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

Diagnosis / Treatment

Mental Health

The purpose of this course is to examine the concept of our society’s definition of mental health. We will study and discuss the medical model of mental health as presented in the DSM-IV, TR (APA, 2000). We will develop skills in recognizing the signs and symptoms of psychological disorders, learn about origins and environmental factors that influence the development of these disorders, and how research strives to inform clinical practice through evidence based treatment. We will also examine the DSM system and the ethical and cultural challenges it presents to professional counselors. Through readings and discussion of the historical development of the system and the traditional ways counselor learn to view human dilemma, we will strive to find a path that integrates the best of both traditions.
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