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 2017-2018

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 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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Peer Issues in Genetic Counseling

Elective—Spring

In this course, students will present, discuss and examine challenging genetic counseling cases and professional issues which arise from their 2nd year rotation experiences.  Each week, several students will be required to present cases to the class, discuss their role in the case and discuss issues involved in the case that may have impacted the clients and/or the genetic counselor and student.  Students are also required to comment on cases presented by others.  We will examine cases in the context of several models of genetic counseling and within the context of the genetic counseling code of ethics.  We will consider the role of supervisor in the training of genetic counselors.  We will also consider the role of continued “supervision” beyond graduation. 

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