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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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SDSU Extension to assess farm-ranch stress statewide

SDSU Extension faculty will conduct a statewide comprehensive needs assessment to find more ways to help agricultural producers deal with stress through a new U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

NAFSA Region IV Conference honors Fuad, Schmidt

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs saw two individuals receive honors at the NAFSA Region IV Conference, held virtually in October. The region consists of colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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