The Clinical Psychology program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model of training. We believe that the investigation of problems in clinical psychology cannot be limited to narrowly defined scientific methods. Effective investigators must be competent clinicians if they are to develop a complete understanding of psychological phenomena. We therefore emphasize the development of strong clinical skills as an essential part of our training.
The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a campus and community-based training facility for the Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at The University of South Dakota (USD). The training of clinical skills, along with the dissemination and application of knowledge about behavioral healthcare, are primary to its mission. Through its focus on training, research, and outreach, the PSC creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to prevent, assess, treat and ameliorate behavioral health problems, foster professional growth and opportunity and promote the transfer of such knowledge to the surrounding community.
- Outpatient psychological evaluations
- consultative services
- psychotherapy for individuals (i.e., children, adolescents, adults), couples and families
- presentations and workshops to groups, associations, schools, agencies and businesses in the region surrounding Vermillion, South Dakota
Given our affiliation with USD, we offer reduced fees to both USD undergraduate and graduate students and USD employees, including their family members. There is no charge for the screening session. Everyone who is accepted as a client at the PSC must pay a one-time client fee of $20.00 at the end of the first clinical session to cover assessment materials and general administrative costs, with the exception of those who are referred from the Student Counseling Center.
The USD Psychological Services Center (PSC) is an outpatient mental health facility that was established in the early 1970’s. Telebehavioral health was incorporated in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth will continue to be a service option for clients, thereby allowing the PSC to access a wider range of clientele. The PSC is part of the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology at USD.
The first, and primary, purpose of the PSC is to provide an environment for the training of graduate students in clinical psychology. Graduate students are trained through extensive supervision provided by faculty members in scientifically based methods of assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. The second important purpose of the PSC is to offer psychological services to the University students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the surrounding communities. Services are provided primarily by clinical psychology graduate students who are supervised by members of the clinical faculty who are either licensed psychologists or who are in the process of obtaining their licensure and, as such, are supervised by a licensed psychologist. On occasion, direct services may also be offered to clients by clinical faculty members.
Services offered at the PSC include psychological evaluations, consultative services, and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. Other services offered include presentations and workshops to groups, associations, schools, agencies, and businesses in the region surrounding Vermillion, South Dakota. Referrals are accepted from the clients themselves or from physicians, school personnel, University staff, and other mental health professionals. A third purpose of the PSC is the establishment of facilities for the option to conduct research. Students and faculty of the department interested in conducting research at the PSC are encouraged to reach out to the PSC Clinical Director.
As such, the PSC is community-outreach oriented. Policy decisions and clinic procedures established within this manual are predicated upon these purposes. Services are not denied to anyone on the basis of cultural or ethnic background, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious tradition, or ability to pay full fees for services.