• 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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Ralph E. Carson
LD, RD, PhD

Ralph Carson, RD, PhD, LD, has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions, and eating disorders for over thirty-five years. He is currently vice president of science and innovation at the Eating Recovery Center and CORE program for the treatment of binge eating disorders, consultant to Pine Grove Addiction and Behavioral Health Treatment Center in Hattiesburg, MS, and on the speakers bureau for Shire Pharmaceuticals for Vyvanse. He is the author of Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?

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