• 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.


Jerry R. Bruns

Jerry R. Bruns, M.D. is the founder of La Mer Medical Group. As the Medical Director, he models and mentors the medical model neurobiological care program of La Mer Medical Group. As the medical director, he leads patient care; actively consults at St. John's Regional Medical Center (Oxnard and Camarillo), Community Memorial Hospital (Ventura CA). In addition to treating patients at La Mer, Dr. Bruns is a frequent leader in collegial continuing education programs and is directing innovative clinical programs for an intensive outpatient treatment program and inpatient programming.

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