Rural Human Services
Gain the skills to serve rural Alaska communities and make a positive impact in peoples’ lives. The certificate in rural human services at UAF provides education and training in areas such as substance abuse, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, interpersonal violence, grief and healing. Alaska Native culture is integrated throughout the curriculum, with Native Elders forming part of the instructional team. You will also have the opportunity to earn a number of certifications and credentials through your coursework.
Who is the certificate in rural human services designed for?
This training program is designed for village-based human service workers in Alaska. It’s a great fit for rural residents who are natural helpers and healers in their communities, as it will further develop skills and credentials in the helping profession. The education model used is specifically intended to fit the educational needs of the adult Alaska Native learner.
How is the rural human services program delivered?
The human services certificate program is delivered through monthly one-week intensives (face-to-face classes where you can interact with professors, Elders, and peers) over two academic years. Many of our students are employed and are supported to attend the monthly intensives.
Earn your associate degree in human services at UAF
The rural human services certificate meets 50% of the requirements for the associate degree in human services. This allows you to easily take the next step in your education if you choose to.
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Why Study Rural Human Services at UAF?
Hands-on learning in the rural human services program
In the human services program, we encourage you to apply your learning to your life and in your community. For example, a 125-hour practicum includes a project that you will design that relates directly to a community need. Projects have included suicide prevention activities, interviewing Elders on life before colonization, and using arts and crafts and talking circles to help women who have experienced trauma to share their stories.
Looking at our history helped me feel there are other ways to heal, not just western ways. Rural human services gave me a spark of hope that if I could learn all this and use my life to learn, then I could pass that on…I thought, ‘We (Alaska Natives) are not as bad as we have been thinking’ because of the way human services was taught…there is hope as we learn and pass it on in our communities and that way other will feel that hopefulness.
Human Services Jobs
This training program prepares you for entry-level human services jobs in a variety of employment areas such as:
- Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
- Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Program
- Head Start
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Community-based suicide prevention programs
- Substance abuse counseling
- Case management services
Explore Classes in the Rural Human Services Certificate Program
Courses for the certificate in rural human services focus on developing counseling and case management skills to address key social issues such as interpersonal violence, mental illness and recovery, substance abuse, grief and family systems. Alaska Native values and culture are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Get Started on Your Rural Human Services Certificate
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