• 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.

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  • 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.

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Robert  Ackerman
PhD

Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary degree in Human Services at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Dr. Ackerman serves as the editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics. He has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages.

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