Training Options

We currently offer training for medical and genetics professionals and students on providing accurate, up-to-date, and balanced information following a diagnosis of Down syndrome. We have offered live and online presentations to genetic counseling students at Wayne State University, the University of Utah, the University of South Carolina at Columbia, the University of Texas in Houston, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)  trainees at Georgia State University and Louisiana State University. If you are interested in scheduling a training, please contact us.

Resources for Medical Professionals

Free online learning module for medical professionals from the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute:

Image of prenatal course

PHT 201: Medical Professionals: Improving the Prenatal Diagnosis Experience and Long-Term Patient Outcomes with Accurate, Up-to-Date, and Balanced Information about Genetic Conditions

This module can be used by a broad range of medical professionals and students and includes the following:

  • video podcasts
  • reflection sections
  • learning activities about communicating a prenatal diagnosis and improving longterm patient outcomes. 

This module is also included as an available lecture in the database of resources for the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors, and genetic counseling program directors and directors of other medical student programs can use this module to substitute for a lecture which can be done individually online or together in class as an instructor-led activity. If program directors opt to instruct students to take the course online, please contact our HDI Learning Center to set that up so that you can receive reports about assignments and course completion for your class.

Practicing clinicians can also take this module to improve the diagnosis experience for patients, and they can also opt at the end of the module to be listed on our website as a clinician who has undergone training—as a source of patient referrals.

Special thanks to our reviewers: Angela Trepanier, MS, CGC, at Wayne State University and President of the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors; Blair Stevens, MS, CGC, from the University of Texas Houston; Cori Feist, MS, CGC, from Oregon Health & Science University; Kim Baich from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio; and Stephanie Thompson from the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network,

Summary of best practice guidelines for delivering a diagnosis:

Delivering a Prenatal or Postnatal Diagnosis

You can also request a free printed copy of these guidelines from our library of resources.