• 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.


Elizabeth  Ressler

Elizabeth Ressler received her Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2010 with a focus in Substance Abuse. For the last two years she has been working in a Community Mental Health Clinic as a therapist. She has provided therapy for people with a variety of mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, OCD, schizoaffective disorder, and co-occurring disorders. Ms. Ressler also served as the wellness coordinator of a SAMHSA funded grant focused on bringing primary care services into a behavioral health setting. Ms. Ressler will be joining ACE! as a counselor for a NIDA funded research study. In this study, she will be meeting with offenders on probation to see if using motivational interviewing will help them go into substance abuse treatment compared to a computerized model.