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Educating Health Professionals (Graduate)

Health workers are an undersupplied resource in the Northern Kentucky region, and educators are necessary to help meet that employment need.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

CHP 500 - Teaching & Learning in Healthcare Education 

CHP 601 - Assessment & Evaluation of the Healthcare 

CHP 602 - Curr, Dev & Eval for Healthcare Programs

CHP 603 - Role of the Healthcare Educator 

Offered in online format.

Contact: Dr. Michelle Teschendorf,

teschendom1@nku.edu

Learn the methods and skills involved in educating health workers of tomorrow. These courses present opportunities health-care professionals need to develop health-care education expertise.

Understand the curricular process for program and course development, especially for healthcare professionals.

Identify ways to assess and evaluate program and student success.

Recognize the different roles of a healthcare educator.

Analyze teaching and learning methods appropriate for healthcare professionals.

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Family Support for Childhood Illness (Graduate)

Help struggling families through psychosocial strategies.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

HSR 547 - Children and Families in Health Care

COU 594 (HSR 548) - Therapeutic Play

Contacts:

Dr. Mei Mei Burr, burri@nku.edu

Offered in hybrid format.

For families dealing with children in health care, mental and social assistance is just as crucial as medical care. Learn more about the dynamics of helping struggling families through psychosocial strategies such as therapeutic play and grief support.

Understand the psychological and social factors that impact the experience of children and their families involved with health care.

Exhibit skills for providing psychosocial aid to families with children dealing with medical conditions.

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Forensic Social Work (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Understand the relationship between social work and the legal system.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

SWK 572 - Forensic Social Work

SWK 612 - Addiction and Family Violence, OR SWK 525 - Substance Use and Abuse

SWK 576 - Social Work and the Law

Offered in online format.

Contact:  Dr. Linda Ault (Wermeling), wermelingl@nku.edu

 

Develop a deeper understanding of complex ethical decisions regarding evaluation and treatment of victims and offenders. This micro-credential complements a social work degree to help social workers better navigate the legal system and provide appropriate assessments, interventions and services to legal cases involving substance abuse, child custody, child or spousal abuse and mentally ill offenders. The courses address the complex application of physical science, mental health, substance abuse and the legal system to social work.

Analyze the intersection of social, health and legal systems and provide appropriate interventions and services to criminal offenders.

Understand the relationships among law, criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse treatment systems.

Explain complex social issues such as the origins of mental illness, substance abuse and family violence and how they can intertwine with criminal behavior.

Identify the impact of relevant laws and social policies on treatment and correctional practices.

Understand the variety of correctional responses to crime, including police, courts and corrections, including houses of correction, prisons and reentry programs.

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Fundamentals of Mindfulness (Graduate)

Develop a personal mindfulness practice for use in your area of study. Explore mindfulness and the benefit of daily applications, regardless of the field.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

HSR 522 - The Mindful Helping Professional

COU 575 - Mindfulness & Contemplative Practices

HSR 594 - Selected Topics in Human Services

Mindful Leadership (to be developed)

Offered in hybrid format.

Contact:  Dr. Mark Wasicsko, wasicskom1@nku.edu

For anyone interested in learning about, practicing and understanding various mindfulness-based practices.

Understand key terms, concepts and theories in mindfulness.

Select and apply mindfulness practices to support your own well-being.

Select and apply mindfulness practices to address challenges in the workplace.

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Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging (Graduate)

Learn about various aspects of aging, the implications of aging on individual development, and perception and treatment of older adults.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

SWK 578 - Aging and Mental Health

SWK 579 - Gerontology

Offered in online format.  

Contact:  Dr. Suk-hee Kimkims16@nku.edu

Gerontology is the study of social, psychological, biological, cognitive and cultural aspects of aging, and it commonly intersects with a wide variety of fields. With populations aging worldwide, the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. The Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging and Aging and Mental Health micro-credential courses provide foundational knowledge and understanding of various aspects of aging; implications of the aging process on individual development; and factors that influence the perception and treatment of older adults; and applications of the aging theories and issues in the field of aging.

 

Describe normal aging processes and developmental tasks of older adults.

Examine and apply a broad range of theories around contemporary issues in aging that relate to practice with older adults and their families.

Compare the various dynamics of diverse older adults and their caregivers.

Develop skills and techniques necessary for working with older adults and systems that commonly serve them.

Identify and analyze the major theories related to later life development.

Identify resources within local communities that help older adults remain independent.

Demonstrate an ability to work within ethics and values specific to the older adult population.

Recognize the changing treatment needs of older adults.

Apply the evidence-based practice to the theories and issues that impact aging.

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Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging (Undergraduate)

Learn about the older adult population; prepare to seek career opportunities serving this demographic.

Required Courses
Career Development
Student Learning Outcomes

ANT 375 - Anthropology of Aging OR SOC 342 - Sociology of Aging

HSR 314 - Death, Dying, and Grief OR PHI/REL 371 - Death and the Afterlife

NEU 101 - Neuroscience for Life: From Sex to Society OR SOC 480 - Global Aging Issues and Policies

ANT 375, PHI/REL 371, NEU 101, and SOC 480 are offered face-to-face. SOC 342 and HSR 314 are offered online. 

Contact:  Dr. Suk-hee Kimkims16@nku.edu

 

Gerontology is the study of social, psychological, biological, cognitive and cultural aspects of aging, and it commonly intersects with a wide variety of fields. With populations aging worldwide, the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. The Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging micro-credential undergraduate program is designed for students who are interested in learning about the older adult population and/or seek career opportunities serving this demographic population.   

Describe normal aging processes and developmental tasks of older adults.

Understand a broad range of theories around contemporary issues in aging related to practice with older adults and their families.

Compare the various dynamics of diverse older adults and their caregivers.

Identify the major theories related to later life development.

Explain ethics and values specific to the older adult population.

Recognize the changing treatment needs of older adults.

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Trauma-Focused Care (Graduate)

Child maltreatment may cause immediate physical trauma, and it also may have long-lasting negative effects on individuals including their ability to interact with others and function in the world. Trauma-focused care (TFC) teaches clinical providers and other helping professionals how to understand, address and treat the root cause of clients’ behaviors rather than the symptoms themselves.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

SWK 684 - Trauma-Focused Care I

SWK 685 - Trauma-Focused Care II

Offered in online format.  

Contact:  Dr. Amanda Brown, browna53@nku.edu 

For clinicians and educators who wish to understand how trauma heals, how un-healed trauma affects people’s lives, and techniques and treatment models based on new neuro-biologic research around trauma.

Learn the connection between trauma and its biological and behavioral implications of human development.

Understand what the trauma-informed care model is and applications for both individual level and agency settings.

Identify and implement therapeutic treatment and intervention skills based upon the evidence-based practice model of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Analyze, discuss and practice real-world treatment and education implications for clients who have experienced trauma.    

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Serving Veterans and Families (Graduate)

Prepare to work more effectively with veterans transitioning to non-military workplaces and settings, and their families.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

SWK 594 - Introduction to Veterans Services, Policy, and Programming

Select one of the following:

PAD 501 - Human Resource Management

SWK 684 - Trauma-Focused Care

SWK 579 - Gerontology

HSC 510 - Trends and Cultural Issues in Healthcare

HSC 620 - Health Care Finance and Reimbursement

Offered in online format.

Contact: Dr. Julie Olberding, olberdingj@nku.edu

 

This micro-credential is designed to prepare social workers, human resource managers, university recruiters, health-care professionals and others to work more effectively with veterans transitioning to non-military workplaces and settings. Learn to assist veterans with finding, accessing and utilizing appropriate support services in the areas of employment, education, housing, health, mental health and more.

Understand military culture, reasons for entering military services and effects of military training, branch rank and military hierarchy.

Recognize experiences common to veterans and family members, and challenges veterans face as they transition from the military.

Develop an awareness of effects of contemporary military experience.

Investigate the federal, state, community and non-profit resources and benefits available to support veterans, family members and survivors.

Comprehend trauma that may result in homelessness, addiction, mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and suicide.

Learn more deeply about one area impacting veterans that is of particular need and interest.

Identify and explore strategies for connecting with veterans and family members, and address how to advocate for veterans and family members.