• 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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Gary L Fisher

Dr. Fisher is the founder, first director, and current professor for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Fisher is the author of seven books and the senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. His textbook, Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers and Therapists, is in its fifth edition. Dr. Fisher’s most recent book, Understanding Why Addicts Are Not All Alike: Recognizing the Types and How Their Differences Affect Intervention and Treatment, was published in 2011.