Student Care


We understand that life can be difficult. At each division, a school counselor serves the Ben Lippen community by providing a safe place for students to receive support and Biblical counsel for the struggles they encounter, whether it be emotional, relational, behavioral, academic, or spiritual.


The Director of Student Life serves the Ben Lippen community by holding students accountable when poor choices are made. We believe that discipline should be restorative in nature, coming alongside the student and helping them grow in wisdom.

Additional Resources

BLS Fall Parenting Summit 2022
with Bert Medlin

This year’s Parenting Summit headlined Bert Medlin, an LPC at First Presbyterian Church’s Christian Counseling Center. Even though his children have already graduated from Ben Lippen, Bert returned to tell current parents of the importance of mental health in students of all ages. He explored the topics of anxiety, depression, pornography, substance abuse, and more. Watch more by clicking the video below and follow along with a study guide given to attendees of the event.

STUDY GUIDE: Stewarding Your Child’s Mental Health 


Adolescent Mental Health in 2020
with Dr. Seth Scott

Ben Lippen Counselor Trisha Kirkland sat down with Seth Scott, PhD, NCC, LPC-S, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty at Columbia International University, to discuss why the current climate around COVID, elections, and race issues might be particularly difficult for adolescents. Dr. Scott shares about how mental health struggles may present for adolescents and what symptoms parents should be monitoring. He also speaks about issues of resiliency in teens and how a biblical worldview influences the issue we are facing in 2020. We hope you find this podcast helpful for your family. For further questions, please reach out to Trisha Kirkland via phone at (803) 807-4119 or by email at


Take Good Care of Yourself!

Throughout our time away from campus due to COVID-19, our counselor, Mrs. Trisha Kirkland, sent tips on taking care of one’s self spiritually, relationally, mentally/emotionally, and physically. Click below to view the videos and accompanying remarks.

Parenting Summit Seminars

Ben Lippen partners with parents by providing seminars led by experienced professionals to inform and educate on relevant issues students face. Our parents will gain Biblical wisdom to help their child navigate through these topics.

Exploring the Unique Qualities of Gen Z
with Dr. Jennifer Pilpe, Former Director of Academics and Faculty (Grades 9-12)

Each generation presents characteristics that distinguish it from those that came before. Most of today’s students, born between 1997 and 2012, are members of Generation Z (Gen Z) and have grown up in a post-Recession world where technology is as commonplace as sweet tea in the South. In this Parenting Summit, we will explore the unique qualities of Gen Z and what characterizes them as students, young adults, and people of faith.

Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents
with Bert Medlin

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Human Trafficking in South Carolina
with Jen Thompson, Lighthouse for Life

Learn about the realities of human trafficking in South Carolina and how to keep your children safe.

Integrity in the Classroom
with Margaret Finch and Erin Kitchell, USC Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity