An investigation of genetic counselor experiences in peer group supervision

Kimberly W. Zahm, Patricia McCarthy Veach, Bonnie S LeRoy

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Peer supervision groups have been studied in counseling fields including psychotherapy and social work. However, limited research exists regarding genetic counselor peer supervision groups. In the present study five major research questions were investigated: (1) How prevalent is peer group supervision among genetic counselors? (2) What motivates genetic counselors to join and continue to seek peer group supervision? (3) What comprises the content, agenda, and structure of group meetings? (4) What are participants' perceptions of group dynamics, including conflicts, cohesion, and leadership? and (5) What are the perceived benefits and limitations of participating in peer group supervision? A total of 214 genetic counselors completed an online survey, and 70 (34.8%) reported being involved currently in peer group supervision. Fifteen of these 70 respondents were interviewed regarding their experiences in peer group supervision. Inductive analysis of their responses yielded 11 domains and 37 categories. Practice implications and research recommendations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-233
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008


  • Consultation
  • Genetic counselor peer supervision
  • Genetic counselor professional development
  • Genetic counselor support
  • Supervision group


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