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Moderator Deadline extended!!!

Applications are now due February 15th
Why be a Moderator for the 2017 SDCA Conference?

  • Attend the conference for free! (Moderators will pay a $40.00 deposit that will be refunded at conference when all moderator duties are completed)
  • Have the opportunity to earn up to a $1000.00 Scholarship!
  • Network with professionals in the counseling field
  • Learn to be a leader in the counseling profession
  • Looks good on a resume!


Dear Graduate Students


Hello! My Name is Randi Hartman and I am the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Coordinators for SDCA. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year! If you are a graduate student and are looking to get involved, I am the one that can get you connected. Feel free to shoot me an email at randi.hartman@k12.sd.us with any questions.

There are countless reasons to join a professional organization!! For instance, one exciting reason to join is creating time to attend a professional conference. A statewide or national conference fosters a culture whereby individuals explore current interests, gain new knowledge and skills, and reflect upon those things which initially drew them to the field of counseling. All of these benefits are salient in maintaining wellness and meaning in the work we all do each and every day.

Although the conference tends to be the highlight of the year, there are also local chapters and areas of specializations to be involved in. Specialty areas include: Counselor Education and Supervision, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and the nation’s only Indian Counseling Association. Likewise, if you are interested in legislation and advocacy for clients and/or the profession, students are encouraged to be involved in advocacy efforts.

The local chapters are the best way to meet counseling professionals in your area. Throughout the year local chapters will host various social, service, and professional events. This is a great way to learn about services available in your area while also having some fun. Local chapters also provide the opportunity for leadership experiences. Join SDCA, Specialty Areas and your local chapter to recieve updates about activities and events. You can also join the SDCA Facebook page as well as the SDCA Graduate Student Facebook page.

There will be more updates and information for graduate students often. Be sure to check this website regularly and contact SDCA should you have any questions.

  • Grad Student 2016-2017