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

Study of Mental Disorders for Counselors

The purposes of this course are (a) to familiarize the students with the study of mental disorders; (b) learn the most widely used system of classification of mental disorders, the DSM-IV-TR; (c) understand and recognize the behavioral symptoms that are indicative of mental disorders; (d) discuss some of the limitations and difficulties of defining mental disorders; (e) describe the historical development of the concept of abnormal behavior; (f) discuss the research methods in the area of mental disorders; (g) review the potential biases in diagnosing members of ethnic minorities; (h) describe modern treatments of mental disorders; (i) recognize the type of drugs used in pharmacological treatments and their effects; and (j) discuss evidence-based psychological, biological, and sociocultural treatments for mental disorders.
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