• 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.


Shirley N.  Sparks

Shirley N. Sparks is associate professor emerita, Western Michigan University department of speech pathology and audiology and adjunct associate professor, Santa Clara University, department of early childhood special education. She is the author of a book on prenatal substance abuse and one on genetics for special educators and coauthor of a book on home visiting for practitioners. She has a BA degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from Tulane University, both in speech pathology and audiology, and completed all but dissertation for a PhD in public health from the University of Michigan. She is author of over sixty professional articles and book chapters and has been a presenter on prenatal substance abuse disorders, early intervention, genetics, and home visiting in the US, Europe, and China.