• 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.

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  • 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.

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Barbara  Schmidt

With over 30 years of the study of religion, sacred text, psychology, meditation, and self-help and with nearly 10 years of teaching Barb founded the not-for-profit Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life as an organization that provides educational and inspirational opportunities for individuals to create a happy, loving, peaceful life. In 2001, Barb partnered with the Peace Studies program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida to promote dialogue and guidance for individuals seeking peace within themselves and their communities. She is the author of The Practice: A Way of Life.

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