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The Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) is a 30 day residential, extended care, and outpatient treatment center for individuals with addictive disorders, specializing in treatment of individuals who are dually diagnosed with both psychiatric and substance abuse problems.  Our patients often also have acute or chronic medical illnesses that further impact their treatment.  CeDAR emphasizes a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to treating addictions, and provides opportunities for training in treatment of these disorders in individual, group, spiritual, and family-oriented modalities.

Specific Training Activities

Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessments:  The intern will perform and interpret psychological testing for diagnostically difficult patients with co-occurring psychiatric, addictive, and cognitive disorders.  The intern will be expected to perform a minimum of two and maximum of five assessments each month. These assessments may include intelligence testing, personality testing, and/or brief neuropsychological batteries.

Group Therapy:  The intern will co-facilitate one process and psychoeducational groups related to addiction, depending on the intern’s skills, personal interests, and schedules. The groups include:  Intensive Outpatient Group, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Coping Skills Group, Co-Occurring Disorders Group, etc.

Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Planning:  The intern will attend the weekly multi-disciplinary treatment planning meeting to learn about treatment issues for individual patients and gain experience in working within a larger team.  This meeting occurs on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

As time, skills, and individual interests permit, interns will be given the opportunity to work more closely with patients in providing individual therapy in a variety of modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapies, individual coaching of dialectical-behavioral techniques, supportive therapies, insight oriented therapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based therapies.

These opportunities will follow a developmental model throughout the training year.


Ongoing weekly seminars offered by the Addiction faculty are available on a variety of addiction related topics. These “Lunch and Learn” opportunities occur on Tuesday’s at 12:00.

Supervision: The intern will receive 3 hours of individual supervision per week. Supervision will be focused on intern professional development, and will be facilitated by a licensed psychologist.

The staff members at CeDAR integrate a Twelve Step Facilitation model of addiction treatment with a more traditional medical model for treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders.  Cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness work, and biofeedback all also employed. As each patient receives an individualized treatment plan, opportunities exist to work in a variety of clinical approaches in both individual and group modalities.