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

Professional Orientation / Foundations

Foundations in Mental Health Counseling

This course provides an overview of the field of mental health counseling. Students explore historic, philosophical, and sociocultural trends in mental health counseling. Topics include: professional roles, functions, specialties, employment trends, preparation standards, credentialing, and ethical standards. An experiential portion of this course will introduce students to basic counseling skills.
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