"Treat people as if they are who they can be and you help them to become who they’re capable of being.”
….Johann von Goethe
I believe that the most important aspects of treatment for any health condition are: 1) to feel safe and at ease with your health professional(s), and 2), that your health professional must believe in your ability to change. I believe that each person is fully capable of making their own decisions and - sometimes with some help and often without - can also find ways to make healthier choices in a system that fits their lifestyle, culture, goals, values, and more. As Drs. Scott Miller and Barry Duncan state in their book, “The Heroic Client”, “We should be humbled in the presence of our clients for they are the heroes of their lives.” I thoroughly agree.
Dee-Dee Stout holds a Master’s degree in Health Counseling from San Francisco State University, a program that she designed herself to meet her educational needs. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from the same school.
Dee-Dee is a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) and holds international reciprocity as well (ICADC). She is also part of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT; for more, see www.motivationalinterview.org). Dee-Dee has done extensive training in the field of substance use disorders/problems and behavior change with such experts as Drs. William Miller & Steve Rollnick (Motivational Interviewing), Drs. Scott D. Miller & Barry Duncan (The Heroic Client: Becoming Client-Centered and Outcome-Oriented; The Heart and Soul of Change), Jane Peller, LCSW & John Walter, LCSW (Recreating Brief Therapy), Dr. Patt Denning (Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy), and the late Dr. G. Alan Marlatt (Harm Reduction; Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention) among many others.
Dee-Dee is Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay, and has been a longtime member of faculty at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She has developed curriculum for the Northern California Training Academy at UC Davis as well as having developed courses and taught for both UC Berkeley and CSU East Bay Extensions in their respective CAADAC certificate programs.
Dee-Dee has worked in numerous treatment settings: therapeutic community (TC), social model, and medical-model settings in a variety of treatment levels for those with substance use disorders/other mental illnesses – both for individual clients and for their family/concerned significant others. Her past accomplishments in treatment include developing exercise programs; forming a relapse prevention treatment program for a large HMO; starting a family program for a residential social-model treatment program in the East Bay, and bringing trauma-informed treatment to female prisoners and other moms.
Dee-Dee has conducted some 700 presentations and trainings to date – most particularly on Motivational Interviewing - including such subjects as: Anger Management, Families of Substance Users and Abusers, the Stages of Change, Human Sexuality, Nutrition, and more. She is a frequent Bay Area speaker and trainer and has presented at numerous conferences including the International EAP Conference in Vancouver, several Harm Reduction Conferences, an Annual Federal Bureau of Prisons Conference, and a recent CAADAC Conference. She has spoken to groups as diverse as EAGALA (equine-assisted therapy) to Cornell University (3-day MI training) to the recent Annual Voice Conference (through UCSF Department of Otolaryngology) in San Francisco. She was even filmed by the Emmy-award winning Showtime series “Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!” and is often interviewed for comments for radio and in press on treatment. She also contributed to the book “Over the Influence” by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, and Alina Glickman (Guilford Publishing).
Dee-Dee has spent time volunteering with the Department of Public Health/Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) and the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) here in San Francisco as well as with various organizations promoting human rights, including queer rights and drug user’s rights. Previously, she has worked in such areas as marketing & advertising, radio, and taught Suzuki piano for a decade.