The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) is described as the leading voice for genetic counselors – an organization incorporated in 1979 as the genetic counseling profession earned its own unique identity and began to grow quickly.
The NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Access to continuing education opportunities, professional resources, advocacy and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.
A number of important links can be found at https://www.nsgc.org/page/about-nsgc. Here, you can read more about the history of genetic counseling as a profession, the mission and vision of the NSGC in representing genetic counselors across the country and internationally, and the strategic plan laid out by the NSGC to continue expanding the profession in the years to come.
Another important website is found at: https://www.findageneticcounselor.com/page/becomeageneticcounselor.
Here, you’ll find links to a list of accredited training programs where you can earn a degree in genetic counseling, as well as other professional organizations related to the GC profession. You can also search for genetic counselors who work near where you live.
The mission of the AGCPD is to promote collaboration between genetic counseling program directors to facilitate recruitment, admissions, education, and guidance of genetic counseling students and to nurture new program development.
The vision of the AGCPD is to enable genetic counseling program directors to anticipate and embrace changes in graduate education and the profession in order to ensure successful recruitment and training of future genetic counselors.
To find out more about this organization, please visit: https://agcpd.org/
Genetic Counseling Reading List
For those interested in the genetic counseling profession, AGCPD has compiled a reading list to assist in providing context and a better understanding of genetics in real-life experiences. In addition, to ensure all genetic counseling students have similar access to a wide array of literature pertaining to the impact of genetic conditions, please see the suggested reading list here.