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

Counseling Theories and Techniques

This course has been designed to reflect the premise that the most effective and efficient therapy is one that is tailored to the needs, styles and expectations of clients rather than informed by the training, ideology or other needs of the counselor or therapist. Accordingly, the course provides both a descriptive and evaluative review of the theoretical constructs and therapeutic interventions associated with the major counseling and psychotherapy approaches studied—the historical component of the course, and the therapeutics strategies and skills that best match the needs, expectations and styles of clients—the differential treatment component of the course.
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