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From ‘Intergenerational Trauma’ to ‘Intergenerational Resilience’

As an Indigenous girl growing up on the Kehewin Cree Nation, northeast of Edmonton, Amber Dion learned at a young age that racism had profoundly affected her family. Dion’s father was abruptly taken from his mother’s care at age seven, and forced to spend five tortuous years at the Blue Quills Indian Residential School in...

Community of Practice: CGT Strengthens Confidence of Clinicians in Rural Alberta

CASA’s Community Geographic Team (CGT), which we spotlighted in March of last year, provides education, training, and coaching services to mental health professionals in the rural regions of Northern and East Central Alberta. One of the ways in which they do this is providing monthly “Community of Practice” meetings. A Community of Practice is a...

CASA Pre-Kindergarten Day Program

In partnership with Edmonton Public Schools CASA is excited to have launched the new Pre-Kindergarten Program (PKP). PKP is a tertiary-level, multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic educational resource for children aged 4 and 5, and their families. The program provides intensive family-centered therapeutic education, developmental intervention, and clinical care in a specialized early childhood setting. It...

Defying the odds: A youth’s story of hope and resilience

Written by Dr. Bina Nair Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Medical Lead, Concurrent Addiction & Mental Health Program (CAMP)   A 15 year old female is referred to us by her mother. Jane* is struggling.  She lives with her mother, her father is not involved, and a year prior, she was sexually assaulted by another teen at a party. ...

Psychological Assessment and Consultation (PAC) Program

CASAservices.org/pac Childhood and adolescence is a time of excitement and exploration, but for some youth, issues with how they understand the world, learn new information, and relate to others causes significant difficulty during this period. For these youth, a psychoeducational assessment may be one way to better understand them and identify the best ways to...

CASA’s Community Geographic Team: Road Tripping for Mental Health

One of the lesser-known CASA programs, the Community Geographic Team (or CGT) is dedicated to increasing the capacity of mental health professionals in rural Alberta. Specifically targeting the North and Central East zones of Alberta, CGT’s mental health consultants provide services to newer therapists working in rural areas – think as far east as Cold...

What is Art Therapy at CASA?

I am Marie, and I work as an Art Therapist at CASA in the child and adolescent day programs. I work on a team providing mental health treatment for children and adolescents by facilitating Art Therapy groups that give voice to self expression through art making. Unlike in a school based art class, the...

Occupational Therapy at CASA

Written by Lisa Bilodeau, Occupational Therapist (OT) What is an OT? (Occupational therapists help people return to work… right…?) Actually, the field of occupational therapy is far broader than that. OTs are trained in both physical medicine and mental health. As a result, OTs can work with people across the lifespan in a variety of practice settings...

The Early Years: Infant Mental Health

  By Dawn Sather, CASA IPS Clinical Lead Can babies, toddlers and children really have mental health issues?  The short answer is “yes” they can and they do. Not long ago the popular belief was that babies were like an empty vessel that parents could shape and mould, solely by their interactions. It was also believed that babies did...
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