University of Alaska Anchorage
COVID-19 Updates for Human Services Students
Dear Human Services Students,
As we navigate the next steps in the Department of Human Services’ response to the COVID-19 situation, actions are being established by the department and the College of Health that will take us through the end of the 2020 Spring Semester. These actions include implementing plans for HUMS students who are actively taking Practicum courses.
The following updates are currently in force. Please remember to check your UAA emails, Blackboard announcements, and the UA coronavirus information website. As the dynamic nature of the situation changes over the ensuing days and weeks, we will provide you with further updates when they come, so please stay tuned.
HUMAN SERVICES COMMITMENT
The department is committed to support all students in completing their course requirements and provide flexibility in addressing student needs and the realities they face. Our principal objective is ensuring that all students successfully complete their courses this semester. We will work on a case-by-case basis with students whose health is affected, to ensure that all their course requirements are fulfilled.
- The Department of Human Services, UAA
Modifications to practicum requirements are being made by faculty, adjuncts, field instructors, and students, to ensure successful completion of the course. The Department is currently in communication with Practicum Field Instructors to adopt a plan for students to implement the remaining practicum hours in a safe environment, and developing strategies on future Practicum placements. Due to the unpredictable situation created by the spread of COVID-19, the Practicum placement process for the Fall semester will be slower than usual. Once the community agencies reopen and placement procedure resumes, the practicum instructor will contact each student who has applied for practicum and had interviews with the instructor.
- IMPORTANT SCHEDULING CHANGES TO PRACTICUM
THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ADOPTS COHORT MODEL
The Department of Human Services is beginning to move its academic program to a cohort model. The cohort model progresses students as a group through core courses and practica and is widely used to improve student success through increased continuity of instruction. Updates are being made to practicum scheduling for the 2020/2021 academic year that will affect all AAS students and some BHS students.
- HUMS A295A - Practicum I will be offered only during fall semesters, and
- HUMS A295B - Practicum II will be offered only in the spring semesters.
- HOW TO PREPARE
Students needing to complete Practicum I should reach out to the Practicum Coordinator, Seta Kabranian, to begin planning. Students needing to complete Practicum II should speak with their HUMS advisor or the Practicum Coordinator to develop their advisement plan.
If you have your prerequisites, send your application package (application form, cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript) to Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRACTICUM APPLICANTS: Please email Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian to schedule a virtual interview with her to discuss options for fall placements. email@example.com
WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: The spring 2020 withdrawal deadline has been extended to April 10 in response to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to try the new delivery methods of their courses before choosing to withdraw. (3-27-20)
SPRING BREAK EXTENDED: Spring break has been extended for all students through March 22, 2020.
ALL COURSES RESUME & CONVERT TO ALTERNATE DELIVERY: Classes will commence on March 23, 2020, through alternate online delivery methods only until the end of the spring semester. Faculty are modifying course requirements to accommodate the circumstances some students may face. To ensure courses remain on track throughout the semester. modifications may include changes to course assignments and due dates, group assignments, presentation delivery methods, course work study materials, and more.
STUDENT ADVISING: Faculty will meet with students during the extended spring break and Spring semester through the use of online, digital, and/or electronic tools. Faculty contact information can be found through the HUMS website.
GRADUATION STATUS: Rest assured, students anticipating graduation after fulfilling all of their degree requirements and completing the spring semester will not be affected by the continued changes.
The Department of Human Services and UAA are striving to do their part in containing the spread of the virus and mitigate exposure to our students and colleagues. If you are ill, please self-isolate, remain home, and know we are working to assist you in the successful completion of the semester. We encourage you to reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have. We have proven our resilience and have wonderful faculty, staff, and community partners who are all persisting through this together.
HUMS Summer Institute 2020
The Department of Human Services, UAA is offering an array of upper-level course electives over mental health and substance abuse including a Human Trafficking course and virtual conference this summer available to both students and community members and can be taken as a full UAA summer course or through the conference option only. Click the link for the summer course and conference flyer.
Congrats HUMS Grads 2020
Alaska's only accredited Human Services program
"Putting People to Work - Working With People" is a phrase that best sums up the Human Services field, one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States today. In an age of turbulent social change, there is a definite need for the skilled human services professional.
The University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Human Services offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services, preparing students for entry level employment, and a Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) degree which prepares students to work effectively in community based human services settings dedicated to the empowerment of clients through education, paraprofessional counseling, and human service practice. The program offers specialized areas in substance abuse, conflict resolution, developmental disabilities, mental health, and family & youth.
The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Conflict Resolution is offered through the Human Services Department as well as the Minor in Human Services. The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Children's Behavioral Health is being offered in conjunction with the Center for Human Development.
The Mat-Su campus provides an AAS in Human Services which is part of the UAA program and accredited with the Department of Human Services program.
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DATES & DEADLINES
You can check out the full schedule of 2019 - 2020 dates & deadlines here.
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