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Counseling FAQs

What is the difference between advising and counseling at SCC?

Advisors are faculty members or staff persons who have been trained to assist students with academic information. Counselors are service faculty members trained in counseling to work with students individually and in groups. Counselors assist students with educational-occupational and personal-social decision making skills. Counselors also work with faculty and staff as consultants and trainers.

Advisors help with:

  1. General information about admission, placement testing, courses of study, and registration procedures.
  2. Information on graduation requirements at SCC and other colleges or universities.
  3. Course transfer information.
  4. Interpretation of placement scores and suggestions for appropriate classes.
  5. For more information, see the Academic Career and Advisement Center.

Counselors help with:

  1. Making decisions about educational and career goals.
  2. Balancing the roles of student, parent, spouse, and/or employee.
  3. Managing stress and test anxieties.
  4. Resolving personal problems that may interfere with studies or work.
  5. Coping in a crisis situation

Counseling services are available to students currently enrolled at SCC, as well as former and prospective SCC students. Counselors are also available for consultation with faculty and staff.

Counseling is provided free of charge for current/registered Scottsdale Community College students and prospective SCC students.

What you talk about with your counselor, your records, and anything connected to the counseling are kept confidential. If you want any of this information shared with anyone outside of Counseling Services, you may sign a release of information form that allows us to share this information.

There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to take action (which may include breaking confidentiality) if an individual poses a clear and imminent threat to themselves or someone else or in the case of suspected child or elder abuse. In addition, all sexual offenses, including sexual harassment, will be reported to Public Safety and the Title !X Coordinator pursuant to the federal Title IX law and MCCCD Administrative Regulation 5.1.8.