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Counseling and Advising Center

Fall Hours:
Monday: 8am – Thurs: 8am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:am – Noon

Contact Us:
Phone: (231)777-0362
Email: online.advising@muskegoncc.edu
Location: Main Campus, Room 1050

Scope of Practice Statement
The MCC Counseling and Advising Center holistically supports the individual student and the campus community toward personal wellness, balance and growth through short term personal counseling, academic advising and mental health education.  Our counselors are committed to promoting the intellectual, emotional, occupational, social, cultural, and professional growth and development of our learning community by helping MCC students identify barriers, improve coping skills and the achievement of personal goals. The Scope of Our Practice serves currently enrolled and prospective students.

About Our Counselors
All MCC counselors have a master’s degree and are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC). Central to our mission and daily practice is a commitment to confidentiality, upholding ethical behavior, and providing counseling based on current research and proven standards.  All MCC counselors adhere to the professional and ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association.

Common Concerns Addressed with Short-Term Intervention
When appropriate, students may be referred to services offered within the MCC Counseling and Advising Center. In order to use its resources most effectively, the Counseling and Advising Center utilizes a short-term model of therapy to assist students in addressing issues common in a college setting.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term or intermittent counseling at the Counseling and Advising Center are:

  • Personal concerns: mild to moderate anxiety &/or depression, loneliness, grief, low self-esteem, body image, crisis management, test anxiety and stress management
  • Relationship concerns: partners, roommates, family, social
  • Developmental concerns: adjustment to college, life transitions, life-style choices, personal, cultural, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Academic concerns: motivation, performance/test anxiety, perfectionism, time management
  • Career counseling
  • Other issues: effects of trauma, assault, spiritual concerns, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, crisis management

Referral to Community Resources
Sometimes a student’s needs fall outside of expertise or resources available at the Counseling and Advising Center. The Counseling Center provides referral services either after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent through the course of services. The Counseling and Advising Center’s counseling staff can provide referral options that we believe will best meet a student’s needs, but the decision for ongoing treatment ultimately resides upon the student.

Need for specialized services that may require an outside referral:

  • Students receiving counseling services from another provider
  • Students with a desire to be seen more frequently than the Counseling and Advising Center resources can provide (e.g., more than weekly), or on a long-term basis.
  • Students for whom a short-term treatment model would be detrimental or inappropriate to the presenting issues
  • Students with a history of longstanding, seriously maladaptive interpersonal behaviors, requiring services beyond The Counseling and Advising Center scope
  • Chronic/ severe suicidality, severe self-injury, or multiple psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring intensive intervention; including active psychotic symptoms
  • Significant drug or alcohol problems needing treatment
  • Long standing or persistent eating disorder
  • Severe and persistent mental illness, medication management
  • Students whose needs fall outside the clinical expertise of The Counseling and Advising Center faculty
  • Students seeking or attempting to meet requirements of court-mandated treatment, legal proceedings, disability support, or employment clearance (including evaluation)
  • Students wishing to receive documentation for an emotional support animal (ESA)
  • Students who engage in inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening, or violent behaviors toward staff
  • Students who are not currently registered for classes

Additional counseling related activities provided by MCC counselors (Outreach, education, mental health promotion, and training)
To build a healthy campus environment, MCC counselors conduct multiple services and programming to students, staff, and academic departments. Students, faculty and staff are informed about what constitutes good mental health, about the signs of mental health concerns, and what to do when concerning issues arise. Besides our clinical services, MCC counseling staff collaborate with our colleagues to provide:

  • Psycho-educational support groups, trainings, and presentations to the college community.
  • Workshops on various topics, outreach, facilitating and supporting campus events
  • Suicide prevention QPR trainings for students, staff, and faculty
  • Mental health prevention/promotion activities such as the Jayhawk Redux, Active Minds and other initiatives

New Students:
If you are a new student, make sure to complete all six steps to help you become an MCC student:  https://www.muskegoncc.edu/enrollment-services/  

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Choose Your Career Pathway

Please explore the six career pathways below. By clicking on the “more” button under each pathway, you can view the different academic areas of study and degrees offered to help you identify a possible career. MCC counselors are available to meet with you based on the specific career pathway in which you are interested.

You may find current career outlook information at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   www.bls.gov.

 

Arts, Humanities and Communication

Careers in the arts, humanities and communication pathways appeal to those who place a great deal of value on self-expression, personal experience, imagination and creativity. If you are planning on pursuing a career in the creative and performing arts, music, philosophy, journalism, broadcasting or other related fields, this pathway may be for you.

Business and Information Technology

Careers in this pathway relate to all aspects of business and computer information technology.  These careers may include, but are not limited to, accounting, computer networking, software development, digital game design, entrepreneurship, graphic design, management, and marketing.

Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Careers in this pathway are related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, install and maintain physical manufacturing systems. These include engineering and related fields, architecture, mechanics and repairers, manufacturing technology, precision production, electronics, construction trades and related industries.

Health Services

Careers in this pathway are related to the promotion of health and treatment of disease.  These include research, prevention, treatment and health related technologies.  Health care professionals are in high demand locally and nationwide.

Human Services

Human Services is focused on helping people overcome adversity through strength-based approaches that empower them to reach their full potential. Human Service Professionals help people to advance lives, help those in need, and educate future generations.

Math and Science

Individuals who enjoy math and science are often analytical thinkers that prefer to examine evidence to assist in demonstrating a theory or outcome. This pathway includes careers in areas such as agriculture, astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, and mathematics.