• 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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Alyssa A. Forcehimes
PhD

Alyssa A. Forcehimes, PhD Is on the faculty of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is the Executive Director of Train for Change Inc.™, the training branch of The Change Companies®. Her work centers on developing effective methods for disseminating and teaching evidence-based approaches for behavior change to multidisciplinary professionals nationwide. She has conducted over 150 on-site motivational interviewing trainings for diverse practice settings and a wide range of patient populations. She has authored several treatment manuals describing integrated approaches of motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy for use in community-based programs. With Dr. William Miller and others, she co-authored Treating Addiction: A Guide for Professionals (2011). She has also authored numerous articles and chapters on motivational interviewing.