Southern California Genetic Counselors

Who We Are

The mission of the SCGC is to advocate for the genetic counseling profession and genetic counseling services in Southern California by expanding awareness of the profession, promoting genetic education, increasing patient access to genetic services, and providing genetic resources.

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What is a genetic counselor?

A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who has specific academic training to serve and support individuals and families with genetic conditions or those who may be at risk for genetic conditions or birth defects. Genetic counselors typically practice as part of a health care team, primarily in prenatal, pediatric and oncology settings. Many genetic counselors work in industry, such as laboratories that offer genetic testing services. Other genetic counselors work in public health settings educating the public about screening and prevention options for certain birth defects and genetic conditions.