Resources Training Programs
- Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC) www.akcertification.org
The Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification is the state certification entity for Chemical Dependency Counselors (CDC), Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) and Peer Support Specialist (PSS) certifications.
- Alaska Pacific University (APU) www.alaskapacific.edu
“using the aspirations and collective wisdom of our community, APU delivers an education that is collaborative, innovative, and transformational. Encouraging student development, supporting community engagement, and honoring Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, APU seeks to cultivate a unique and powerful educational experience.” APU offers bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology. APU uses the Documentation of Experiential Learning (DEL) process to accept BHA I and/or BHA II certification to provide up to 32 psychology credits for those who would like to pursue a college degree in the field.
- ANTHC BHA Training Center – www.akchap.org/behavioral-health-aide/training/
The ANTHC BHA Training Center is authorized by the Community Health Aide Program Certification Board (CHAPCB) to provide training for Behavioral Health Aide/Practitioners (BHA/Ps). The Training Center began operations in January 2020 and aims to provide comprehensive training to those seeking BHA/P certification with a library of culturally relevant courses built specifically to meet the requirements of the Specialized Training Track for certification at the BHA I and BHA II levels and all courses on the Alternative Training Track for certification at the BHA I, II, III and Practitioner levels. Competency-based courses are designed to meet the BHA curriculum requirements, develop practical skills and core competencies, and target reimbursable skills. Because most BHA/Ps live in remote regions of Alaska, classes are offered via distance using self-paced, instructor led, or a combination of formats. Some classes are provided in-person only. The Training Center uses a quarter system and courses are offered on a rotating schedule.
- Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) www.radact.com
The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training program “strives to increase the educational level of individuals entering, or working in, the substance abuse counseling field by providing courses to meet the various degrees of experience and expertise found within our target populations. RADACT holds classes throughout Alaska and also offers correspondence courses.”
- University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) www.uaa.alaska.edu
“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.”
- University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) uaf.edu/rhs/
“The Rural Human Service (RHS) Program is a 34-credit University of Alaska academic program developed for Alaska village-based human service providers. It is intended for rural residents who are natural helpers and healers in their communities, and it is designed to help further develop skills and credentials in the helping profession. RHS offers a culturally appropriate training program designed for rural, village-based human service workers.”