• 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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Rachel  Gonzales
PhD, MPH

Rachel Gonzales, PhD, MPH, is an associate research psychologist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and associate professor in psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She has extensive training in public health, health psychology, and substance abuse treatment. She is currently PI of a NIDA funded grant focused on testing the utility of a mobile texting aftercare approach among youth transitioning out if substance abuse treatment.