The Counseling Center provides ongoing personal and academic counseling for students on an individual and group basis. Counseling is provided in a private and supportive environment in which students may focus on academic and career issues, family problems, personal development concerns and other matters of importance to them. Most counselors on the staff are bilingual (English/Spanish). The Counseling Center maintains a close collaborative relationship with the instructional faculty, who are a source of many student referrals. Counselors are available to consult with faculty on issues affecting student academic performance and retention. The process begins in a number of ways after a student is admitted to the college. For some, it is initiated through the College Orientation course (SSD 1000, Freshman Orientation*) where students are informed about essential academic policy and procedures, and learn academic and personal success skills. Through this course students develop a relationship with a counselor. Freshmen or continuing students may make appointments directly with the counselor teaching the section of the course in which they are registered or by calling or coming to the Center. For other students, the process is self-initiated by seeking assistance at the Center. Students may see a counselor on an individual basis by appointment and in most cases by "dropping in" at the Center. Students may also be referred by College faculty and staff. For more information contact the Counseling Intake Desk at (718) 518-4319, or visit the Center in Room D-101 (Savoy Building). *SSD 1000 Freshmen Orientation. 0 credits, 1.5 hours. - Effective Fall 2003, this course is required for all new freshmen Liberal Arts (A.A. & A.A.) majors. Successful completion of the course is required for graduation. This course is strongly recommended for all freshmen and, in practice, is generally a part of blocked courses for freshmen that are placed in ENG 1301-English Basic Skills or in Basic ESL courses. Students enrolled in Radiologic Technology must take SSD 1000. Students in other Allied Health programs are encouraged to take the course. Students in the course are informed about College policies and procedures that every student must know in order to effectively progress through their studies. Through a process of self-assessment for the achievement of greater self-knowledge, students also learn effective study, note taking, test taking, problem solving and time management skills. Other topics in the course are Academic Planning, Career Exploration, and Library and Internet Resources. Common sources of stress in the lives of adults as well as causes for student withdrawal from college are also addressed. Students may enroll in sections of the course that are taught in a traditional classroom setting or in Hybrid-Online sections where a portion of the course is taught online. Check theClass Schedule for details.