Janelle Villiers

Assistant Program Director—Director of Admissions, Human Genetics

MS, Sarah Lawrence College, Human Genetics. BAS, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Sarah Lawrence College, she worked in the clinical setting as a clinical supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center and later worked in a laboratory setting at the Mt. Sinai Genetics Testing Laboratory. She is currently a volunteer site visitor for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). SLC, 2013–

Graduate Courses 2021-2022

MS Human Genetics

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling 1 introduces students to the skills necessary for genetic counseling. The course is structured around key components of a genetic-counseling encounter: contracting, family history, medical history, patient education, and documentation. Readings provide foundational knowledge of relevant concepts, and class discussions encourage comparison of different perspectives and applications. Course instructors demonstrate each skill; students then engage in skill development through role play, peer feedback, and self-assessment.

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Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Spring

Building on the skill set of Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I, Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II develops skills relevant to risk assessment and communication, psychosocial assessment and interventions, and culturally competent care. Focus is placed on first exploring patient characteristics and concerns, then utilizing appropriate counseling skills to respond in a patient-centered way. Course activities include discussion, small-group activities, demonstration, and role play with peer feedback.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling course covers topics relevant to professional development and career management, including resumé development, interviewing, membership in professional organizations, and billing and reimbursement. The course structure includes guest speakers, panel discussions, and small-group work.

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Previous Courses

MS Human Genetics

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling aims to introduce students to the fundamental skills necessary for genetic counseling. The course is structured around key components of a genetic counseling encounter. Readings provide foundational knowledge of relevant concepts, and class discussions encourage the comparison of different perspectives and applications. Course instructors demonstrate each skill; students then engage in skill development through role play, peer feedback, and self-assessment.

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Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Spring

Building on the skillset of Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I, Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II aims to develop skills relevant to psychosocial assessment and interventions. Focus is first placed on exploring patient characteristics and concerns and then on utilizing appropriate counseling skills to respond in a patient-centered way. Course activities include discussion, small-group activities, demonstration, and role play with peer feedback.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I course covers topics relevant to professional development and career management, including resumé development, interviewing, membership in professional organizations, and billing and reimbursement. The course structure include guest speakers, panel discussions, and small-group work.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Spring

The Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I course is an introduction to professional issues relevant to the genetic counseling profession. Students discuss formative documents related to promoting the genetic counseling profession, standards for training and practice, and standards for professional behavior; learn to provide professional and public educational activities; and gain an appreciation for the role of clinical supervision.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II course is an extension of the first-year course. Topics include scientific writing, expanded roles of genetic counselors, cultural competency, genetic counseling models, clinical supervision, resume development and job interviewing, and billing and reimbursement. Course structure includes guest speakers, panel discussions, and small group work.

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