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CONTACT INFORMATION: 271 Human Sciences Building, 1301 Akron Ave.
Box 41250, Lubbock, TX 79409-1250
T 806.742.3060, F 806.742.0053,

About the Program

The department supervises the following degree programs and certificates:

  • Bachelor of Science in Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions and the Family

Vision. The vision of the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services (CFAS) is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities. To achieve this vision, the department offers programs of study in human services, addictive disorders and recovery studies, and marriage and family therapy.

The department relates to the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and the Family Therapy Clinic.

Within the department there are opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in research; to experience different aspects of programs through internships, classroom apprenticeships, and independent studies; and to participate in student organizations and activities. The department is committed to being an active and contributing member of the college, university, and surrounding communities. As a result, faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged with many university groups, community groups, and agencies in an effort to enhance the experience of students and improve the quality of life for others
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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Community, Family, and Addiction Services

The B.S. in Community, Family, and Addiction Services (CFAS) prepares graduates to work in administrative and direct service roles in agencies serving communities and families of diverse needs and populations. This plan of study places emphasis on organizational effectiveness, program development, and service delivery. All coursework is grounded in family systems theory and its applications in human services settings. An understanding of addiction in its various manifestations and the development of multicultural competence are also core elements of the curriculum.

Through this dual focus, CFAS graduates develop a unique combination of skills in leadership, fund raising, financial management, program development, program delivery, and cultural competence. They are also trained to understand addiction, including prevention, assessment, treatment, and relationship dynamics. Students who complete a degree in community, family, and addiction services are eligible to take the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor examination and register as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in the state of Texas (as administered by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors). The CFAS degree prepares students to excel in careers related to human services administration 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, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse prevention or treatment, or other mental health fields.

All upper-division CFAS courses have a prerequisite of a 2.5 GPA. The program also requires a practicum in which students work with an existing human service organization during the summer between the junior and senior years.between the junior and senior years.

Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies

The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech, established in 1986, assists individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders with their pursuit of a college education. The CSAR has created a community support and relapse prevention program, the Collegiate Recovery Community, which provides an environment in which recovering students can focus on staying sober without having to delay their educational goals. The CSAR was selected to receive support from the federal government to develop a model to replicate collegiate community support and relapse-prevention programs at other universities.

The CFAS department offers a comprehensive curriculum in addictive disorders and recovery studies meeting all educational requirements for a student to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. Students enrolled in many majors across the university take classes in this curriculum.

Interdisciplinary Minor in ADRS. The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services, the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies program, and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly offer an interdisciplinary minor in addictive disorders and recovery studies (ADRS). This minor is designed for students with professional, academic, or personal interest in addictive disorders. It will provide students with an understanding of the physiological, psychological, societal, and familial factors contributing to addiction and the recovery from addiction. It is recommended that the 18 hours of coursework be taken in the order listed below:

  1. Take this class first: ADRS 2310 Understanding Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behavior
  2. Take this class second: ADRS 3325 Family Dynamics of Addiction
  3. Choose at least two classes in any order from the following:
    ADRS 2327 Prevention of Substance Abuse
    SOC 3383 Alcohol, Drugs, and Society
    PSY 4325 Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior
  4. Choose one class from the following:
    PFP 3321 Financial Counseling and Consumer Credit
    ADRS 3329 Addiction, Recovery, and Relationships
    SOC 4325 Criminology
    SOC 4327 Juvenile Delinquency
    ADRS 4329 Eating Disorders
  5. Take this class last: ADRS 4325 Treatment of Addictive Disorders

The Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors accept completion of this minor as fulfillment of alcohol- and drug-specific education for licensure.

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Graduate Program

The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services supervises graduate degree programs in marriage and family therapy. Applicants seeking information about admission requirements, programs of study, and financial assistance should contact the graduate advisor in the individual program. Admission to a graduate degree program requires both the recommendation of the department and the Graduate School.

The graduate degree programs in marriage and family therapy provide clinical and academic training to students who will function as marriage and family therapists at the highest level of clinical competence and who will make unique contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy through research, teaching, clinical practice, and other professional activities.

Master's Program

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 may complete 53 hours of graduate courses or 51 hours of graduate courses and a thesis.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree plus a clinical internship and at least 12 hours of dissertation research. 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.

Graduate Certificate

Addictions and the Family. The Graduate Certificate in Addictions and the Family provides specialized training to mental health providers who work with families and individuals struggling with substance abuse and addictive behaviors.

Coursework requirements include a total of 18 credit hours: 12 credit hours focusing on family systems theories, the impact of addiction on family dynamics, systemic treatment, and issues in professional development; and 6 credit hours chosen from courses in systemic evaluation, developmental issues in therapy, and couple/sex therapy. Additional coursework and clinical experience is required for clinicians seeking to be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.r.

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Course Descriptions

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Sterling T. Shumway, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Harris, Ivey
Associate Professors: Jordan, Kimball, Prouty, Shumway, Smith, Whiting
Assistant Professors: Bradshaw, Cravens, D'Sauza, Morelock, Soloski
Associate Professor of Practice: Springer
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