Gatehouse Academy Trains Next Generation of Dual Diagnosis Clinicians and Drug Rehab Specialists

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Gatehouse Academy, Arizona's #1 drug rehab facility for young adults announces its pro-doctoral training program for graduate-level students. The program provides training in every aspect of community-based addiction treatment of young adults, age 17-25, with co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental health diagnoses.

Gatehouse Academy, the premier source and solution for young adult addiction treatment and drug rehab, trains three or four graduate level students each year in the community-based treatment of young adults with co-occurring disorders. This year, Gatehouse Academy also started their pre-doctoral internship training for psychology interns.

"With how wide-spread substance abuse is at this time, it is incumbent on those of us who are experienced with such treatment to train the next generation of clinicians," Donald Durham, PhD, Director of Training and Development of Gatehouse Academy, said. "The distinctive clinical features of our training are an attachment-oriented theoretical and practical approach to addictions with full integration of the 12 Steps into our clinical care."

Gatehouse Academy is a long term drug rehab center for young adults ages 17-25 in need of addiction treatment. At Gatehouse Academy, the addiction treatment is not just rehabilitation, they also offer formalized education integrated at both high school and college level. The recovery programs are designed to work with each resident to develop their path to recovery. Since 2005 Gatehouse Academy has been participating in the professional development of graduate students who are therapists in training

"The interns also participate in 8 hours per month of training in psychology through the Arizona Psychology Training Program, of which we are a part," Dr. Durham said. "These programs are truly training programs."

Gatehouse Academy prides itself on providing a unique atmosphere for young adult's age 17-25 needing addiction treatment and drug rehab. Most staff members are in recovery and some are graduates of Gatehouse Academy. Gatehouse Academy focuses on the individual needs of each young adult with their "life skills infusion" curriculum that provides each resident with a safe environment to help them develop independent living skills.

About Gatehouse Academy:
Gatehouse Academy is a co-educational long-term residential program exclusively for young adults age 17 to 25 with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Their centers proved the necessary clinical, residential, educational, recreational, and family communication support system for everyone admitted. Their mission is: "We absolutely insist on guiding young adults towards a life of excellence, leadership and service."

Gatehouse Academy operates its main campus in Wickenburg, Arizona. Other Arizona campuses include the Hassayampa River Ranch, Mesquite Canyon Ranch, Jefferson House and Gatehouse College Campus. It also has two extended campuses in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information about Gatehouse Academy call toll free 1-888-730-0905 or visit their website at


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