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

Group Work

Group Counseling

The purpose of this course is to explore the functions of group counseling in meeting client and student needs. Attention to both the practice of effective group leadership skills and effective group participation skills will be addressed. This course is designed to provide you with an immersion in groups in many forms. We will be consciously exploring the process and function of many types of intentional groups during the semester including large group, in-class task groups/learning groups, an experiential group, and more. Students are encouraged to extend this training and sensitivity to group process, function and content into the university community and personal life as well for a truly profound immersion experience. Emphasis will also be placed on facilitating your self-awareness as an evolving professional, developing skills to address the complex demands of group counseling in multicultural environments. Readings, discussions, assignments, small group meetings and other experiential opportunities will be an aid in your self-exploration. To reach this ultimate goal, you will be expected to take an active part in this course. Due to the emphasis on experience, lateness and absences cannot be made up.
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