Psychological Services Center
The Psychological Services Center (PSC) serves as a teaching, training, and research center supported by the American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Dakota.
The PSC is an outpatient clinic that provides therapy services to children, adults, couples and families through a variety of modalities including brief, longer term, individual, marital, family and group psychotherapy. All psychological services are confidential.
Testing & Evaluation
Intellectual and personality assessments for schools, physicians, Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and other agencies and professionals are provided. Neuropsychological screens are also available.
Consultation & Training
Consultation to professionals and agencies on individual cases and general program is available from the clinical faculty and doctoral students. This service also provides assistance in the development of new programs and is not limited to interventions of a clinical nature. Training workshops on a wide variety of topics may be arranged for individual and groups. Examples include stress management, eating disorders, child abuse, depression, spousal/partner abuse and suicide prevention.
Psychological services are provided primarily by doctoral students in clinical psychology under the supervision of clinical psychology faculty (licensed psychologists).
At the time of referral or initial contact, a screening interview will be scheduled. The purpose of this interview is to obtain a description of the presenting problem and to determine if services offered through the PSC are appropriate for the concerns identified. If services through the PSC are not appropriate, referral options will be provided. If services through the PSC are appropriate, an overview of PSC policies and procedures is provided at that time. A fee for service is set at the end of the screening interview. Following this interview a therapist will be assigned. The therapist will schedule subsequent appointments and, in collaboration with the client, will determine the type of treatment and/or evaluation best suited to the client's needs.
A one-time $20 fee is charged to all clients at the end of the first clinical session. This fee covers assessment materials and general administrative costs. Full-time USD students pay only the $20 initial fee. In addition to the $20 fee, community clients are charged fees on a sliding scale. Family of full-time students, part-time students, USD faculty and staff members and their immediate families are charged one-half of the sliding scale fee.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for the noon hours) and evenings by appointment during the academic year.
There are a couple of alternatives for after-hour telephone crises services, which include the Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Services in Yankton at 1-800-765-3382 and a 24-hour community information and crisis line in Sioux Falls called the "HELPline" at 605-339-4357. This service also provides the state of South Dakota with crisis and emergency service and information for suicide, 1-800-SUICIDE.
The center is located in Vermillion on the main the campus of University of South Dakota. It is housed in the first floor of the Old South Dakota Union building across from the intersection of Clark and Harvard streets. Upon entering the building, take a left and enter the center through the set of glass double doors (room 112).
- Director: Beth Boyd, Ph.D.
- Secretary: Penny Reifenrath
- Clinic Assistants: Two senior clinical psychology students serve in this role each year.
Psychological Services Center
South Dakota Union #112
Department of Psychology
University of South Dakota