Address:

381 Elliot St. Ste 180L
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

About Us

EAP Provider since 1988

CMG Associates is a comprehensive employee assistance program that has been a full-service EAP provider for more than thirty years. CMG Associates was founded by owner and company President, Dr. Bruce Cedar, who first founded Stony Brook EAP, which merged a few years later with Crisis Management Group, Inc.

CMG Associates offers support to hundreds of thousands of client company employees and their immediate family members with 24/7 live answer counseling support, assessment, case management, and access to longer-term treatment. Additional services include crisis support, management consultation, and access to work-life services such as legal, financial, and referrals to resources to help resolve other employee personal matters such as elder care, dependent care, daily living, etc. 

Clients include public and private organizations, for-profit and not-for-profit companies, in sizes ranging from 100 to 250,000 employees. They represent every sector of the economy, including local firms, nationally dispersed companies, and global industries in manufacturing, finance, high tech, government, academia, retail, and medical and social services. We serve both non-union and unionized workplaces. We proudly note that many of the CMG Associates’ company clients have continually used our services throughout our entire history. We believe that this loyalty derives from diligent attention to our mission in delivering successful interventions for employees and consistent, knowledgeable support of managers, HR, and employees.  

As your EAP provider and partner in the Psychology of Business, we cultivate unique relationships with employees at all organizational levels so that they can create and maintain a healthy and productive workplace.  

CMG Core Values

PEOPLE are at the core of what we do. We put each person’s interests, preferences, goals, and outcomes at the center of our work. 

RESPONSIVENESS is a cornerstone of our business. Providers are available around the clock to provide immediate emotional support, and we work to ensure that our response time to all matters matches the urgency of each situation. 

We strive towards EQUITABLE and fair treatment of all clients and believe in equal access to quality care.

We RESPECT the dignity and worth of each person and treat them as experts in their own lives, capable of addressing their own needs. 

We believe everyone needs SUPPORT sometimes. We conscientiously listen, objectively assess information, and empathically respond for the well-being, health, and safety of our clients. 

We conduct ourselves with INTEGRITY in each interaction, modeling trustworthiness, courtesy, and professionalism in everything that we do. 

We hold ourselves accountable to providing the highest QUALITY services. We are committed to applying gold-standard expertise and resources to the individual and collective needs of your workforce. 

Your EAP Provider Team

Bruce Cedar, Ed.D.

President

Nonnie Hamovitch, M.Ed.

Clinical Director

Robyn Carter, LICSW

Chief Operating Officer

Alison Freedman, MBA

Senior Training/Coaching Associate

Bette Hoffman, M.S.

Senior Training/Coaching Associate

Ethel Magidson, D.Ps.

Senior Clinical Consultant

Bruce Cedar, Ed.D.

President

Dr. Bruce Cedar received a B.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a M.Ed.and Ed.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been active in the field of Employee Assistance for nearly 40 years. Bruce was one of three principal partners who founded CMG Associates and for the past 20 years he has been the principal partner and sole owner. CMG Associates’ primary focus is on the delivery of Employee Assistance services. CMG Associates has expanded from a regional firm, serving companies primarily in New England, to working with national companies who have multiple locations and 1000s of employees. In addition to his EAP work, he is also an experienced corporate trainer who has been involved in developing policy and training on issues including work force transition, family violence, sexual harassment, and threats of violence at the workplace. Bruce was distinguished as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) under the DOT guidelines in 1991. He continues to provide consultation and training to organizations regulated by the Department of Transportation.

Nonnie Hamovitch, M.Ed.

Clinical Director

Nonnie Hamovitch received a B.A. from Carleton University of Ottawa, Canada and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. She has completed all her coursework, practicum, and internships for her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston University. Nonnie’s clinical experience includes the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse, serious mental illness, and out-patient psychotherapy. Her specialties are evaluation and assessment, developmental issues, the emotional impact of medical illness and trauma. She has worked in the EAP field since September 11, 2001.

Robyn Carter, LICSW

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to beginning EAP work in 2018, Robyn Carter was the executive director of Room to Grow in Boston. She has dedicated her career to providing leadership and service in Boston human service organizations committed to building upon the strengths of individuals, children, and families. Robyn has served as vice president of programs and services at United South End Settlements and as network director for early childhood and prevention programs at the Home for Little Wanderers. Robyn was a 2006 Schott Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Care and is now an alumnus of the CAYL (formerly Schott) Fellowship program. She has been on the board of the Ashland Education Foundation, and recently served as a leadership mentor through the Institute for Nonprofit Practice/Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Robyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and an MSW from Boston University.

Alison Freedman, MBA

Senior Training/Coaching Associate

Alison Freedman is an executive coach and corporate trainer who helps leaders increase confidence and improve performance through effective communication. Alison creates an open and engaging learning environment that both challenges and supports individuals and groups. For over 15 years she has worked with individuals from diverse industries, such as government, consulting, technology, banking, and non-profit management. Her client list includes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Mercer, Dell EMC, Cambridge Savings Bank, CBRE, and the TJX Companies. Alison earned an M.B.A and Master’s in Education at the University of Michigan where she founded the dual master’s degree program. She received her B.A. in English at Duke University.

Bette Hoffman, M.S.

Senior Training/Coaching Associate

As a leadership and team coach, Bette Hoffman supports her clients to define and then create their own success. She partners with health and human services professionals who seek to have a significant impact in improving the quality of life for others. Through coaching and training she helps others recognize and share their unique strengths and natural talents, build positive and productive working relationships, and bring their very best to work. 

Bette, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, trained by The Coaches Training Institute, holds certifications in Genos Emotional Intelligence Assessment & Training and The Leadership Circle Profile, and is an Authorized Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitator. She has advanced training in Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching through the Center for Right Relationship Global. 

Past experience includes management of a large outpatient multidisciplinary team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and President of WorkRight, with a mission of preventing occupational injuries. She earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College.  She has taught at several universities including Boston University, the University of New Hampshire and the UMASS Urban Scholars Program.

Ethel Magidson, D.Ps.

Senior Clinical Consultant

Dr. Magidson is a psychologist licensed in MA. She graduated from McGill University and the Universite de Montreal and took courses at Boston University to complete her doctoral studies. She began her clinical work at the Beaverbrook Guidance Clinic in Belmont, MA, and the Dr. Harry C. Solomon Mental Health Center in Lowell where she evaluated and treated children, adolescents, and families.

She developed a private practice with adolescents and adults, seeing individuals, couples and families for crisis intervention, short-term, and long-term intervention. She then joined the fledgling Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) where she developed a highly recognized training program and became its first Dean of Faculty. As MSPP’s representative to the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) she was a leading voice for the empowerment of women at all levels of training and service in clinical psychology. Dr. Magidson has taught graduate courses in psychology at Lesley University, with emphasis on the development of cultural identity. She continues her private practice, consultations and training and thoroughly enjoys the work she does at CMG.

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