• 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.


Karen  Urbanoski

Karen Urbanoski, PhD, is a scientist in the Social and Epidemiological Research Group at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, where she obtained her doctorate in 2010.

From 2010—2011, Dr. Urbanoski worked as a researcher and instructor at the Center for Addiction Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests focus on the social epidemiology of substance use and addiction, particularly mechanisms of aetiology and recovery, and processes of help-seeking for addiction-related problems, including the use of treatment as a method of social control.

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