• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.


  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.


Rita  Argiros

 Executive Program Director at Allynwood Academy and formerly Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Cloud State University. Responsible for both program development and for maintaining a therapeutically sound culture. She is currently focused on implementing Allynwood’s tiered phases including the Bridge, Allynwood’s young adult program, and continuing the development of Canine Human Attunement Training/ Therapy (CHAT®) and the Dog Corps which she founded.