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

Mental Health Counseling

Adaptive and Maladaptive Behaviors Across the Lifespan

This course assists students in understanding both adaptive and maladaptive behavior across the life span, with particular attention given to child, adolescent and young adult behavior. It provides students with foundations to assess, differentiate and diagnose various mental disorders based on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). It will also focus on etiology, symptomatology, treatment, and prognosis of various disorders, as well as the associated biological, personal, and social characteristics. It also examines aspects of resiliency, buffers against stress and mental illness, and adaptive functioning based on race, culture and gender differences.
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