Education | Professional Orientation and Ethics
G502 | 6195 | Dr. Edward Delgado-Romero
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.
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 the following: professional development
presentation/activity (15%), ethics group presentation (15%), two
tests (20% each), a professional portfolio (25%) and professional
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.
Oncourse is a web based centralized location for course information.
You can log onto Oncourse at: http://oncourse.iu.edu
You will need your IU user name and password. Through Oncourse you
can download resources, check your grade and take tests and surveys.
Student membership in American Counseling Association (ACA)
Student membership in Indiana Counseling Association (ICA)
Student membership in American Psychological Association (APA)
Student membership in Indiana Mental Health Counseling Association
Student membership in Indiana School Counseling Association (ISCA)
Group Project One: Professional development is a lifelong process.
Outside of mandatory training (e.g., courses, CEUs) counselors must
be intentional about accessing resources that will help them develop
professional knowledge and also stay current in their field.
Therefore, class groups are responsible for creating and implementing
a 90-minute professional development presentation for the class in
one of the following categories: 1. School counseling, 2. Agency
counseling, 3. Private practice or, 4. Multicultural concerns. This
presentation can include guest panels, information, activities and/or
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. (For school counselors – please
note that the new regulations require that you keep a professional
portfolio that documents how you meet all the state standards). All
information in the portfolio must be typed. Each entry should be at
least one page typed and should be done on the day they are assigned
and brought to class for discussion with your small group.
Tests: there will be two tests in the class. The tests will be a
combination of multiple choice and short answers.
Professional Behavior: Professional behavior consists of behavior
that is consistent with counselor ethics codes and professional
organizations, is respectful of differences (e.g., culture, gender,
race, ability) and consistently aspires to the highest standards.
Being on time, being prepared and participating in class are the
minimum requirements. Absences will sabotage individual and group
progress and students are expected to notify the instructor by phone
or email if conflicts arise.
General orientation – What is counseling?
What do all those letters (Ed.S., ACA, ISCA) mean?
The IU masters program (overview)
What is a profession?
Tips for succeeding in graduate school.
Assignment: fill out online survey on Oncourse
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 1- Historical Perspectives & 2 –
What do counselors Do?
History of Counseling
What do counselors do?
Portfolio: Create and include your resume – what are your strengths
and areas for growth?
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 3 – Where Counselors Work & Appendix
F – ACA Code of Ethics
Where counselors work. Licensure and credentialing.
Portfolio: Based on your analysis from last week, create a
professional development plan for yourself, be very specific. What
are the experiences you need to meet your goals?
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 4 – Individual Counseling & Appendix
G APA Code of ethics.
Change model presentation
Portfolio: How do people change in therapy? How can counselors help
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 5 – Group Counseling
Portfolio: What therapy or psycho-educational groups might you
imagine running? What challenges do groups present for you?
Group Project 1A: School (K-12) Counseling
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 7 – Assessment
Research and Counseling
Portfolio: What kind of counseling related research interests you?
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 8 – Career Counseling & Appendix O –
Career Counseling Competencies
Portfolio: What is your experience with career counseling? How might
you use career counseling in your ideal job setting?
Group Project 1B: Agency Counseling
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 1C: Private Practice
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?
Group Project 1D: Diversity
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?
Test # 2
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 to face?
Ethics group presentation 1 & 2
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 13– Ethical and Legal Guidelines &
Appendixes F, G, H I, and J
Portfolio: What are the most important changes that you have made
during this course? In other words how have you professionally
Ethics group presentations 3 & 4
Thanksgiving break – no class
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 11 – Counseling Program Development
Read: Gibson & Mitchell, Chapter 12 – Counseling and Technology
Last day of class, course evaluations
12/8/03 – 12/12/03
Individual meetings with instructor available.
Incompletes will not be given in this course.
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