The goals of CASA’s programs and services are:
To offer accessible, effective mental health services to children and families from the Edmonton Region and Central and Northern Alberta
To promote knowledge and skill in the field of children’s mental health.
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.
The programs operate primarily from four locations in Edmonton: CASA Downtown, CASA Centre, CASA Fort Road and CASA House. The clinical teams include childcare counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. Assessments and subsequent interventions are guided by a bio-psycho-social (biological, psychological, social) framework that considers the family and community as integral to the healthy functioning of the child. Hence our clinicians work with the family and other support systems to maximize effectiveness. Several programs are operated in partnership with other agencies and sectors of services for children.
For information on each individual program or service, click on the links below:
Clinic-Based Programs and Services
Infant and Preschool Services (IPS): Ages 0-5
The IPS clinic provides mental health assessment and treatment to infants, preschoolers and their families. Issues addressed can include feeding, toileting, sleeping, tantrums and attachment.
School Age Services (SAS): Ages 5-18
SAS offers family-centred assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and their families. Services include individual, group, and/or family therapy. Issues addressed can include anxiety, depression, ADHD and behavioural problems.
Adult Mental Health
The Adult Mental Health Program provides mental health services to parents or other caregivers of children in CASA programs. When adults have the support they need to cope and thrive, they are better able to meet the needs of their child and family.
Adolescent Day Program (ADP): Grades 8-12
The Adolescent Day Program aims to improve the social and classroom functioning of youth with significant mental health challenges, so they can successfully return to their community school.
CASA House: Grades 7-12
CASA House is a specialized in-patient program for teens. This residential setting supports teens with significant mental health challenges who require greater clinical support to reach their goals. CASA House includes a high level of caregiver participation.
Children’s Day Program (CDP): Grades 3-6
The Children’s Day Program supports children with identified mental health and learning concerns to improve their social and academic skills through an intensive day program.
Concurrent Addictions and Mental Health Program (CAMP): Ages 12-18
The Concurrent Addiction and Mental Health Program provides assessment and treatment for youth with substance, social media or gaming addictions, as well as co-occurring mental health concerns.
Clinical Education Program
The Clinical Education Program assists in the enhancement of staff competencies in professional development to improve their overall capacity to support children and families with mental health issues.
Family Therapy Program
The Family Therapy Program helps family members to understand each others’ needs and find better ways to work together.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Treatment, Resources & Community Supports Program (FASTRACS): Ages 3-12
The FASTRACS program provides support to caregivers who have a child with a diagnosis or a suspected diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Pediatric Neurology Consultation
CASA’s Pediatric Neurology Consultation services provide assessment to identify disorders in categories such as epilepsy, seizures, headaches & migraines, neuromuscular disease, developmental delay and brain tumors.
Preschool Day Program: Ages 4 and 5
The Preschool Day Program is for children who are experiencing severe challenges managing their emotions and behaviour, such that they have been unable to participate meaningfully in their community school.
Psychological Assessment and Consultation (PAC)
The Psychological Assessment and Consultation team offers testing for children with learning difficulties or other mental health concerns that are undiagnosed. PAC services children and youth from other CASA programs.
Rehabilitation Services is for children with a developmental delay or other undiagnosed developmental concern. Speech and Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy Services are provided for children and youth from other CASA programs.
Trauma and Attachment Group (TAG): TAG I/II ages 5-12, Teen TAG ages 13-18, TAG III Parent Support
The Trauma and Attachment Group helps children experiencing attachment disorders and/or issues related to trauma. This specialized program is designed to promote healthy attachment between children and caregivers.
Trauma Clinic: Ages 5-18
The Trauma Clinic helps children and families experiencing attachment disorders and/or issues related to trauma.
Community Geographic Team (CGT)
CGT provides consultation, education, training, and coaching to mental health professionals in the rural regions of Northern and East Central Alberta.
Consultation to Head Start Program
CASA partners with the Head Start Program to support healthy growth and development in preschool children. CASA consultants work across the community with Head Start staff, teachers and families to support children.
Consultation to Home Visitation
CASA partners with Home Visitation programs to support healthy growth and development in infants and preschool children. CASA’s role is to identify mental health issues as early as possible and to teach caregivers and other community partners how to support the child’s mental wellness.
The First Nations Team works to remove barriers to mental health supports and services for children and families living in First Nations communities, and also provide such services to residents.
Pharmaceutical Nursing Consultation
The Pharmaceutical Nursing Consultation program supports Children’s Services’ case managers and caregivers to make informed decisions about psychotropic medication for the children and youth in their care.
Contracted Services And Resources
Art therapy is a mode of therapy that allows children and adolescents to express themselves through art creation. Unlike in a school-based art class, children are not creating art for grades, but rather for themselves and for their healing.
Music therapy is the use of live and recorded music, facilitated by a certified music therapist, to help people grow and develop and to help them learn about themselves.
A Snoezelen Room is a specialized environment that has a blend of sights, sounds, textures, and smells that can be tailored for children with mental health issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), emotional dysregulation and/or developmental disabilities.