Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Department of Human Services at SC State University will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” Disability Enhancement training session on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium on the campus of SC State.
The “Lunch and Learn” training session is an initiative of the Disability Enhancement program at SC State, which is designed to increase the awareness and support of faculty, staff, and administrators, to meet the academic needs of students with disabilities. The program assists with the development, training, and technical assistance of students, along with providing valuable and resourceful teaching methods to enhance student achievement.
Dr. Charlotte Hamilton, academic director at Webster University in Columbia, S.C. will speak on the topic: “Factors Affecting College and Graduate Students Who Experience Psychological Distress: Empirical Findings and Treatment.”
At Webster University, Hamilton is responsible for the central academic information for all undergraduate and graduate students. This includes interpreting and implementing college and graduate curriculum policies and procedures, coordinating academic initiatives with faculty, and supervising coordinators, advisors, and faculty and staff.
Prior to serving as academic director, Hamilton served as an assistant professor of counselor education at SC State University for more than five years. While at SC State, she participated on several boards and committees. Additionally, she was instrumental in the Counselor Education Program gaining national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
At the time, SC State was the second Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to gain national accreditation in school counseling. Hamilton was also awarded a 4-year 1890 Research grant for more than $400,000 to conduct research on blended learning (face to face instruction compared to face to face and online instruction) and graduate student learning styles.
Hamilton is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a national certified counselor (NCC). As a counselor educator, she has taught counseling courses at several universities and practiced counseling at several agencies. She has had a host of mental health experiences ranging as a mental health counselor for several mentally ill persons, counseling children & adolescent and counseling drug and alcohol adolescents and adults. Her fondness for teaching and working with students in the counseling field goes hand in hand as teacher and practitioner.
Hamilton serves as a board member and treasurer for the Project S.O.A.R. 21st Century grant with Salem Academy and Inner Courts Ministries in Irmo, S.C. This grant gives opportunities for children in Irmo schools to be able to participate in dynamic after-school programs.
Hamilton holds a bachelors of arts degree in English and minor in African American Studies from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She received her master of arts degree in Higher Education/Developmental Studies also from Appalachian State University. Hamilton holds a doctor of philosophy degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
Hamilton was recently listed in the Black Pages magazine for her work at Webster University.