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OVERVIEW

Please join us for this hybrid conference to further professional development in the field of genetic counseling and genetics/genomics.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:  
  • Apply restorative justice principles/framework in both professional and personal life.
  • Explain salient findings in the diagnosis, natural history, and management and treatment of genetic eye conditions.
  • Implement strategies for building a successful supervisory relationship.
  • Build critically needed skills for engaging in conversations around identity and learned biases.
  • Develop skills for making amends and restoring relationships with one another and with the communities we serve.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Practicing genetic counselors (Board-Eligible or Board-Certified), genetic counseling students, prospective genetic counseling students, geneticists, IHP faculty and students.

SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Bria Brown-King, MS

Director of Engagement, interACT

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Bria Brown-King uses they and she pronouns and is a Black, queer, masculine-presenting, non-binary, and intersex person. Bria works as the Director of Engagement for interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. Bria got their start in intersex advocacy in 2018 as a Youth advocate, and in 2019 they became the first openly intersex person to speak about intersex issues on the steps of the Supreme Court. Bria now serves on multiple advisory boards, representing intersex people both nationally and internationally.


 

Stephanie Hicks, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, MGH Center for Cancer Risk Assessment

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Ms. Hicks joined the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment in 2017 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a Master’s in Genetic Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2013 from the University of Vermont. As part of CCRA, Ms. Hicks provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics. In addition, Ms. Hicks also sees patients in the Neuro-Oncology Genetics clinic and teaches genetic counseling students about NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis. Outside of clinic, Ms. Hicks enjoys supervising and teaching genetic counseling students. She also enjoys introducing the field of genetic counseling to many different audiences, especially high school and college students.


 

Molly Howes, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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Molly Howes, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who’s practiced in the Boston area for forty years. Following a clinical fellowship at (then) Beth Israel Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, she completed her doctorate at Florida State University. In her independent psychotherapy practice, she works with couples and parents, as well as individuals of all ages. She has contributed to several academic papers on subjects from depression to psychiatric epidemiology. With her creative nonfiction work, she’s published in the New York Times “Modern Love” column, the Boston Globe Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, and elsewhere, and Best American Essays listed one of her essays as Notable. She’s been a grateful fellow at Ragdale, VCCA, and MacDowell. Her 2020 nonfiction book, A Good Apology: Four Steps to Make Things Right, was published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette


 

Rachel Huckfeldt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Clinician-scientist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

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Dr. Huckfeldt is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and a clinician-scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE). She completed combined MD/PhD training at Washington University in St. Louis followed by an ophthalmology residency (MEE), clinical fellowships in medical retina (University of Iowa) and inherited retinal disorders (MEE), and a postdoctoral research training (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Huckfeldt’s clinical practice focuses on inherited retinal disorders and the medical management of retinal conditions. She is dedicated to bringing novel therapies to patients with inherited retinal disorders and is the principal investigator for MEE’s participation in multiple first-in-human clinical trials of genetic therapies for these individuals. Dr. Huckfeldt is also the director of the Inherited Retinal Degenerations fellowship at MEE.


 

Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC

Clinical Operations Manager, Senior Genetic Counselor, MGH Center for Cancer Risk Assessment

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Ms. Patel is a licensed genetic counselor who earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. After working in cardiac genetics and adult genetics, she joined the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment in 2005 where she currently works as a Senior Genetic Counselor and Clinical Operations Manager. In her clinical role, she provides cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services to patients within the diverse clinical programs at the Mass General Cancer Center. Ms. Patel has a special interest in hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome and serves on the scientific advisory council of No Stomach for Cancer patient support group. Her other activities include educating health care providers and the public in genetics, student supervision and training. Ms. Patel’s primary interests lie in patient care and education outreach programs that facilitate the integration of genetics into medical care.


 

Emily Place, MS, CGC

Senior Genetic Counselor and Manager of Genetics and Genetic Counseling, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

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Emily graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She has over 10 years of experience working in the field of genetics of inherited eye disease. Prior to joining the Ocular Genomics Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in 2011, she worked in the Clinical Genetics Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia providing clinical care to children and adults in the specialty clinics for mitochondrial disease and inherited eye diseases.

Emily serves as a Senior Genetic Counselor and Manager of Genetics and Genetic Counseling at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The Genetic Counseling Service provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services to families with inherited eye conditions including inherited retinal conditions. She also serves as study coordinator for OGI research studies related to better understanding the genetics of inherited eye diseases. Additionally, she is a member of the ClinGen Ocular Domain Working Group and serves as the coordinator of the Glaucoma-Neur-Ophthalmology Gene Curation Expert Panel (GCEP) and Optic Atrophy Variant Curation Expert Panel (VCEP).


 

Jammy Torres-Millet, MSW

Associate Director, Social Justice Education & Student Engagement, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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Jammy is a Social & Racial Justice warrior and advocate. She is the daughter of Puerto Rican migrants who settled in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts (occupied land of the Massachusett, Wampanoag and Nipmuc people) in the 1980s. In experiencing the trauma of identity intersections and the complexities that come with being a Puerto Rican on the mainland, she learned that she had experienced the internalization of Anti-Blackness through her lineage (The enslavement of African peoples, the Taino Massacre, Spanish Colonizers). While in her (un)learning process, in 2015, as a Behavior Support Team Lead within the Boston Public Schools, she was introduced to the insidious, disproportionate impact of punitive school disciplinary practices on Black and Brown youth. It was then, she began her work and research on the school to prison pipeline and came to embrace Restorative Justice in her search for eradicating punitive responses to student behavior and Racial Justice.


Jammy continues to be a dedicated Social Justice Education professional within the Boston Area and has been for nearly 10 years. In 2018, she began her work in Higher Ed and in 2020, she founded StayJust, a Restorative Justice Education and Implementation Organization; created to challenge power imbalances, decolonize education, dismantle oppressive educational practices/pedagogies and to denormalize white supremacy within Higher Ed spaces.
Jammy's work is rooted in educating communities on the core values and practices of Restorative Justice through the lens of Social Justice, Equity Mindedness and Empowerment.

 

AGENDA

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Check-in/Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Introduction and Welcome
Ann Seman, MS, CGC

8:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Exploring Restorative Approaches to Building Trusting Relationships with Students
Jammy Torres-Millet, MSW

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Genetic Therapies for Inherited Retinal Disorders
Rachel Huckfeldt, MD; Laura Manfre; Emily Place, MS, CGC

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Let’s Talk about Supervising
Stephanie Hicks, MS, CGC and Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Intersex: Bodies Beyond the Binary
Bria Brown-King, MS

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: The Power of a Good Apology – And How to Make One
Molly Howse, PhD

 

KEY INFORMATION

Continuing Education Information:

CEU approval is pending from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

DateFriday, June 3, 2022

Location: This event will be hybrid. Up to 90 MGB employees (first-come-first-serve sign-up basis) are eligible to attend in-person at 1 Constitution Wharf in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Otherwise, this event will be held virtually and presented as a live streaming program.

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