• 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.


Jennifer  Becan

Joined the IBR Research Faculty as an Associate Research Scientist in 2010. Her work with the IBR started in 2006 as graduate research assistant on the Treatment Cost and Organizational Monitoring (TCOM) project. In this capacity she assisted with data collection and field operations and authored several peer reviewed publications on innovation adoption, leadership, and service delivery. Her research endeavors have culminated in New Investigator Travel Awards, two from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and one from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. One of her key contributions is the development and validation of the TCU Survey of Transformational Leadership (TCU STL) for application in treatment settings. Dr. Becan currently serves as Project Director on the Adolescent Project and as a reviewer for various addiction journals. Her recent research endeavors center on treatment process for adolescents and the impact of restrictive and adaptive thinking patterns on treatment.

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