• 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.


Herb  Kaighan

Herb was given the gift of freedom from alcoholism on February 21, 1984. As a result of  being guided through the Twelve Steps, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery via spiritual awakenings through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats. He has authored the Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book(2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His personal journey includes seven years in seminary, a graduate education in psychology, and a forty-year career in human resources consulting, from which he retired in November 2006. He completed the three-year training program in 1990 at Mt. St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles) for certification as a spiritual director and has an active practice.