• 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.


Deborah  Uchalik

As Director of Psychological Services at the Betty Ford Center Professional Recovery Program, Dr. Uchalik oversees neuropsychological evaluations, the Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program assessment of licensed professionals, the Neurocognitive Assessment of Older Adults Supervision progam and provides patient and staff education. Dr. Uchalik also maintains a private practice at the Eisenhower Medical Center, Physical Rehabilitation Unit where she performs evaluations and treatment to patients in acute rehab with a variety of admitting diagnosis.

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