• 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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James L.  Sorensen
PhD

James L. Sorensen, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, where he focuses on research and training in substance abuse treatment. He is also codirector of the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. In addition to his work at the University of California, San Francisco, he is a licensed clinical psychologist and teaches at the University of California Extension in the certificate program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies.