Degrees and Programs
Rural Human Services
College of Rural Alaska
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 474-5440
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.
Rural Human Services -- Certificate
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the certificate requirements.
- Complete the following sessions:*
- 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)
- Training Session I
- Complete 1 of the following:
- Complete 3 credits from the following 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 credit)
RHS 290 -- Grief and Healing (2 credits)
- Minimum credits required (30 credits)
* Courses are offered through a series of 4 training sessions, each lasting 3 weeks. Students spend the time in intensive study at selected delivery sites.
** 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.