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President's Welcome

Justin Brewer Hello and welcome to the South Carolina Counseling Association! We hope that whether you’re here as a new counselor or a veteran in the field, or someone in the midst of a struggle looking for answers that we’ll be able to help.

Founded in 1964, the South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA) is the official state branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA). We represent professional counselors from all divisions and specialty areas.

The last few years have been full of hard work and significant changes to our association, but not necessarily the kind of changes that have been noticeable from the outside. Due to the tireless work of our Past President Dr. Tommy Vaughn, we have re-written our constitution and bylaws to receive the approval of the ACA. We have re-structured our board in order to guarantee that all those in leadership have been voted into office and that their votes represent the needs of our members. Thanks to the hard work of Executive Council members Norma Colwell, Dr. Jennifer Jordan, and others, we have passed a recent audit of our professional development and continuing education records. This ensures our continued status as CE provider to professional counselors.

Each of these accomplishments represents a stone laid in the foundation of our association. Our early members were key voices in advocating for licensure in our state, as well as the recognition of counselors as professional providers. As President for the 2019-2020 year I have challenged myself and our board with this year’s theme; “Finding Our Focus”. Completing the foundational work of the last few years has allowed us to now turn our time and attention to those things we have talked about and wished for but have not been able to bring to fruition. With a renewed focus on our mission and strategic initiatives we will move forward with transparency and dedication to meeting the needs of our members. Through accessible and affordable continuing education, meaningful opportunities for networking and professional connections, and providing a unified voice for our members and all counselors across the state, we want to serve you with the same level of dedication you provide to those people who walk through your doors every day.

Join us as we move forward, focused on the future and on the needs of our members and those they serve.

Yours In Service,

Justin Brewer, SCCA President 2019-2020

SCCA Membership 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

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.





South Carolina Drug Card

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. CONTACT INFORMATION: SCCA-146A Withers, Rock Hill, SC 29733, 803-323-2456,

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