• 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.


Laura  Brinckerhoff

Director of Equine Assisted Mental Health at Cottonwood Tucson, Laura has over 25 years’ experience in the field of equine assisted therapy/educational work. Laura has served as associate faculty, mentor and advisor at Prescott College and helped to initiate and create the Equine Assisted Concentration for Counseling/Psychology students. Laura began her own journey of recovery in 1988 when she reunited with her childhood passion, horses, and started to ask the question, “Are horses healing because of my love for them? Or is there something inherently therapeutic about horses that can be harnessed and applied in a clinical setting for the benefit of others?