If you have been looking for more information on how to become a counselor in South Dakota, you have come to the right place.
Bear in mind the varying types of counseling credentials that include Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH), and school counselor.
We want you to have confidence in your decision-making for your choices in graduate program directions.
Future Counselor: For Student in South Dakota High School Student or South Dakota High School Graduate
Your First Step:
Choose an appropriate undergraduate major and make the best grades that you possibly can; graduate school is going to be competitive. Human services or behavioral sciences are two areas that have direct relevance to counseling programs.
Your Second Step:
Gain substantial work or volunteer experience in the counseling field.
Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates
Look into details of various accredited programs and find ones that are in line with your interests. Plan ahead and accomplish application requirements well in advance. Some programs will require the GRE exam. A criminal background check also may be required.
Enter a viable program that satisfies your requirements.
Those pursuing school counseling will gain Department of Education credentials.
The South Dakota Department of Social Services will offer credentials for other areas of counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor status will necessitate working within an accredited program that has a minimum of forty-eight semester hours while adhering nicely to all relevant national organization standards.
A sixty semester hour program at a regional institution with proper accreditation can lead to appropriate licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health.
Licensure at the LPC or LPC-MH level will require specific work experience that is supervised.
In order to gain licensure as an LPC, one must pass the National Counselor Examination. Those who pursue the LPC-MH must successfully pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.
South Dakota Counseling Agencies:
We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in South Dakota.