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Knowledge in the area of human genetics and genomics is expanding at an exponential pace, with significant implications for social work in health, mental health, and other settings. This article identifies some key roles social workers may play in the arena of genetics, discusses social workers responsibility for ongoing professional development in this area, and describes a flexible genetics and genomics social work curriculum developed by the authors. We provide an evaluation of pilot curriculum implementations, discuss ongoing strategies and barriers to dissemination, and make recommendations for future actions to more fully incorporate genetics and genomics content into the social work professional knowledge base.


Scheyett, A., & Strom-Gottfried, K. (2004). Testing, treatment, and trust: Social work professional development and the genomics revolution. Professional Development: The International Journal of Social Work Continuing Education, 7(2), 36-43.

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