• 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.


Margaret  Fetting

Margaret Fetting is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience, ranging from program consultation to community outreach. The creator of workshops certified by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for pre-licensure and continuing education credits, she has presented to nearly 300 organizations on substance dependence and abuse, personality disorders and adults molested as children. Fetting has been teaching at the USC School of Social Work since 1989 and holds concurrent faculty positions at other institutions of higher learning around Southern California.

She began her career as a management research analyst at the Management and Behavioral Science Center at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, managing a strategic planning training program for correctional executives. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, co-creating and writing the community outreach program Olympic Neighbors for the 1984 Olympic Games.

Fetting earned her doctoral degree in urban and regional planning: sociology, individual and family studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed a post-master's advanced certificate in practice theory and development.

Currently, she has a private practice in Santa Monica.