ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

Child / Adolescent Counseling

Counseling Children and Adolescents

In this course, students will explore issues and information related to understanding and helping children and adolescents with social and / or emotional problems. Treatment of child and adolescent psychological disorders will be presented in the context of three important principles. First, the child or adolescent is part of many systems, including the family, school, peer group, and community; the counselor should aim to work in partnership with these other systems to help the young person. Second, treatment should be both humanistic and evidence-based. Finally, the child or adolescent is a human being first and foremost; all interactions related to helping the young person should take this into account and should be ethical, professional, and humane.
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