This course serves as the basic introduction of students to the theoretical and historical framework within which a professional counselor functions. The student will develop an understanding of the roles and professional identity of professional counselors, as well as develop an understanding of relevant professional organizations, primarily the American Counseling Association. The student will be introduced to various counseling professions and to the interfacing of all mental health professions. The student will develop an understanding of professional credentialing and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues. Methods of instruction include lecture, guest speakers, small group work, video, and class discussion. Students are expected to participate in class activities.