Your Human Services Program is Accredited
"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 the following:
- 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 and youth.
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services that prepares students for entry-level employment.
- Minor in Human Services
- 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 is accredited with the Department of Human Services program.
Phone: (907) 786-6437
To prepare Human Service generalists through a competency-based, community oriented program encompassing classroom and practical learning opportunities.
Human Trafficking: Alaska & Beyond
May 17, 2021Register today for an Alaska forum on social issues promoting awareness to combat human trafficking from June 17-18. This two-day conference will feature advocates and guest speakers. It also offers 12 CEU contact hours for social workers and other licensed mental health professionals.Check out the official conference website for more information and to register today!For more information, you may contact Program Coordinator Jenifer Leigh at email@example.com
Complex Trauma & Addiction IV: The Intersection of the Pandemics
May 17, 2021This conference highlights the impact of COVID-19, its effects on the pre-existing drug pandemic, and its influence on mental health and substance use disorders. Register today for the virtual conference on June 4. CEUs are also available for mental health providers (Physician AAFP Credits and contact hours).Check out the official conference website for more information and to register today!For more information, you may contact Program Coordinator Jenifer Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org
HUMS Faces: Meet adjunct Carey Brown
March 16, 2021
Carey Brown is an adjunct in the Department of Human Services who is teaching three courses this Spring 2021 semester and will continue in the future. Additionally, he is a Senior Academic Advisor with the College of Health Student Success Center. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Brown has an extensive background in Human Services and related fields, specializing in re-entry from incarceration. Read Carey Brown's full feature.
Student Vincent Feuilles awarded Student Diversity Award Scholarship
February 24, 2021
Each year, the UAA Diversity Action Council awards the Student Diversity Award Scholarship to students who significantly enhance diversity at UAA by increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures and/or perspectives; creating a welcoming environment; and/or representing diverse student voices through their advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations. The council picks the top applicants to receive a tuition grant up to $1,000.
Student George Grays recognized by NOHS for his service
December 15, 2020
Human Services student George Grays was featured for a National Organization for Human Services Student Spotlight. Grays was recognized for his service and dedication to the human services field.
The next Human Services Writing Lab
is on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The UAA Department of Human Services Writing Lab aims to help students improve their professional writing and communication skills. The Writing Lab is a non-credit opportunity offered to any student currently enrolled in a HUMS course and provides assistance with their HUMS writing assignments. Students can drop in during any writing session and are free to leave once they are done. For more information about the upcoming sessions and how to join, check out the Human Services Writing Lab Guide.
Modifications to practicum requirements have been made by faculty, adjuncts, field instructors, and students, to ensure successful completion of their courses. The Department is currently in communication with Practicum Field Instructors and has adopted a remote practicum plan for students to receive practicum hours in a safe environment, and is developing strategies on future Practicum placements. Once the community agencies reopen and placement procedures resume in person, all students will be notified of updates by the practicum instructor and HUMS department.
- IMPORTANT SCHEDULING CHANGES TO PRACTICUM
THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ADOPTS COHORT MODEL
The Department of Human Services has adopted 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 have been 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.
- PRACTICUM APPLICANT DEADLINES
PRACTICUM III DEADLINES: Spring placement is currently in progress. The deadline for applying to Practicum III placement is October 15th and has been extended to the October 31st.
PRACTICUM III APPLICANTS: If you have completed the prerequisites for placement, send your application package (application form, cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript) to Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at email@example.com. A virtual interview will be made to discuss options for spring 2021 placement.
- HUMS 295A - Practicum I
- HUMS 295B - Practicum II
- HUMS 420
- Declared HUMS BHS major
Students needing to complete Practicum I should reach out to the Practicum Coordinator, Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian, to begin planning. Students needing to complete Practicum II should speak with their HUMS advisor or the Practicum Coordinator to develop their advisement plan.
Dear Human Services Students,
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
ALL COURSES RESUME & CONVERT TO ALTERNATE DELIVERY: Classes will commence through alternate online delivery methods only further notification is given by UA. Faculty have modified 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 semesters through the use of online, digital, and/or electronic tools. Faculty contact information can be found through the HUMS contact page.
GRADUATION STATUS: Rest assured, students anticipating graduation after fulfilling all of their degree requirements and completing the 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.