About Us

The South Dakota Counseling Association (SDCA) is state branch of the American Counseling Association, and is a partnership of associations representing professional counselors who enhance human development by providing benefits, products and services to expand professional knowledge and expertise; to promote recognition of counselors to the public and media; and to represent member's interests before federal, state, and local government. 

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Our Mission

The mission of the South Dakota Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, practicing to promote respect for human dignity, and supporting cultural diversity.

The Benefits of Membership

There are a number of benefits to joining the South Dakota Counseling Association. Membership provides you with reduced rates on continuing education opportunities, legislative updates on issues at both a state and national level, our free monthly contact hour, home study opportunities & our weekly Career Corner newsblast.

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What is a Counselor?

A counselor is a professional who has been specifically trained at an accredited college or university and has earned a Master's or Doctorate in counseling. This training involved supervision, stringent course work and an internship under the supervision of another qualified mental health professional. One should use caution when selecting a counselor as this term is used generically by many and only those who are licensed or certified should be chosen to provide mental health services.

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