Professional counselors can help students identify, understand, and develop skills to resolve their personal concerns. Counseling is an educational process that enables a student to learn more about himself or herself. Students often seek counseling to: increase self-confidence, assertiveness, and self-esteem; control test anxiety or cope more effectively with stress; deal with problems involving alcohol or drug use; develop more satisfying relationships and better communication skills; deal with issues of grief, trauma, or loss; overcome procrastination or other self-defeating habits and behaviors.
SCC recognizes the relationship between personal development, emotional wellness, and success in academic pursuits. SCC's Counseling Services is designed to support and assist students who have personal issues that impede their academic success by offering crisis intervention, brief solution-oriented counseling, and referrals to other agencies, services, or other professionals.
Career decisions can be difficult for many students. In fact, around 70% of students start college unsure about their major or area of study. College provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore a number of different fields and majors. For many students, this experience greatly expands their awareness of potential careers. While this can be overwhelming, it is often better than having a narrow view of possible career options. Counseling can help students to manage and understand this information.
Counseling Services provides individual career counseling to help students make career decisions. This may involve confirming a chosen career path, exploring interests/abilities and potential career options, discussing potential career changes, and/or helping to manage the stress that often comes with career decisions. Career counseling for students can involve: individual appointments with a counselor, assessment of interests and abilities through career tests, and Career Exploration classes for credit (CPD 102AB). Counseling Services also works closely with Career Exploration here at SCC.
Most college students are interested in looking at the "big picture" in relation to their educational/career direction. Counselors can work with students to explore options, examine specific degree requirements, and develop individual educational plans.
However, initial steps for most students are to: 1) Take ASSET placements tests; 2) Attend College Kickoff or New Student Orientation; and 3) then seek advisement from the Advisement Center. Advisors will help with program selection, provide a catalog and schedule of classes, and interpret placement test scores. At that point, you should be able to register for classes. If you are still confused or unclear about your next steps, see a counselor.
Difference between Counseling and Advisement
Counselors are service faculty members trained in counseling to work with students individually and in groups. Counselors assist students through personal, career, and educational counseling as discussed above. Advisors are faculty members or staff persons who have been trained to assist students with academic information regarding placement testing, interpration of placement scores, degree and/or graduation requirements, and course transfer information. Please see Counselor FAQs for additional clarification about the difference between counseling and advising.