• 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.


Michael  Walsh

Michael Walsh, MS, CAP, BRI-I, is currently the executive director and COO at HARP Treatment Center. He is the former president/CEO of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). He holds a master's degree in substance abuse counseling, is a certified intervention professional and a certified addiction professional with extensive knowledge, experience, and understanding of the treatment industry from preadmission through intervention, admissions process, case management, referent relations, client services, and aftercare coordination for patients.


He has served as a liaison to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, IC&RC, and many other industry organizations and boards. He is a current board member of both C4 and Floridians for Recovery. He has presented at many national and international conferences including the Cape Cod Symposium, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Southeastern Conference on Addictive Disorders, NCAD, West Coast Symposium, All-Party Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group, UKESAD, and Axis. He has worked in various capacities for and with most of the premier facilities in the addiction treatment industry as an employee, consultant, and independent contractor. He has a deep understanding of the issues relating to performance measurement and payment reform and he has been actively involved in the addiction treatment field for over two decades.