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

Counseling Skills and Practice

This course provides a student with the counseling skills necessary to establish a counseling relationship with the client characterized by warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness, and empathy. It includes both didactic presentation and role-play practice of these eight core communication skills: attending, confrontation, interpreting, paraphrasing, probing, reflection, self-disclosure, and summarizing. Students will be allowed time to practice the skills in a laboratory setting in order to facilitate performing the skills of the counseling profession. They will have ample opportunity to practice the skills they have learned in a simulated clinical setting.
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