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Health or Counseling

Adult Peer Support Specialist (Undergraduate)

Prepare to become a Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist, and assist others in their journey to recovery.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

HSR 102: Foundations for Recovery Support

HSR 103: Motivational Interviewing Skills

HSR 104: Practicum in Recovery Support

Offered in online format.

Contact:  Dr. Valerie Hardcastle, hardcastle@nku.edu

 

For students who have lived experiences with Substance Use Disorder and are interested in providing paraprofessional support to their peers in their journey to recovery. This micro-credential enhances community-based experiential learning and creates a career ladder for students preparing to become Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialists.

Explain the health-wellness continuum and the influences (genetics, environment, and choices) that impact an individual’s placement on the continuum. 

Identify ways in which promoting overall health and well-being supports the recovery process.

Describe the progression of a substance use disorder from experimentation, tolerance, dependence and addiction.

Identify components of evidence-based treatment.

Explain person-centered care as a treatment approach.

Define motivational interviewing and its role in the stages of behavior change.

Explain trauma and its impact on recovery.

Identify key aspects of professional behavior (ethics, boundary setting, cultural competence).

Demonstrate skills to facilitate interventions related to client goals.

Develop and sustain professional behaviors that are congruent with the values and ethics of the profession.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of diversity cultural issues as they pertain to providing culturally sensitive services.

Practice confidentiality of client information.

Clarify personal and professional values.

Implement the steps outlined in their Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).

Practice helping skills working with individuals and groups in a structured and supervised setting in a human services agency.

Conduct effective motivational interview with clients.

Implement critical time intervention techniques.

Work with clients to develop their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

Demonstrate awareness of one’s own values, strengths, limitations, interpersonal style and reaction patterns.

Aging & Society (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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Clinical Research (Graduate)

Prepare for a career in clinical research.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

CHP 604 - Clinical Trials I

CHP 605 - Clinical Trials II

CHP 606 - Clinical Trials III

Offered in fully online format.

Contact: Dr. Trina Cossin,

cossint1@nku.edu

Prepare for a variety of clinical research positions at academic institutions, biopharmaceutical companies, and contract research organizations. Acquire the foundation for external certification in this field.

Explain the basic processes required for effective clinical study design, implementation and analysis.

Apply sound ethical principles to the conduct of human clinical research and recognize potential ethical challenges.

Describe the relationship between current International Conference on Harmonisation-Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) guidelines and effectively study, conduct, and document trial objectives.

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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. Marybeth Baribeau,

baribeaum1@nku.edu

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

Contact: 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 577 - Social Work in Law Enforcement Settings

SWK 576 - Social Work and the Law

Offered in online format.

Contact:  Dr. Tara McLendon, mclendont1@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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Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging (Undergraduate and 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 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; 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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Health and Performance: Behavioral Approach (Undergraduate)

Learn how to improve health and fitness through changes in behavior.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY 330 - Behavior Modification
HEA 230 - Personal Health and Wellness
KIN 350 - Psychology of Physical Activity

All courses are offered in online format. PSY 100 and PSY 330 are also offered in face-to-face format.

Contact: Dr. Cory Scheadler, scheadlerc1@nku.edu

This micro-credential helps students gain additional knowledge in the use of theories and techniques to alter individual behaviors in an effort to improve health and fitness.

Understand the foundations of psychology and behavior modification.

Understand how behavior affects the health and fitness of an individual.

Apply behavior theories to improve the health and fitness of an individual.

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 Mindfulness Fundamentals (Undergraduate and 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

EDU/HSR/SWK 522 - The Mindful Helping Professional

And one of the following:

COU 575 - Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices

OR

EDU/HSR/SWK 523 - The Mindful Leader

EDU/HSR/SWK 522 and EDU/HSR/SWK 523 are offered online. COU 575 is 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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Serving Hispanic Populations (Undergraduate)

As a health care provider, prepare to work more effectively with our Hispanic population.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

ANT 245 - Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean

WLL 294 - Topics in Language for the Professions: Medical Spanish

CHP 322 - Health Care for the Hispanic Population

Please note: Because communication is a key element in health care, students who do not have a Spanish language background must first complete the Start Speaking Spanish micro-credential. Alternately, the student may test into SPI 102 or higher; this will result in academic credit for courses that were completed by testing.

All courses are offered face-to-face. CHP 322 is also offered online.

Contact: Dr. Lynn Smith, smithl22@nku.edu

 

Health care providers must be able to advocate for justice and good health outcomes for northern Kentucky’s growing, diverse Hispanic population. Increase your language skills and cultural sensitivity to deepen your impact as a caretaker and affect positive change for communities that struggle with health care access.

Understand the basics of Hispanic cultural traditions and Spanish language.

Identify regional opportunities to advocate for the Hispanic population.

Create conversations with Hispanic patients, families and communities.

Develop educational opportunities for community organizations improving Hispanic population health.

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.

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Social Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Learn how to support those in need and effect social change.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

ENTP 520 - Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

ENTP 575/SWK 585 - Social Entrepreneurship

Each course is seven weeks long and online. 

Contact:  Dr. Suk-hee Kim, kims16@nku.edu

Do you desire to support people in need and achieve lasting social change? Earn the Social Entrepreneurship micro-credential and apply the principles and strategies of entrepreneurship that impact communities and organizations. Lead a forward-thinking and socially innovative approach to effect positive social change.

Identify the meaning and development of social entrepreneurship as a tool for achieving lasting social change: how it differs from traditional entrepreneurship, and who the major players are.

Develop a social entrepreneurial mindset: awareness of personal passions, aspirations, motivations, abilities and limitations, paired with a commitment to work on improving oneself as a Changemaker.

Recognize, validate, and assess social opportunities. Identify problems and define and design solutions. Be able to define a problem and identify and design solutions that take into account both intended and unintended consequences.

Identify stakeholders and their needs, craft a business strategy that takes into account measures of the outcome(s). 

Apply business skills needed for running a social enterprise.

Identify business/revenue models and funding options.

Apply tools used in marketing and social work-related field setting.

Recognize tools used in management and leadership.

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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. Katherina Terhune, terhunek1@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.