• 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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Maryjo  Brown
MA, LPC

Maryjo is the Clinical Coordinator Adult and Geriatric Therapeutic Services at the Spruce Pavilion Reading Hospital, and Director of PAWS for Wellness Animal Assisted Therapy Services, Reading Health Systems in Reading, PA. Maryjo has been utilizing Animal Assisted Therapy within the practice of counseling for the past fourteen years. She was instrumental in developing a volunteer network of animal assist within the PAWS for Wellness Program. Maryjo is currently in the process of establishing certification in the area of animal assisted search and rescue.