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

Ethics / Legal Issues

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling

The prerequisite for this course is admission to the CPSY program. This course will cover principles and issues of professionalism and ethics in counseling. The course will follow a seminar format with special emphasis on the student’s thorough preparation for, and active participation in, class discussions. A main goal of this course is to introduce students to ethical principles, professional guidelines, and issues pertaining to special groups. Students are expected to challenge themselves to consider how their own values and backgrounds will influence their own personal sets of ethics. It is hoped that this course will assist students in their future daily work as professional counselors and will facilitate decision-making and consultation skills when faced with ethical dilemmas.
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