Adventures of the Behavioral Science Kind

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There are so many wonderful opportunities at Lubbock Christian University to experience furthering your knowledge in your major. We have several programs, like the Washington D.C. program, that open many doors for us as young adults hoping to make our mark on the world. I got the chance to be a part of one of these opportunities the last week of February.

I am a Family Studies major in the Behavioral Science Department at LCU. Dr. Michael Hardin, the chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, and Becky Stroman gave eight students in the department the opportunity to join them on a trip to the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT) conference. I had the pleasure of being one of the eight. We got the chance to not only sit in on the sessions, but also volunteer to help with admissions and monitoring of the sessions.

The youngest group of people this conference gets is usually grad students, so this was a huge opportunity for us. We were a big help to the conference, and I got to meet so many wonderful people. The sessions were very informative. I learned many useful techniques about how to counsel a couple having problems in their marriage, a couple completely set on a divorce, and a child suffering from their parent’s addiction to alcohol and drugs. I walked away with a valuable experience I won’t soon forget.

The trip was not just about exposing us to what we could expect once we started our careers. I also got the opportunity to make a unique bond with everyone who got to go on the trip. I not only pulled out useful life experience, but precious friendships as well. I encourage everyone who is serious about Behavioral Sciences to consider going on this trip next year, and I encourage all the other majors on campus to look for similar opportunities in your own department. You will not regret it!

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