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

Helping Relationships / Counseling Techniques

Introduction to the Helping Professions

This introductory class is a core experience for students enrolled in the Guidance Counseling and Student Affairs program. It exposes students to the generic components of counseling across settings and enables students to examine in depth their personal fitness for pursuing a career as a professional helper. It also provides a background for specialized study in each specialization area. Students participating fully in the course will: 1. develop basic skills essential for counseling 2. learn counseling skills which recognize and respect diversity related to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and culture 3. develop a wide repertoire of skills on which to base your interventions in professional practice 4. learn advanced skills by which to foster engagement, alliance, and the counseling relationship 5. know the basic legal, ethical, and professional concerns essential for counseling 6. develop increased capacities for open and accurate self-evaluation and peer evaluation of your counseling skills 7. be helped to recognize personal issues which contribute positively and negatively in your roles as a counselor 8. understand the variety of professional roles of counselors
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