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Section II | Program Development & Implementation

Nature of the Job

HDFS students interested in working with direct services to individuals and families but not interested in counseling or case management might consider working with the development and implementation of preventive or intervention programs. Many prevention and intervention programs are administered by social service agencies and could be listed under Social Services. We have included program development as a separate category to highlight settings in which the focus is more on community programs than on individual assistance or remediation.

Where You Might Work

Here is a list of places to explore if you are interested in intervention and prevention programs. Not all will have what you are looking for, and their offerings will vary over time and with location, but this list will give you some places to begin your search.

Educational Settings: Independent school districts, administrative offices; regional education service centers;, junior colleges; student affairs offices of colleges and universities.

Child and Youth Organizations: YWCA, YMCA, Scouts, Campfire, 4-H, camps and activities sponsored by churches.

Adult Programs: Residential facilities and day activity centers for the elderly, extension programs, city-sponsored programs, parenting programs.

Programs for Children and Youth at Risk: Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, outpatient and community-based components of treatment centers, mentoring programs (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters), children’s homes, AIDS resource centers.


Suggested Areas for Minor/Collateral:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Substance Abuse Studies

Suggested Internship Sites for HDFS 4314:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
  • Buckner’s Baptist Children’s Home
  • CALAB, Inc.
  • Campfire
  • Caprock Girl Scout Council
  • Carillon, Inc.
  • Charter Plains Hospital
  • Community Health Center of Lubbock
  • Grand Court Lubbock
  • Heritage Oaks
  • Lubbock Children’s Home
  • Lubbock Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Lubbock Hospitality House
  • Lubbock Regional MHMR
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Quaker Villa Nursing Home
  • South Plains AIDS Resource Center
  • Supportive Adolescent Services
  • Talking and Listening to Children, Inc.
  • Texas Boys Ranch
  • TTU Dean of Students Office
  • TTU Upward Bound Program
  • University Medical Center Baby Grand Maternity Program
  • University Medical Center Parenting Plus

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