• 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.


Patricia  Plum

Family Therapist for the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Prior to working as a Family Therapist with The Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Patricia worked in an outpatient addiction clinic, serving in both a private and group setting. Her other areas of training include: Post Induction Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture Therapy and DeHp Therapy. Patricia’s passion lies in helping to bring education, collaboration, and insight to families, to encourage healing and hope.