• 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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Heather  Senior
LCSW

Heather Senior is a psychotherapist and senior clinician at Newport Academy, with a specialty in family systems, trauma and substance use disorders. She has worked extensively with parents and teens within schools and treatment settings. Heather was most recently Director of Family Services at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in New York City before leaving to focus solely on trainings for families around prevention of substance abuse and workshops for adolescents in treatment centers.