• 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.


Douglas C. Smith

Dr. Smith is assistant professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Social Work in 2006 from the University of Iowa. He has worked in the substance abuse field for 15 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and researcher. He is a clinician at heart and his research focuses on improving treatments for substance-abusing adolescents and young adults.

He is co-author of the Strengths Oriented Family Therapy (SOFT) model, an evidence-based treatment for adolescents. He currently oversees three active clinical outcome studies funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Justice. On a personal note, he delights in raising his two daughters, reading science fiction and in being an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

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