Charlotte Hamilton Addresses Psychological Distress Factors Among College Students

Monday, February 28, 2011

On Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at noon in SC State University’s Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall during the “Lunch and Learn” Training Session, SC State University faculty and staff will learn about theFactors Affecting College and Graduate Students Who Experience Psychological  Distress: Empirical Findings and Treatment.”

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 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 Redden Hamilton, academic director at Webster University in Columbia, S.C., will serve as guest facilitator of the training session. 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 her current role, Hamilton was an assistant professor of counselor education at SC State University for over five years. During that time, she participated on several boards and committees. While working extensively with the Counselor Education’s Program director, Dr. Philip M. Scriven, Hamilton was very instrumental in the program, gaining accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). At the time, SC State University was the second historically black college/university (HBCU) to gain national accreditation in school counseling. Further, she was awarded a four-year 1890 Research grant for over $400,000 to conduct a research study 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). She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English with a minor in African American studies, as well as a Master of Arts degree in higher education/developmental studies from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She also holds a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

As a counselor educator, Hamilton has taught counseling courses at several universities and practiced counseling at several agencies. She has had a host of mental health experiences including as a mental health counselor for severally mentally ill persons, counseling children and adolescents, 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’s specialty courses are psychodiagnostics, psychopathology and theories of counseling. Her specialized interest is finding a theoretical approach that coincides with effective counseling outcomes and the effectiveness of the successfulness of the biopsychosocial model.

Hamilton also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Project S.O.A.R. (Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees), developing a 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 was also recently listed in the Black Pages magazine for her work at Webster University.

For more information and to register for the “Lunch and Learn” Training Session, log onto or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.