Help your students get the counseling resources they need. If you believe someone is in danger of harm to self of others, call for help immediately. Call 911 and/or Campus Security at 320.308.3333. If you’re concerned about a student, but don't feel that it’s an emergency or the person is a danger to self or others situation, please see the options below.
What can SCTCC counselors do?
Our counseling services offer academic, career, and personal support. We can help the student find direction, set goals, and work toward completing an occupational program or a transferrable degree. SCTCC Counselors are credentialed in the field of Counseling/Psychology. As college counselors, we provide:
Our academic counseling services include:
- Program/major planning and advising for course scheduling
- Planning for academic success
- Referral to academic support services
Our career counseling services include:
- Guidance with career exploration and career decision making
- Assessment to determine career interests
- Planning of career education
- Career Exploration course – CSSC 1300 – 1 credit
Our personal counseling services include:
- Confidential assistance in exploring options for working through personal issues
- Crisis counseling
- Referral to community/medical providers for long-term mental health-related conditions
When should you refer a student to counseling?
Stated need for help
A student may ask for help in dealing with a problem. Just having someone listen attentively can make the student feel better. If you feel the student needs more help than you can provide, you may wish to involve a counselor.
References to suicide
Any reference to suicide should be considered serious and reason to involve a counselor right away. Many resources exist to help the student, but if you feel the threat is immediate, call 911.
Changes in mood or behavior
A student may show changes from typical mood or normal behavior. These changes may indicate that he or she is experiencing some sort of distress. You may wish to involve a counselor if a student withdraws from usual classroom interaction, has spells of unexplained crying or outbursts of anger, or demonstrates unusual irritability. These behaviors may be symptoms of anxiety or depression, which are common concerns for college students.
Drug and alcohol abuse
Indications of excessive drinking, drug abuse, or drug dependence are reason for counselor intervention. In the case of intoxication, drug overdose, or severe drug reaction, call Campus Security (320.308.333) or 911.
Many students find the demands of college-level work to be greater than they anticipated. Signs of poor study strategies, excessive test anxiety, or repeated absences from class are all issues that might benefit from counseling services. The Center for Academic Success and Disability Services are also services that can assist students with these issues.
A clear career plan can contribute greatly to students' motivation and success in college. Counseling services can be effective in helping students through a career decision-making process and developing career plans and goals. Students who indicate they are undecided or confused by career options may find counseling to be a useful resource.
How do you refer a student?
For a crisis or situation of severe distress, choose one of the following options:
- Call 911 or Campus Security 320.308.3333.
- Call Counseling Services at 320.308.5090 to arrange for a counselor to come to you if possible.
- Escort the student to Counseling Services Rm. 1-401. Counselors are typically scheduled M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. Limited hours may also available during summer session and break times.
For academic, career or personnel concerns, choose one of the following options:
- Talk directly to the student and encourage the student to contact Counseling Services to schedule an appointment. Talk to the student in a straightforward manner and show your concern. Be specific regarding the behaviors that have raised your concerns and suggest that visiting with a counselor may be helpful.
- Complete a "Request for Counselor Follow-up" form and send it to the Administrative Assistant to the VP of Student Affairs, Iris Gruber. A counselor will attempt to contact the student by phone or electronically to address the concern or schedule an appointment.
- Call or email a counselor for consultation regarding your concern.
What about confidentiality?
Information shared by students with counselors is confidential in nature. This information cannot be released except upon the student's written permission, in circumstances that would result in clear danger to the student or others, or required by law.
If a faculty or staff member is interested in a student's contact with a counselor, simply ask the student directly. Talking with the student regarding the outcome of your referral to counseling shows your concern for the individual's welfare.