Training and Learning Resources for Genetic Counselling Educators and Students

Resources for students and educators working in genetic counselling

Whether you are considering a career in Genetic Counselling, or working as an educator and looking for support to explain the impact of the discipline, here is a collection of resources showcasing current research and practical information to help you succeed.

Free and accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, our resources, many created in collaboration with esteemed academic institutions, expert healthcare professionals, and patient groups, demonstrate the increasing importance of the profession and the value of research in evolving clinical practice.

Find out more about all the work from the Wellcome Connecting Science Engagement and Society team by visiting our website.

What is a genetic counsellor?

Voices of Genetic Counsellors

A film series exploring the role of the genetic counsellor through the voice of those working in the field. Personal stories highlight the skills and expertise necessary to accelerate the implementation of genomics into clinical practice, and empower patients to make decisions about genetic information that are right for them. Discover how your skills can make an impact!

The Evolution of the Genetic Counselling Profession

A brand new film series offering a unique reflection on how the Genetic Counselling profession has evolved, through recollections of those who were involved at the early stages. Join Christine Patch, Clinical Lead for Genetic Counselling at Genomics England, for candid conversations about the development of this exciting field, now at the forefront of implementation of genomics into clinical practice.

Latest research

Your DNA, Your Say

Discover more about global public attitudes towards genomic data sharing, from the insights delivered from the ‘Your Say, Your DNA’ world-wide online survey, spearheaded by WCS Engagement and Society and Genomics England.

Music of Life

What happens if you imagine DNA, genes and chromosomes as musical notes, songs and albums? Discover how lively and appealing metaphors based around the theme of music can help patients wade into genetics, an area that has all too often been opaque to non-experts.


The Character of Science

A 12 episode podcast series, exploring how pop culture can help start conversations about science. Designed for an audience beyond academia, delve into insightful interviews with people who bring different expert points of view on genetics and genomics, from bioethics, science, genetic counselling, social science and film studies.

Seminar Series

Seminar 1: Anna Middleton:

Your DNA, Your Say’: Public attitudes study on genomic data sharing

Seminar 2: Richard Milne

Trust and trustworthiness in genomic data sharing

Seminar 3: Prof Yali Cong

Public perspectives on genetic information: is there an essential difference between China and the UK?

Blog articles

A selection of blog articles from the WCS Engagement and Society archive exploring the role of Genetic Counselling, the power of Genetic Counsellors participating in research, and the impact of the discipline on society.

Global Perspectives on Health, Research and Trustworthiness

An Important Era for Socialising the Genome

I:DNA – An Immersive Exploration into the View of People Living with Genetic Conditions

View all our blog articles on the GenomEthics blog.

Free learning tools

What is Genetic Counselling?

A free online course, developed by the Wellcome Connecting Science Courses and Conferences team, and delivered in partnership with FutureLearn.

Designed for healthcare professionals, clinicians, biomedical research scientists, and anyone curious about Genetic Counselling, this flexible course enables you to learn more about what you need to become a successful Genetic Counsellor. Led by leading Genetic Counselling Professionals, you will receive a fundamental grounding in Genetic Counselling and the era of genomics.

A free certificate is available on successful completion.

Open for access throughout the year – join anytime.

Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors (Virtual)

31 January–02 February 2022
A Wellcome Connecting Science workshop that aims to meet the training needs of genetic counsellors as they upskill in response to the roll-out of genomic sequencing in the clinic.

Applications open until 30 November. Bursaries available.

How to Teach Genomics: A Workshop for Nursing and Midwifery Educators

11-14 July 2022 Opens for applications and bursaries soon. To be the first to here about content and places, email to be added to the course mailing list, here.