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Counseling and Psychology in Education Symposium Features USD Graduate

VERMILLION, S.D. -- This year’s School Psychology Symposium hosted by the School Psychology Association at the University of South Dakota features a presentation by Lisa Stellinga entitled “Attachment in Children Within the Family and School Setting.”

The event takes place on Friday, Nov. 4 in the Al Neuharth Media Center. Registration is available from 8-8:30 a.m. and is open to students and professionals. The presentation includes a panel of parents who went through the Individualized Education Program with their children.

“We hope that the event serves as professional development for professionals and students,” said Brittany Lewno, a graduate student in school psychology. “We look forward to this event each semester, and feel it is a great opportunity to grow as future professionals. We encourage other students and professionals to join us.”

Stellinga earned her bachelor’s degree at USD in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Studies and her master’s at South Dakota State University in Counseling & Human Resource Development. She has more than 28 years of experience working in group home care, educational therapy, outpatient and home-based therapy, alcohol and drug treatment centers, and contractual work. Stellinga currently practices as a licensed therapist with Lighting A New Way Counseling Services in Sioux Falls.

Registration is $10 for students and $25 for professionals and will include a continental breakfast. For additional information, contact Dr. Sarah Wollersheim Shervey at or at 605-677-5847.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.