College of Arts & Sciences Clinical Psychology

SD Human Services Center

South Dakota Human Services Center
Mickelson Center For The Neurosciences
3515 Broadway
Yankton, SD 57078

SD Human Services Center

Agency Description

South Dakota Human Services Center (HSC) is a state hospital that provides care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for mentally ill and chemically dependent residents of South Dakota. The Human Services Center provides inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment for adults and adolescents. Ancillary services include occupational, recreation, physical, educational, speech and hearing evaluation and therapy, as well as dental and library services.

Saff Information
Administrative Supervisor: 
Lina Hall, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Supervisor: 
Lina Hall, Ph.D.

Position Information
  • Direct pay training site (not contracted with USD)
  • Stipend: $12.50 per hour (12 months, flexible starting and ending dates)
  • Hours per week: not to exceed 20 hours per week
  • Number of placement positions: 1
  • Estimated distance from Vermillion: 30 miles
  • Prior training & experience required of trainees: completion of assessment classes, completion of classes involving the DSM-IV-TR, various diagnoses and recommended treatment approaches, prior clinical placements which have included psychological evaluations and therapy                      
  • Prior training and experience preferred of trainees: 4th year student
  • Strengths of this practicum experience: This placement offers the graduate student exposure to a diversity of in-patient clinical cases, often the most challenging cases in the state, and the chance to work with varying age groups ranging from adolescents through the elderly. This practicum experience provides the student the opportunity to offer services to patients at various levels of in-patient care including acute, psychiatric rehabilitation, and chemical dependency treatment. It allows the student to experience working as part of a treatment team with a number of other disciplines such as psychiatry, social work, occupational therapy, nursing and recreational therapy. The student will have the opportunity to experience observing ECT's and to sit in on mental health commitment hearings. Duties will include providing individual therapy (possibly family, couples, and group therapy) as well as administer, score, interpret and write reports for various types of assessments including intelligence testing and personality testing. The student will also be asked to complete at least two case presentations to the members of the psychology department
  • Additional comments: a Brochure for students is available online
Training Opportunities

M = major emphasis (all trainees involved)           
O = options for trainees (based on trainee interest or skills)





Special Areas

elders O individual therapy M HIV/AIDS  
adults M family therapy O eating disorders M/O
adolescents M/O couples therapy O developmental disabilities M/O
children   group therapy O physical disabilities  
ethnic minorities M community outreach   PTSD M/O
gay/lesbian/bisexual O consultation/liaison O forensic  
low income M crisis intervention   sexual offenders  
homeless   brief psychotherapy M sexual abuse M/O
inpatients M long-term therapy O geropsychology O
outpatients   cognitive assessments M SPMI M
residential   personality assessments M SED M/O
English as second language   neuropsych assessments   substance abuse O
immigrants/refugee   case management   domestic violence M/O

Proportion of practicum time spent in a typical month (flexible, depends on trainee's interests and training needs):
  • Therapy: 30-45%
  • Consultation: 5%
  • Assessment (including conducting/scoring/preparing reports): 45-50%
  • Receiving supervision: 5%   

*The percentage of time students will spend in each of these areas will be somewhat dependent on the experiences the students want to have.