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

Human Genetics 2018-2019

Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Fall

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

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

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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Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Spring

Building on the skill set 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, demonstrations, and role-play with peer feedback.

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Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I 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; 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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