Vision. The vision of the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences (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 Institute for the Study of Addiction, Recovery, and Families is housed in the department. The institute oversees the Center for Family Systems Research and Intervention, the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, and the Center for Addiction Recovery Research.
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.
The B.S. in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences (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.
Established in 1986, The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRC) at Texas Tech (formerly known as the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery) assists individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders with their pursuit of a college education. The CRC has created a community support and relapse prevention program, which provides an environment in which recovering students can focus on staying sober without delaying their educational goals. The CRC 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. he Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences, 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:
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.
The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sterling T. Shumway, Ph.D., Chairperson
Professors: Ivey, Whiting
Associate Professors: Jordan, Kimball, Prouty, Shumway, Smith
Assistant Professors: Bradshaw, Cravens, D'Sauza, Morelock, Soloski
Associate Professor of Practice: Springer