Kedren is dedicated to providing training and internships that keep pace with the diverse needs of the community, supporting the vision and values of the Mental Health Services Act.

The agency embraces a commitment to staff development, community education, and internships that will help build a workforce with the skills needed to work in a dynamic, diverse, changing mental health service delivery system.

Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary training is delivered with the goal of supporting strength-based service delivery that embodies the principles of wellness, recovery and resilience. Kedren offers cutting-edge training and workshops linked to CEU’s, for staff and community-based, and private practitioners in the mental health field.

Community Workshops/training includes:

  • Law and Ethics
  • Current Trends in Treatment of ADD Clients
  • Sand Play
  • Treating the Dually Diagnosed Client

Training and Staff Development are an ongoing, creative, dynamic culture of collaboration which keeps staff interconnected to high-quality, relevant education and training the organization utilizes to serve the community.


Academic Partnerships

Kedren provides a fully integrated Intern Program in inpatient and outpatient mental health, social work, nursing, occupational therapy and pharmaceutical services.

The Intern Program addresses clinical educational requirements and documentation standards, in addition to

delivering workshops on personal and professional development and preparing students for licensing exams.

The goal of the program is to help train and educate future mental health professionals, and paraprofessionals. Practicum and field placements offer a wide range of training experiences for graduate and undergraduate students and medical students, in cooperation and coordination with the requirements of their respective colleges.
Medical students attending the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program will complete a Child/Adult psychiatric rotation serving consumers through Kedren’s mental health program. The collaboration will offer medical residents an in-depth view of mental illness in a community mental health setting, providing support to underserved and diverse populations experiencing traumatic life events, devastating social/economic problems and complex family issues.

In addition, Kedren is involved with the Department of Mental Health-UCLA Academic Partnership which is a collaborative program to foster housing, employment and educational services, recovery and support for persons who have been incarcerated and/or recovering from mental illness.

The program consists of a project management team which is overseen by an advisory committee. The management team conducts research and coordinates placement sites for paroles, and Kedren has been chosen as one of the locations where two of the Fellows shall rotate on an annual basis.

These and other programs are the key elements in the constant pursuit of education in a learning organization.