Human Services (HUMS)
Students in the human services program receive skills-based education in a rapidly
growing field. An Associate Degree in Human Services develops practitioners who are
educated, ethical thinkers who can apply their knowledge to serving others in various
aspects of society. Human services professionals work with both children and adults
who are undergoing crisis or chronic situations.
Students may select an area of concentration from the following: addictions counseling, behavioral health, or interdisciplinary concentration. Students learn interviewing and assessment, case management, crisis intervention, group counseling techniques, and other specific skills needed within their concentration area.
This degree program is offered out of CRCD's Interior Alaska Campus (IAC) in Fairbanks and the Kuskokwim Campus (KuC) in Bethel. Courses may be taught through a blended delivery cohort model, distance, and face to face.
Persons with a strong desire to help others, a sincere respect for humankind, and a commitment to their own personal growth may find this field rewarding. People in human services must be emotionally stable, flexible, and interested in working with people of diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
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Our programs prepare students for entry-level positions in:
- Substance use disorder treatment centers
- Non-profit programs addressing domestic violence and poverty reduction
- Group homes and residential care facilities
- Family, child, and youth service agencies
- Community mental health centers
Click this box to visit the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification's website where you can learn more about the process.
Interior Alaska Campus (IAC) Faculty
Kuskokwim Campus (KuC) Faculty
Sue Fallon, PhD, MA
Sue Fallon, Ph.D., has more than twenty years of experience in academia in Alaska in undergraduate and graduate programs in both human services and psychology. She has extensive experience in online education, academic advising and career counseling, curriculum development, and program evaluation. Mentoring and supervising student engagement in the community including practica, internships, service learning, and research projects are areas of special interest.
In addition to her academic experiences, Sue has served chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Behavioral Health Aide Academic Review Committee and worked as a Behavioral Health Practitioner providing integrated behavioral health services with emphases on substance use disorders, crisis intervention, and domestic violence.Sue is currently completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage and received her doctorate in psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Diane McEachern, PhD, LCSW, MSW
Program Head: UAF RHS & HUMS AAS
Diane McEachern, PhD, has worked and taught in the Yukon Kuskokwim region for 24 years, first as an itinerant school social worker, and for the last 19 years, has taught for UAF at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. Diane focuses on community-based suicide prevention programs, adult learning and Indigenous ways of learning and teaching, especially in the field of rural and community social work. Diane was the recipient of the Usibelli Excellence in Teaching award in 2019. She has also been the Alaska Social Worker of the Year. Diane spearheaded an initiative that explores Indigenous pedagogy at the University level helping coordinate workshops on Indigenizing Pedagogy for UAF faculty. She is the Program Head for the UAF RHS and HUMS AAS programs. She enjoys photography, hiking, and gardening.
DeShan Foret, MPH, MSW
RHS & HUMS AAS