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Department of Social Work
and Criminal Justice

Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice

Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice

The Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice prepares students to critically and ethically consider and address problems impacting our society.  Social Work and Criminal Justice students become versed in sociological and psychological perspectives relating to factors contributing to social problems, maladaptive behavior, and effective interventions. The department develops competent professionals who are skilled in critical thinking, effective communication, and advocacy. 

Dr. Johnson is licensed in Texas at the Master’s Level (LMSW) with Independent Practice Recognition (IPR). Dr. Johnson has social work experience with Hospitals, Home Health, Family Preservation, Domestic Violence, Criminal Justice, Gerontology, foster care, and court-ordered social studies in child custody disputes and stepparent adoptions.  She regularly provides staff training to social service agencies in Lubbock and South Africa. Dr. Johnson has served on the board of Head Start and Across the Street Ministries. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Phi Alpha Honor Society, North American Association of Christian Social Workers, Lubbock Medical Social Workers, and Texas Social Work Deans and Directors. She has taught in the social work program since 2001.

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Prior to coming to LCU, Dr. Culbert gained professional experience in medical social work, child welfare, criminal justice, mental health and gerontology. She has experience working in hospital settings, completing psychiatric assessments and evaluations in both the emergency room and in criminal justice settings. Dr. Culbert has previously worked with families while completing home studies with children\'s protective agencies, case management and family conferencing for persons with disabilities. She also has experience as a gerontological social worker.
Dr. Culbert is licensed at the Master\'s Level (LMSW) in the state of Texas. Her research interests include gerontology, health care and social insurance. Dr. Culbert is a member of the Council of Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers, Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Lubbock Medical Social Workers.

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Dr. Dabbs has been teaching at Lubbock Christian University since 2000. In addition to her regular teaching assignments she teaches for the Honor's Program at LCU.

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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.

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