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The Student Counseling Center provides a wide range of confidential services to currently enrolled USD students at no cost. We offer individual and group counseling, as well as self-help tools and general health information, to help students take care of their mental health and access wellness during their time at USD.
The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The Student Counseling Center's (SCC) goal is to help you make the most of your years here at USD.
We are committed to providing students with the support they need to succeed. If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Contact the Student Counseling Center today to learn more about our services and how we can help.
Services We Offer
Eye Movement desensitize & Reprocessing (EMDR) - structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - a structured, goal-oriented type of talk therapy
Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy) - refers to a variety of treatments that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors
Disordered Eating Support - We will work with you, your doctor, and a nutritionist to get you the best possible support with disordered Eating
Motivational Interviewing - approach designed to help people find the motivation to make a positive behavior change.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - is a type of talk therapy that emphasizes acceptance as a way to deal with negative thoughts, feelings, symptoms, or circumstances. It also encourages increased commitment to healthy, constructive activities that uphold your values or goals.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - is a structured program of Talk therapy with a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - is a research-supported treatment used to help individuals with trauma histories. It emphasizes how negative or incorrect thoughts about past trauma can fuel powerful secondary emotions that keep clients trapped in a negative spiral
Individual Counseling - Hour long one on one appointment with therapist
Same Day Appointments - Same Day Appointments are offered everyday at the SCC from 1-4. These appointments are short focus -based therapy that can help when you have immediate concerns that need addressed. They are set up as a first come first serve appointment.
Group Appointments - groups are offered throughout the semester. These consist of 3-4 people working in a safe and confidential Environment towards a common goal.
Couple/Partner Counseling - Couples will meet with a counselor who uses Gottman’s method and emotion focused therapy to work through relationship issues.Schedule a Same Day Appointment
How Does Group Therapy Work?
Student Counseling Center offers a wide array of groups to address the needs of our students.
Benefits of groups:
- Increase self-awareness and understanding of others
- Connect with others who have similar problems and experiences
- Decrease isolation and loneliness
- Receive multiple perspectives on your concerns
- Enhance the quality of relationships
- Experience meaningful and authentic connections with others
- Develop new, healthier ways of relating to others
- Identifying, experiencing and expressing feelings with greater ease
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Increase ability to give and receive honest feedback
- Internalize lessons learned by helping others in the group
What to expect when you sign up for Group Appointment:
- You will have a 30 minute intake appointment with a counselor. This will verify that group is appropriate for you
- During this appointment you will sign some consent forms and get an explanation of the group you wish to attend. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have.
- After the intake appointment you will be added to Group Appointment and attend group meetings as scheduled
Therapy Services Defined:
Referrals -Students can be referred to the student counseling center after meeting with USD’s Student Rights and Responsibilities office, their lawyer, or The Clay Counties States Attorney. If referred by one of these entities, please self-schedule an appointment below.
Prevention Appointments Offered
e-Chug -The e-CHUG is a brief, online alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program. The e-CHUG program involves a 15–20-minute online assessment of alcohol use with personally tailored recommendations for making change and reducing risk around alcohol use. Students will receive information on individual drinking patterns, specific health and personal consequences, unique personal and family risk factors and campus and community support and emergency services.
BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a program designed to assist students in examining their drinking and other drug-use behavior in a judgment-free environment. This is NOT an abstinence-only program. Instead, the goals are selected by the student and are aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences. Services provided through the BASICS program are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and private.
Diversion (Prime for Life) - Prime for Life© is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pre-treatment program specifically designed for people who may be making high-risk choices. This includes but is not limited to impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug related problems throughout their lives. Because Prime For Life includes both prevention and intervention content, it is also designed in a way that serves universal, selective and indicated audiences with program delivery options for each.
Treatment Needs Assessment -Treatment Needs Assessments, also known as a, Drug and Alcohol Evaluation is an assessment that includes an interview with a trained clinician to review a person’s substance use and its impact on their daily life. Based on the information provided during the interview, an addiction counselor determines if the student meets criteria for a substance use diagnosis and recommends treatment services based on the assessment with the student.
Outpatient Treatment Services - Outpatient treatment services provide individual counseling services to students who are diagnosed with substance use disorders. Also available on an outpatient basis are early intervention services for students who may have substance use related problems but are not diagnosed with a substance use disorder.Self-Schedule an Alcohol/Drug Appointment
- Light Therapy
- Tone Therapy
- Zen Sand Trays
- Eye Massagers
- Egg Chair
- Massage Chair
- Mindful Message/Zen Cards
How it worksYou will follow this link and reserve the space online. Appointments are set up for a 45 min time slot. You do not need to use the whole time. You are welcome to use anything inside the Zen den during your appointment time. We ask that no more than two people use the Zen Den at a time.
Unfortunately this is not a service our office provides.
If you are located on campus your first step would be meeting with disability services.
If you are located off campus you would need to reach out to your primary care provider or long term therapist for assistance.
If you have any concerns with the care you are receiving, please follow the guidelines below:
- Talk about your concerns with your counselor
- If you still have issues, then contact the director of the Student Counseling Center
- If the situation still has not been resolved, you have the right to file a grievance with the Dean of Students and the board. The link below outlines this process.
Powered by Christie Campus Health, Coyote Care is a program that connects students to a 24/7 clinic support line staffed exclusively by licensed mental health professionals. The support line provides access to unlimited clinical support, risk assessment, connections to therapy and other next steps, emergency response, identifying students of concern and reporting. The service can be used by all students, whether on or off campus or abroad.
Students can access Coyote Care by calling 833-569-1686.
Coyote Care can provide immediate, in-the-moment assistance to students going through a crisis, but students who are seeking long-term mental health services should reach out to the Student Counseling Center, whose team of licensed professionals offers a wide range of services including individual counseling, group therapy, prevention services and more.
Meet USD Staff Member Jellybean
Jellybean Will NOT:
- Roam around and randomly walk up to you
- Be guaranteed in therapy sessions
- Be available for requests or visits
- Always be “leash in hand” and work in a private office
- Be used in sessions at the discretion of therapists
- Be available for visits on Thursdays at 12 p.m. in MUC-219
Faculty & Staff
- Imposter syndrome
- Disordered Eating
- Work/Life Balance
- Marijuana Education
- Alcohol Education
- Healthy Choices
- Suicide Prevention
- Sexual Assault
We provide recourses to assist faculty, staff and peers working with a student in need of assistance. To view these resources, please download our Coyote Resources Guide.
CARE Team (formerly known as BIT)
Do you know a student who needs assistance but do not know how to help? Please contact us for guidance to appropriate service and support provisions by phone at 605-677-5331, by email at email@example.com or fill out the form below.
Submit CARE Referral
The University of South Dakota’s Student Counseling Center offers training opportunities for graduate students in the field of counseling, social work, alcohol and drug studies and clinical psychology.
The mission of our training programs is to support the growth and develop of future professionals and assist them in building skills and knowledge necessary to function as entry-level mental health professionals. The intern training program at The Student Counseling Center is committed to an internship that emphasizes the professional and personal development of its interns. Our desire is to provide a safe place for professional-in-training to develop their own professional identify, counseling style, client conceptualization and self care strategies.
- Ethical and legal standards
- Individual and cultural diversity
- Advocacy and Professional Identity
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
- Treatment planning and development
- Consultation and interdisciplinary skills
Graduate Students in Counseling and Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Masters of Social Work program are encouraged to apply. Training begins in the middle of August with a 2-day orientation and the regular internship begins the first day of classes of the Fall semester. All internships last the duration of the academic school year from August to May (all breaks coincide with students break).
Mental Health Resources at Your Fingertips
You have free unlimited access to over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. The Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) platform includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools to help you care for yourself and meet your goals.