All in the Family: How Genetic Counselors Facilitate Familial Genetic Testing


This lecture provides an introduction to familial genetic testing, meant for non-genetics providers and other healthcare professionals. Standard genetics methodologies are reviewed, and considerations for streamlining test selection and ordering are discussed.

Originally published on May 13, 2019

Lecture Presenter

Amanda Openshaw, MS, LCGC

Amanda Openshaw, MS, LCGC

Genetic Counselor
ARUP Laboratories

Amanda Openshaw is a genetic counselor with ARUP’s Cytogenetics Department as well as Maternal Serum Screening and NIPT programs. She received her MS in genetic counseling from the University of Michigan in 2007, and is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She is also licensed by the state of Utah and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize different methodologies for performing family specific genetic testing
  • Explain why positive control samples and a proband’s original test report are important for accurate testing
  • Identify how genetic counselors can serve as a resource during the familial testing process

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories