• 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.


Kevin  Maxwell

A member of California Alcohol and Addiction Drug Educators (CAADE), and serves on the California State University Curriculum Committee for California Community College Chemical Dependency Education Standards.  Also, is a contributing part-time Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton, for the College of Health and Human Development; Mr. Maxwell serves as a multi-skilled diverse educator in Chemical Dependency, Social Work, and Mental Health curriculum. 
Mr. Maxwell ‘s continuing research, lectures, and writings, including those on behalf of Newport Academy, are devoted to family and adolescent issues, that focus on arresting multi-generation patterns whenever factors concerning substance abuse or mental health issues coexist.  Practical implications that involve utilization of current research as developing Evidence-Based Relapse Prevention methodologies emerge; that empower teens and further educate family members, and restore families in order to facilitate increase in the transportability and sustainability lead to improvement of individual and family outcomes in the post treatment-setting.


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