• 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.


Amy  Asher

Amy Asher graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.  She began her career with the Butte County Probation Department as a social work intern and moved up the ranks to a Probation Officer III.  She has over ten years of experience in the field of Probation and has supervised adult high risk caseloads, worked in Drug Court and Proposition 36, as well as worked in Adult Criminal Investigations.  In 2001, Amy pursued other career interests where she began her work as a social worker and educator in the field of geriatrics.  However, in 2011, she was given an opportunity to return to the field of corrections.  In response to the new Prison Realignment legislation, Amy began working for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and assisted with the opening of their Day Reporting Center.  She helped create and run the programming component where participants attended evidence based groups and received vocational/educational services while serving their county prison terms. In 2012, Amy returned to the Butte County Probation Department where she is now responsible for the coordination of many of adult programs offered at the Butte County Probation Department.  Amy is also currently assigned to a juvenile Wraparound/Waiver caseload.   She is also a group facilitator and instructor in Strengthening Families which is offered to the families participating in the Wraparound program.