• 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.


Karen  Bridson

Karen is an award-winning journalist specializing in women's issues and is the author of three women's health books. A former crime reporter who has been specializing in women's issues, health, pregnancy and parenting for the past eight years, Karen has a particular talent for personal essay-style columns. Over her 17-year career as a newswoman, Karen has published in many national newspapers and magazines including Shape Magazine, Runner's World Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Montreal Gazette, among others.
As a "born-again feminist," she is the co-founder of Third Wave Feminists Toronto, a consciousness raising mothers' group and the creator of Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day. Since the birth of her son Adlai almost five years ago, she has been a student of feminist theory, reading every title she can get her hands on. She is the author of surprisingly feminist The Secrets of Skinny Chicks: How to Feel Great in your Favorite Jeans when it Doesn't Come Naturally (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life (Lifeline Press, 2004) and Run for It: A Woman's Guide to Running for Emotional and Physical Health.
Karen has won a number of journalism awards, including back-to-back Toronto Police Media Awards for Best Editorial (writing in a personal, engaging tone is what she does best) while covering the police beat, and was honored as the best in her class in newspaper journalism when awarded a scholarship from Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star.

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