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We have started forming a Graduate Student Committee - interested? Send an email to us at

Are you a school counselor who wants to get more involved?  Check out The South Carolina School Counselor Association  - a division of the SCCA!

Upcoming Events

SCCA Summer Virtual CEs are here!

Ethical & Collaborative Care for Families in Litigation

Registration Here!

When: July 16th, 12pm - 1pm EST

Where: Virtual, on Zoom

Cost: FREE for members, $5 for Student/LPCA Non-Members, $10 for Professional Non-Members

CEs: 1 Ethics CEU

Graduate Student Meet & Greet at Webster University

When: Saturday, July 20, 2pm - 5pm

RSVP here by July 13:


The Treatment of Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model: Dr. Richard Schwatz

Even before the pandemic, the demand for mental health professionals with specialized training in trauma far exceeded the number available clinicians. Today, individuals are living with equal or more uncertainty, heightened stress, prolonged grief and trauma. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an intervention designed to assist clients grappling with severe trauma-related behaviors and who might be unresponsive to conventional therapeutic approaches. This two-day training is tailored to empower clinicians working with diverse client
populations experiencing traumatic responses, equipping them with an extensive toolkit of concepts and techniques to better serve this critical demographic.

When: Sept 5th and 6th, 8:30am - 5pm MST

Where: Virtual or In-Person (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Cost: Early Bird: $425, Regular Cost: $695, Group Discount: 10% off by registering 3+ at checkout

CEs: 12 CEUs

Registration and more info here!

Research Study Opportunity:
Licensed Professional Counselors' Competency and Preparedness Treating Race-Based Incidents for Black Americans in the Southern Region of the United States
Study by Cecily Batiste Dawson ( | 281-849-4402) and supervised by Dr. Crystal Neal ( of Capella University.

Survey here.

Flyer here.

News & Notes

61st Annual SCCA Conference Presentation Proposals are NOW OPEN. 
Click here to access the application!

Proposal Due Dates:

8/1/24 - Learning Summit Proposals (formerly Pre-Conference)
10/1/24 - Regular Conference Proposals
10/31/24 - Graduate Student Conference Proposals

Are you interested in getting more involved? We are looking for a new Parliamentarian for our board! This position is a non-voting, ex-officio (appointed) position. Duties include:
1. Enforcing Robert's Rules of Order, SCCA Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and ACA Bylaws as required at meetings of the Executive Board, Executive Committee, and the annual SCCA business session.
2. Providing assistance to SCCA for the revision of Bylaws.
3. Advising the President as requested concerning procedures.
4. Consulting with division and chapter presidents regarding their bylaws and compliance with bylaws of SCCA, ACA, and national divisions.

Email us at for more info and to express interest today!

President's Welcome: Universality

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Dr. Madison Farrell, Ph.D, LPC,

SCCA President 2024 - 2025

Welcome to the South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA)! Whether you're stepping into our community for the first time, reconnecting with us, or continuing your journey, we're excited to have you join our diverse and supportive network. SCCA unites over 500 members, including dedicated professionals and aspiring counselors across South Carolina, and we extend a warm welcome to you all.

At SCCA, we deeply honor the profound impact of connection—in both our professional practice and personal lives. This year's theme of "Universality" emphasizes the interconnectedness that defines our work and shared human experiences. As counselors and supervisors, we navigate a mosaic of shared stories and common challenges. Whether we're mentoring new counselors or exploring personal growth, the thread of universality weaves through our professional and personal journeys, reminding us of our collective strength.

Building meaningful connections is vital to our well-being and essential for supporting one another on our professional paths. SCCA provides a platform for leadership, advocacy, and continuous learning through peer groups, supervision, and dynamic continuing education opportunities. Our annual conference serves as a pivotal gathering where we come together in a nurturing environment to exchange insights, celebrate achievements, and reinforce the bonds that fortify our profession. If you've never attended, I encourage you to experience the enriching atmosphere firsthand.

Beyond professional growth, we cherish the friendships and networks that sustain us beyond our counseling roles. These connections enrich our lives and bolster our ability to serve effectively. Engaging in activities such as peer support groups, social gatherings, and community events nurtures our mental and emotional well-being, enabling us to bring our best selves to our practice. The friendships forged within our professional community provide encouragement and solidarity, underscoring our shared commitment to excellence.

Join us in celebrating the universality of human connection and its transformative impact on our lives and communities. Together, we embody the spirit of unity and connection that defines SCCA.

Thank you for being a part of our community—we look forward to connecting with you! We are here to support one another, fostering connections that enrich not only ourselves but also elevate the counseling profession as a whole.


For any inquiries or assistance, please reach out to us at

Dr. Madison Farrell

2024-2025 SCCA President

Current Board Activities

Your SCCA Executive Board is currently working on:

Membership Information

Professional Membership - $45

Student Membership - $25

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Do you have specific membership related questions? Ask away! Email us at!

Check out our latest Legislative Brief!

SCCA Member Benefits

  • Expanding your social and professional network

  • Offering professional development and continuing education credits conveniently on-line, across the state, and at our annual conference

  • Linking you through our Palmetto Counselor Newsletter, our Speakers Bureau, Career Opportunities, Leadership Opportunities, Directories – Find-a-Counselor, Find-a-Supervisor, Find-an-Internship Site, Spotlight on Counselors and MORE

  • Increasing visibility and unification of the counseling profession through advocacy, education, and professional development and enhancing your professional identity through membership in your passion or work setting divisions

  • Lobbying efforts through the support of SCCA and ACA to advocate and support your professional role


The South Carolina Counseling Association

is a proud state branch of the

American Counseling Association.


South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2041.

Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SCCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



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Celebrating 59 years as the Professional Association

for South Carolina's Counselors.

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