• 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.


Patrick  Haggerson

Program director of Ethno-Cultural Activities at the Betty Ford Institute, Patrick received his BA in Spanish Education from Arizona State in 1974 and his MA in Substance Abuse Counseling with a Bilingual Certification from the University of Iowa in 1988. Patrick had worked at the Betty Ford Center for over 14 years and has been working with American Indian and Spanish speaking clients and their families for over 24 years. His work includes outreach counseling and training at the Alkali Lake Reserve in British Columbia one week of each month and work with a treatment center in Mazatlan, Mexico. Patrick has used live music in his counseling and training work to support meditation, and 12-Step recovery.

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