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Student Counseling Center

Dakota Hall
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For after hours crisis situations, please see the Crisis Services tab below.

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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

The Counseling Center is a confidential, non-judgmental space where students can receive support for a variety of mental health concerns. Our team of licensed professionals offers a wide range of services, including individual counseling, group therapy, prevention services and crisis services.
USD's emotional service dog Jellybean sitting and smiling in front of the Student Counseling Center Entrance.

Meet USD Staff Member Jellybean

Jellybean is 5-year-old Border Collie/Lab mix. She is an approved USD staff member who provides animal-assisted therapy. Jellybean has been working with student clients for over 3 years. Jellybeans' responsibilities are to provide co-regulation, help the parallel process, and promote secure relationships.  

Jellybean Will NOT: 

  • Roam around and randomly walk up to you
  • Be guaranteed in therapy sessions
  • Be available for requests or visits

Jellybean Will: 

  • 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

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Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff at the Student Counseling Center.
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Debra Robertson

Senior Director Student Counseling, Student Disability Services and Student Health
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Rebecca Glover

Assistant Director/Counselor
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Wesley Bruce

Assistant Director/Counselor
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Sheila Johnson

Mental Health/Sub Abuse Counse
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Jacob Johnson

MH/Substance Abuse Counselor
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Ben Severson

MH/Addiction Counselor
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Madison Harrington

Coord Prev Services/Counselor
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Trevor Mandernach

TRIO SSS Counselor
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Katy Murphy

Accommodations Coord/Counselor
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Brittany Peterson

Program Assistant 1
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Tanner Peterson

Coordinator of Athlete MH, Addiction and Preventative Services

Campus Support

Listed below are some presentations we offer at the Student counseling center.

Mental Health:

  • Stress 
  • Anxiety  
  • Imposter syndrome 
  • Disordered Eating 
  • Self-Harm 
  • Work/Life Balance 
  • QPR 


  • Marijuana Education 
  • Alcohol Education 
  • Healthy Choices 
  • Suicide Prevention 
  • Sexual Assault 

Presentation / Outreach Request

Interview Request

Resource Guide

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.

View Coyote Resource 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 or fill out the form below.

Submit CARE Referral

Employment Opportunities

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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.


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