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Kelly Bass

Kelly Bass

Program Director/Associate Professor, MSW


Health Science Center - Sioux Falls 369

Phone: (605) 357-1460



Dr. Bass has a bachelors' of social work degree from the University of Sioux Falls, a masters in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and completed his doctorate in clinical social work and supervision at the University of Tennessee in 2015.

Teaching Interests:

Mental health assessment and treatment Clinical practice with children, adolescent, and young adults Clinical supervision and leadership

Research Interests:

Social work practice and clinical license supervision Integrating community and institutional interventions and service delivery found at the intersection of healthcare disciplines Interventions for improving outcomes for vulnerable populations (e.g., adults, youth, and children with mental illnesses) in the criminal justice and welfare systems


  • Doctorate in Social Work (DSW), Clinical Social Work , University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2015
  • MS, Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2001
  • BS, Social Work, University of Sioux Falls, 1998

Licensures and Certifications:

  • ACS, Center for Credentialing and Education
  • CSW-PIP, South Dakota Licensing Board
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker, Association of Social Work Boards


  • Practice preparedness form the perspectives and experiences of clinical social work supervisors, Association of Social Work Boards, (2019 - 2020)


  • Opioid Training Grant, State of South Dakota Division of Behavioral Health. Grant Role: Supporting. (2018 - 2021)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Bass, Kelly. Education, experience, and exam, 1. Iss. Summer. Culpepper, VA: Association of Social Work Board, 2018.
  • Bass, Kelly. Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation. Alexandria, Virginia: Council on Social Work Education, 2018.
  • Bass, Kelly. Childhood Trauma Handbook: a guide for helping trauma-exposed children and adolescents. Iss. July. Alexandria, VA: Counseling Today, 2006.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2015 EPAS Site Visitor Training, Council on Social Work Education, 2019
  • Management Development Program, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, 2018
  • Path to Licensure Scholar, Association of Social Work Boards, 2017
  • Outstanding Service Award: Family Based Services, SD Department of Corrections, 2004
  • Recipient of the Rural Health Care Association Scholarship, Rural Health Care Association, 2001


  • Bass, Kelly. From Practitioner to Supervisor: Preparing for Licensed Supervisory Practice. Presented at the ASWB Education Conference, Chicago, IL. (April 24, 2020)
  • Bass, Kelly. Ethics - Complex Case Consultation Training. Presented at the Ethics in Social Work, Rapid City, SD. (March 1, 2017)
  • Bass, Kelly. The Impact Experience and Training has on Clinical Supervisor Competencies. Presented at the Eleventh International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Garden City, NY. (June 2015)
  • Bass, Kelly. A Framework for Clinical Supervision: Juvenile Delinquency. Presented at the National Forensic of Social Work Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. (2009)
  • Bass, Kelly. Identifying and referring at-risk students. Presented at the Northern Plains Regional Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (2001)
  • Bass, Kelly. Juggling the balls of life: stress management. Presented at the Northern Plains Regional Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (2001)