• 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.


JoAnn  Baird

JoAnn Baird has a private practice in marriage and family therapy in Reno, NV. She received her EdD in systems development and adaptations from Boston University in 1980. JoAnn was superintendent of three school districts in Maine. She launched her MFT career in 1996 undertaking advanced graduate MFT training at the University of New England. In 1999 she interrupted that training to move to California. In 2007 JoAnn and her husband moved to Reno, NV where she completed her advanced training at the University of Nevada. She did her MFT internship at Quest Counseling in Reno, and received her Nevada license in 2014.