Washburn Department of Family and Human Services

Washburn’s Human Services Department has officially changed its name to the Department of Family and Human Services. This change reflects the Department’s curriculum, which focuses on teaching students to provide prevention and intervention services to families.


Students may obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Human Services with a choice of two tracks: Family Services and Addiction Counseling.  The Family Services track prepares students to become nationally Certified Family Life Educators through the National Council on Family Relations. The Addiction Counseling track prepares students to become Licensed Addiction Counselors in Kansas. According to Dr. Justin Spiehs, Assistant Professor of Family and Human Services, both tracks are designed to prepare students to walk into careers upon graduation.


As Spiehs points out, “students may choose to work in the area of prevention, helping family members of all ages and abilities to develop strengths, healthy relationships, and full, meaningful lives. Or, they may choose to work in the area of intervention, working with individuals and families to solve important problems and get their lives back on track.”


The Department offers online and campus courses to fit student needs, including a fully-online option. Spiehs adds that “working with families is meaningful, and students who choose this degree will open the door to rewarding careers.”


For more information, visit the Department’s website at Washburn.edu/human-services, or contact the Department via email (human-service[email protected]), phone (785-670-2116) or in person (Benton 311).