This rotation is performed at sites connected to the Lebanon VA Hospital system or at the CARON Foundation Residential Treatment Center. Residents assigned to VA rotations rotate for 3 months at the Lebanon VA Medical Center Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program (SAARTP) and an additional 3 months at the Camp Hill VA Outpatient Clinic. Residents assigned to the CARON Foundation rotate at the Residential Treatment Center in Wernersville for their 6 month assignment.
Resident education is provided through individual supervision during the course of patient care. Specific instruction is provided on inpatient detoxification, psychotherapeutic intervention, motivational interviewing, and related topics. The Addictions Seminar also occurs during this rotation. This structured rotation heightens residents' awareness and recognition of drug and alcohol comorbidity in the psychiatric patient population. Residents spend the majority of their time evaluating new patients and treating program participants with individual or group therapy utilizing a variety of treatment modalities, ranging from short-term dynamic to cognitive-behavioral interventions.