Degree programs

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The RHS Occupational Endorsement is a 16-credit concentrated course of study focused on rural behavioral health. This endorsement coursework provides students with basic entry level training in behavioral health services and meets the training requirements for an entry level, professionally recognized Behavioral Health Aide I credential as developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The endorsement can also serve as a "stepping stone" to the 32 credit RHS certificate degree. All sixteen credits of the endorsement can directly be applied to the RHS certificate. The RHS endorsement has been developed in direct response to currentindustry efforts to identify and define levels of competency-based credentials in 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 make up of the occupational endorsement directly parallels the entry level competencies training required under these new systems.

The RHS Occupational Endorsement can also provide a credentialing option 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 aids, family service workers, correctional workers and teachers.

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Certificates are awarded by UAF in specific occupational fields with an emphasis on entering the job market. Students take a series of courses to prepare them for entry-level human service positions in rural Alaska. The courses are delivered in an intensive face-to-face format (1-3 week sessions in residence) over a period of 4 semesters. In addition to RHS courses the student will complete a practicum in their community, as well as the general university requirements. Students should be sure they are formally enrolled in the RHS program and have an RHS adviser.

General University Requirements:
Communication 2-3 credits
Computations 2-3 credits
Human Relations (RHS 110* and RHS 115*)
Program Requirements: »
RHS 120 Family Systems I (2 credits)*RHS 130 Processes of Community Change (2credits)*
RHS 140 Alaska Native Values and Principles (1 credit)*RHS 150 Intro to Rural counseling (2 credits)*
RHS 220 Family System II (2 credits)
RHS 250 Rural Counseling II (2 credits)
RHS 260 Addictions (2 credits)*
RHS 265 Interpersonal Violence (2 credits)
RHS 275 Intro to Mental Health and Recovery (2 credits)*
RHS 285 Case Management (2 credits)*
RHS 287 Practicum (4 credits)
RHS 290 Grief and Healing (2 credits)

* Classes included in the RHS BH Occupational Endorsement

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RHS graduates have 27 of the HUMS credits and may proceed directly into general education requirements and upper level HUMS courses. The courses listed below are required in addition to the RHS courses and are available by distance delivery from one's home community. The HUMS degree can be completed by distance from your home community.

General University Requirements (15 credits)
Communication (9 credits) (courses highlighted in bold are designated »
core requirements for all UAF bachelor degrees)
ENGL 111X (3) Methods of Written Communication
ENGL 211X or 212X* or 213X (3) Exposition Courses
COMM 131X or 141X (3) Fundamentals of Oral Communication
PSY 101 (3) Introduction to Psychology
HUMS 117 (3) Math for Human Service Workers
or other approved computation course »
(those going on for the BSW will need Math 131X)
* ENGL 212 (Grant Writing) does not fulfill second half of written »
communication requirement for baccalaureate degree
Program Requirements (9 credits)
HUMS 301 Ethics in Human Services
PSY 240 Lifespan Development Psychology
SWK 103 Social Work in Human Services

Concentration: Addictions Counseling*: (7 credits)
HUMS 205 Group Counseling (3)
HUMS 260 History of Alcohol in Alaska (1)
HUMS 305 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
*If choosing a different concentration, work closely with your advisor.

Department of Social Work
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All courses required for the social work degree can be taken by distance from your home community.

A student must apply and be accepted into the social work program. To be admitted to the program, students need a 2.0 GPA or above. To enroll in the senior practicum, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. (The social work practicum is in addition to the RHS practicum.) »
HUMS graduates can use their coursework toward a minor in Human Services.

General University Requirements
Meet core B.A. degree requirements for the B.A. degree in Communications Skills, Humanities and the Social Sciences, Perspectives on the Human Condition, Math or Computer Science and Natural Science.

Liberal Arts Courses
PSY 101 (completed in HUMS)
SOC 100 X Individual, Culture and Society
ANTH 242 Native Cultures of Alaska
Program Requirements
SWK 103 Introduction to Social Work (completed in HUMS)
SWK 220 Values, Ethics, and Social Work Practice »
SWK 305 Social Welfare History
SWK 306 Social Welfare Policies and Issues
SWK 320 Rural Social Work Practice
SWK 341 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 342O Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SWK 460 Social Work Practice I
SWK 461 Practicum ion Social Work I
SWK 463 Social Work Practice II
SWK 464 Practicum II
SWK 375 Research Methods

6 social work elective credits
*a limited number of HUMS (HSV) and PSYCH courses are accepted as alternatives to SWK electives

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