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

Issues in Mental Health Counseling

This course introduces students to the primary settings in which counselors provide services and critically evaluates numerous areas within the mental health field, including the legal, ethical, social, professional, organizational, research, and contextual realities that shape and direct the profession. Changing paradigms within the practice of mental health counseling will be explored. Mental health issues within the context of societal and economic expectations and limitations will be examined. This course is designed to enhance student understanding of the conceptual complexity of mental health and “mental illness,” and encourage critical evaluation of the field.
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