Academic Programming

South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC Academic Consortium for Pre-Service Preparation

South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC has been working together with the Consortium of Higher Educational Institutions since 1993. The purpose of developing the Consortium was to offer specialized course work and workshops in addictions and behavioral health counseling to a large region with a diverse population. Instead of centralizing a training center in Austin, TX, South Southwest/ Region 6 sub-contracts with these seven colleges and universities to provide services close to their professional communities. Most of the participating schools are community colleges emphasizing training in pre-service preparation for culturally competent professionals. These institutions were initially selected on the basis of historically serving a large proportion of minority populations and a continuing emphasis in recruitment and retention of minority students. Key areas of collaboration with the consortium schools include decision-making around addiction courses and workshops, provision of technical assistance to community based organizations, workforce development and adoption of evidence based practices (EBP’s).

Alvin Community College (ACC)

Professor Jerry Carrier

Accomplishments for ACC include an extensive recruitment and training effort in Brazoria, Matagorda, Harris, Ft. Bend and Galveston Counties. Licensed counselors that graduated from the program are now working in the Texas Department of Corrections, mental health and mental retardation agencies, community hospitals, community counseling centers and faith-based counseling centers. ACC was involved in the state agency adoption of TAP 21: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of Professional Practice that became the standard of competency for Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. One area of particular success has been ACC’s recruitment and retention of minority students for the LCDC program.

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For more information, contact:
Jerry Carrier
Phone: 281-756-3652

Eastfield Community College (EFC)

Professor Gloria Jackson

Part of the Dallas County Community College District, Eastfield Community College's average student census in addictions and counseling courses has grown to approximately 500 students per semester. All Substance Abuse Counseling courses are now available online and multiple satellite locations have been developed for delivery of services/classes in the community. Some courses are also available in Spanish. EFC offers certificates in Gerontology and Mental Health-Substance Abuse Prevention with the goal of offering students’ opportunities for cross-training in other disciplines. The program continues to be active in the community, offering co-occurring disorder workshops to heighten awareness and publicize available assistance. EFC is also involved with Faith-Based Initiatives by offering workshops and seminars with faith-based community partners.

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For more information, contact:
Gloria Jackson
Phone: 972-860-7624

Professor Rich Rosing

Houston Community College System (HCCS)

The Houston Community College System has developed a seven-course program of study for students wanting to become substance abuse counselors as well as an associate degree program approved by the Council for Standards in Human Services. Over the past five years, HCCS has trained over 700 students per year. Several of the substance abuse courses have been developed into distance education classes available online. HCCS also offers an extensive continuing education program in family counseling and other topics of interest to the substance abuse community and has sponsored over 150 workshops and lectures on topics such as co-occurring disorders, HIV and hepatitis. Additionally, HCCS provides review courses for both the written and oral portions of the state licensure exam. HCC offers classes in prevention that count toward the state certification of Prevention Specialist.

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For more information, contact:
Rich Rosing
Instructor and Department Chair, Human Service Technology Program
Phone: 713-718-5540

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University campus

The mission at New Mexico Highlands University's (NMHU) Addiction Studies Program is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug use through evidence-based treatment, education, training and research, promoting a greater understanding of addiction disorders. NMHU envisions a treatment system where individuals with mental health and substance use disorders are treated with dignity and respect.

The program provides courses for bachelor’s and master’s level social work students and works collaboratively with the South Southwest ATTC toward:

  • The design and delivery of addictions courses
  • Technical support to substance abuse provider agencies
  • Continuing education training opportunities

Program Goals:

  • Reduce the incidence and recidivism of DWI and alcohol/drug related offenses in Bernalillo County and New Mexico.
  • Provide evidence-based substance abuse treatment services to Bernalillo County residents arrested for DWI, specifically targeting offenders on Probation, Parole or incarcerated in the Community Custody Program.
  • Professionally train social workers, counselors, peer mentors, students and other community professionals to become mental health and alcohol/drug specialists through the NMHU School of Social Work, Substance Abuse Certificate Program.

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For more information, contact:
Rey Martinez
Associate Professor
Phone: 505-426-2053, Office 214

Northwestern State University

Professor Jody Biscoe and Program Coordinator Brittany Blackwell

Located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Northwestern State University is the home of the Louisiana Addiction Technology Transfer Center (LATTC). The LATTC director, Joseph D. (Jody) Biscoe III, and staff coordinated the National Leadership Institute program for the South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC and served as part of the Louisiana Workgroup on moving from certification to licensure in addiction counseling. The office also planned and implemented the Acute Crisis Management Workshops for the state of Louisiana for health care professionals (540 participants) and provided ASI/DENS trainings for health care professionals as part of the Access to Recovery (ATR) initiative. In addition, the Northwestern State University’s Addiction Studies Bachelor’s degree program has been implemented. Mr. Biscoe is the coordinator for the Psychology Department’s concentration in substance abuse and/or prevention certification, and the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies.

Visit the program website or review educational opportunities to learn more.

View or download program overview poster (PDF).

For more information, contact:
Jody Biscoe
Associate Professor for Psychology and Addiction Studies
Director for the LAATTC@NSU
Coordinator of Addiction Studies
Coordinator for The Substance Abuse Concentration
Coordinator for The Prevention Concentration
Phone: 318-357-4643

San Antonio College

San Antonio College

San Antonio College's Human Services Program offers associates degrees in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, Addiction Studies, and Counseling Psychology. Degrees may be earned by taking on-campus courses or through distance education. The Human Services Program co-sponsors with the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, a yearly professional conference on the San Antonio College campus. The Human Services Program sponsors community trainings, including low-cost Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor test preparation workshops. With the support of the South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC, the Human Service Program faculty takes part in career fairs and health awareness activities.

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For more information, contact:
Ed Bergen
Program Coordinator
Phone: 210-486-1255

Professor Bruce Reed

The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA)

The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) is located on the Texas/Mexico border in Edinburg, Texas. Under contract with South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC, Pan Am has developed and offered six courses to prepare students to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDCs). The curriculum makes extensive use of the CSAT TIPS and TAPS. The Rehabilitative Services program of Pan Am now offers a specialty track for Addictions Studies and a minor in Addictions Studies. In collaboration with various community agencies, UTPA hosts videoconferences on addictions related topics. These conferences are linked to interactive sites in other predominately Hispanic border locations such as Laredo, Brownsville, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Del Rio and San Antonio.

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For more information, contact:
Fito Mercado
Assistant Clinical Professor- Department of Rehabilitation
Phone: 956-665-3074

The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Clay Shorkey (seated on left) with guest lecturer Bill Wigmore and class

The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work component of the South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC has provided training to over 2,000 students in chemical dependence courses over the last four years. The newest course, Relapse and Recovery, is a part of the new Center for Students in Recovery. In addition, the Center has counselors available for students, provides weekly support groups, a 12-Step group, and student scholarship money. A major ongoing project of the UT component is an extensive website of alcohol and drug abuse treatment resources that is updated annually. The site includes an interactive alcohol assessment section, a comprehensive bibliography of journal articles, and a TIP 21 resource for instructors. A recent project has involved the development of two independent evaluation/planning instruments for culturally competent services for African American and Hispanic clients and their families. Other projects include a self-paced course on clinical supervision for professionals working in the field; this course is also available on CD.

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For more information, contact:
Clay Shorkey
Phone: 512-471-0520

National Directory of Addiction Studies Programs