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Jay Trenhaile

Trenhaile, Jay
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South Dakota State University
Box 507, Wenona Hall #109
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57071

University Profile

Programs involvement
Early Care and Education Bachelor's Degree - Department Chair
Family and Community Services Master's Degree - Department Chair
Family and Consumer Sciences Education Master's Programs - Department Chair


Jay Trenhaile is a professor and department head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University. He has provided leadership as a department head at SDState since 2002.  During that time the department has expanded to include the undergraduate major in human development and family studies.  In 2007, Trenhaile led the department through the addition of a new specialization in rehabilitation counseling, a program that was subsequently nationally accredited in 2009.  Research activities for Trenhaile focus on his interest in the areas of solution-focused brief therapy, children and adolescents, and individuals with developmental disabilities. 


Ed.D. In Educational Psychology and Counseling, University of South Dakota, 1996
M.S. in Counseling and Human Resource Development, South Dakota State University, 1993
M.S. in Adult Education, Kansas State University, 1989
B.S. in Education, Dakota State University, 1986