• 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.


Mikkel  Becker

As the daughter of Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," it was pretty much a given that Mikkel Becker would choose a career working with animals.

A skilled dog-trainer, Mikkel is an honors graduate of the rigorous and prestigiousAcademy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA. Mikkel is also a graduate of the Purdue University DOGS! course and the Karen Pryor Academy.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has Mikkel as their canine evaluator for Washington State, where she tours shelters looking for homeless dogs to turn into lifesaving search dogs. She is involved with training shelter dogs and has served as the education coordinator for the Whitman County Humane Society. Mikkel also provides private behavior consultations and group classes for dog owners.

Mikkel is a resident pet expert for Scholastic Magazine and has been a contributing author to Parade magazine, Knight-Ridder newspapers, House and Home and Cat Fancy magazines. Her work has also appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul II," and she has coauthored the four books in the "Ultimate Pet Lover" series. She has also been active in the Quarter Horse show circuit, and she is a three-time Canadian National Champion in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle. Mikkel has a degree in intercultural communications from Washington State University.

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