Psychiatric Genetic Counselling

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Online teaching resource

Click the play button below to watch genetic counsellors from around the world explain why they attended Bournemouth University’s workshops on Psychiatric Genetic Counselling. The #PG4GC course was led by Dr Jehannine Austin and Emily Morris from the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. This resource also contains a video demonstration of the ‘Mental Health Jars’ (CREDIT TO: TPGG) which we hope will be of use to healthcare professionals.

TPGG logosClick here to watch our multi-media explanation of psychiatric genetic counselling

CREDIT FOR THIS WORK MUST GO TO: students Chelsea Nwasike, Creative Director & Editor and Grace Brewer, Journalist & Editor. A special thanks to Faculty of Media & Communications staff: Robert Munday & Adrian Butterworth for help with Klynt and Aftereffects.


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To improve UK psychiatric services by expanding local & regional healthcare professionals’ understanding of the role genetics plays in mental illness and to empower mental health sufferers and their families to take better control of their mental health condition(s) and their lives through Psychiatric Genetic Counselling (PGC).


  1. To obtain the views of local & regional healthcare professionals about the benefits and challenges of implementing PGC in the NHS
  2. To deliver a series of educational PGC workshops to expand the number of NHS healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver PGC.
  3. Implement a pilot PGC clinic, in conjunction with Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust & Wessex Clinical Genetics Service.
  4. Collect patient-reported outcome data to measure patient benefits delivered by the PGC clinic.
  5. Using PGC workshop participants feedback, design an online teaching resource for wider international knowledge exchange, including CPD, explaining psychiatric genetics/counselling.
  6. Produce multi-media resources for broader public impact and dissemination across the NHS and patient groups.


We will be running a series of FREE workshops aimed at healthcare professionals and one for members of the public.

CONFIRMED WORKSHOP: The Science of Genetics. Wednesday 11th January 2017, Bournemouth University, UK.

For further information on any workshops please contact us.

COMPLETED WORKSHOP: PGC: A European perspective. Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June 2016, Bournemouth University, UK.

COMPLETED WORKSHOP: Psychiatric Genetics for Genetic Counsellors (PG4GC) Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd June 2016, Bournemouth University, UK.

COMPLETED WORKSHOP: Psychiatrists and GPs Wednesday 20th July 2016, Bournemouth University, UK.


FUTURE WORKSHOP: Introduction to Genetics, Bournemouth University, UK.

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FUTURE WORKSHOP: Psychiatric Genetics for Perinatal staff, Bournemouth University, UK.

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What is Psychiatric Genetic Counselling?

Dr Jehannine Austin, visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University, explains:

Video by Julio Molina Montenegro & RKEO, Bournemouth University, (C) 2015


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Project Board & Collaborators

  • Melanie Watson
  • Principal Genetic Counsellor
  • Professor David Baldwin
  • Academic Lead for General Adult Psychiatry for Clinical Academic Training, University of Southampton
  • Dr Lawrence Mynors-Wallis
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Dr Paul Walters
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Dr Cressida Manning
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Dr David Crepaz-Keay
  • Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion, Mental Health Foundation
  • Service user name tbc
  • Dorset Mental Health Forum

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