More About Counseling
Walk-Ins & Appointments
The General Counseling Office is located in Administration/Services Building, E5-205. Students without an appointment can see a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis for a 15-minute session. Students who need more time with a counselor can make an appointment for a private counseling session.
Counseling services are available to help support students to be successful in college and to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. Services are free to current/registered LATTC students. Services provided by counseling faculty include: personal counseling, career counseling, educational planning, career and personal testing, and referral. Counseling is different than advising.
Meet with a counselor to explore the following:
Personal Counseling: How do I deal with all the stress? How can I best balance my school and life at the same time? How can I handle difficult times in my life? How do I deal with relationship problems?
Career Counseling: How do I pick a major or educational program? What should I consider when trying to pick a career? Which career direction should I choose? What careers best fit my needs and interests?
Educational Counseling: What learning and study strategies will help me be more successful in school? How can I manage my time and schedule better? Why do I always have a hard time with tests? How can I get more out of my reading and notes?
Counseling Assessments: Are there any inventories or tests that can help me choose a career? What inventories/tests would help me find out how I learn best?
Referral: What are the community resources that might help my situation? Where can I go to find low-cost psychotherapy? Do you know of any AA groups for students? How can I find out if I have depression?
- Assessment of student’s academic abilities, disabilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Students assisted in assessing, planning, and implementing immediate and long-range academic goals.
- Help in clarifying academic goals and selecting a major.
- Educational planning for transfer, associate degrees, and certificate programs.
- Referral to other support services when needed.
- Intervention for students when academic performance is at risk
- Follow-up consultations (e.g. academic mentoring, early alert processes, and probation counseling).
- Assist students through the processes of pre and co-requisite implementation, transcript evaluation, and general education transfer certification.
- Develop curriculum and offer courses and workshops that teach the skills needed for academic success, such as study skills, note taking, and time management.
- Career counseling offers students aptitudes, abilities, and interests’ assessments, and are advised concerning current and future employment trends.
- Career development process taught with emphasis on its importance in setting and achieving academic and life goals
- Career counseling services assist students in examining their lives as a whole–values, interests, aptitudes, and life circumstances.
- Career counseling services provided through individual and group counseling, workshops, and college courses.
- Career counseling services include assisting students in clarifying career goals, through intake interviews and administration and interpretation of career assessment instruments; instruction in career exploration using the latest technology and methods; and instruction in career goal setting and decision-making.
- Career center that provides up-to-date information on career research, labor market, educational programs, and all aspects of the career development process
- Technical assistance is available to help students access this information.
- Establish liaison relationships with other career-related programs, such as regional occupational programs, work experience programs, GAIN/CalWork, and private industry councils.
- Assistance with job placement and the job search process, including instruction in resume preparation and interviewing skills.
- Personal counseling services are available to students whose personal life issues interfere with their academic success. These services include
- individual and group counseling,
- crisis intervention,
- support groups,
- and courses or workshops on personal life issues (e.g., self-esteem, stress management, and substance abuse prevention).
- Counseling faculty provide referrals to other mental health professionals for more severe problems and maintain up-to-date information on community resources and refer students to appropriate services as needed.
- Crisis intervention offered either directly or through cooperative arrangements with other resources on campus or in the community.
- Counseling programs work closely with administration and outside agencies to ensure that the needs of students in crisis are met and that personnel appropriate to such situations are available
- Counseling programs are familiar with district disaster plans, and are prepared to assist students in the event of a disaster on campus
- Students counseled with a respect for their origins and cultural values.
- Counseling faculty has specific knowledge about the characteristics of the groups with which they serve.
- Counseling faculty actively seeks out educational and life experiences that enrich their cross-cultural knowledge, understanding, and skills in order to provide counseling that is more effective