Rural Human Services

College of Rural and Community Development
Chukchi Campus 907-442-3400
Interior-Aleutians Campus 907-474-5440
Kuskokwim Campus 907-543-4500
Northwest Campus 907-443-2201

Occupational Endorsement; Certificate

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Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 32 credits

The rural human services programs are designed to develop strong and healthy rural Alaska Native individuals, families and communities. They provide entry-level training for students preparing for careers as natural helpers/healers in village-based public, private and volunteer human service organizations. The curriculum draws extensively on resource people from the Native community and reflects a strong multicultural orientation that validates, incorporates and builds on Native values and principles.

The certificate program is a concentrated course of study focused on rural behavioral health services. Both the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are currently developing and defining competencies and credentials for Alaska behavioral health care workers.

The certificate program provides additional credentials for service providers who work in related fields and would like additional training in rural behavioral health services. Providers who may want such training could include health aides, family service workers, correctional workers and teachers. Courses are presented as a series of four intensive three-week training sessions at selected delivery sites. A practicum and electives round out the program.

Admission is open to anyone employed by a regional Native health corporation or local entity providing village-based human services, or to 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 are recommended but not required.

This degree program is delivered collaboratively within the UA system.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements. (As part of the certificate requirements, complete RHS F110 and F115 for the human relations requirement. The communication and computation courses must be completed from the certificate requirements.)
  3. Complete the following:
    RHS F120--Family Systems I*--2 credits
    RHS F130--Processes of Community Change--2 credits
    RHS F140--Alaska Native Values and Principles--1 credit
    RHS F150--Introduction to Rural Counseling*--2 credits
    RHS F220--Family Systems II*--2 credits
    RHS F250--Rural Counseling II*--2 credits
    RHS F260--Addictions: Intervention and Treatment*--2 credits
    RHS F265--Interpersonal Violence*--2 credits
    RHS F275--Introduction to Recovery and Mental Illness--2 credits
    RHS F285--Case Management*--2 credits
    RHS F287--Rural Human Services Practicum--4 credits
    RHS F290--Grief and Healing*--2 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--32 credits

* The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification review board has approved these courses toward certification or recertification of Substance Abuse Counselors in the state of Alaska.

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