Professional Practice Lead, Therapy

CASA Classrooms

Competition #22-127

About the Role

CASA provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families in Alberta through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.


We do this by offering a wide range of assessment and treatment programs, as well as professional training and consultation. Our programs range in intensity from early identification, assessment and primary intervention, to intensive tertiary level treatment. All of our programs are evidence-based, community-based and trauma-informed.


CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.


Job Description
In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.

We recognize that mental health supports should be provided where they are needed by children and adolescents. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in their trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, mental health therapist, community social worker, and a psychiatrist or CanReach-trained physician. This classroom-based team will provide individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric support and academic instruction which will embed opportunities to use and practice mental health promoting skills and strategies.


Children and adolescents (grades four through 12) participating in CASA Classrooms will be supported in the classroom for roughly half of a school year, followed by another half school year of tapering treatment and leading transition. Programming and goals for these children will be individualized and will take into account the whole child, the family and the community in which the classroom is located. Cognitive and behavioural skills will be taught to children as well as families, with additional focus placed on transition and translation of skills across time and settings. 


We also recognize that the translation of skills to everyday life is just as important as learning the skills in the first place. The classroom-based mental health team will also provide coordinated support to the classroom, the parents/guardians/families of those participating in the project, and the community school where participants will return to after their stay in the CASA Classroom. 

The therapy professional practice lead will:

  • Ensure a holistic and high-quality model of assessment and treatment planning that is family-centered, trauma-informed and inclusive of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors for the patients and their family.

  • Support the delivery of high-quality clinical services by providing competency assessment, coaching, mentoring and clinical supervision to members of the assigned clinical discipline.

  • Facilitate parent support groups, multi-family therapy groups and individual family therapy sessions that are psycho-educational and/or psychodynamic in context, utilizing a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

  • Complete written discharge summaries to referring therapists and psychiatrists after patient discharge to support continuity of care for the adolescent and family.

  • Develop and maintain a competency framework for assigned team .

  • Provide clinical services to children, families and educators.

  • Contribute to staff knowledge and understanding of discipline-specific issues.

  • Participate in admission process with the CASA Classroom team, clinical manager and division teacher.

  • Support team development and implement support plans.

  • Support development of individual program plan.

  • Collaboratively build and support transition planning.

The successful professional practice lead will also possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Commitment to excellence in all aspects of the discipline including clinical practice, supervision and education.

  • Knowledge translation, education and evaluation skills.

  • Ability to identify barriers and facilitate solution development.

  • Capability to adapt to new or unexpected situations, and flexibility in approach to interpersonal situations.

Job Details

Union: Out-of-scope

Classification: Professional practice lead
FTE: 0.90

Status: Permanent


  • J.A. Fife (elementary program), Edmonton Public School Board

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  • Sturgeon Composite High School (High School Program), Sturgeon Public Schools

Multi-Site: Yes. Positions will attend school locations and CASA locations.
Minimum Salary: $74,000

Maximum Salary: $110,000

Hours per Shift: 7.25

Shifts per Week: Monday to Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday


  • Graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work (with psycho-social intervention designation), occupational therapy or nursing.

  • Minimum of two years clinical practice in child and family mental health and/or youth addictions.

  • Must be a member in good standing with their respective professional association or college.


Closing Date: November 27 2022

Please Note:

  • All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.

  • To apply, please visit our Indeed page for this posting.

  • While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.