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

Introduction to Mental Disorders

This course will provide an overview of psychopathology and the socio-cultural factors that influence our conceptions of mental health and mental illness. The causes, symptoms, and treatments of a variety of mental disorders will be presented focusing on the impact mental illness has on individuals, family and culture. Understanding the specific criteria for diagnosing psychiatric disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) will be emphasized.
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