October Webinar Event


Understanding the Counseling Compact and Preparing for South Dakota’s Participation
presented by Dr. Kelly Duncan, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, ACES Executive Director
Monday, October 17, 12pm CT/ 11am MT
(1.0 Contact Hours)

While the profession of counseling has been around for decades, it is still a relatively new profession as compared to other mental health professions.  The road to achieving counselor licensure across the nation was not easy and it is important to consider the efforts of those who initiated that work.  Counselors have continued these efforts and worked toward a method of licensure portability for decades. The Counseling Compact has reached the threshold for enactment and counselors are seeking to understand how the Compact will be implemented and the impact of the Compact upon counseling practice, and the regulation of counseling. This presentation will present information on the Counseling Compact and will focus on the need for continued advocacy to protect the public and to promote a strong Professional Counselor Identity while simultaneously supporting the privilege to practice. An understanding of the Compact will assist South Dakota counselors as the Compact legislation is introduced in the South Dakota Legislature.

Training Objectives
  • Explore the history of the profession of counseling and the efforts that promoted counselor licensure across the country.
  • Examine the impact of the Counseling Compact on the profession of counseling.
  • Prepare for advocacy at the state level when the Counseling Compact is introduced in South Dakota.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kelly Duncan serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  She has been involved in the profession of counseling for over 30 years and has worked as a counselor educator since 2003.  Dr. Duncan had the privilege of serving as a counselor educator at three universities, coordinated a university counselor training clinic, and was a dean of a School of Education prior to joining the ACES staff.  She was the executive director of a state counseling branch for 15 years. Her background in counseling and association management allows her to meld her skills in her current role.

Since coming to ACES, Duncan has worked to highlight the work of the association more visibly and to facilitate collaborations between ACES and other counseling affiliate groups.  Promoting professional counselor identity and advocating for counselor educators and supervisors has been one of her focus areas in the past year.

Past professional leadership experiences include secretary of NCACES, chair of the ACA Midwest Region, and two terms as the Midwest Region representative to the ACA Governing Council.  She’s been the chair of several ACA task forces and committees. In her home state, she received appointments from three different governors to serve as a member of the South Dakota Board of Education for almost 20 years and served as the SD Counseling Association Executive Director for 15 years.  She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of South Dakota.



SDCA Members: Free

Non-Members: $25

Register HERE


Questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]

   The South Dakota Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The South Dakota Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

This organization, South Dakota Counseling Association approval ID 1058, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the: South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.

Rebecca Christiansen-ACEP Administrator
Po Box 95
Aberdeen SD 57402-0095
[email protected]