Texas Tech University

Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services
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Our mission of preparing future professionals to enrich the lives of others will be guided by the following goals and core principles:

  • Promote sustained recovery and wellness for all individuals and families through a continuum of care
  • Educate scientist-practitioners to facilitate therapeutic change in couples and families
  • Produce meaningful scholarship that is accessible to a wide audience
  • Develop authentic connections with students, colleagues, and community partners
  • Encourage self-reflection, accountability, and growth
  • Embrace diverse individuals and their communities
  • Enhance teaching, research, and outreach through ongoing clinical practice
  • Mentor emerging scholars and foster ongoing development of the science-practitioner model
Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Sterling Shumway (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Marriage & Family Therapy
  • 10% Addiction and Recovery Studies
  • 50% Community, Family, and Addiction Services
Campus Enrollment
30,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

260 COHS
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Phone Number
806-742-5050
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Community, Family, & Addiction Services (CFAS)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Communication, Civility, and Ethics
  • Introduction to Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Diversity in Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Individual Study
  • Coaching Leaders
  • Practicum
  • Research in Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Administration in Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Development and Evaluation of CFAS Programs
  • Senior Seminar
Undergrad Comments

CFAS students take courses in a wide variety of departments to gain comprehensive knowledge of human functioning and organizational management. Required courses cover topics such as Understanding Addictive Behavior, Family Financial Counseling, Coaching Leaders, Intimate Relationships, Program Development and Evaluation, and Nutrition. Based on future career goals and interests, students choose electives related to Family Therapy, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Eating Disorders, Human Sexuality, and Parenting. During the senior capstone course, CFAS students learn the basics of grant writing and put these skills into action by creating a funding proposal for a local non-profit agency.

All CFAS students complete a 14-week practicum, usually scheduled within the summer before their senior year. During the practicum, students work with a community agency or treatment facility to gain valuable hands-on experience in their future career. Through the CFAS practicum, students work side by side with professionals in organizations such as local substance abuse recovery centers, hospice, school-based substance abuse prevention programs, and the Texas Tech Family Therapy Clinic.

The CFAS undergraduate major provides a strong foundation for students who pursue graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, Substance Abuse, Counseling, or other mental health fields. Students have many opportunities to enhance their undergraduate experience and prepare for graduate level study by completing individual study or research projects with faculty members from the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) program and faculty members from the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, both of which are closely affiliated with the CFAS major.

The CFAS major is an excellent choice for students pursuing a career in substance abuse prevention, addiction recovery counseling, marriage and family therapy, or related mental health fields. 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.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Doug Smith
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy Practice
  • Family Therapy I, II, & III
  • Systemic Evaluation in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Problems in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Issues in Professional Development
  • Master's Thesis
  • Developmental Issues in Therapy
  • Contemporary Directions in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy Topics
  • Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Supervision Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs at TTU provide systemic clinical training to prepare students for clinical licensure and scholarly achievement. TTU is known for its supportive and rigorous programs, and has one of the largest groups of MFT faculty in the country. Our graduates have found success in a wide variety of academic, clinical and other settings. There are two graduate programs in MFT at TTU: a doctoral and a master's program.

The master's program at TTU is a clinically-focused program that includes an emphasis in the treatment of addictions within a relational context. The MFT faculty work in partnership with the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) faculty to provide training that prepares students for licensure as an MFT, LCDC, or for future doctoral work.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs at TTU provide systemic clinical training to prepare students for clinical licensure and scholarly achievement. TTU is known for its supportive and rigorous programs, and has one of the largest groups of MFT faculty in the country. Our graduates have found success in a wide variety of academic, clinical and other settings. There are two graduate programs in MFT at TTU: a doctoral and a master's program.

The MFT doctoral program has a long and distinguished history of preparing students for contributions in academics, administration and clinical work. There is a strong emphasis on training in research methodology as well as theoretical and clinical sophistication. Many of TTU's doctoral graduates can be found in academic institutions around the country. The doctoral program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 1981. Click here for the doctoral program mission statement.

Many of our doctoral students teach an undergraduate class under the supervision of a faculty member. Others have administrative or other types of assistantships which give them valuable professional experience and financial help. Nearly all of our doctoral students have graduate assistantships for their first two years and many have other kinds of financial support. Some of our master's students are able to get assistantships as well, and many have scholarships. Others work off campus in clinical or other jobs.

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.