• 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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Fred  Viola

 

Fred Viola moved into the law enforcement field in 2002. He spent three years as a group supervisor at the Nevada County Juvenile Hall and then moved into the position of Probation Officer where he currently works with adult offenders. As the Correction Department began to implement Evidence Based Practice, Fred began meeting with his clients to focus on reaching others by building a support group. Project H.E.A.R.T. Inc. (Holding Excellence Above Relapse Team) was formed and began building trusting relationships and friendships with those struggling with life destabilizing issues.