Rural Human Services

The Rural Human Service (RHS) Certificate Program is a 34-credit University of Alaska academic program that offers a culturally appropriate training program designed for rural, village-based human service workers, natural helpers, and healers in their communities.  

Our program relies upon and validates Alaska Native cultures, traditional values, and learning styles blended with Western ideas to deliver world-class education. RHS emphasizes cooperative learning and is grounded in the oral tradition; Elders are a vital part of program design and class instruction. Learning methods include observation, oral communication, hands-on experience, and skill applications for use in rural Alaska.

Earning your RHS certificate in our program is designed to enhance self-awareness and personal growth for our students. Train in services such as crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community development, counseling in mental health, counseling in substance abuse, interpersonal violence education, grief counseling, and healing. 

The Rural Human Services (RHS) program, a statewide effort that embraces the Alaska Mental Health Board's goal to have at least one trained rural human service provider employed in each of Alaska's 171 villages, represents successful partnerships and collaborations between rural Alaskans in villages within UA service regions, faculty from the University of Alaska, representatives from the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, Alaska Native elders, Alaska Native Health Corporations, rural mental health centers, and the RHS Council who work closely together to best meet the needs of rural Alaskans.

The Chena River, image shot from the river looking downstream. The banks are lined with spruce and birch trees
Rural Human Services (Certificate)

The rural human services program is designed to develop strong and healthy rural Alaska Native individuals, families and communities. The RHS program provides 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 from Indigenous knowledge and wisdom about health and well-being and reflects a strong multicultural orientation that validates, incorporates, and builds on Indigenous values and principles.

 

 

 


Faculty and Staff

Vacant position

Vacant position

Program Administrator

Interior Alaska Campus

810 Draanjik Fr., Fairbanks, Alaska

Rural Human Services statewide program is housed at Interior Alaska Campus

Robyn Henry

Robyn Henry

Professor

Rural Human Services

Diane McEachern

Diane McEachern

Assistant Professor

Kuskokwim Campus

201 Akiak Dr., Bethel, Alaska