• 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.


  • 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.


Michelle  Gonzalez


Michelle Gonzalez graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology.  She has over twenty years of experience in the field of Parole and Probation.  She began her career as a Parole and Probation Officer in the State of Oregon.  As a Parole and Probation Officer, she supervised high risk sex offenders, high risk offenders, low risk offenders, and worked in the Day Reporting Center.  Michelle moved to Humboldt County in 2001. During her time in Humboldt, she supervised the Juvenile Drug Court caseload, the Northern California Regional Facility caseload, the Healthy Returns Initiative caseload, and the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant caseload.  Michelle moved to Siskiyou County in 2007. During her time in Siskiyou County, she was the Intake Officer, the Court Officer, had the Intensive Supervision caseload, Juvenile Drug Court caseload, and the Electronic Monitoring Program.  In 2012 Michelle moved to Butte County where is currently employed.  Since working in Butte County, Michelle has supervised an adult Administrative caseload, a juvenile supervision caseload, and currently is working in Probation run programs.