• 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.


Gary  Seidler

Co-founder of Health Communications, Inc. and the U.S. Journal Training, Gary serves as the consulting Executive Editor of Counselor, The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. Born in Shanghai, China, and raised in London, England Gary immigrated to Toronto, Canada in his late teens. While working as a journalist at the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, Canada, he met Peter Vegso. In 1976 they formed a partnership and relocated to South Florida to establish their publishing enterprise which includs newspapers, magazines, books and trainings for professionals working in addictions and mental health. Now semi-retired, Gary continues to work with The U.S. Journal Training Inc. (USJT) in developing training opportunities for professionals in the field.

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