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The Counseling Corner – Fall 2021

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“As counselors, we have learned how much our students need stress relief, healthy connections to others and themselves, as well as time for healing and joy.”

We created this column with the hope of reaching more students and encouraging students to engage with us. Please don’t suffer in silence — counselors are here for support.

What we do and how to best access our services: 

Counseling Services at Seattle Central College 

Seattle Central Faculty Counselors are excited to provide both in-person and online counseling sessions to students currently enrolled at Seattle Central College. 

Our Mission is to promote the intellectual and social-emotional development of students through counseling and teaching rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion.  
Our Vision 
We at the Counseling Center honor the intersecting identities and characteristics that make us unique individuals. We recognize and acknowledge the impact of oppression, power, and privilege on students’ social-emotional development. We strive to create a trusting environment and a space where students feel safe. Our commitment to our campus community is to embrace and celebrate diversity in all its richness. 

Courses Taught by Counseling Faculty 
In addition to our individual work with students, faculty counselors teach Human Development Courses (HDC). These college success courses support students by building on students’ strengths and developing their academic and life skills.  
Please check your quarterly schedule for HDC offerings! 

Student Club sponsored by Counseling Faculty 
NAMI student club “A safe place to check-in with friends”  — see below for info. 

Who can meet with a counselor? 
All students enrolled at Seattle Central College are eligible to see counselors. We may also have limited meetings with students attempting to re-enroll at the college.

What can I expect in a meeting with a counselor? 
You may be nervous about meeting with a counselor, but don’t worry, we run into this all the time. It’s OK to be nervous. We’re here to answer your questions and help you feel at ease. If you don’t click with a counselor, that’s OK, too! There are five of us to choose from.  

It may be helpful to know what to expect:  

  • During your session, emotions may come up. It’s OK. Our counselors will hold space for your words or tears. But you might be surprised at how frequently there is also laughter and smiles in our work!
  • Our counselors are present with humility and curiosity. We will listen to you, allow you to lead, and provide points for reflection and further consideration.  
  • At the first appointment of each academic year students complete a brief intake and informed consent paperwork.  

How much does it cost? 
Counseling at Seattle Central is FREE of charge to all students. 

Do I need an appointment? 
Due to demand, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment. We generally have drop-in appointments for the first few days of the quarter.  

What if I need to see someone right away? 
There is a counselor on crisis duty in the case of unexpected same-day needs.  
Call 206.934.5407 or email Counseling.Central@seattlecolleges.edu 

Is the meeting confidential? 
Yes! Ethical and legal guidelines ensure that counselors maintain a confidential space and will not share information regarding counseling appointments with anyone outside of the Seattle Central Counseling Center. There are some rare instances when counselors are required to break confidentiality, to learn more look here (under the “Is this meeting confidential” heading). 

I am on academic probation. Why do I have to meet with a counselor? 
Although counselors would prefer to support students so they are not placed on an academic probation or alert to begin with, you may be asked to meet with a counselor after being placed on academic probation or alert. For more information, you can view the SCC student progress policy here

These meetings are an opportunity for the student and counselor to discuss the student’s college experience and to identify strengths, problem solve, expand networks of support, and find resources to increase student success. These meetings are not meant as a punishment for students. 

Contact Us 
Please make your voice heard and reach out to counseling. 
To contact us or schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call 206.934.5407 or email Counseling.Central@seattlecolleges.edu with your name and student ID. Our phone/email are regularly monitored during our scheduled business hours Monday–Friday. 

Counseling Events and Announcements 

(1) Free Zoom Mindful Meditation for all students and employees 
Mondays from 12:10-12:30 p.m  
Meeting Room URL: https://tinyurl.com/yyx4eh9n       
Password: Bliss! or 715567 
Meeting ID: 994 361 6626 
Please contact Ruby Hansra (Ruby.Hansra@seattlecolleges.edu) for additional info. 
This information is also provided on the Counseling Center Events page. 

Seattle Central Counseling Faculty

These meditation sessions are offered district-wide and will continue next quarter too!  

(2) NAMI student club “A safe place to check-in with friends” is seeking members and leaders this quarter! 
NAMI Club is a student club, in partnership with The National Alliance for Mental Health, that promotes mental wellness and destigmatizing mental illness to promote mental health support. We do this by bringing speakers to campus, promoting mental health information and resources on campus, and potentially becoming trained in peer support and/or anti-stigma promotion.

Please reach out to NAMI club sponsor & faculty counselor Bryce Walb for more information at bryson.walb@seattlecolleges.edu  

(3) Please check your quarterly schedule for Human Development Course (HDC) offerings! These courses support student success by building on students’ strengths and developing their academic and life skills. 

(4) Faculty Counselors offer workshops on the topics of self-care, organization, time management, stress management/wellness, test preparation, and staying on course to success.
You can view recordings of these workshops here

 

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