This course is designed to address the development in students of a professional identity as a counselor. Students reflect on the knowledge, dispositions and skills needed to provide effective counseling interventions to diverse client populations. They are introduced to the counseling profession–its purpose, history, ethical codes, professional organizations and certification and licensing practices. Students learn about the diversity of client interventions offered by professional counselors through class presentations and interaction with practicing counselors. Students map out a plan for their professional development throughout their counseling program. This course also provides extensive practice in applying the codes of the ethical practice to different areas of counseling and explores the legal issues potentially encountered in the various areas of counseling practice. Students are exposed to concepts, experiences and cases that are designed to enhance their ability to recognize and respond to various ethical dilemmas. Students are taught how to use an ethical decision-making format. The ACA and APA ethical codes are the principal reference guides used in this class.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016