Counseling and support services

Counseling services

Students may encounter challenging life experiences that interfere with the pursuit of their academic goals and/or personal growth. Counselors are available to assist students with short-term individual counseling, organize support groups, make community referrals, plan educational workshops and provide self-help resources. Assistance is offered for a wide range of concerns, and services are included in tuition. Confidentiality is guaranteed within legal and ethical guidelines. Call 912.525.6971 to make an appointment.


Accommodation services

All reasonable accommodations are determined for students on an individual basis. In order to receive academic adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations, students must make an appointment with their accommodation specialist each term to make their specific accommodation requests known. Current students have access to their accounts through SCAD Accommodate, available in MySCAD > Student Workspace tab > Academic Resource Network channel. Students are able to request accommodations, upload medical documentation and schedule appointments through the Accommodate website. Students are encouraged to provide documentation of their disability. To contact the department, email or call 912.525.6971. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers educational services that provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The office of accommodation services has adopted the ADA definition of disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual" (ADA, 1990).


Deaf services

Deaf services assists students who are hard of hearing or deaf to effectively communicate with peers, faculty and staff. The coordinator of deaf services meets with students to evaluate their communication needs, register for classes and implement interpreting schedules. The coordinator also recruits, hires, trains and supervises deaf services staff members. Training is provided for faculty and staff who work with interpreters to familiarize themselves with the interpreting process.


Americans with Disabilities Act grievances

A student may file a formal grievance in writing with the SCAD ADA grievance committee within 30 calendar days of the alleged violation. The university's ADA Grievance Policy and Procedures, found in the student handbook under "Disability Services," should be followed when submitting such grievances.


Jump Start program

The office of counseling and student support services invites all students with a diagnosed disability and their parent or guardian to attend Jump Start, a special expanded orientation in Savannah, Georgia, held before the general SCAD orientation begins.

Jump Start is designed to increase awareness of the services and resources available to students with disabilities, ease the transition to college and provide strategies for success at SCAD.

For more information or to sign up for Jump Start, visit the Eventbrite page.


Doctoral practicum and master's practicum and internship in Savannah and Atlanta

Counseling and student support services offers practicum and internship opportunities for doctoral and master's graduate students in counseling, counseling psychology, counselor education and social work. Trainee selection is dependent in part on the professional makeup of the counseling and student support services staff and its match with the profession related to the trainee's course of study. Trainees commit to placement for the duration of the university's full academic year, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring or summer. SCAD operates on an intensive 10-week quarter system that generally aligns with trainees' own program dates.

The training program is designed to provide an excellent training experience in the university counseling setting and supports trainees in the development of fundamental skills as well as their own professional identities and interests. The program offers training and supervision in counseling, intake, triage, crisis intervention, outreach/program development, accommodation services and academic support. Components of the experience include the following:

  • Clinical skills and competency in providing individual counseling
  • Understanding of and competence in the process aspect of counseling, as well as use of the counselor's self and the counseling relationship as means of change
  • Working competently and compassionately with clients from diverse life backgrounds and with a broad range of concerns
  • Developing skills for working with a multidisciplinary professional staff in a university counseling center
  • Implementing a developmental mentoring model, which is sensitive to the developmental needs of trainees throughout the training experience, providing them with necessary supervision and support
  • Providing training and experience in planning and delivering high-quality direct clinical services to counseling clients
  • Establishing and developing a professional identity that includes a knowledgeable, skilled and ethical clinician-in-training
  • Incorporating sensitivity to issues of diversity throughout the program
  • Promoting exploration of clinical and professional identities and how one's various identities and experiences interact with professional activities

Students interested in applying at the Savannah location should call 912.525.6971. Students interested in applying at the Atlanta location should call 404.253.3210.


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Visit MySCAD > Student Workspace tab > Academic Resource Network channel > "Counseling and Student Support Services (CS3)" link for more information.