• 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.


Kansas  Cafferty

Kansas Cafferty, LMFT, MCA, CATC, has been in the field of addiction treatment since 1997. He is the founder and director of both The Cafferty Clinic and True North Recovery Services in Encinitas, CA. In addition he helped develop the first national credential for adolescent addiction counselors, serves as a commissioner to the NAADAC National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals, and is on the editorial advisory board for Advances in Addiction and Recovery magazine. He is a former director of clinical services for Orange County Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and brings to the industry not only his professionalism but his own continuous personal recovery that began in his adolescence in 1996.

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