Remote Operations Update:
South Seattle College's Counseling Department is committed to providing high-quality and confidential counseling services for students. Counselors are faculty members who help students and prospective students establish and achieve educational, career and personal goals based on a comprehensive assessment of their personalities, interests, skills, values and other resources. South Seattle College has three full-time counselors who hold master’s degrees in counseling. When appropriate, counselors provide in-person or distance counseling services.
Counselors will not be available between June 19, and September 29, which is the first day of Fall Quarter 2020. You may request counseling services, including appointments, via e-mail. Counselors will begin responding to emails on September 29, but because of the anticipated high volume of requests, you can expect a response during October. Counselors will respond to emails in the order received. Please send requests for counseling services to firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide the following information:
- Student's Full Name
- Student Identification (SID) Number
- Counseling Service(s) Requested (i.e., Probation or Suspension Counseling; Career Counseling; Educational Counseling; or Personal Counseling) - Please click on the link for additional information about counseling services. southseattle.edu/counseling
- If you are on academic probation or suspension, please include a statement indicating a copy of your Educational Plan that was approved by one of South's advisors is on file in Advisor Dashboard. The Educational Plan must be dated June 2020 or more recently. If you do not have an up-to-date Educational Plan, please request assistance at email@example.com.
- If you have received academic probation or suspension counseling services from one of South's counselors, please state the name of your counselor. This counselor will continue working with you.
In addition, South’s counselors encourage students to use the following resources for information and support:
- Dial 9-1-1 if you experience an emergency or crisis
- Dial 1-866-427-4747 for Crisis Connections 24-hour crisis line
- Dial 2-1-1 for local resources and support
- Seattle-King County Health Department
- Contact healthcare professionals through your health insurance plan.
- American Counseling Association (ACA) COVID-19 Resources
- American Psychological Association (APA) Social Distancing Considerations
- Addressing Loneliness As a Result of Social Distancing – AHIP.org
- Racism & Mental Health Resources - While this resource caters toward employees, students might also find the information useful.
- National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education-NCORE (free on demand webinars)
- Want to do more to fight racism? TED speakers suggest ways to educate, activate and donate
- work with undecided and prospective students on major and/or professional-technical program selection.
- help students understand learning theory for application to their own lives.
- help students learn strategies for academic success, e.g., study skills, test-taking, time management, learning styles, and stress management.
- work with students on academic probation and suspension in creating academic success plans and developing new skills and habits for success.
- help students understand SSC academic and professional-technical degree requirements.
- help students understand admission, degree, and graduation requirements at receiving institutions.
- assist advising staff with registration of students on an as-needed basis.
Counselors provide educational counseling to support student success and development. Because of the counselors’ educational backgrounds and work experience, they use professional-level counseling knowledge and skills to help each student and prospective student establish educational goals based on assessments of his or her personality, interests, skills, values, life experiences, motivation, confidence, learning style and resources. Counselors are uniquely qualified to help students and prospective students who have not selected a major or program of study with the decision-making process and the selection of educational goals.
In addition to helping students establish educational goals, counselors also help students develop educational plans to accomplish their educational goals. Counselors provide academic advisement. In addition to helping students understand South Seattle College’s academic and professional/technical certificate as well as degree requirements, counselors also assist students in understanding admission, degree and graduation requirements at receiving institutions (especially four-year colleges and universities). Each quarter, counselors help students select courses as well as develop short-term and long-term educational plans.
Educational counseling also includes helping students learn specific strategies for academic success. Counselors help students improve study skills, test-taking skills and time-management skills. In addition, counselors help students resolve problems related to classes, understand college policies and procedures as well as adjust to college life.