• 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.


Brian M. Berman

Brian Berman is Professor of Family Medicine and the founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, the first center for research, education and clinical care in complementary and integrative medicine based in a US academic health center. A family physician and pain management specialist, Dr. Berman significantly changed his own practice of medicine over twenty years ago to a broader, integrative approach that includes complementary therapies and mind/body approaches, and he has introduced this approach into his center’s clinic and other clinical practices at the University of Maryland. Dr. Berman’s desire to see integrative medicine receive wider acceptance, has resulted in his becoming one of the most highly funded NIH researchers in this field over the past fourteen years.

Currently, he is principal investigator of two NIH-funded centers studying traditional Chinese medicine, one of which is an international center with colleagues in Hong Kong. He is the author of 250 peer-reviewed publications and five books. On the national and international front, Dr. Berman has taken a leadership role in promoting integrative medicine, based on a firm evidence based approach. He chaired the ad-hoc advisory committee to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine when it opened in 1992 and subsequently served on their advisory committee for 6 years. He was the first chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, composed of 29 N. American universities, and served on the Institute of Medicine panel on complementary medicine, whose report was released in January 2005. Dr. Berman also co-founded and coordinates the complementary medicine field within the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices through systematic reviews of the research literature. At a ceremony in New York City in November of 2005, Dr. Berman was awarded the Bravewell Leadership Award which "pays tribute to an outstanding person who is transforming healthcare through integrative medicine".

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