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

Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling

This class is a graduate level introductory course designed to provide an overview of the ethical and legal practices in the field of counseling, with a specific focus upon the professional issues of practice. An overview of the Florida statutes that govern the practice of counseling will also be provided. Finally, importance will be placed on the need for balance between one’s professional and private life as this is crucial in maintaining a healthy helping style. This knowledge will allow the individual to help others more effectively as well as have a personally fulfilling career in counseling. The goal of this course is to get students thinking about major issues related to the professional practice of counseling while challenging them to formulate positions on such issues. The course combines the use of lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, readings, journaling, guest speakers, and videos to advance students’ knowledge and skills.
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