• 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.


Valerie  Slaymaker

Valerie Slaymaker, PhD, LP is Chief Academic Officer and Provost of Hazelden's Graduate School of Addiction Studies, a world-class provider of graduate-level addictions counselor preparation. She also oversees the work of Hazelden's Butler Center for Research. She presents research results at regional and national conferences and publishes in scholarly journals and books. She holds doctorate and master's degrees in clinical psychology and trained as a scientist-practitioner. Dr. Slaymaker's scholarly and research interests include addictions treatment research, academic program evaluation, and the implementation of evidence-based practices into clinical and educational programming.

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