• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Lauren  Costine

Lauren Costine, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, executive, educator, author, and activist. She received her MA in psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2001 and her PhD in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2007. She works with both individuals and couples and plays a key role in the feminist and LGBTQ community. Dr. Costine is currently chief clinician of Convalo Health, Inc. and the Founder of the LGBT-affirmative track of Convalo’s BLVD Treatment Centers. Her first book, Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and What to Do When Things Go Wrong, was be released in November 2015.