• 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.


Buster  Ross

National director of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s LGBTQ-integrative treatment programming, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, and Licensed Professional Counselor. As an adjunct instructor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, he teaches a “Behavioral Addictions” course based on DSM 5 and ASAM perspectives. His most recently published research appears in a 2014 edition of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. His approach as a clinical trainer is focused on helping providers use language and interventions that support a therapeutic culture that treats everyone with dignity and respect.