• 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.


Barbara D. Estrada

Barbara D. Estrada, MS, is the GAIN Senior Clinical and Evaluation Consultant for Chestnut Health Systems. In her position at Chestnut she develops products and training services related to using the GAIN for program evaluation and program planning and assists in the development of products, presentations and training services related to the clinical interpretation of the GAIN. Ms. Estrada also provides technical assistance in the area of program evaluation, program management and clinical utility to GAIN users. Ms. Estrada has worked as a research director and evaluator for over a dozen studies funded by NIDA, SAMHSA, Department of Education, HRSA and HUD.