• 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.


Doug  Denton

Executive Director of Homeward Bound, Inc. since the founding of its first program with the Dallas County Adult Probation Department. This project was to develop a pilot program for first offenders in need of job placement, housing and guidance. He has successfully managed numerous subsequent contracts as Homeward Bound, Inc., has grown with support from private donations and funding sources such as the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the City of Dallas. Mr. Denton was also one of the managing partners in a group developing psychiatric/substance abuse hospital units from 1987 to 1992. Prior to 1980, Mr. Denton managed the Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) Program and the Community Services Jail Program for Dallas County. He was a senior research associate from 1974 to 1978 in the Institute of Urban Studies, and an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Grant Writing and Management as well as Research and Statistics for the University of Texas at Arlington and the Dallas County Community College District. Mr. Denton holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Urban Affairs (Criminal Justice Counseling and Administration). He is licensed by the State of Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist( ADS) and a Child Care Administrator (LCCA).

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