Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Board Considering Changes to License Laws

The Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists is considering changes to the statutes governing licenses.  The Board’s intent with these proposed changes is to:

  • reorganize the chapters for counselors and marriage & family therapists to be user friendly for licensees and prospective licensees to clearly articulate the requirements for licensure and the expectations of licensees;
  • change the timeline for renewal of licensees to eliminate administrative burdens on licensees;
  • clarify the requirements for licensure by endorsement for professional counselors and marriage and family therapists licensed in another state;
  • provide a temporary license option for professional counselors or marriage and family therapists licensed in another state who do not immediately meet the requirements for licensure by endorsement;
  • provide an option to inactivate a license or reinstate an expired license, under certain circumstances; and
  • create the licensing structure to move to one level of licensure for professional counselors from the current multi-tiered licensing structure, consistent with the one level of licensure for marriage & family therapists.

The Board’s proposal does not change the scope of practice for professional counselors or marriage & family therapists.

To see a draft of the proposed changes, click here.  A summary of the proposed changes can be accessed here.

This is only a proposal at this time.  The Board has not finalized any proposed changes. This draft may change based on additional information and comments from licensees and stakeholders.  Please provide any comments or suggestions regarding this proposal to the Board at sdbce@midwestsolutionssd.com. Please reference the page number and line number with any specific language changes you might recommend.  General comments should refer to a topic(s).

Please Note:

The exact formatting of any proposed changes may change to meet the requirements for legislation formatting, if the Board moves a proposal forward for consideration by the 2020 Legislature.

The Board will continue to post the most recent version of any proposed changes it is considering on this website. Please continue to check for any additional versions of proposed changes.

Additional Information

Contact Us

Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
PO Box 340
1351 N. Harrison Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.224.1721
Fax: 888.425.3032
Email: SDBCE@midwestsolutionssd.com