Texas Tech University

Conference on Addiction, Recovery, and Families

sponsored by

The McKenzie Lectureship Series

Conference Registration

Total CEUs offered is 9.5

Note:  Speakers are subject to change.  

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 23rd 

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Carl Andersen, Ph.D., LMFT

Founder, TTU Center for Collegiate Recovery Commuities




Addiction Recovery at Texas Tech University:  Where it All Began (1.5)


Dr. Carl Andersen, Dr. A., to his students, founded the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC) in the mid 1980s, as a means to educate students about addiction and recovery, and to establish a recovery-oriented establishment for students in recovery.  Dr. A's vision, leadership, and dedication created the foundation for the CCRC as it is today, an inspiration to other colleges and universities to create such a space on campuses across the nation.  

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM



10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


KEYNOTE: Melissa Russell

President, North America, International Justice Mission



Combatting Global Online Sexual Exploitation (1)


Melissa serves as the Regional President of North America for International Justice Mission(IJM).  The IMJ is a global organization that partners with local authorities in 29 program offices in 17 countries to combat trafficking and slavery, violence against women and children and police abuse of power.  The work is focused on rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.  Prior to her current role, Melissa served as IJM's Chief Advancement Officer where she led IJM's Global Brand and Communications teams, global revenue and institutional thought leadership.  Melissa received her B.A. in Journalism and her Master of Arts in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.  She lives in the DC area with her husband and two sons.  


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM



Zachary Nichols, MBA, LCDC-I

College of Human Sciences: Poster Session (1)

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM


Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Moderator - Doug Smith, Ph.D., LMFT

Chair, Community Family Addiction Sciences

Christopher Townsend, Ph.D., LPC, LCAS, AADC, CCS, NCC

Assistant Professor, TTU HSC, Department of Clinical Counseling and Mental Health

Director, Your Life Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic

Bob Howell, M.Ed., LCDC, EMDR Trained, Certified Reality Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Private Practice, Lubbock, Texas

Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes, PsyD, MAMFT

The Family Center for Therapy and Assessment

Private Practice, Lubbock, Texas 

Averie Holder, LMSW

Clinical Director, Stages of Recovery, Lubbock, Texas

Veronica E. Martinez, LPC-A 

The Counseling Center, TTU HSC 



Perspectives on Ethics in Mental Health (3)

Friday, March 24th  

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KEYNOTE: Kathryn Kvols

President, International Network of Children & Families



Practical Tools for a Purposeful Family Life (3)


A “catalyst for creating healthy relationships” is the best way to describe Kathryn Kvols. A dynamic and entertaining international speaker, Kathryn has worked with thousands of teachers, nurses, counselors, childcare workers and parents, presenting keynote addresses, workshops, and classes. Kathryn presents fresh news ways at looking at age-old problems. Seeing with these new eyes, her audience is inspired to
make amazing shifts toward loving action. These loving actions are creating more satisfying relationships at home, in school and in the workplace. She is adept at creating safe learning environments through her heartfelt speaking style, her sense of humor, and insightful observations. Her workshops are interactive and her audiences walk away with practical tools they can implement immediately. Highlights of her career include being invited to speak at the World Peace Conference in Costa Rica and being interviewed as an expert for the PBS Documentary, “The Children Are Watching.” Kathryn is published in newspapers and magazines such as the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Washington Post, Parent's Journal, Tomorrow's Child, Good Housekeeping, Family Life and Women's World. She appeared on MSNBC and featured on numerous radio interviews. Large organization have sought Kathryn for her inspiring keynotes and workshops such as Burger King, NAYEC, the Pediatric Nurse Practioner's Association and the American Montessori Society. Kathryn's list of published books include:

• Redirecting Children's Behavior
• Parenting Guidelines
• Understanding Yourself and Others
• The Family Puzzle…Putting the Pieces Together
• Family Meetings Matter

She has also developed numerous courses:

• Redirecting Children's Behavior
• Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom (co-author)

• Redirecting Corporate America (co-author)
• The Family Empowerment Series
• Understanding Yourself and Others (co-author)
• The Love Course
• Understanding Successful Attitudes (co-author)
• Breakthrough Success Series (co-author)
• Couple's Course

Kathryn is the President of the Academy for Parent Education and Coaching, a worldwide parent-training network that teaches her life changing course, “Redirecting Children' Behavior.” The course teaches skill-building strategies to families. They emphasize teamwork, creating win-win situations, and effectively avoiding power struggles using kind-but-firm methods promoted by Alfred Adler and Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs. Her book has been translated into four languages. Over 800 instructors have been trained to teach RCB in18 countries affecting the lives of over 16,000 families. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Social Work
with a minor in Education from Concordia College in Minnesota. Kathryn and her husband, Brian Harper, reside in Gainesville, Florida and have a blended family of five children: Brianna, Tyler, Chloe, Emily, and Amy. Her experiences as a mom, single mom, and step-mom have made her empathetic to her audience and easy for them to relate to her.

Kathryn Kvols
Academy for Parent Education and Coaching
Phone: 352 494-1581
E-mail: kkvols@mac.com


Vendor Booth Application - Non-Profit Organization Only

Due by March 15th, 2023


For questions, contact: Ann Marie Casiraghi by email at: ann.m.casiraghi@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.834.2789.

Conference Dates

March 23 & March 24, 2023


Location - McKenzie Merket Alumni Center

Contact : ann.m.casiraghi@ttu.edu







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