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The Human Services and Addictions program at Northern Kentucky University provides knowledge, skills training and practical field experiences to students seeking entry level positions in a variety of human services fields with a special emphasis on addictions. Students will be prepared to provide ethical, culturally-sensitive and effective services to individuals, groups and communities.
Students graduating with a bachelor of science in Human Services and Addictions are prepared for positions in work settings such as mental health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, residential treatment programs, group homes, halfway houses, therapeutic recreation, daycare centers, after-school programs, substance use programs, rehabilitation settings, and a variety of programs serving the developmentally challenged and the elderly.
Special opportunities for our students:
- Courses are offered in an online or hybrid format to accommodate the schedules of busy students.
- The Human Services and Addictions program is part of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), characterized by a commitment to community-based applied learning. There are two field experience courses - “HSR 304 Field Experience and Seminar (3 credits) ”, and “HSR 404 Advanced Field Experience and Seminar (3 credits) .” Each course requires approximately 12 hours of work each week in a human services/behavioral healthcare agency for a minimum of 180 total placement hours per semester. In addition, each field placement course includes bi-weekly seminar classes related to the field experience.
- Human Services and Addictions (HSR) students with a GPA of 2.5 who are active advocates for human services are eligible to apply for the Jane Dotson Memorial Scholarship.
- HSR majors are encouraged to become a Student Ambassador. CHHS Student Ambassadors develop leadership skills while representing the college and the Human Services and Addictions program at various university functions.
- Students must take electives in addition to required courses to meet the academic requirements for certification and/or licensure as a chemical dependency counselor in Kentucky and Ohio. Students may also elect to choose practicum sites that will provided necessary field work experience and hours that will aid in the certification/licensure process and requirements. It is important to review each state’s licensure and/or certification requirements for becoming a chemical dependency counselor.
Special graduation requirements: Students must successfully complete all required human services and addictions courses and all program-required supportive courses with a grade of C- or better and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to graduate with a bachelor of science in Human Services and Addictions.
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