• 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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Jeffrey  Fortuna
PhD

Doctor of Public Health with advanced post-doctoral training in neurochemistry, pharmacology, and nutrition. His primary research interests and clinical background have focused on evaluating the efficacy of pharmacologic agents, diets, and supplements in the treatment of drug dependence. He has worked in the addiction treatment field for the past 27 years.

Dr. Fortuna is on the faculty in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches classes in Alcohol and Drug Studies, Health Behavior, and Nutrition. He has served as an educator for the past 37 years, including the past 23 years at Fullerton. He has also received numerous awards and has been honored as an outstanding faculty member. In addition, he also authored a scientific rationale and protocol for Omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil, which he regularly presents at conferences and during physician and other clinician trainings. He has authored numerous professional papers on nutrition and brain chemistry. He is the author of Food, Brain Chemistry and Behavior.

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