2002-2003 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Rural Human Services

College of Rural Alaska
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5440
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 543-4500
Northwest Campus (907) 443-5602


Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 30 Credits

This one-year program facilitates development of strong and healthy rural Alaska Native individuals, families and communities. Developed for village-based human service providers preparing to be natural helpers/healers in their communities, the program provides entry-level training for village-based public, private and volunteer human service organizations.

Drawing extensively on resource people from the Native community, curriculum content and delivery reflects a strong multicultural orientation that validates, incorporates, and builds on Native values and principles.

Courses are offered through a series of four training sessions. Each session lasts three weeks. Students spend the time in intensive study at selected delivery sites. A practicum and electives round out the program.

Admission is open to all individuals employed by a regional Native health corporation or local entity providing delivery of village-based human services, or individuals recognized by their communities as natural helpers/healers. A high school diploma or GED and/or previous training or work experience in the delivery of village-based human services is recommended but not required.

Undergraduate Program


Rural Human Services -- Certificate

  1. Complete the certificate requirements.
  2. Complete the following courses:
    RHS 110 -- Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills* (1 credit)
    RHS 115 -- Issues of Personal Development in the Delivery of Rural Human Services* (2 credits)
    RHS 120 -- Family Systems I* (2 credits)
    RHS 130 -- Processes of Community Change (2 credits)
    RHS 140 -- Alaska Native Values and Principles (1 credit)
    RHS 150 -- Introduction to Rural Counseling* (2 credits)
    RHS 220 -- Family Systems II* (2 credits)
    RHS 250 -- Rural Counseling II* (2 credits)
    RHS 260 -- Addictions: Intervention and Treatment* (2 credits)
    RHS 265 -- Interpersonal Violence* (2 credits)
    RHS 275 -- Introduction to Mental Health Recovery (2 credits)
    RHS 285 -- Case Management* (2 credits)
    RHS 287 -- Rural Human Services Practicum (4 credits)
    RHS 290 -- Grief and Healing* (2 credits)
  3. Complete 1 of the following options:**
    1. Complete 1 of the following courses:
      CIOS 160 -- Business English (3)
           or DEVS 104 -- University Communications (3)
           or ENG 111X -- Introduction to Academic Writing (3) (3 credits)
    2. If English ASSET test is passed, choose two credits from the following electives or related credits approved by student's advisor:
      RHS 270 -- Networking, Negotiating, and Conflict Resolution (2 credits)
      RHS 288 -- Directed Study: Resource Assessment (1 credit)
      RHS 289 -- Directed Study: Processes of Community Change II (1 credit)
  4. Minimum credits required (30 credits)

* The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Review Board has aproved these courses toward certificatioin or recertification of Substance Abuse Counselors in the state of Alaska.
** Students must demonstrate proficiency in English through documented satisfactory completion of a college level English composition course, completion of the ASSET test with recommended placement in a college level English class, or through satisfactory completion of 3 credits of appropriate Developmental English or Business English.

Note: Students spend the time in intensive study at selected delivery sites.