Genetic Education and Counselling for Sickle Cell Conditions (GENECIS)

WAGMC is offering a new Short Course in Genetic Education and Counselling for Sickle Cell Conditions (GENECIS). GENECIS was developed in partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana (SCFG), and the Human Genetics Departments of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand. The Ghana Psychology Council has accredited the course for 20 Credits.

GENECIS will equip participants with basic knowledge in genetics, genetic education, and counselling with a focus on sickle cell disease, to improve practitioner competencies in genetic counselling. It is targeted at a wide spectrum of practitioners including Allied Health Professionals, Clinical Psychologists, Midwives, Nurses, and Physician Assistants. The course will be delivered ONLINE and will involve lectures, group activities and role plays.

  • Background And Justification
  • Course Details
  • Course Structure and Objectives
  • Faculty
  • Programme
  • Intended Outcomes
  • Apply

The Genetic Education and Counselling for Sickle Cell Conditions (GENECIS) is a short 40-hour course. The five-day multidisciplinary course is designed to expose trainees to experts from a wide range of related fields including human and molecular genetics, genomics, genetic counselling, health education, and psychology. The course presents opportunities to equip trainees with basic skills necessary to offer certificate-level genetic education, counselling, and support for people with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait, and their families.

Genetic services form an important part of every health system and should be readily and easily accessible at all levels of the healthcare system through appropriate training of health professionals. The prevalence and burden of genetic disorders such as sickle cell disease in Sub-Saharan Africa necessitates training programmes in the provision of genetic services in this region of the world. Thus, this short course will help to train a workforce of healthcare professionals across Africa  who are capable of providing essential information and support related to common genetic disorders with a focus on sickle cell disease, and the psychosocial challenges and cultural sensitivities often associated with these conditions.

ACCREDITATION
GENECIS is accredited by the Ghana Psychology Council for 20 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Points. 

TARGET GROUPS
The GENECIS programme is suitable for health professionals (e.g. Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants, and Psychologists) who seek to gain knowledge on genetics, genomics, principles of counselling, genetic education, and patient support, and their applications to the current and effective management of sickle cell disease.

COURSE DURATION
The programme is a 5-day short course comprising of 40 hours of lectures, group work, and applied learning activities.

COURSE START DATE
Monday 21st June to Friday 25th June 2021

COURSE FEE
$250 or Cedi equivalent

REQUIREMENTS FOR AWARD OF CERTIFICATE
Trainees must fully engage with the course during the 5-day period including active participation in all group and applied sessions as well as complete pre– and post–course assessments to earn a Certificate of Participation.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The five-day course has been structured to be conducted virtually given the current situation with Covid-19 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm each day. A faculty of well-experienced resource persons will lead different topics each day. Topics have been structured such that each day builds progressively on learnings from previous days to ensure easy engagement with the whole course for trainees.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide healthcare practitioners(trainees) with an overview of genetics within the context of sickle cell disease necessary to support their clients with basic explanations of the genetic bases of inherited and acquired conditions and their biopsychosocial implications.
  • To equip trainees with essential psychosocial and counselling principles and skills to support effective communication of complex genetics-related health information with their clients of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • To offer the opportunity for trainees to further develop their professional skills and competencies in two extremely important areas of healthcare – genomics and sickle cell disease – in Africa.
Solomon. F. Ofori-Acquah, PhD

WAGMC Director
Molecular Genetics & Haematology
University of Ghana

Kofi A. Anie, PhD

GENECIS Program Coordinator
Clinical Psychology
Imperial College London

Annabella Osei-Tutu, PhD

Faculty
Counselling Psychology
University of Ghana

Judith A. Osae-Larbi, PhD

Faculty
Health Psychology
University of Ghana

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD

Faculty
Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana

Amanda Krause, MD PhD

Faculty
Medical Genetics
University of the Witwatersrand

William Kudizi, PhD

Faculty
Pharmacogenetics
University of Ghana

Ambroise Wonkam, MD PhD

Faculty
Medical Genetics
University of Cape Town

Marsha Treadwell, PhD

Faculty
Clinical Psychology
University of California San Francisco

Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma, MB ChB

Faculty
Haematology
University of Ghana

Vivian Paintsil, MB ChB

Faculty
Paediatric Haematology / Oncology
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Catherine Segbefia, MB ChB

Faculty
Paediatric Haematology / Oncology
University of Ghana

Titi Adeyemo, MB BS, MSc

Faculty
Haematology
University of Lagos

Edeghonghon Olayemi, MB BS

Faculty
Haematology
University of Ghana

Shelley Macaulay, PhD

Faculty
Genetic Counselling
University of the Witwatersrand

Tina- Marié Wessels, PhD

Faculty
Genetic Counselling
University of Cape Town

Jemima Dennis-Antwi, PhD

Faculty
Maternal Health / Midwifery
Centre for Health Development and Research

Mabel Kissiwah Asafo, MScHP

Faculty
Deputy Director, Advocacy & Social Mobilisation
Ghana Health Service HQ

Paulina Tindana, PhD

Faculty
Public Health
University of Ghana

 Time

 Topic

 Lecturer / Facilitator

8.30-8.45

Welcome

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

8.45-9.00

Introduction to WAGMC and GENECIS

Kofi Anie

9.00-9.30

GENECIS Pre-Assessment

Kofi Anie

9.30-10.00

Genes and Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

10.00-10.30

History of the Sickle cell mutation

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

10.30-11.15

Human Genetics: Health and Disease

Amanda Krause

11.15-11.30

Morning Break

Virtual

11.30-12.15

Sickle Cell Disease & Common Related Carrier Conditions: AS, AC, Beta Thalassemia Trait

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong

12.15-1.00

Molecular Laboratory Investigations: Reporting and Interpretation of Results

William Kudzi

1.00-2.00

Lunch

Virtual

2.00-3.00

Newborn Screening in Sickle Cell Disease: Organisation of Care 

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong

3.00-3.30

Screening for Sickle Cell Conditions: Ethical and Social Implications

Kofi Anie

3.30-3.45

Afternoon Break

Virtual

3.45-4.15

Discussion – Informal Settings and Lay Counsellors

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong

4.15-5.00

Family Pedigree and Genetic Family History;

Inheritance patterns in Sickle Cell Disease and Related Conditions; Group work

Marsha Treadwell

5.00-5.15

Wrap-Up and Close

Kofi Anie

Time

Topic

Lecturer / Facilitator

8.30-9.00

Networking and Introduction to Day 2

Judith Osae-Larbi

9.00-9.45

Pathophysiology of Sickle Cell Disease

Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma

9.45-11.15

Sickle Cell Disease:  Clinical Management I

9.45-10.15

Health Maintenance, Illness Prevention, and Home Care – Paediatrics

Vivian Paintsil

10.15-11.00

Acute and Chronic Complications – Paediatrics

Cathy Segbefia

11.00-11.15

Discussion

All Participants

11.15-11.30

Morning Break

Virtual

11.30-1.00

Sickle Cell Disease:  Clinical Management II

11.30-12.00

Health Maintenance, Illness Prevention, and Home Care – Adults

Titi Adeyemo

12.00-12.45

Acute and Chronic Complications – Adults

Edeghonghon Olayemi

12.45-1.00

Discussion

All Participants

1.00-2.00

Lunch

Virtual

2.00-3.00

Viewpoints of a Parent/Child, Adolescent, and Adult with Sickle Cell Disease

 Parent – Victoria Awo Twumasi,

Adolescent – Elissa Palma,

Adult – Frema Asare Bediako

3.00-3.30

Video Presentation: Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana

Kofi Anie

3.30-3.45

Afternoon Break

Virtual

3.45-4.45

Sickle Cell Disease:  Psychosocial Issues

Psychosocial Impact and Challenges

Pain and Quality of Life

Kofi Anie

Marsha Treadwell

4.45-5.00

Questions and Answers

All Participants

5.00-5.15

Wrap-Up and Close

Marsha Treadwell

 Time

 Topic

 Lecturer / Facilitator

8.30-9.00

Networking and Introduction to Day 3

Judith Osae-Larbi

9.00-10.00

Principles of Genetic Counselling

Shelley Macaulay

10.30-11.00

Professional Skills in Genetic Counselling

Tina-Marié Wessels

11.00-11.15

Discussion

All Participants

11.15-11.30

Morning Break

Virtual

11.30-12.30

Organisation of a Counselling Session

Annabella Osei-Tutu

12.30-1.00

Health Professional and Patient Relationships

Judith Osae-Larbi

1.00-2.00

Lunch

Virtual

2.00-3.00

Genetic Counselling Case Scenarios

Role Play

Shelley Macaulay

Tina-Marié Wessels

Annabella Osei-Tutu

Marsha Treadwell

Kofi Anie

3.00-3.30

Afternoon Break

Virtual

3.30-5.00

Genetic Counselling Case Scenarios

Role Play

Shelley Macaulay

Tina-Marié Wessels

Annabella Osei-Tutu

Marsha Treadwell

Kofi Anie

5.00-5.15

Wrap-Up and Close

Annabella Osei-Tutu

 

Time

 

Topic

 

Lecturer / Facilitator

8.30-9.00

Networking and Introduction to Day 4

Judith Osae-Larbi

9.00-10.00

Cultural Implications in Sickle Cell Disease:

Traditional Norms and Family Dynamics

Jemima Dennis-Antwi

10.00-11.00

Health Literacy and Community Engagement:

Community Messaging on Sickle Cell Disease, Newborn Screening and Health Education Materials

Mabel Asafo

Jemima Dennis-Antwi

11.00-11.15

Video Presentation: WAGMC Community Outreach

Kofi Anie

11.15-11.30

Morning Break

Virtual

11.30-1.00

 

Group Work on Community Messaging and Health Education in Sickle Cell Disease

Mabel Asafo

Jemima Dennis-Antwi

1.00-2.00

Lunch

Virtual

2.00-3.00

Genetic Counselling Scenarios:

Role Play Video Observation and Critique

Shelley Macaulay

Tina-Marié Wessels

Annabella Osei-Tutu

Marsha Treadwell

Kofi Anie

3.00-3.30

Afternoon Break

Virtual

3.30-5.00

Genetic Counselling Scenarios:

Role Play Discussions – Breakout Sessions

Shelley Macaulay

Tina-Marié Wessels

Annabella Osei-Tutu

Marsha Treadwell

Kofi Anie

5.00-5.15

Wrap-Up and Close

Mabel Asafo

 

Time

 

Topic

 

Lecturer / Facilitator

8.30-9.00

Networking and Introduction to Day 5

Judith Osae-Larbi

9.00-10.00

Genetic Diagnosis:

   i. Prenatal diagnosis

   ii. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Ambroise Wonkam

10.00-11.00

Genomics Research and SickleGenAfrica

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

11.00-11.15

 

Video Presentation: SickleGenAfrica Community Engagement

Kofi Anie

11.15-11.30

Morning Break

Virtual

11.30-12.00

Bioethics of Genomics Research

Paulina Tindana

12.00-12.30

Animal Models in Sickle Cell Disease and Therapies

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

12.30-1.00

Pharmacogenetics

William Kudzi

1.00-2.00

Lunch

Virtual

2.00-2.30

 

Overview of Genetic Medicine, Gene Therapy and Precision Medicine

Ambroise Wonkam

2.30-3.30

Treatment Advances in Sickle Cell Disease

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong

3.30-3.45

Afternoon Break

Virtual

3.45-4.15

GENECIS Post-Assessment

All Participants

4.15-5.00

Faculty Evaluation of Trainees

Trainees Evaluation of GENECIS

Shelley Macaulay

Tina-Marié Wessels

Annabella Osei-Tutu

Marsha Treadwell

Kofi Anie

5.00-5.30

Wrap-Up and Close

Kofi Anie

 

 

At the end of this course, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  • Explain common medical terminology related to genetics, genomics, and clinical as well as laboratory applications of genetics
  • Construct a family tree/pedigree and evaluate core genetic screening and counselling needs of individuals and families affected by SCD and sickle trait
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inheritance of SCD and explain the clinical, familial, cultural, and public health implications of SCD and sickle cell trait
  • Describe and discuss the causes, phenotypes, and pathophysiology of SCD and the medical and personalised management of this condition
  • Outline the most common types of genetic tests and describe the tests for diagnosing SCD
  • Identify individuals and families in need of genetic screening and genetic counselling
  • Outline the stages of the counselling process and the importance of a positive therapeutic alliance
  • Evaluate core support needs in SCD and tailor genetic information and basic counselling to patients and families of diverse sociodemographic and psychosocial needs
  • Demonstrate understanding of current treatments and support services available for patients with SCD and families at risk of sickle cell conditions
  • Explain the ethical and social implications of genetic testing and implications for non-directive informed consent processes
  • Explain the relevance of health literacy and key strategies for effective community engagement including community messaging and health education on SCD

Applications are closed.