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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
South Seattle College counselors provide a welcoming and confidential environment for students to explore personal issues that impact their ability to achieve their academic and other life goals. Counselors work with each student using cultural sensitivity, and advocate for students to take empowered steps towards positive self-growth and academic success. Although the counseling department does not provide mental health counseling, including diagnosis and assessment, we are able to meet with students in order to determine appropriate community referral.
Students in need of immediate support or intervention should dial 911 or contact the King County Crisis Line at 206.461.3222 or toll free, 866.427.4747.
Examples of topics in personal counseling might include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Community resource referral
- Cultural conflicts
- Difficulty sleeping
- Emotion management
- Feelings of sadness or “feeling down”
- Grief and loss
- Inability to focus or concentrate/confusion
- Lack of balance in life
- Lack of direction
- Life transitions
- Relationship or family issues
- Resolving a conflict with another student or faculty member
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal ideation