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

Professional Orientation to Community & Mental Health Counseling

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving fields of community & mental health counseling. The course covers basic philosophy, principles, and current trends in the provision of community & mental health counseling services. Students gain understanding of topics such as: psychoeducational and developmental counseling, health-promotive and prevention services, direct and indirect counseling services, crisis counseling, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, and ethical and legal issues. This course introduces the student to information and background essential for working in a community agency as a mental health counselor. It examines current trends and developments in the field of counseling with respect to ethical/legal issues and managed care. It also explores the history and development of community mental health systems and focuses on individual areas of interest to the student. The class is interactive and applicable to the needs of the developing mental health and community counselor. Panel discussions, lectures, out-of-class assignments, and guest speakers will be utilized in the learning process.
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