• 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.


Wendy  Rippon

Wendy Rippon, MS, holds a master's degree in mental health counseling and is currently a PhD candidate in forensic psychology. She brings with her over fifteen years of experience working with at-risk adolescents in various capacities such as substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and sexual offending. Wendy has also worked at the secondary education level for seven years and the higher education level for four years, concentrating most of her efforts on violent and aggressive youth and at-risk adults.