My Bio

Robert “Bob” Kamena has been providing services to the Community for more than a quarter century. He has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) in good standing with the State of California since 1994. Bob is currently affiliated with CADTP as a Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor III. In 1995 Bob was a primary creator of El Dorado County’s first collaborative dual diagnosis program between a private 501c3 not for profit company and county mental health system.

Bob has extensive experience in the application of principals, practices, and methods of interviewing, assessing clients and families for Substance Use disorder and other addictions. In 1997, he was called to focus service provision for two specialty populations different from primary Substance Use populations. Ironically Substance Use disorder is pervasive in both of these specialty populations. 

One population was the chronically and persistently mentally ill population. The other was the developmentally disabled population.  He has worked for El Dorado County Mental Health Department, as a Mental Health Case Manager/ Mental Health Worker II. He has also served as an on call Psychiatric Crisis Worker in the Mental Health Dept for 15 years. In the private sector, his company Creative Life Solutions currently provides support services to Developmentally Disabled Alta California Regional clients, so that they can live in the community independently. 

Bob continues to refine his skills with diverse populations including probation & parole clients reentering into the community. He is in service to his Community as a trained Community Emergency Response Team member, as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Life Skills Instructor, Health Education Coordinator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Intervention Specialist, and a Gateway Intervention Professional. 

Bob’s experience and training includes but is not limited to:

  • Brainspotting

  • Clinical Trauma Specialist

  • William Glasser’s Choice Theory/Reality Therapy/Lead Management

  • Claudia Black’s training in Family Strategies/Family systems

  • Pat Ogden’s Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, for trauma resolution

  • Trained as a Parent Effectiveness Training Instructor, Dr. Thomas Gordon’s internationally recognized and used model for effective communication and win-win problem solving.

Bob is also trained and using the current best practices of ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) the gold standard for assessing and placement criteria, and Motivational Interviewing. 

  • HIV Pre & Post Test Counseling Training

  • Sexual Dependency Training, Dr. Patrick Carnes

  • Trauma Bonds Workshop, Dr. Patrick Carnes

  • Don’t Call it Love, Dr. Patrick Carnes

  • Dual Diagnosis, Assessment, Treatment and Referral, Breining Institute

  • San Diego Dual Disorder Conference, US Journal Training, Inc.

  • Family Centered Services Conference, California Departments of Social Services, Health, Mental Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Drug affected Children, El Dorado County Health Department and Sonoma State University


Bob is also a participant in El Dorado County’s (PART) Preparedness And Response Team, supporting El Dorado County in its effort to respond to large scale emergencies as they may present.

Other personal accomplishments include:

  • United States Navy Veteran

  • Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America

  • First Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate

  • FCC license holder for Amateur Radio Operation.