• 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.


Naelys  Diaz

Naelys Diaz, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and a licensed social worker (NY and NJ). Dr. Diaz has develop ADHD and PTSD programs in a child and adolescent outpatient psychiatric hospital, as well as provided clinical social work services to children, adolescents and their families in outpatient units, partial care programs and private practice. She has worked in several research projects at the New York Psychiatric Institute, Lehman College and Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, and has multiple publications in the areas of substance use disorders, mood disorders (particularly dysthymia) and spirituality.