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. This course will also prepare school counselors to think in an ethical and moral manner in all of their professional activities. The course also will examine the interplay between legal and ethical issues within mental health counseling and counseling psychology. Students will learn the major ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). In addition, students will have a wide array of opportunities to apply these principles to various situations.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016