How can I make a counselling appointment?
There are a couple of ways to book a counsellors appointment:
Phone Student Services at 250.365.1273.
Email Student Services.
Drop-in on campus and make an appointment with the Student Services Assistant.
How long is a counselling appointment?
A counselling appointment is typically scheduled to be one-hour long. There may be times where an appointment needs to be longer, in that case counselling services will notify you.
I have a quick question, can I talk to a counsellor now?
For quick questions, drop-in times are normally scheduled a couple of times per week, after lunch hour. Students may drop in for quick questions that will take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
What can I talk to a counsellor about?
Selkirk College counsellors are open to discuss career and educational planning as well as personal issues.
What hours are the counsellors available?
Counsellors are normally available from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm daily, at their home campus.
I'm not a current student, but thinking about going back to school. Can I see a counsellor?
Yes, counsellors will be able to help you decide which direction to go should you decide to go back to school.
I know a student who may need some counselling about a personal issue. How can I refer them?
Counselling appointments are booked through the Student Services Assistant. Generally, appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes in length. Drop-in times may be available; check with the student services assistant or the counsellor.
The most important factor is that a referral be handled in ways appropriate to the needs of both the student and the referral source. With the student's permission, you may want to consult with the counsellor to discuss the specifics of the situation, or you may wish to send a note to the counsellor about the referral.
If you are confident that the student will accept a direct referral, tell him/her how to make an appointment and what to expect.
If the student seems hesitant, you can offer to make the appointment and accompany him/her to do introductions and set the stage for the counselling session.
The student may refuse to be referred. In some cases, a student may be motivated to talk, but not ready to take a look at her/his concerns in depth. You can let the student know that you will be happy to assist with a referral at a later date.
If a student is in emotional distress or a crisis, every attempt will be made to see that student as soon as possible. It is very important that the students or the referral source inform the receptionist that this is a crisis situation. In such situations, regularly scheduled sessions can be rescheduled in order to help the student.
With the permission of the student, the counsellor may be free to discuss the results of counselling with the referral source. In many cases this is an appropriate and desirable part of the process. A more informal approach is for the referral source to ask the student about the outcomes of counselling.