• 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.


Tia  Younger

Ms. Younger is Deputy Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP) Prevention Fellowship Program. Ms. Younger has more than 10 years of experience in the field of public health and skills in the areas of assessment, research, evaluation and management of prevention and health promotion programming. Her work has supported the prevention of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, child abuse, and environmental lead exposure. Her prior experiences includes coordinating technical assistance to SAMHSA/CSAP grantees, and conducting research, data analysis and technical writing in support of various SAMHSA/CSAP projects; as well as conducting needs assessments and research on health promotion interventions for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and community organizations in Boston (MA) and Philadelphia (PA). Ms. Younger has an MPH degree from Boston University School of Public Health and a Prevention Specialist certification through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).