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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 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....

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...

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...

Our CASA Kids!

  How do our programs impact our CASA kids and their families? Here’s what they say: From CASA House: “I love how easy it is to talk to the staff at CASA! They are happy to listen to my problems and are always willing to help. I like that staff was non-judgemental and supportive. I appreciated...

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...

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...

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...

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...


  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...


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