Lubbock Christian University

Department of Behavioral Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Behavioral Sciences provides instruction at the undergraduate level in family studies. In addition, the department offers graduate degrees in human services and counseling/family therapy. As students grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually, we strive to: prepare students for employment working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations of diverse social and cultural backgrounds; equip students for lifelong learning including preparation for graduate programs in counseling, family studies, marital and family therapy, psychology, and social work; and empower and encourage students to provide community service with populations at risk through high ideals of the profession and the values of the University.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Michael Hardin (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Studies
  • 30% Family Therapy
  • 30% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Love, Courtship, and Marriage
  • The Family
  • Parenting
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Family Stress, Crisis, and Resilience
  • Family Life Education and Enrichment
  • Family and Community
  • Family Financial Management
  • Practicum
  • Child Growth and Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Marital and Family Therapy
  • Literacy and the Young Child
  • Social Gerontology
  • Nutrition
  • Seminar in Family Studies
  • Children, Families, and Social Policy
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The B.A. in Family Studies focuses on the development of individual, couple, and family wellness across the lifespan. Hence, particular attention will be given to the interactions among individuals, families, communities, and cultures. The program is designed to prepare students for (a) professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including but not limited to, child and family services, community mental health, consumer affairs, county and state extension, family life and parent education, and gerontology services; (b) leadership roles in church, school, and community; (c) effective functioning within families; and (d) graduate education.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Beth Robinson
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Christian Worldview in Human Services
  • Family Life Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Social Development of Individuals and Families
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Systems
  • Family Resource Management
  • Helping Professions & Public Policy
  • Ethics in Helping Professions
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Parent Education
  • PracticumChristian Worldview in Counseling
  • Individual and Family Lifespan Development
  • Research in Counseling
  • Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law
  • Assessment of Individuals and Families
  • Psychopathology of Individuals and Families
  • Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Marital and Premarital Counseling
  • Counseling Children, Adolescents & Their Families
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Counseling Internship I & II
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Services
  • Counseling/Family Therapy
Masters Comments

See The purpose of the M.S. in human services is to provide qualified students with advanced academic training. Overall, graduate family life education courses are designed to prepare students to: (1) recognize developmental issues in individuals and families; (2) understand the internal dynamics of families; (3) provide effective family education and guidance; (4) utilize research to develop family life education programs; (5) provide leadership for family life education programs in churches and social service agencies; and (7) adhere to ethical, moral, and legal guidelines for providing family life education services to clients. The purpose of the M.S. in Counseling is to challenge students to have knowledge of the literature in counseling and to engage students in research and/or professional practice. Overall, graduate counseling courses are designed to train students to: (1) recognize developmental issues in individuals and families; (2) administer and interpret assessments of individuals and families; (3) implement effective individual, group, and family counseling interventions; (4) utilize research to develop counseling programs; (5) provide leadership for counseling and guidance programs; and (6) adhere to ethical, moral, and legal guidelines for providing counseling services to clients. For our online family life education specilization, see

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
October 2003 (UG), September 2006 (Human Services Grad), & February 2010 (Family Ministry Grad)
CFLE Contact
Michael Hardin (UG) & Shauna Frisbie, Ed.D., CFLE (Grad)
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