• 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.


Susan  Blacksher

Susan Blacksher, MSW, MCAS, has over forty-eight years of experience in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction treatment and recovery. Being one of the original employees of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP), Susan is well-versed in the bureaucratic process of legislation and regulatory issues coming from the assembly and senate. Just as pertinent, Susan has established and provided direct services for those suffering from addiction for the past twenty years.