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Educational Consortium

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).

The University of North Texas at Dallas

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The University of North Texas at Dallas is a premier anchor institution in the City of Dallas. The faculty and staff work hard to prepare their students to face some of the greatest challenges as they learn how to effect change with individuals, transform lives of families, and strengthen groups and communities. The School of Human Services offers two undergraduate degree programs and two graduate degree programs. The  Master of Education degree in School Counseling is a 48-hour program, and the Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-hour program. The Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management and Leadership (HSML), and a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) prepares students for work in the social service sector.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Constance Lacy
Dean of the School of Human Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (972) 338-1381

Houston Community College 

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The Houston Community College 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, they have trained over 700 students per year. Several of the substance abuse courses have been developed into distance education classes available online. Houston Community College 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, Houston Community College provides review courses for both the written and oral portions of the state licensure exam and 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
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (713) 718-5540

Langston University

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The mission at Langston University is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Oklahoma, with an annual enrollment of about 3000 students. Langston Univeristy offers post-secondary education leading to associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.In June 2019, Langston University joined the South Southwest ATTC Educational Consortium to develop a pre-service addiction counseling educational track and introduce its students to addictions research. These efforts will be housed in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC).

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For more information, contact:

Edward O. Manyibe
Capacity Building Director/ Research Associate Professor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (405) 530-7532

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University

The mission at New Mexico Highlands University's 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. New Mexico Highlands University 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
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (505) 426-2053, Office 214

Northwestern State University

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The Louisiana Addiction Technology Transfer Center (LAATTC) at Northwestern State University (NSU) is a multidisciplinary resource that draws upon the knowledge, experience and latest work of recognized experts in the field of addictions to train and educate a developing workforce. The Addiction Studies Degree and Concentrations in Substance Abuse and/ or Prevention at NSU has acted to increase awareness and recognition of the services provided on a daily basis by those professionals employed in addictions treatment and prevention programs throughout the state of Louisiana.

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For more information, contact:

Charles R. King, PhD, LAC
Assistant Professor for Psychology and Addiction Studies
Coordinator of Addiction Studies
Coordinator for the Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist Concentrations
Email: [email protected] 

Phone: (318) 357-4643 

San Antonio College

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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:

Suzanne Davis-Thomas
Psychology Department 
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (210) 486-1255

The University of Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA)'s Department of Health Science offers a degree plan to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Addiction Studies. UCA is the only university in the State of Arkansas to offer this degree and it is a great honor! This program is specifically designed to provide the education, technology and clinical training needed to prepare students entering an addiction health care setting such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, employee assistance programs, schools, the criminal justice system, governmental agencies, drug courts, and more! Providers of addiction counseling and addiction prevention in the State of Arkansas and throughout the nation have expressed a need for certified addiction counselors and prevention specialists to work in treating and in preventing substance abuse. The problems associated with drugs of abuse are expected to be with use for long into the forseeable future. If you are looking for an exciting career with growing opportunities this is it!

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For more information, contact:

Stephanie Rose
Assistant Professor, Program Director 
Email: [email protected]

Tisha Jenkins
Clinical Faculty, LCSW
Email: [email protected]

The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is located on the Texas/Mexico border in Edinburg, Texas. Under contract with South Southwest/Region 6 ATTC, UT Rio Grande Valley 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 Rio Grande Valley now offers a specialty track for Addictions Studies and a minor in Addictions Studies. In collaboration with various community agencies, UT Rio Grande Valley hosts video conferences 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
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (956) 665-3074