Counseling and Advising Center
The Counseling and Advising Center, located in Lewis Hall, offers support to all students. The staff works individually with students to provide the support and guidance necessary to help students make appropriate decisions regarding educational choices, fulfillment of general education requirements, understanding academic policies and procedures, and resources for student success.
As members of the staff of Counseling and Advising Services, we support the mission and values of the college, as well as promoting the holistic wellness, self-exploration and personal growth of our students. We assist students in defining and accomplishing their personal and academic goals, daring them to lead a life of significance.
The Counseling Center makes a significant contribution to the Skagit Valley College community. We provide a proactive, responsive and effective service for students, faculty and staff. Our staff is committed to providing ethical, competent and current services consistent with national best practices in college counseling. We continually meet the needs of our diverse student population by updating our skills though professional development opportunities.
The Counseling Center realizes its mission and vision by:
- Delivering individual educational, career and limited personal counseling services;
- Providing a safe, welcoming, inclusive and caring environment where concerns of any nature may be shared freely and confidentially;
- Employing evidence-based and culturally sensitive practices consistent with student concerns;
- Facilitating students’ self-exploration and awareness and fostering intrapersonal and interpersonal development and growth;
- Connecting students with additional resources and services to support educational and personal success.
Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
The Counseling Center staff values, celebrates and affirms the diversity and uniqueness of all. We understand that there are many different cultural and social groups within our society and the world. We believe that valuing and supporting diversity maximizes human growth and development, and enhances the quality of life in our community and throughout the world.
The staff works to follow the ethical and multicultural standards set forth by the American Counseling Association.
Confidentiality and Privacy
While it is necessary to keep records of services in order to comply with standards of care and fulfill legal and ethical requirements, you can be assured that no record of counseling is ever part of your academic or any other university file. No information about your counseling will be communicated to anyone without your written authorization except under the following circumstances:
- If you are under 18 years of age, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may have access to your records and may authorize their release to other parties.
- If you are determined to be in clear and immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else.
- If you disclose sexual misconduct by a therapist.
- If you disclose abuse or neglect of children, the elderly or disabled persons.
- To qualified personnel for certain kinds of program audits or evaluations.
- In criminal court proceedings.
- In legal or regulatory actions against a professional.
- In proceedings in which a claim is made about one's physical, emotional or mental condition.
- When disclosure is relevant in any suit affecting the parent-child relationship.
- Where otherwise legally required.
The professional staff at the Counseling Center confers with one another in order to provide the best possible care.