Education | Introduction to the Field of Counseling: Professional Issues and Ethics
G502 | 5939 | Dr. Edward Delgado-Romero
Welcome to the field of counseling. This course will introduce you to
the psychological and educational foundations for counseling and
guidance as well as provide an overview of counseling theories,
practices, and organization.
Course Objectives* - The goals of this class are for you to learn
about and understand:
" Professional roles and functions of counseling professionals
including similarities and difference with other types of helping
" Professional organizations including membership benefits,
activities, service to members and current emphasis.
" History of the helping professions including significant factors and
" Ethical and legal standards, their evolution, methods of change,
applications to diverse populations and various professional
activities and professions including school, college, marriage and
family and mental health counseling.
" Professional preparation standards: their evolution and current
applications in various settings, i.e., schools, universities,
agencies and private practice.
" Professional credentialing including certification and licensure
practices and standards.
" Life-long professional development and self-reflection.
" Crisis intervention counseling and ethics.
* the above objectives are designed to meet CACREP Standards, Section
II; J8: a - h.
You will be graded on five areas: two group projects, a professional
portfolio, a midterm and a final. Each area is worth 20% of your
grade. Grades will be assigned on a continuum according to IUB
graduate school policy.
You are expected to be on time and prepared for each and every class -
absences must be excused. You are expected to be an active participant
in this class, engaging in lectures, asking questions and providing
feedback to your classmates.
Gibson & Mitchell (2002). Introduction to Counseling and Guidance:
Sixth Edition. Prentice Hall Publishers.
Student membership in ACA - http://asgw.educ.kent.edu/
Group Project One: Resources in mental health - One essential skills
that a counselor must possess is the ability to use a referral
network. That is, the counselor must be able to point clients in the
direction of available resources in the community. In this class we
will focus on mental health resources that are relevant to masters
level counselors. We will focus on four groups: School Counselors (K -
12), College Counselors, Community Agency Counselors, and Counselors
in Private Practice or other settings. As a group you will identify
the resources in Bloomington, provide information on the job functions
of each specialty and invite a panel of counselors (masters or Ed.S.
level) to share their experiences with the class (Counselors do not
have to be IU graduates).
Group Project Two: Ethical decision making - During this group
exercise your group will take one of four roles: creating and
presenting an ethical dilemma, the prosecution, the defense, and the
jury. The first group will present an ethical dilemma - a case where a
potential ethical problem exists (based on research on common ethical
concerns). The second group will present an argument for the
prosecution (citing relevant ethical codes such as ACA, APA, AMHCA,
AMFT & NBCC). The third group will present an argument for the defense
(citing relevant ethical codes). The fourth group will decide a
judgment with appropriate sanctions (based on relevant ethics codes
and Indiana law).
Portfolio: You will keep a portfolio for this class. I recommend you
buy a three ring binder and begin to have a central place where you
can keep professional information. All information in the portfolio
must be typed. Each entry should be at least one page typed.
Midterm - The midterm exam will be objective (multiple choice) and
cover information from the text and lectures.
Final Exam - The final exam will be cumulative. Note: If you achieve a
grade of A on both group projects, your portfolio and your midterm,
you are exempt from the final.
Date / Course Schedule
History of Counseling (lecture)
9/10/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 1- Historical Perspectives &
2 - What do Counselors Do?
Portfolio: Create and include your resume - what are your strengths
and areas for growth?
9/17/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 3 - Where Counselors Work &
Appendix F - ACA Code of Ethics
Portfolio: Why do you want to be a counselor? What are your career
Guest Lecture: Dr. Marianne Mitchell
9/24/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 4 - Individual Counseling &
Appendix G APA Code of ethics
Portfolio: How do people change? How can counselors help people
10/1/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 5 - Group Counseling
Portfolio: Which counseling theory suits you best? Explain why.
Group Project 1A: School Counselors (K - 12)
10/8/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 7 - Assessment
Portfolio: What groups might you imagine running? What challenges do
groups present for you?
Group Project 1B: College Counselors
10/15/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 8 - Career Counseling &
Appendix O - Career Counseling Competencies
Portfolio: What has been your experience with assessment? How does
assessment fit into your theory of counseling?
Group Project 1C: Community Agency Counselors
10/22/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 9 - Counselor as Consultant
Portfolio: What is your experience with Career Counseling? What have
you found valuable and not so valuable?
Group Project 1D: Counselors in Private Practice or other settings
10/29/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 6 - Multicultural Counseling
Portfolio: What experience do you have with Multicultural populations?
What types of experiences do you need to get?
11/5/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 10 - Prevention and Wellness
Portfolio: How do you take care of yourself? What role does wellness
play in being a counselor?
11/12/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 13 - Ethical and Legal
Guidelines & Appendixes F, G, H I, and J
Portfolio: What ethical situations are you most concerned about having
Ethics group presentation 1 & 2
11/19/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 13- Ethical and Legal
Guidelines & Appendixes F, G, H I, and J
Portfolio: How has your theory of how people change different because
of your experiences in this program/class?
Ethics group presentations 3 & 4
11/26/02 Thanksgiving break - no class
12/3/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 11 - Counseling Program
Development and Management
12/10/02 Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 12 - Counseling and
1. Incompletes will not be given in this course.
2. Late assignments will not be accepted.
Counseling Today Online: www.counseling.org/ctonline/default.htm
APA Ethical Guidelines Revised (2002):
State of Indiana Mental Health Licensure:
50 State Licensure Chart:
IU CEP home site: http://www.indiana.edu/~cepwp/cepsplzns.html