Behavioral Science Update

Healthy Families Conference: Citizens in Community

Healthy Families Conference logo

March 9, 2017

The Healthy Families Conference serves the community by providing quality continuing education to counselors and social workers who serve the Lubbock area. CEU’s can be completed in the following areas:

  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Sex addiction
  • Psychopharmacology
  • PTSD
  • The use of art in therapy
  • Police and mental health professionals
  • Emergency housing for homeless families
  • Developmental Trauma

March 10, 2017

Alongside offering CEUs and training, the second day of the 5th annual conference will focus on promoting a sense of unity and cohesion in our community by providing a forum through which open conversation can take place with community leaders. We hope that this conversation will shed light into our community’s needs as well as help facilitate an avenue for engagement.

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope will moderate the forum, which will start at 8:00 a.m. Breakout sessions will follow that will include conversations on:

  • Racial equality
  • Sex education within the school systems
  • Enhancing relationships between police departments and the citizens of Lubbock
  • Issues impacting women on the South Plains,
  • Understanding our Islamic neighbors.

To register, visit the Healthy Families Conference page.

Featured Faculty

Andy Young

Impacting Students

Dr. Andrew Young has been a professor in Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University since 1996. Along with teaching, his primary focus has been in the areas of Crisis Counseling, Emergency Services, and the integration of Psychology and Theology. He currently teaches in the undergraduate Psychology department and Graduate Nursing program.

Andy Young, Negotiator with Lubbock SWAT

Andy Young, Ed.D.

Impacting Community

Dr. Young has worked with the Lubbock police department since 2000 and is the coordinator and a founding member of the Lubbock Police Department’s Victims Services Crisis Team. He is a SWAT Negotiator with the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, and serves as the clinical director for the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Fire Department, and the Lubbock Regional’s Critical Incident Stress Management teams. Recently, Dr. Young became a psychological consultant with the Amarillo Police Department as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Andy working with woman in crisis

Dr. Young has published a book about this work called Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Frontline, has published research on the topics of crisis intervention and hostage negotiating, and has spoken at many professional and academic conferences on related topics.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Dr. Young’s book, you may contact him at

Featured Alumnae: Robin Renfrew Bruster, LPC

Robin Renfrew Bruster

Bringing Comfort

During her time at LCU, Mrs. Bruster and Dr. Michael Hardin collaborated on creating a children’s book named A Jungle of Grief, which was written to teach children healthy coping. Hospice of Lubbock used this book as their theme for working with children, and the book was illustrated by the Hospice children Mrs. Bruster and Dr. Hardin served. This book also served as inspiration for the Reflection Garden at Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock. This peaceful garden inspires hope for children and families dealing with serious illnesses. The garden contains animals that offer symbolic connections of hope and encouragement.

Tiger in Memorial Garden

Making a Difference

In July of 2015, Mrs. Bruster opened her own practice in Lubbock.  She currently offers Christian-based services for clients aged eight years to adult.  She works extensively with children in foster care.

Mrs. Bruster is currently pursuing her Ph.D.   She enjoys speaking at Women’s Retreats, and views them as a great Bible teaching opportunity.  To contact Robin, you can email her at



Robin Renfrew Bruster, LPC

Robin Bruster graduated with a master’s degree from Lubbock Christian University in 2010. Mrs. Bruster taught classes at LCU in the Behavioral Sciences Department from 2013 to 2015. She also had the opportunity to work with Dr. Young and the Crisis Team, gaining experience in working with first responders. She started working at the LCU Counseling Center in 2009 and continued working there until 2015, five years after she graduated.

Robin on Mission Trip


Changing Lives

Mrs. Bruster has a passion for mission work and has been on a number of mission trips.  She has worked with the mental health team of the VisionTrust Organization, which serves 17 different countries. Their mission is to equip teachers, principals, and project leaders to meet the mental health needs of children living in vulnerable and poverty-stricken environments. The team's focus is to educate about the impact of trauma and how to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of vulnerable children.   To learn more about this organization, visit

Robin working with children