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What is an ACE Score? Why is it important?

by Dr. Wanda CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!! ...it matters to me both personally as well as professionally, and here is why it should matter to you! WHAT IS AN "ACE" SCORE? Approximately 20 years ago, the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) American study examined the relationship between childhood trauma and the risk for physical and mental illness in adulthood....

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health; an Ideal Partnership

by Lisa Bilodeau Occupational therapy for child and adolescent mental health enables kids and teens to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives! As one of CASA’s occupational therapists, I have been tasked with the job to enable child and adolescent functioning by addressing key components of occupation: self-care, productivity, and leisure. One of the challenges that we often...

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...

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...

SEEN: The Journey of the CASA Youth Council

SEEN The journey of the CASA Youth Council (so far, anyway) Article from UNSEEN: Youth Mental Health Magazine written by CASA Youth Council  There’s no denying that there is a stigma that surrounds mental health. There’s stigma in the way we talk about mental health— misconceptions in the media, the archaic stereotypes, and the way we label...

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...


  By Dr. Wanda   Mental Illness affects us all to some degree. It is great to see how it is getting easier to talk about mental illness through things like the Bell "Let's Talk" campaign as well as the recently released animated movie "Inside Out". I think it is fair to say that we have all...

Welcome to CASA Caregiver Village…

  Are you struggling with your child’s mental health? Hope is just a click away. CASA is proud to introduce the CASA Caregiver Village website and downloadable app! This web-based parenting resource focuses on the mental health of children aged 0 – 18 by offering hundreds of evidence-based strategies easily accessible on line. Many of these...

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. ...


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