Student Counselling Center
  • About us
  • Vision & Mission
  • Services
  • Referral To Scc
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The Student Counseling Centre was found in 1999. The centre provides a comprehensive program of support services to assist Sultan Qaboos University students in their adjustment to the demands of the university environment. 
Our services are designed to enhance the student's educational experience by supporting his development. Our goal is to help him grow in self-understanding and awareness, so he will be able to better meet the demands of college life, and enjoy the college experience. 
The center has a membership in the International Association of Counseling Centers. Counselors at the center practice under the counseling int


The Students' Counseling Centre works to achieve excellence in all aspects that are related to the university life and the local community, specifically in services, consultancy, training and research in the field of counseling. In addition, the SCC works to maintain leadership in quality services and to enhance the culture of help-seeking behavior for psychological services according to the agreement of ethical principles and international standards of counseling career.

Our Aims

  • Increasing awareness among students and fostering a connection between students and the services offered by the Center
  • Enhancing the culture of consultancy and help-seeking in the university's community
  • Helping students to adjust and adapt to the university requirements through development, protection and training counseling programs
  • Enriching students’ educational experience by supporting their personal growth and their self-understanding so that they are more conscious about their identity, characteristics, and abilities. As a result, they are better at facing life’s demands
  • Supporting students’ positive personalities through individual and group counseling programs
  • Supporting students to deal with the challenges they encounter
  • Providing training workshops to the students to help them make their studies and social life successful
  • Strengthening cooperation with the university and the community units in terms of counseling and psychological health
  • Proffering consultancy to students and teaching and administrative staff at the university and the local community
  • Conducting studies and research both theoretical and applied to serve the university and the local community
  • Participating in serving and developing the local community through a number of individualized counseling sessions and training workshops and courses
  • Supervision of field training for graduate students in the field of course

Individual Counseling

Many kinds of issues and concerns can best and most comfortably be dealt with by working with a counselor on an individual basis. Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth and decision-making. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals. Sessions generally last 40 - 50 minutes one time per week. If needed, a referral to other service agencies will be made.


Group Counseling

Sometimes students and their counselor decide that group counseling is the best way to address their issues. This is often the case when students have questions about how they get along with others or if they are feeling lonely and isolated. At other times, students may experience unique difficulties that are best addressed with others who share those same concerns. It will be very helpful by giving and receiving feedback with the group members, and realizing that other students have the same concerns and to learn about how they coped with them.The group ranges in size from four to ten persons. Group counseling is also confidential, but you have to sign the contract of being a member of the group.


Counseling Out Reach Program

Because of the continence need for counseling. Outreach Counseling Program has been developed. In this program, the counselors move to students location to start development and prevention programs. The Counseling Out Reach Program was found to save time by talking to many students at the same time and it helps to have student-oriented with expected problems and concerns to be able to face it probably.

Career Counseling

It is the process of helping people to make their decision to select the career or job which match their interests and abilities their services is often through the following steps: 

  • Helping the individual to discover his career abilities and interests.
  • Helping the individual to understand the conditions and qualifications needed for jobs and careers.
  • Matching abilities and interests with conditions and qualifications.
  • Follow-up individuals in the work sites after placement to solve work problems and helping them to adjust to their new life. 

Development guidance programs

The center has prepared and is implementing developmental guidance programs which include activities, lectures, workshops and training courses. These are designed to develop the abilities and potential of the students to their maximum range, through supporting the student with the knowledge, the necessary study skills, and the essential living skills in order to achieve balanced growth in all aspects: academic, personal, social or cultural.


Center counselors are available for consulting with students, staff, faculty, and other professionals. These consultations often focus on planning and present special programs, improving students’ environment, and other issues that may have important psychological dimensions.


The Center serves as a training facility for graduate students. The center staff supervises practicum Students in counseling psychology, Vocational Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and supervises practicum students and graduate interns in counseling psychology.


Personality, interests, and ability tests are administered as needed in conjunction with counseling services and workshops. Test results are intended to provide counselees with information about themselves.


Counselors are implementing studies on services offered, and related phenomena.


Workshops & Training courses

Workshops on counseling and other related services are held on campus for students and staff.


Community Services

Orientation services and seminars are offered to the local community through various media such as printed brochures, Guidebooks, Newspapers and Radio, and T.V programs to familiarize people to counseling services, and to benefit them from these services.
The center prepares special programs, workshops, training courses, guidebooks, brochures and consultation services related to counseling in general and to human behavior in particular. Moreover, the center develops assessment services designed to the needs of the public sector as well as the private sector.

Tips for recognizing the student who needs help

Marked changes in academic performance or behavior

  • Excessive absences or tardiness
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Asking the instructor for help with a personal problem
  • Fatigue and sleeping in class
  • Diminished self-care including poor hygiene
  • Missed deadlines or incomplete work
  • Altered mood states, sadness, anxiety, irritability, lethargy
  • Decrease in achievement
  • Diminished motivation
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Marked changes in interaction patterns with instructor and peers, e.g., avoidance, dependency &aggression )
  • Anxiety attacks when making an oral presentation (shaking, panicking, forgetfulness, racing heartbeat, sweating, dry mouth, etc.)
  • Aggressive communication with faculty and colleagues. 
  • Make repeated requests for special consideration or adjustment to academic requirements
  • May behave in ways that are disruptive to the classroom culture, e.g., angry outbursts, walking out, failing to collaborate, unusual problems with roommate or family
  • Isolation from friends or family
  • Attacking the opinions of others
  • Tearfulness & sadness
  • Irritability or angry outbursts 
  • Intense emotion or inappropriate responses 
  • Disjointed thoughts
  • References to harm self and others using verbal and written messages.
  • Express thoughts of helplessness or hopelessness


How can you intervene?

Support and communicate


  • Talk to the student in private.
  • State your reasons for concern specifically.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Avoid criticism.
  • Avoid judgmental expressions verbal or non-verbal. 


  • Explore different options with the student, including visiting the Student Counseling Center (SCC).
  • Highlight the quality of the SCC services:
  • Confidential counseling. 
  • Privacy to information.
  • Qualified counselors offering professional counseling. 

Contact us :

  • Offer to accompany the student to the Student Counseling Center or offer to assist them in setting up an appointment at the following numbers: 2414 1826 / 2414 3106.

Sultan Qaboos University
Sultanate of Oman - Muscat
P.O. Box 53
Postal Code 123 Al-Khodh
Tel: 00968 - 24141826
Fax: 00968 - 24413522