• 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  Berton

Jennifer Berton, PhD, LICSW, CADC, is the author of Ethics for Addiction Professionals and maintains the blog, clinicalethicsblog.com. Dr. Berton has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and currently has a private practice of psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. She previously served as chair of the Ethics Committee for the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), where she continues to serve as a consultant.