• 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.


Dee-Dee  Stout

Dee-Dee Stout holds degrees in Business, Psychology, Human Sexuality, and a Master’s in Health Counseling. She is a California certified drug and alcohol counselor, level II, and a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Dee-Dee has extensive specialized health training including: iRest, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focus, Relapse Prevention, Stages of Change, CBT, Seeking Safety, CRAFT, Harm Reduction, Client-Directed/Outcome-Informed work, Trauma-Informed treatments, and more. Ms. Stout is an Instructor with UC Berkeley Extension and a Lecturer at CSU Monterey Bay. Dee-Dee maintains a private consultation practice, Dee-Dee Stout Consulting/Responsible Recovery, while regularly training around the country. She is the author of Coming to Harm Reduction Kicking and Screaming: Looking for Harm Reduction in a Twelve Step World. Dee-Dee has also been interviewed for press, radio, and film and has contributed to several publications. As someone with both a SUDs history and a current mental health diagnosis plus other chronic illnesses, she knows what it’s like to be in treatment. As she says, “I’ve been in treatment of some kind my whole life!”