Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Counseling Services

At some point, every individual, couple, or family experiences difficulty, faces a time of change, or seeks an opportunity to grow. Whether it is dealing with the loss of a loved one, improving family communication, or promoting health and wellness in the workplace, the support of caring professional therapists can help.

LSS counseling centers are conveniently located throughout South Dakota. Main offices are located in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown. Satellite offices are located in Brookings, Milbank, Mitchell, Mobridge, Sisseton and Sturgis. Our counselors provide effective services in a confidential environment. Service delivery formats are determined by client needs and include individual, couple, family or group counseling.

LSS therapists are Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. The LSS counseling team includes psychologists, psychiatrists and certified chemical dependency counselors. LSS has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation and meets their rigorous standards.

Training Opportunity: Responding to Torture Survivors

Building Awareness, Skills & Knowledge
In partnership with Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, LSS is hosting a FREE training event September 10-11, 2014 for providers working with immigrant, refugee, and asylee populations that addresses working with survivors of torture.

The training will be held at East Side Lutheran (1300 East 10th Street) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on September 10, and 8:30 am to 3 pm on September 11. Social work and counselor CEUs will be available along with certificates of attendance. Continental breakfast and snack will be available both days. Lunch will be available on September 10.

The objectives of this training are:
• To offer mainstream providers the best & promising practices, knowledge and tools needed to work effectively with survivors of torture
• To assist participants in identifying the health, mental health, psychosocial, and spiritual problems associated with the experience of trauma
• To learn trauma-informed assessment, intervention, and referral strategies
• To learn, practice, talk about, teach and promote stress reduction techniques.
• To identify benefits of group work in healing from torture
• To begin designing a group session unique to your clients' needs and program's resources
• To introduce the theories and models pertaining to substance abuse
• To identify, diagnose, refer, and treat substance abuse within the refugee and torture survivor community

Professionals working in Medical, Psychiatric, Psychological, Immigration Law, Social Work, Case Management Education and Spiritual disciplines as well as other interested individuals are invited to attend. Click here to register.

Biographies of Presenters

Mental Health Counseling