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CHRD Completed CACREP Self Study

CHRD recently completed their CACREP site visit for accreditation.  CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.  Three of our Masters of Science programs were accredited for another 8 years.

Fundraising Campaign for New Facilities

The CHD program has started a fundraising campaign to raise money for newly renovated facilities on the campus in Brookings. The new facility is needed to continue meeting national accreditation standards, accommodate individuals with disabilities, provide an appropriate learning environment, and have the complete department housed in one location.

CHD has the largest MS program at SDSU, averaging 55 graduates a year over a 4 year period.

MS in Marriage and Family Counseling

In 2016 we received permission to start a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Graduates from this specialization are eligible for certification as a Marriage and Family Therapist after completion of certification requirements as outlined by the South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners.

Welcome New CHRD Faculty

After a detailed search process, the CHRD program is happy to welcome Dr. Katelyn Romsa, Ms. Kristina Ramsey, and Dr. Staci Born to our program.

Dr. Romsa has taught for 3 years at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she completed her doctorate.  She has experience in a college counseling center, as a recruitment and retention coordinator, and as a sophomore initiatives coordinator.  Dr. Romsa’s research includes student-faculty interactions, supervisory models in student affairs, and predictors of retention.

Ms. Ramsay is a PHD candidate at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  She brings excellent experience in clinical and university settings and has taught graduate classes both online and in a face-to-face format. Her research includes work in the areas of multicultural counseling, group counseling, and substance use.

Dr. Born is a LMFT in both Minnesota and Vermont and holds a doctorate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a registered play therapist and is currently teaching at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. She has taught a number of courses and has also worked in a marriage and family clinic. Dr. Born’s research includes work in the areas of college students and stress, infertility-related stress, and counselor education pedagogy.

Support Staff For CHD

The support staff in the Department of Counseling and Human Development are Laura Johnson, whom serves as the Senior Secretary, and Stephanie Sandmeier, whom serves as the Program Assistant for the department. Both are located in Wenona Hall.

Faculty News

Dr. Andrea Bjornestad, Dr. Bjornestad recently published a qualitative study examining the impact of a service learning project implemented in her group counseling course in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work. She presented her research at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference where she also received the Outstanding Professional Teaching Award. In her extension role, she is leading a regional team on exploring mental health in farmers and ranchers. She continues to serve as the education chair for the South Dakota Counseling Association.

Dr. Staci Born is an assistant professor in the CHRD program. This summer, she is excited to offer coursework towards Play Therapy registration. Additionally, she has two manuscripts under review and presented at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference last fall. Dr. Born had successful internal grant funding on three projects: increasing women’s self-efficacy during infertility; a pilot study of family programming to enhance relationships; and an investigation of the correlation between omega-3 fatty acids and depression in college students. She has enjoyed becoming acclimated to South Dakota and attended SDCA Day on the Hill in January 2017.

Dr. Chris Briddick, has a book chapter coming out with Dr. Hande Briddick entitled Paradigm and Promise: Life-Design, Psychology of Working, and Decent Workfor the upcoming publication The Psychology of Career Adaptability, Employability, and Resilience. Dr. Briddick has upcoming presentations at the SDCA conference and the National Career Development Association’s annual conference, both related to Career Construction Theory. Dr. Briddick will also serve as part of the facilitation team for a pre-conference professional development institute on Career Construction at the NCDA conference as well as at the Career Construction Institute in late July.

Dr. Hande Briddick, Dr. Hande Sensoy Briddick continues to coordinates the School Counseling Specialty in the Counseling Department. She considers her biggest accomplishment as the successful CACREP visit with eight-year accreditation of the School Counseling Specialty! Dr. Sensoy-Briddick has collaborated with Dr. W. C. Briddick in publishing a book chapter on Life Design. Hande has made three presentations in different International and State Conferences last year. She is serving as an co-investigator in an NSF ADVANCE grant that focuses on women faculty in STEM related fields. Currently she is involved in three collaborative research projects that focus on Compassion Fatigue of School Counselors, Wellbeing of children and families, and the impact of a widely used program on children and classroom climate. She is on the Editorial Board of Career Development Quarterly and Journal of Employment Counseling. She is serving as the Supervisor Liaison for state School Counseling Association.

Dr. Alan Davis, Dr. Alan Davis, assisted in obtaining accreditation for the Rehabilitation and Mental Health specialty through the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for a term of 8 years. He gained “continuance” of funding for the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Training Grant that funds tuition for Rehabilitation counseling students for 5 years. He serves as book review Editor for Journal of Rehabilitation. Dr. Davis provides analysis of consumer satisfaction data for South Dakota Blind and Low Vision Services. He is presently studying with the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Kristine Ramsay-Seaner, is an Assistant Professor in the CHRD program. She presented at the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling national conference about transequality. She also presented at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision annual conference as well as represented SDSU on a panel. She continues to research topics related to diversity including racial microaggressions and overt racism. She currently has a manuscript under review for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and is the CHRD representative on the SBIRT Council of Directors.

Dr. Katelyn Romsa presented at the SDHEA conference in Sioux Falls in February 2017 where several students presented and two students received awards. Dr. Romsa presents two sessions at the national ACPA conference in Columbus, Ohio, in March 2017. Dr. Romsa published a manuscript in October 2016 in Developments titled “Preparing new professionals in student affairs: A supervisory model to maximize student success.” Dr. Romsa has two additional manuscripts that have been accepted for publication in The College Student Affairs Journal and the Journal of Leadership Education. Dr. Romsa currently serves as Co-Coordinator for the College Counseling and Administration of Student Affairs specialty areas.

Dr. Jay Trenhaile, Dr. Jay Trenhaile led the CHRD program through reaccreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs/College Counseling specializations. In January, the university received notification that the each program received the maximum 8 year accreditation. In addition, Dr. Trenhaile was a featured speaker at the SD Higher Education Association Pre-Conference in February. He presented with Dean Jill Thorngren on Motivational Interviewing and Applications in Student Affairs Programs.

Ms. Tanesha Walker, is finishing her PHD at Kent State University. She is a licensed Counselor in Ohio.; Ms. Walker has had numerous presentations at the state and national level. She has experience in University Counseling Centers, Adolescent Care Unit and a mental health center.

Dr. Ann Michelle Daniels, has a contract with Great River Learning Publishing Company to complete a Lifespan Development textbook, projected completion is August 2016. Dr. Daniels is a consultant to the Military Family Readiness Program. She was an invited author of two interactive video curriculum for the Texas AM, titled “Strategies for Caring Children with Sensory Integration Issues: Addressing the Needs of Preschool and School Age children” and “Strategies for Helping Pre-School and School-Age Children Develop Self-Help Skills in the Inclusive Child Care Setting.” Dr. Daniels was an invited facilitator and speaker for the National Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program Professional Development.

Dr. Amber Letcher presented her work nationally at the biennial conference of the Society for Research on Adolescents in Baltimore, MD. She also co-authored a publication with Dr. Kristin Bruns in the Journal of College Counseling. Dr. Letcher is part of a collaborative team including Dr. Ann Michelle Daniels, administrators from Sisseton Wahpeton College, and researchers from Penn State University that will implement an evidence-based, social-emotional learning curriculum with tribal youth in Head Start programs in South Dakota. Funding for this project was secured through the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Letcher was recognized as the Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Researcher of the Year for the College of Education and Human Sciences. For the second year, she was named a Top 50 Reviewer for Family Relations, a publication of the National Council on Family Relations.

Dr. Christin Carotta has co-authored a publication in the 2017 Archives of Sexual Behavior, has an article in press with the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and has a manuscript under review at The Qualitative Report. Dr. Carotta will be sharing some of her research at the Mindful Families, Schools, & Communities conference in Seattle, Washington. She is serving as co-advisor with Dr. Staci Born to the Jackrabbit Youth Mentoring Club (JYMC) at SDSU. Dr. Carotta is also collaborating on the THRIVE initiative.

Ms. Val Kleinjan, is a first-year faculty member as an instructor in Human Development and Family Studies. She graduated from the Counseling program in May 2016. Since graduation, she has presented at an International Honors Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands and the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Seattle Washington. She presented her mental health workshops she conducted during her internship experience.

Student News

NCE Pass Rate Remains Strong

Over the last year, 95% of CHRD students successfully passed the National Counselor Exam (NCE) on their first attempt.

Graduate Placement Rates within 4 months:

2016– 92%
2015—95%
2014—89%
2013—94%

HDFS Club

The Human Development and Family Studies Club is an undergraduate student organization committed to service and professional development. Currently in its third year, the student-led group is open to all majors on campus, but promotes activities and issues of interest to human services professions.

This year, students prepared and served a meal for the Harvest Table, assisted with local schools’ Family Fun Nights, participated in a recruitment fair to promote the HDFS major, and held a bake sale to raise funds for future projects. The Club also sponsored a guest speaker who discussed his experiences growing up in a refugee camp.