Spring Quarter 2020 Update:
South Seattle College's Counseling Department is committed to providing high-quality, confidential and secure counseling services to our students. As a result, counselors must ensure appropriate legal, regulatory and technological safeguards are in place prior to providing counseling services remotely. Counselors are evaluating numerous approaches to serving students. As soon as appropriate safeguards are in place, students will be able to schedule appointments.
Currently enrolled students who would like to receive counseling services may do so by e-mail. This service is not available to new and prospective students at this time. (Counselors continue to evaluate appropriate safeguards for these students.)
Based on feedback from students, staff, administrators, and faculty, students on academic probation or suspension are receiving priority counseling. When sending an e-mail to a counselor, please 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 January 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.
- List each course you would like to take during Spring Quarter with the four-digit item number.
Counselors will respond as quickly as possible, but please note counselors are experiencing a higher than usual amount of e-mails.
- Stephen Coates-White - Email: Stephen.Coates-White@seattlecolleges.edu
- Don Howard - Email: Donald.Howard@seattlecolleges.edu
- Yvonne Willis-Oguntuwase - Email: Yvonne.Willis@seattlecolleges.edu
In addition, South’s counselors encourage students to use the following resources for information 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
- Dial 2-1-1 for local resources and support
- Dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in crisis
- 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.