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Hi all!

I hope this is the right place to post this, but I'm interested in getting into genetic counseling. The programs I'm interested in all require a year of one-on-one counseling experience or crisis intervention. Thing is...I really have no idea where to go about getting this.

They mentioned volunteering at Planned Parenthood, but I checked their website and all they have are abortion counselor volunteer positions in my area. That would be fine, except I think I'd feel guilty counseling people about having abortions or not. Anyways, if you all know of anywhere to look for this kind of experience, I'd appreciate it!!

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Hmm... you could always look into what type of crisis hotlines are available in your area and volunteer. I'm not sure how applicable that is, but it's always a possiblity.

Also, if you're in college, or if there's a college in your area, you could look into programs that they might offer for the student body.

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A very good friend of mine is working in the genetic counseling field right now. We graduated together, and she was fortunate enough to find an opening at a fertility clinic in Palo Alto, California. It's basically only a small step up from an internship, she doesn't make much money doing it, but gains the experience necessary to help her along that path. Soon she will begin Graduate School (which she tells me is a must for genetic counselors), and once that is polished off she'll be able to find full-time employment in that field.

I remember reading some of the science journals she had to study before an exam, and it was all Greek to me. So more power to ya for taking interest in such a complex and interesting field! Try poking around local fertility clinics and see what sort of things they offer there. Perhaps you can find something nearby that will allow you to whet your appetite a bit. Good luck!

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One of my best friends is also interested in genetic counseling, and she volunteers at a domestic violence crisis center, where women who are being abused can call in and have someone counsel them over the phone. The only drawback to volunteering at this place (I looked into volunteering here at one time also), is that it requires 40 hours of training before being allowed to volunteer--however, I'm sure that not all places require that much training.
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Actually, 40 hours is 1) not really a lot, and 2) pretty standard. The training can be helpful in other areas of your life, too. I would take the opportunity if you get it, and not worry about the training part - you'll need every bit of it!

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