Proposed Licensing Changes from the SD Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists 

The Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists has revised the legislation proposal that was previously provided to you as stakeholder or stakeholder group representative.  These revisions were made as a result of comments and suggestions the Board received during the comment period on the earlier version of the proposal provided to you and posted on our website over the last 3 months. The changes to the previous proposal are now reflected in the attached documents and include:

  1. The Board is separates the changes into two separate pieces of legislation:  one to address changes to SDCL 36-32 (counselors and counselors-mental health) and one to address changes to SDCL 36-33 (marriage & family therapists).  The revised proposal reflects this separation of the chapters to be submitted as two pieces of legislation.
  1. The revised proposal keeps the current licensing structure for counselors and counselors-mental health as it is now, with the exact same licensure requirements currently required for either of these licenses.  In other words, the license system would stay the same, with an LPC being one license, with the requirements in place to be an LPC as exist today, and an LPC-MH license, which will be the highest level of licensure, with the requirements in place today.  This revised language is reflected in sections 20 and 21 of the revised proposal.  Language in Section 21 also reflects the current policy if the Board to “pull forward” a limited number of direct client contact hours for the LPC-MH applicant.
  1. The revised proposal reflects a change to section 23 that allows for the licensure of an applicant licensed in another state at the level of licensure that corresponds to the licensure and exams in the other state.  This is a combined section for both LPC and LPC-MH applicants that was not in the previous version of the proposal.
  1. The revised proposal for SDCL 36-33 (marriage & family therapists) reflects the current requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapists and is the same language as presented to the legislature last session and in the original proposed changes in the original draft. The only change is that this would be a stand-alone proposal and a separate bill in the legislative process.


Please share these revised documents with your membership or anyone you think would be interested in the proposal.  The Board will post these versions on our website with another call for comments to be accepted until October 1st.  The Board will consider a final version of the proposal to submit for consideration as legislation at its October meeting.  Please make all comments in writing so that can be shared with the Board.  References to line, section and page number are helpful.  Comments received by October 1st will be considered by the Board in making it final recommendation. 

The Board appreciates your willingness to engage in the review of this proposal.  The Board looks forward to addressing any concerns or answer any questions before the Board makes a final recommendation.

You can email comments to me at [email protected] 


Thank you.


Jennifer Stalley

Executive Secretary

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

9.3.19 LPC Proposed Practice Act Revisions LPCLPC-MH - Working Draft #2.pdf

9.3.19 MFT Proposed Practice Act Revisions - Working Draft 2.pdf