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 ACAlibrary@counseling.org
Practicum - Mental Health Counseling
This course provides opportunities to integrate your learning so far from your counseling program and for many of you provides an initial counseling experience. The primary goals are for you to learn to listen therapeutically, provide the core conditions of counseling as well as additional client care, develop self-awareness related to these roles, and integrate this self-awareness and basic skills into the person you are becoming as counselor.
Your willingness to gain the self-awareness, self-development and skills necessary to be an effective counselor is an important part of this course. Therefore, the course emphasizes counselor self-awareness and self-development, while focusing on your ability to interact effectively in therapeutic relationships.
You will learn from and grow through each others’ experiences, as well as your individual experiences. As you share your experiences, thoughts and reactions with your peers as well as your instructor, you will also benefit from the group’s combined experience. Your openness to learning, sharing your experiences, sharing your thoughts and feelings, and joining your peers in giving and receiving feedback will be required for your learning and that of your peers.
Of course, a significant part of your learning through this course comes from your client service. Your care and service to your clients should be your first priority. Dedicate yourself to being the very best counselor you can be for your clients at this time. Be self-reflective and open to learning and sharing, and your skill development will follow.