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Dee Lexandra, Ph.D.

Dee Lexandra, Ph.D., MSW, Florida LCSW and Certified Addiction Professional, has been actively involved in addiction treatment in Florida for the past 19 years. Recently, over the past four years she has worked primarily as a consultant on the behalf of behavioral health organizations in support of the U.S. Military. The focus of her professional experiences in addiction treatment include: education, training, research, counseling, and consulting. Dr. Lexandra received her Ph.D. in Family Therapy as a result of her study about what the client believed “worked” in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

In addition, through her company, Solutions for Employee Advancement (SEA), Dee provides continuing education training for Florida State licensed professionals and Certified Addiction Professionals. Her area of expertise includes: clinical documentation; JCAHO, CARF, and OSHA recommended courses; mental health, addiction, and dual diagnoses treatment; supervision, and all aspects of agency communication. As a national conference presenter for NASW, and AAMFT, her philosophy focuses on post modern, systemic social constructionist concepts in the implementation of best practice. 

As an experienced group therapist in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities, Dr. Lexandra understands the unique factors associated with clinical group treatment of substance abuse. Her approach is based on joining and understanding the client at their stage of change (CSAT, 1999a) while integrating a solution-focused (CSAT, 1999b; Miller & Berg, 1995; Miller, Hubble & Duncan, 1996) therapeutic approach to assist group members in identifying their individual strengths and resources. Additionally, Dr. Lexandra utilizes a biopsychosocial (NIDA, 2000) lens to group treatment that integrates the therapeutic factors noted by researcher and group practitioner Yalom (1995). 

Dr. Lexandra’s professional adjunct teaching experiences include: Florida International University, Barry University, and Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, she has taught courses for the Fort Lauderdale based Institute for Addiction Studies, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Alabama School of Alcohol and other Drug Studies, and the Southeast Coast ATTC Conference at Springfield College Tampa. Community Organization roles include: Past VP of Professional Development for the American Society for Training and Development, Broward and Clinical Board Member for Sunserve Counseling Center, Past Editor and Treasurer for Broward NASW. Organization memberships: NASW, AAMFT.


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