Dr. Tonea Stewart Challenges Counselors to Make a Difference During 46th Annual SCCA Conference

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

SCCAMore than 300 participants recently attended the 46th annual South Carolina Counselors Association (SCCA) Conference held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. SCCA is an umbrella organization that represents all counseling specialties in the state, to include the SC School Counselor Association, SC Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, SC Career Development Association, SC Association of Specialists in Group Work and SC Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

This year’s conference theme was: “South Carolina Counselors Leading the Way to a Brighter Tomorrow.”

One of the many highlights of the conference was keynote speaker, Dr. Tonea Stewart. Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Miss. She is a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. She is also a professional actress and motivational speaker.  During her presentation, Stewart challenged all counselors to make a difference in the lives of children, counselees and clients who needs help. “One of the best ways to do this is to empower clients to do themselves what we currently assist them with,” stated Stewart.  “What better legacy can a counselor have than to empower others?”

“The conference was a success in spite of inclement weather and the downward turn in the economy,” said Dr. Phillip Scriven, president of SCCA and director of the Counselor Education Program at SC State University. “The counselees reported that the educational sessions were appropriate and the presenters were very knowledgeable about their crafts.  The keynote speakers were informative and captivating as well. The information and material shared was invaluable,” he continued.

Next year’s conference will be held in February 2011 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Conference participants can expect educational sessions and presenters from all of the counseling specialties represented by the South Carolina Counseling Association. 

For additional information about the 46th Annual SCCA Conference, contact Dr. Phillip Scriven at (803)536-7147.