For the 4th consecutive year, Counseling Services has received a Morehouse School of Medicine HBCU-CFE mini-grant addressing workforce development in the behavioral health field..
The college experience should be an exciting and productive one. It should occur in a challenging environment in which students can grow and learn. Counseling Services mission is to provide support activities that contribute to students' academic, social, and personal growth. We provide a nonjudgmental and supportive atmosphere where students can comfortably discuss their personal issues. Our efforts are to ensure that all students are served equitably regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability. In a professional and confidential setting, Counseling Services staff offer support, encourage a deeper understanding of issues, provide information and guidance and help students develop and achieve their personal goals.
Making an Appointment
- Students are welcome to schedule an appointment or walk-in to meet with the counselor. To schedule an appointment, call 803-705-4741. Family, faculty or staff may also make a referral for students using the link to the Counseling Center’s electronic referral form (Referral Form).
Benedict College’s Counseling Center follows ACA guidelines regarding confidentiality. As required by law, counseling sessions are confidential. No information is disclosed to anyone in any identifiable manner without prior written consent from the student. The exceptions are when a student is in danger of self-harm or of harming others, when there is suspected elder or child abuse or when a judge mandates disclosure to a court of law.
Services Provided by Counseling & Testing Services
Non-Intensive Individual Counseling
Reality based, goal directed personal counseling sessions designed to assist students in their adjustment to college life. This free service is provided to all enrolled students on a "walk-in” or “referral" basis by Counseling & Testing Services staff with the goal of helping students develop and implement useful strategies that foster their personal growth.
Referral for Intensive Individual Counseling:
Utilizing the Unit’s mental health screening instrument and/or other behavioral health assessment tools, students’ needing intensive counseling/therapy are referred to a local behavioral health service provider. Referrals are made by the Director of Counseling & Personal Development Services or, in her absence, the Director of the Student Health Center.
Group Counseling/Educational Sessions:
Informational sessions are conducted or facilitated by Counseling Center staff. Areas of concern include relationship building, substance abuse prevention/intervention, conflict resolution, anger management, test anxiety, suicide prevention, etc. Students may individually volunteer to participate in these activities or they may be referred by faculty or staff. Group sessions are also presented to campus organizations or during class periods as requested by faculty or staff.
It is not uncommon to experience a wide range of emotions after being the victim of a crime. Having someone to help through the process and provide information can be comforting and reassuring. Victim advocacy is a service offered by Counseling Services staff to assist Benedict students who have been victims of a crime. Advocacy services range from emotional support, supplying information &educational materials and making appropriate referrals.
Active Minds Chapter
The Benedict College chapter of Active Minds was founded in Spring 2009. In general, the stigma associated with mental health issues too often prevent individuals from obtaining proper counseling, This is stigma is especially greater in the African American community. However, some statistics show that African Americans are over-represented in populations at-risk for mental illness (i.e., incarceration, foster care, homelessness, exposure to violence). Our chapter takes responsibility to address mental health issues on Benedict’s campus through various activities that can help to reduce this stigma. “Active Minds” is a non-profit organization that seeks to combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who need help to seek it early, and prevent future tragedies.