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Counseling and Human Resource Development

Welcome to Counseling and Human Development

The Counseling and Human Development programs provide high quality academic and clinical preparation through evidence-based curriculum designed to train critical thinkers. Our programs prepare individuals to work with diverse people in a range of settings, including mental health agencies, higher education institutions, private practice, schools (PreK-12), non-profits, hospitals and care facilities and other public institutions. We are one of the few public university programs in South Dakota that delivers at the main campus in Brookings, at the Rapid City campus 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. 

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

Anne Karabon, Ph.D., Wendell and Marlys Thompson Director of the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development

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

Meet Amber Letcher, faculty in Human Development and Family Studies.

Meet a graduate student in Counseling at our Rapid City site.

Meet a graduate student in Counseling at our Rapid City site.

Counseling and Human Resource Development News

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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.

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.

Bjornestad receives S.D. Counseling Association award

Andrea Bjornestad, an assistant professor in the South Dakota State University Department of Counseling and Human Development, received the E. Gordon Poling Administrator Award from the South Dakota Counseling Association.