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President's Welcome

Charlotte Hamilton To South Carolina Counseling Association Members and Friends:

As the incoming President of South Carolina Counseling Association, I believe that now is the most critical time to reflect on what's happening around the world. We are in a state of unrest due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and, more personally, the racism experienced by a group of people with whom I identify. As a counselor educator and professional counselor, I implore us to be kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. We know that love will conquer all. Love will help us understand and appreciate each other, while remaining open to learning from one another during this time of unrest and incivility.

We must remember that hate, racism, and violence have been ongoing for over 400 years in the United States. The struggles continue because all people are not treated equally, and racist ideas and practices continue to persist, more so today than ever before. The protests and civil unrest we see are primarily due to the refusal by some to accept the dignity and humanity of others, and a desire by many to make meaningful and peaceful change in this country regarding equality. We must focus on the protest's message and the grief, pain, and anger behind the protests.

We are hurting as a community, country, and world. We are experiencing the trauma, the hate, the pain. We must come together and work together on healing and forgiving. To help those who are hurting, we must genuinely listen, be open, and show unconditional positive regard. Carl Rogers stated that to be a competent counselor, we have to have these three core conditions. To be a wonderful human being, we should all exemplify these three core conditions in our daily lives.

As counselor educators, counseling practitioners, and advocates, we must be prepared to assist with the needs of healing the community. We are essential during this time, especially when many people have watched a man lose his life in real-time. We know that the trauma and pain that has occurred may manifest itself in different emotional ways. As mental health providers, we are the front line. Let’s be prepared to help and advocate.

Charlotte Redden Hamilton

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is the SCCA involved in the licensure process?
No, we are not involved with the licensure or complaint process. If you have questions regarding licensure or filing a formal complaint, you can contact the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SC LLR) at If you have specific questions regarding your own licensure, the board can also be reached via email ( or telephone (803 896 4658).

Can the SCCA give me ethical or legal advice?

The SCCA adheres to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, which can be read in full here: ACA members can access Ethics Consultation Services either online or by calling (800) 347-6647 ext. 321. This is not a hotline, calls are prioritized and it may take up to three business days to get a response. Legal resources can also be obtained through the ACA here:

How do I get involved in SCCA leadership?
Nominations are elicited once a year to occupy SCCA leadership positions. SCCA members vote on these nominations and results are announced at our annual conference. More information on nominations and elections can be found at

Can the SCCA connect me with a practicum or internship site?
The SCCA does not connect students with practicum or internship sites. Our organization does provide the benefit of networking via CE events and regional conferences, but we do not provide these specific connections. Job listings or internship opportunities are sent to members via our email listserv as they become available. If you are a graduate student seeking practicum or internship placement, you should start by contacting your Field Placement Coordinator or Academic Advisor in your counseling program.

How can I give feedback to SCCA leadership?
Feedback from SCCA members is always welcome! Feedback can be sent via email to or through the “Contact Us” portal at

Geraldine Brantley

Geraldine was born on January 17, 1958 and passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. Visitation will be held 5-6 pm, Sunday, September 9, 2019, John Eli Memorial Chapel of Martin Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:00 am Monday, September 9th, Sandhill Baptist Church, 125 Hill Street, Garnett, SC with burial in the Sandhill Baptist Church Cemetery. Funeral Service at the Sandhill Baptist Church (Sandhill Baptist Church Cemetery) at 11:00 AM on September 9, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that you make a donation to Sandhill Baptist Church in memory of Geraldine Brantley.
Geraldine was a well respected counselor in South Carolina. She was an Licensed Professional Counselor, an LPC Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor. She was very involved in her field and served for many years at the executive level with the SC Counseling Association and will be missed by all.





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