• 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.


Marcia  Nickow

Faculty Member of the Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, Dr. Marcia Nickow is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in addictions, eating disorders, trauma and intergenerational trauma. With 25 years of clinical experience, she previously directed the primary therapy staff at Timberline Knolls. Today, as a key member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels around the country providing didactic and experiential training to professionals. An adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Nickow has worked in inpatient, outpatient, community, hospital, educational, and correctional settings. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Master’s in Addictions from National-Louis University in Illinois. 

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