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

Rehabilitation Counseling

Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling

This rehabilitation foundations course acquaints the student with the legislative, historical, and philosophical roots of rehabilitation counseling in America. Topics covered include federal and local mandates for rehabilitation of individuals with disability, progress of the profession in rehabilitation towards these mandates, the basic principles of counseling and the varied services as well as organizational structures to assist individuals with disability. A cross-disability and multicultural focus will be presented throughout the course; therefore, a broad base of disability categories will be presented and discussed including physical, emotional, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. The course will introduce the student to the professional expectations, values, and ethical standards of the profession of rehabilitation counseling. Legislation, attitudes and expectations are shifting from an emphasis on cure, care and treatment to a concentration on participation, capabilities, adapting environments and building community for people with disabilities. The history and current issues of the disability rights movement will be presented. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own thoughts, feelings and perceptions about issues related to the disability community. In order for rehabilitation counselors and other health professionals to effectively and respectfully interact and assist individuals with disabilities they need an awareness of everyday experiences that impact the quality of life for people with disabilities, along with an understanding of appropriate referrals to agencies/organizations.
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