• 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.

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  • 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.

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Debby S.  Bitticks

As Founder and CEO of several companies, Debby has had extensive experience in the world of business and was presented with The Blue Chip Enterprise Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. Employing hundreds of people, she has operated multi-site child care centers, developed elder day care programs, and created innovative intergenerational curriculum. Debby also co-authored "The Elder Care Review: A guide for Quality Control", and spoke at the annual meeting of The National Council on the Aging in Washington D.C. Debby has co-authored the BioBinder™ series including “Cherished Memories - The Story of My Life”, “Time Efficiency Makeover”, and the “Senior Organizer”. She has also co-authored a book in the "Life Lessons" series with Chicken Soup for the Soul authors, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen: "Life Lessons for Busy Moms – 7 Essential Ingredients to Organize and Balance Your World". Both “Time Efficiency Makeover” and “The Senior Organizer” have been published in paperback by Health Communications Inc. Debby has co-written and produced an award-winning documentary “Saving Our Parents”, and has written and hosted a PBS television pledge special. Debby has appeared on CBS Morning News, ABC, NBC, FOX, QVC, CNN Financial News as well as other cable shows, and has given numerous national radio interviews. Debby is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and sits as a board member of Vital Options International, a cancer communications, support and advocacy organization.

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