Community, Family, & Addiction Sciences
Enriching individuals, families, and communities
A degree in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences gives students the tools to help others with the practical and professional skills necessary to succeed in today’s human services job market. Students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in research; to experience different aspects of programs through internships, classroom apprenticeships, and independent studies.
The Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences undergraduate program provides a strong foundation for students who pursue graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy, counseling, or other mental health fields.
Bachelor of Science in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
A bachelor's degree in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences (CFAS) prepares students to excel in careers related to human services administration, advocacy, and service delivery, including substance abuse prevention and counseling, management of community service and outreach organizations, non-profit administration, or case management. The CFAS major also provides a strong foundation for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in counseling, public health administration, marriage and family therapy, or other mental health fields.
Required course topics:
- Understanding addictive behavior
- Family financial counseling
- Coaching leaders
- Intimate relationships
- Program development and evaluation
Elective course topics:
- Family therapy
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
- Eating disorders
- Human sexuality
All students complete a 14-week practicum course working with a community agency or treatment facility to gain valuable hands-on experience for their future career.
Potential practicum organizations:
- Community agencies
- Local substance abuse and recovery centers
- School-based substance prevention programs
- Texas Tech Family Therapy Clinic
Minor in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies
The Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) Program, in conjunction with the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and the College of Arts and Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary minor. The ADRS minor is designed for students with professional, academic, or personal interest in addictive disorders. With an Interdisciplinary Minor in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies, undergraduates meet all the academic requirements to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
The Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences department has master's and doctoral programs in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and the Family. These provide systemic clinical training to students who want to become competent clinicians and scholars.
Graduate Certificate in Addictions and the Family
The Graduate Certificate in Addictions and the Family provides specialized training to mental health professionals who are seeking specific knowledge related to addiction and recovery. Course offerings focus on very diverse topics and include family systems theories, systemic treatments of addiction, family dynamics of addiction, and professional development issues.
Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy
The master's program is hands-on and interns learn systemic theories and apply them in our on-site clinic. This is done with supervision from the faculty. The M.S. degree is intended to provide the academic requirements leading to licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Texas. Actual licensure requires additional post-master's degree clinical experience. Students accepted for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program have the option to complete the thesis track.
Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy
The doctoral program provides advanced training in clinical theory and research methodology to prepare graduates to work in academic, administrative, or clinical settings. The program prepares scientist practitioners with a focus on developing advanced clinical and research skills. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
"CFAS is not just a degree with teachers teaching and students learning. It is a family that is trying to make a difference in others’ lives. My professors not only gave me knowledge about families and addiction, but provided me with the resources to make a difference in the addiction field. Theywent the extra mile to help me be successful both in the classroom and in life (as a student athlete)."
Jacorian Duffield, CFAS Senior, 2015 NCAA High Jump National Champion
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