1997-98 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Course Description Index

Rural Human Services

College of Rural Alaska
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
Kuksokwim Campus (907) 474-5440


Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 30 Credits

The Rural Human Services Certificate is a one year program designed to facilitate 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 of the four sessions last three weeks and consist of six credits. Students spend the time in intensive study at selected delivery sites. A four credit practicum and two 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 Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the certificate requirements in the following recommended sequence: Credits
    Training Session I
    RHS 110 -- Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills (2 credits)
    RHS 115 -- Issues of Personal Development in the Delivery of Rural Human Services (2 credits)
    RHS 120 -- Family Systems I (2 credits)
    Training Session II
    RHS 130 -- Processes of Community Change (2 credits)
    RHS 140 -- Alaska Native Values and Principles (2 credits)
    RHS 150 -- Introduction to Rural Counseling (2 credits)
    Training Session III
    RHS 220 -- Family Systems II (2 credits)
    RHS 250 -- Rural Counseling II (2 credits)
    RHS 260 -- Addictions: Intervention and Treatment (2 credits)
    Training Session IV
    RHS 265 -- Interpersonal Violence (2 credits)
    RHS 285 -- Case Management (2 credits)
    RHS 287 -- Rural Human Services Practicum (4 credits)
    Subtotal (26 credits)
  2. Other requirements:
    RHS Elective** (with permission of instructors) (3 credits)

    Minimum credits required (30 credits)

*English: Students must demonstrate proficiency in English through documented satisfactory completion of a college level English composition course, through 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 Office Management and Technology Business English.

**RHS Electives:
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
RHS 290 -- Grief and Healing (2 credits)