Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Human Genetics

First Advisor

Lindsey Alico Ecker


One of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) practice-based

competencies for genetic counselors is “Apply genetic counseling skills in a culturally

responsive and respectful manner to all clients.” Yet, the extent and approach in which cultural competency training is incorporated into genetic counseling training programs varies greatly. Simulated patients have been increasingly used in genetic counseling training to help students practice foundational skills in a low stakes environment. The goal of this project is to develop a clinical case for simulation that can be used as an intervention for cultural competency training of genetic counseling students. Christensen’s workbook and Archer’s culture bump theory were used as guides for case development. Focus groups and an individual interview were conducted to assess the case for realism, clarity, and its ability to meet the stated objectives. Participants agreed the case details were realistic to their experiences and provided learners with an opportunity to explore their cultural competency skills. Results of the study support that Christensen’s case development workbook can be used to develop simulated patient cases in genetic counseling training, specifically in cultural competence training. Overall, the participants emphasized the variability in what a student can learn from completing a session with this case. This case has the potential to benefit all genetic counseling students, and the learning outcomes can differ based on the learners’ experiences, goals, and approaches to the session.