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Counseling and Self-Development Center

Counseling CenterThe Counseling and Self-Development Center addresses the psychological and developmental needs of South Carolina State University students. The mission of the center is to provide mental health services that assist students with defining and accomplishing their personal goals while coping with stressors which may arise during the course of their matriculation. Student counseling needs are met through a wide range of programs and services, including: individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, referral services, graduate internship and practicum training for students in the social sciences, substance education, campus and classroom outreach, mental health awareness programs and other programs and services as needed. The Counseling and Self-Development Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.


Student Strategies for Coping with Stress During COVID-19


Ongoing support is available to enrolled South Carolina State University students during the Coronavirus pandemic. During this time of transition, stress and other overwhelming emotions can occur for many. Everyone responds differently to stressful situations. It is important that students are armed with psychologically protective equipment to help them cope during stressful times. The Counseling and Self-Development Center devised the following tips and tools to assist students during COVID-19:


GENERAL COPING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS


• Practice self-care (meditation, deep breaths, stretching and getting plenty of sleep).
• Take time to unwind (walking, exercising and safely engaging in activities you enjoy).
• Connect with others via technology (phoning loved ones or using social media outlets).
• Limit your exposure to news coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
• Maintain routines (studying, preparing meals, relaxing, having fun and communicating).
• Support your well-being by creating a personal menu of coping strategies.
• Avoid unhealthy substance use (alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use).


ACCESSING HELP IN TIMES OF SIGNIFICANT DISTRESS


• Connect virtually with a provider. Students who wish to schedule a virtual counseling session should email the Counseling Center Director at CTaylo37@scsu.edu.
• Contact University Police at (803) 536-7188 for campus emergencies.
• Connect with the SCDMH Community Crisis Response Team at (833) 364-2274.
• Dial 911 for emergencies.
• Contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
• Connect with the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 for assistance.


Counseling and Self Development Center
Post Office Box 7508
300 College Street
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
Phone Number: (803) 536-7245
Fax Number: (803) 536-8702


Counseling services are provided at no charge to all undergraduate and graduate students.


Appointments can be made in person at the Center or by phoning (803) 536-7245. Counseling and Self Development Center Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the event of an after hours or weekend emergency, please contact the University Police Department at (803) 536-7188. 


Services are provided on the basis of student self-referrals or as a result of collaborations with or referrals by faculty, staff, or other professionals.


Confidentiality Statement


Counseling is a confidential process. All records, including test data, are confidential and separate from other college records. Information about students will not be revealed to any person or agency, within or outside of the University, without the student’s knowledge and written consent. In all cases, the Counseling and Self-Development Center adheres to strict professional standards of ethics and confidentiality.