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Mission & Vision Statement

As ambassadors of health and wholeness, the South Carolina Counseling Association’s mission is to promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical and
culturally-inclusive practices that protect those using counseling services.

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About Us

Leadership. Advocacy. Education

Unified in profession, purpose, and process, South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA) is the only state chartered organization of the American Counseling Association (ACA) committed to providing leadership, advocacy, and education that promotes the growth and development of all professional counselors and those whom we serve in the great State of South Carolina.
Any person whose primary responsibilities or interests are in the area of human development is eligible for membership.
The South Carolina Counseling Association is an educational and charitable organization which has established itself as a leader in serving the diversity of helping professions that exist in South Carolina.

SCCA is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. This organization monitors legislation of interest to its members as a service and disseminates related information, but it does not participate in any political campaigns.


SCCA, which supports a membership of over 1000 counselors, is a proud state branch of the AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION (ACA). Included in the state's organization are 4 chartered divisions and 3 active interest groups, all of which have direct affiliation with corresponding national divisions of ACA. In addition, there are state chapters: Coastal (Horry); Tri-County (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester); and an Anderson Interest Group. There is also a student interest group for full-time graduate students, as well as the South Carolina School Counselor Association for school counselors across the state.

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Strategic Initiatives

1. Professional development

  • Expanding continuing education to online platforms, live annual and regional training events

  • Utilizing regional partners and membership expertise to expand the knowledge and experience of the association and its members

2. Advocacy for the profession

  • Increasing our influence over public policy decisions by expanding the roles of the public policy committee and generating a path for a mental health-focused lobbyist

  • Networking with other counseling associations within the region/state to increase influence on policies affecting the counseling profession

  • Promoting counselor membership by creating online platforms, annual and regional conferences, and networking opportunities

3. Ethical and culturally sensitive practices

  • Creating a platform to update members and adhere to changes in legislation related to ethics to increase counselor competency

  • Supporting diverse practices within the region by promoting educational experiences that teach counselors about the diverse populations within South Carolina​

2024-2025 SCCA Board of Directors & Elected Officers

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Dr. Madison Farrell

President

Summerville, SC

Kiersten Warfield

President Elect

Charlotte, NC

Dr. Guy Ilagan

Past - President

Charleston, SC

Dr. Katherine DeWitt

Treasurer

Columbia, SC

Dr. Genelle Sawyer

Secretary

South Carolina

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Committee Chairs

​Ethics

Ms. Tina Ferguson

Conference

Dr. Jennifer Jordan

Membership

Ms. Kasey Ennis

Advocacy

Ms. Chandler Cox

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Dr. Jennifer Jordan

Executive Director

(Ex-Officio)

Fort Mill, SC

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Theresa Allen

Parlimentarian

(Ex-Officio)

North & South Carolina

Dr. Twaina Harris

Board Member

Orangeburg, SC

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Jennifer Bennett

Board Member

South Carolina

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Beth Wilson

Board Member

South Carolina

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Kasey Ennis

Board Member

Indian Land, SC

Stephanie McMillan

Board Member

Columbia, SC

Kiersten Warfield

Board Member

Charlotte, NC

Committee Chairs

​Budget/Finance

Dr. Katherine DeWitt

Awards

Dr. Aubrey Sejuit

Ms. Amanda Budd

Technology/Publicity

Ms. Kiersten Warfield

 

Executive Board Meeting Dates & Minutes for 2022

February 17th, 2022 - 4:30pm

April 30th, 2022 - 10:30am

June 25th, 2022 - 10:30am

September 24th, 2022 - 10:30am

Executive Board Meeting Dates & Minutes for 2023

February 23rd, 2023 - 4:00pm

April 29th, 2023 - 10:00am

June 24th, 2023 - 10:00am

September 23rd, 2023 - 10:00am

Executive Board Meeting Dates & Minutes for 2024

February 22, 2024 - 6:00pm

April 20, 2024 - 10:00am

June 22, 2024 - 10:00am

Annual Business Meeting Minutes

February 19th, 2022 - 8:00am

February 23rd, 2023 - 4:00pm

Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for September 21st, 2024 at 10:00am

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