Sheridan College to offer three new programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Sheridan College to offer three new programs

Sheridan College will offer three new areas of study this fall: an associate of art degree in Human Services, a Human Services certificate and an Addictions Practitioner certificate. Registration for the fall 2014 semester is now open.

Bolstering the Social Sciences department, the new programs, which were recently approved by the Wyoming Community College Commission, will be headed by Elaine Goodrich-Premo and Dr. Rachel Kristiansen.

The Human Services associate degree can lead students to a variety of human services jobs or lay the foundation for a four-year degree in social work. The Human Services certification is aimed to strengthen the career opportunities for people who already have a degree.

Rachel Kristiansen - SC“A human services worker helps their client by figuring out what the client needs, creating a treatment plan, and providing support while putting that plan into action,” Dr. Kristiansen said. “Clients can be anyone who needs help, like children, families, senior citizens, the homeless, veterans, immigrants, people with addictions, people with criminal backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with mental illnesses.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a 28 percent growth nationally for Human Services jobs and a 21 percent increase in Wyoming. It is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation.

“For the Human Services program, we have created new counseling courses that will benefit many types of jobs or careers: Counseling Skills, Theories of Counseling, Counseling Ethics, and Case Management,” Goodrich-Premo said. “Even people who don’t enroll in the program can take these courses to increase their understanding of how to help other people. Current Human Service workers can use these courses as continuing education credits.”

The Addictions Practitioner certificate fulfills the educational requirements of the Wyoming Mental Health Licensing Board for a Certified Addictions Practitioner. It is intended for people who already have an associate degree or higher.

“The Wyoming Labor Market has recently reported that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has also created a shortage of substance abuse and rehabilitation counselors,” Goodrich-Premo said. “The projected growth for this career in Wyoming over the next 10 years is 26 percent, making it one of the fastest growing careers in the area.”

The practice of a Certified Addictions Practitioner consists of addictions treatment, prevention, intervention, diagnosis, referral, and follow-up under the supervision of a designated qualified clinical supervisor licensed in the state of Wyoming.

It also trains students preparing to work in counseling, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, rehabilitation, criminal justice, community service, or related human service fields. Courses are also available for current addiction practitioners for continuing education credit.

For more information about the new programs or to register for fall 2014 classes, call 674-6446.

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