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Counseling and Human Development

Welcome to 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 programs in South Dakota that delivers 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/Director ECHD

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

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SDSU undergraduates to present child development, cancer research

Three South Dakota State University juniors will tell South Dakota legislators about their research on how children develop their relationship with the natural world and how cancer cells spread to other parts of the body.

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.

Free seminars help South Dakotans learn about opioids, prevent misuse

Nearly 2,500 adolescents and adults in rural communities across South Dakota are better prepared to prevent opioid misuse, thanks to free educational seminars provided through SDSU Extension’s Strengthening the Heartland Program.