learning goals: 40%: report, 40%: presentation: 20%
Course Requirements Compulsory subject only for first-year students in the Genetic Counselor Course (pre-determined subject)
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Preparation and review will be requested accordingly.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Also,
・Communication Theory for Genetic Counseling - Graduate School of Medicine of Kyoto University Genetic Counselor Course Lectures (Medical Do) 978-4944157662
・Jibun o Mitsumeru Counseling Mind - Healthcare Work no Kihon to Tenkai (Ishiyaku Publishers) ISBN: 978-4-263-23423-5
・Counseling o Manabu (University of Tokyo Press) Theory, Experience, Practice ? 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4-13-012045-6
・Health Communication (Kyushu University Press) Revised Edition ISBN: 978-4798500164
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