Lubbock Christian University
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Tony Parnell, M.S.S.W.

Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Field Education

  • M.S.S.W. University of Tennessee, 1987
  • B.S. Freed-Hardeman University, 1983
Office Hours
  • Email for an appointment
Current Classes
  • Field Practice I
  • Field Practice II
  • Generalist Practice with Groups


Tony teaches primarily in the area of undergraduate field practice, social work practice with groups, and field seminar. As Director of Field Education, he has administrative oversight of the undergraduate field practice component of the social work program, building and maintaining collaborative relationships with multiple host-organizations throughout Lubbock, the state of Texas, and internationally. Tony’s professional experience in the field of social work spans over 35 years in the areas of children and families, group work, mental health, agency administration and field education. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Child-Placing Administrator, and nationally certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Tony is a certified hypnotist, skilled in therapeutic relaxation techniques for stress reduction. He regularly consults with a variety of human-service agencies, and behavioral and mental health agencies. He specializes in gero-psych group therapy. Tony has served on the Board of Directors for the Voice of Hope and Open Door. He is a member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Texas Field Education Consortium, and the National Association of Social Workers. Tony has taught in the social work program since 1993.