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Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Development

I believe you will find many excellent programs, enthusiastic students and a committed faculty and staff. We are one of the few public university departments in South Dakota that delivers programs at the main campus in Brookings, at the University Centers in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, and online. In addition to our programs, we have a number of field specialists across the state who provide another level of teaching and training to the citizens of South Dakota. 

Even though our department is fairly new in terms of years, you will recognize a number of faculty who have been teaching, researching and serving South Dakota State University for quite some time. We are fortunate to have such a talented group, many of whom are well known leaders in the state, region and nation in their specialized field of study.  

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our programs, research or service. 

Jay Trenhaile, Ed.D.
Professor/Department Head CHD

Watch the video below to learn more about the CHD program.

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Mural helps connect students

When hearing Katrina ‘Kat’ Gilbertson is majoring in psychology along with pursuing minors in human development and family studies and women, gender and sexuality studies, one does not expect to learn she’s the artist who painted the #JacksForAll mural in the University Student Union at South Dak

Staci Born with APT certificate of approval

SDSU becomes approved center for play therapy

The Institute for Play Therapy Education at SDSU is the first in the state to become an Association for Play Therapy-approved center.

Student makes time to volunteer

Knowing firsthand how quickly things can change, South Dakota State University senior Lisa Rasmussen goes out of her way to help others.