Southern Plains Children’s counseling services assist families with the sensitive issues of child and adolescent behavior.  This program provides mental health services to children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). Therapists help promote change and understanding with those struggling with trauma, conduct disorders, anger, discipline, attention deficit disorders, educational challenges, depression and other social and emotional life needs.

Individual Counseling Services

Counseling tailored to individual needs are are also offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services. Therapy often involves school, home, and community based services assisting families, school staff, and community agents to support each individual client. Case management is often added to individual therapy services to help meet all needs of the child/ family. Therapists are available across four counties including Tripp, Todd, Mellette, and Gregory Counties. To refer yourself or someone you know please call 605-842-1465 or visit the referral page.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient services are offered to both adults and children living in the service area that may be currently experiencing problems. Appointments may be self-initiated or made by a referring agency that is involved with an individual or family. The staff consists of the disciplines of psychiatry and social work. Services are not limited to the office setting and can be offered in the most therapeutic environment. A part of the children’s services involves case management in the form of linking to agencies and/or resources that will benefit the child/family.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an individual therapy services with a parent/ family component focusing primarily on trauma. Typically done in around 14-18 sessions where children learn about trauma, coping with trauma, and desensitization to traumatic responses with a trained Southern Plains Behavioral Health therapist. Parent involvement is promoted through this therapy process to help assist the child and family in overcoming the impacts of trauma in their lives.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Individual adolescent DBT therapy services are currently being offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services. This can be done by calling 605-842-1465 and asking to speak to a DBT therapist to make a referral or visiting our referral page.

  • DBT is an evidenced based therapy service currently being offered in the Winner, SD office. DBT skills therapy services address four main skill areas over a time scheduled program. These skill areas consist of:
    • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
    • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.
    • Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change.
  • Individual DBT can be done through a telehealth platform as well as in person.
  • DBT can be done with an array of issues one may be experiencing, if you have questions or are wondering if DBT could be a fit for your child please call 605-842-1465 and talk with a DBT therapist or visit THIS WEBSITE


Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT groups are currently being offered for adolescents. Please call 605-842-1465 and talk with an MRT therapist if you have an adolescent you would like to get into the group or refer for MRT services.

  • MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to assist participants in addressing negative thought and behavior patterns often associated with criminal thinking and behaviors.
  • This program includes a 12 step process focusing on issues such as honesty, trust, acceptance, healing relationships, and setting goals.
  • MRT is appropriate for youth between ages of 13-18 which is how it is currently being offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services.
  • The program meets weekly and is generally 26 sessions in length, based on each individuals need.
  • MRT is delivered in a group setting
  • MRT therapists guide group discussions and activities to address criminal thinking.
  • MRT is proven to have positive outcomes for youth.
  • For more information about MRT please call the main office at 605-842-1465 and ask to talk to an MRT therapist. You can also visit THIS WEBSITE

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

ART is currently being offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services for adolescents. If you have interest in signing your youth up for ART services or making a referral please call 605-842-1465 and talk to an ART therapist.

  • ART is a short term 10 week long cognitive behavioral therapy approach addressing aggressive and violent behaviors. This therapy addresses three main areas:
    • Social Skills Training—Teaches participants what to do, helping them replace antisocial behaviors with positive alternatives.
    • Anger Control—Teaches participants what not to do, helping them respond to anger in a non-aggressive manner and rethink anger-provoking situations.
    • Moral Reasoning—Helps raise participants’ level of fairness, justice, and concern for the needs and rights of others.
  • Art will be offered to adolescents in a group setting spanning across ages 12-18.
  • Visit the Aggression Replacement Training Website for more information on this therapy.

Family Based Services

Family based counseling is offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services. This counseling service is offered in all four counties, Todd, Mellette, Tripp, and Gregory.

Intensive Family Services are also being offered at Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services.

Systems of Care Services (SOC)

A case management program addressing basic needs, social supports, emotional needs, educational needs, community supports, housing supports, health, and safety needs. SOC works with children/ youth from newborn to age 21 and their families in partnership with the schools and communities. SOC is currently being offered in all counties (Todd, Tripp, Mellette, Gregory) For more information or to make a referral for SOC please call 605-842-1465.