South Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association

The purpose of the South Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association is to promote the profession of mental health counseling; to provide programs for mental health counselors to assist in updating and enhancing competencies of professional mental health services; and to provide a forum for mental health counselors to address public policy(advocacy issues).

2019-2020 SDMHCA Officers


  Stephanie Lund      Robin Svendsen      Duane Kavanaugh      Jamie Peterson

      President               President-Elect              Past President             Treasurer



  Joy Anderson                      Sarah Shortbull                              Becky Glover

Recording Secretary        Government Relations                    Membership Chair



SDMHCA Board photo-taken at the 2019 SDMHCA Luncheon. Pictured l to r: President Duane Kavanaugh, Recording Secretary Joy Anderson, President Elect-Elect Robin Svendsen, President Elect Stephanie Lund, Treasurer Jamie Peterson, Government Relations Chair Sarah Shortbull, and Past President Brian Dannen.

SDMHCA Documents

Howard B. Smith Award Winners

  • 2019- Duane Kavanaugh & Jamie Peterson

Become a Member

Membership in SDMHCA is encouraged to any person actively engaged in counseling, human development, mental health delivery, or guidance services. Licensed Professional Counselors, school counselors, counselor educators, counseling students, and others who are interested in the advancement of counseling profession are welcome.

Association Profile

  • SDMHCA is a recognized chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
  • SDMHCA is a division of the South Dakota Counseling Association (SDCA).
  • SDCA is a division of the American Counseling Association.