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 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.
- 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
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