• 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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Annesa  Flentje
PhD

Annesa Flentje, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, where she focuses on reducing LGBTQ health disparities. Her research focuses on understanding how sexual minority stress may influence the health of LGBTQ individuals, developing interventions to reduce that stress, and understanding LGBTQ physical and mental health across the lifespan. In addition to her research, Dr. Flentje teaches up-and-coming nurse practitioners how to provide treatment for individuals with substance use disorders.