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

Counseling Theories

Theories of Counseling

Counseling and psychotherapy offer an opportunity for counselors to help others who experience personal distress. Psychotherapists and counselors have developed theories (methods) to help individuals with a wide variety of personal problems. This course offers an opportunity to learn about different theories that will increase your understanding of psychotherapy and counseling. You will have the opportunity to decide which theories you would prefer to use, given the opportunity to do so. This course will also explore the ways that theories of counseling can be used in a variety of student affairs occupations. Each class period will be spent explaining and illustrating the reading which describes (usually) one or two theories of psychotherapy and counseling. To explain and illustrate theories, lectures will focus on some of the more complex aspects of the theories. Video tapes of therapy, role-playing by the instructor and/or students, and small discussion groups will be used to provide answers to questions that are described next.
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