The EOC's Counselors work diligently to give each student the greatest
chance at achieving success throughout their enrollment. Returning to
school brings stressful and uncomfortable feelings to most adults. Counselors
try to insure that students gain the academic, social, and emotional support
needed to successfully complete their program of choice. EOC's Counseling
Services include the following:
- Assessment of Student Interests and Abilities
- Personal Counseling and Problem Solving
- Day to Day Support - to assist in successful program completion
- Community Agency Referral
- Assistance with High School Equivalency (HSE) Applications
- Assistance with College Applications, Financial Aid
- General College Information
Questions About Counseling Services
What is Counseling?
Counseling is working on personal growth, on problem solving and on decision
making. It is an opportunity to benefit from working on issues with an
experienced, professional helper. The counseling relationship is one that
is non-judgmental, objective, understanding, confidential and focused
on the individual's concerns.
What can I talk about in Counseling?
Some concerns often brought to counselors are: developing self-confidence;
managing stress; making life, career, and educational decisions; discussing
barriers to succeeding in your program; problems in personal and family
relationships; referral for other professional services; issues regarding
alcohol and other drug abuse; violence in relationships; harassment and
financial survival while returning to school. Students should feel comfortable
bringing to the attention of the counselor any subject that may be affecting
their attendance or performance at the EOC. For those areas that may fall
outside a counselor's expertise, referrals are made to other organizations
and providers that can best help the student.
Where can I find my Counselor?
Each counselor has a private office where you may confidentially discuss
issues and concerns. Counselors also visit classrooms regularly and confer
with faculty regarding attendance issues and behavioral adjustments of
When is Counseling available?
Counseling is available Monday through Friday during the day between 8
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the EOC's facilities in Albany and Troy. It is best
if an appointment is made with the Counselor to insure that you will have
sufficient time to talk. Counselors are available before, after and in-between
classes to make appointments.
Is Counseling Confidential?
Counseling sessions and their content are confidential, consistent with
the legal obligations of the Counselor and regulatory requirements. When
there is a clear and imminent danger to the individual or others, the
Counselor will take reasonable action and or inform the authorities, as
required by law. Consultation with other Counselors or the Student Services
Coordinator may occur to insure the best possible service by the Counselor.
These conversations are professional in nature and therefore also confidential.