• 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.


Denise  Pintello

Denise Pintello, PhD, MSW is the Special Assistant for the Deputy Director of NIDA at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), overseeing the implementation of innovative initiatives and special projects. In her more than 25 years as a social worker, Dr. Pintello has worked extensively in child welfare, mental health and substance abuse and provided clinical, case management and supervisory services to children and adults. She has also conducted applied research and program evaluations within the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse.

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