• 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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John M. Majer
PhD

John M. Majer is an associate professor of psychology at Harry S. Truman College and a consultant for DePaul University’s Center for Community Research in Chicago, IL. He earned his MA in counseling psychology at Bowie State University and worked as a direct service provider in the addictions field for over ten years prior to earning his doctorate in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University. He has published over twenty articles involving persons with substance use disorders and serves as a reviewer and consulting editor for a number of peer-reviewed journals.