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Crisis Services Prevention Services

Mental Health Services

Mental health services at the Student Counseling Center (SCC) are a vital part of the USD community and serve as an essential service to students. Mental health services provide students with counseling, support, and advocacy. Individual, group, couples, and family therapy are offered by staff who are trained in these areas. The SCC serves students who present with many different types of personal concerns including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, identity concerns, crisis needs, eating disorders, alcohol and drug use as well as abuse and violence issues. The scope of service corresponds to the training of the staff and supervision. If the requested services are not available at the SCC, a referral will be made to the appropriate agency.


Alcohol & Drug Services

The chemical dependency program at the Student Counseling Center is accredited through the South Dakota Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Level 0.5 Early Intervention Services, Prevention, and Level I Outpatient Services Program and Level II.I Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. Chemical dependency treatment services are available to all registered USD students and include: alcohol and drug assessments, individual counseling, group counseling, aftercare opportunities, and recovery maintenance programs.

Assessment services are provided to USD students who request assistance in identifying their current substance use concerns. Assessment is also provided for students who have been court-ordered by the city, county, or state(s) court system or the campus judicial system. Assessment includes an identification of substance use background, patterns, and specific needs of the client. Feedback and recommendations are provided to the client.

Co-occurring Disorder Services

The SCC is committed to providing professional screening to determine the need for treatment of co-occurring disorders. Clients with co-occurring disorders will be met with a welcoming treatment environment that is conducive to meeting their co-occurring needs.

Upon self-referral, court order, or agency referral, screening shall be provided by the SCC. The assigned clinician shall provide screening for all clients presenting for mental health or chemical dependency services to determine the presence or possibility of a co-occurring disorder.

Screening shall include the application of assessment tools, including but not limited to, the BECK, BURNS, AUDIT, DAST, MAST, and other tools. SCC clinicians shall provide a full holistic assessment to establish or rule out the possibility of a co-occurring disorder. The intake clinician's goal is to review the client's critical life areas and best determine the level of treatment for the client's individualized therapeutic interests and needs. The problems/needs areas shall be reviewed through written assessments and therapeutic dialogue between client and therapist. Licensed or certified clinicians shall work with the client through individual sessions to develop a therapeutic integrated strength-based treatment plan.