Counseling and Self-Development

Department Contact

1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Office Hours 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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Counseling and Career Development Services staff provides individual counseling to all enrolled students. Student appointments are scheduled via phone, walk-ins or referrals from faculty, staff or friends.

The initial session is designed to address student concerns and evaluate the optimal service depending on the nature of the concerns.

Mental health services for students in crisis are available the Counseling and Self- Development Services Office located in the Benedict College Student Health Center at 2315 Laurel Street. Please call Counseling Services at 803-705-4741.

Referring someone to Counseling

If you’re concerned about a Benedict student, call us at 803-705-4741. We can help you determine what to do and how to help the student.

Warning Signs

Express concern, listen, avoid criticizing and recommend a student to counseling if you notice a change in behavior that indicates distress or emotional trouble:

  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and society
  • Decrease in quality of schoolwork
  • Infrequent class attendance
  • Significant changes in personal hygiene
  • Excessive weight gain or weight loss
  • Comments that suggest thoughts about hopelessness or self-harm

Emergencies: 911
Sexual Assault or Interpersonal Violence: Call BC Police at 803-253-5400 24-Hour Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Rape Crisis Hotline: 803-771-7273
Domestic Violence Hotline: 803-765-9428
Richland Springs Hospital Mental Health Help Line: 803-434-4813


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