CASASC would not be able to provide programs and services without the support of our donors, funders, partners and sponsors.
Government of Alberta
- Alberta Justice & Solicitor General
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Community and Social Services
- Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Government of Canada
- Department of Justice
- Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer
- Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise
- Rotary Club of Red Deer East
- Red Deer and District Community Foundation
- Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits
- Highland Green Shoppers Drug Mart
- Calgary Roughnecks
- Wawanesa Insurance
- Central Alberta Fit Body Bootcamps
- Red Deer College Athletics
- Students’ Association of Red Deer College
- Canadian Women’s Foundation
- Servus Credit Union
Our Team is here for you.
BA, MC, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Therapist
Tracy is a graduate of the Master of Counselling in Psychology program from Athabasca University. CASASC was pleased to support Tracy in fulfilling the practicum component of her degree which she completed under the supervision of one of CASASC’s senior clinicians. She is a registered provisional psychologist with a specialization in trauma processing.
Working as a public servant for over a decade, she brings to the agency a wealth of experience supporting individuals as they attend to their mental health needs, trauma histories, addictions, interpersonal challenges, career and major life transitions, and issues of emotional well-being.
In addition to working with youth and adults at CASASC, Tracy works with families and children in the Family Intervention Program (FIP) which focuses on early intervention of sexual behavior concerns. Working from a trauma informed approach, she provides a kind, supportive and warm presence to cultivate inner resources and create space for healing to occur. Tracy approaches her work with the intentions of collaboratively working with clients to explore and identify problems and develop strategies to improve their quality of life and ability to cope with current and future challenges.
Tracy is currently accepting new clients.
BA Psych, Counsellor, Trained in Therapeutic Play
Charity Hamm is a sexual assault counsellor specializing in the fields of sexual violence, play therapy and criminal justice. She holds a psychology degree from the University of Calgary and completed her certificate in therapeutic play in 2014. Charity believes in supporting her clients where they are at in their healing journey. Charity’s goal is to ideally work herself out of a job – to help her clients develop the tools, skills and strategies to cope with the trauma they have faced.
Charity’s compassion is a driving force in her desire to help all individuals. As a mother herself, she understands and empathizes with the difficulty many of our parents face when they need to use our services for their children. She has worked at CASASC for fourteen years. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over twenty years, helping individual of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. She maintains a close working relationship with the Crown’s office, RCMP, Child Advocacy Centre and a multitude of other supporting agencies.
Charity is currently accepting new clients.
RPN, Community Outreach Counsellor
Amanda recently joined the CASASC team and is a graduate from the Psychiatric Nursing Program from MacEwan University. She is excited to be part of the Family Intervention and Outreach Programs. Amanda has worked in Acute Inpatient Psych, Geriatric Mental Health, Crisis Response, Short Term Therapy, Assertive Outreach, Home Care, and Forensic Mental Health. Her position as a front-line worker has also given her the knowledge and experience of working with all ages across the life span – a diverse clientele varying from mental, physical and emotional developmental stages.
Amanda describes herself as a lifelong learner and continues to expand her modalities in attachment-base theory and working closely with families, adults and children who have been affected by sexual trauma. She has a passion for helping clients learn to dissect their current concerns and breaking it down into smaller more manageable tasks. She strives to help client’s find strengths within themselves and prioritizing what needs to be done in order to live their best life possible. She has always advocated, had a huge heart for helping anyone in need no matter the circumstances or paths her client has walked.
BA Soc, Child Counsellor
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary and is currently completing his supervision hours towards his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. Mark has twenty years of experience in working with children and youth who have experienced trauma, emotional dysregulation, behavioral health issues and family/personal stress. His use of an integrated approach provides cognitive behavioral strategies, strength based development, play/art techniques and a person centered philosophy allowing for the creation of a safe place to better manage trauma. Mark believes that in creating a strong therapeutic alliance children and families can move forward in their path to healing, and that people have the inner resources to make change. Mark brings that philosophy to individual clients and also with his work in the Family Intervention Program focusing on early intervention to sexual behavior concerns.
Mark is an active public speaker providing professionals, parents and children with evidence-based strategies, and knowledge surrounding healthy relationships, coping, trauma, emotional intelligence and positive mental health.
Mark is currently accepting new clients.
Jamie Prowse Turner
PhD, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Therapist and Clinical Coordinator
Jamie has a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in cognitive development and a Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling from Athabasca University. She is currently in the process of registering as a practicing psychologist. Her expertise is in the areas of Cognitive Development and Trauma.
She has counselled at CASASC since December 2017 and specializes in adolescents and adults, recent and past trauma, depression, anxiety and interpersonal conflict. Her goal as a therapist is to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for healing by motivating clients to make changes in their lives to become happier and healthier.
Jamie is LGBTQ+ affirming
RSW, MSW, MALM, Therapist
Tara-Leigh has graduate degrees in Social Work and Leadership and Management with a background in Psychology. Her career has been in forensic psychiatry and corrections providing therapeutic intervention to individuals having perpetrated in areas such as sexual offending, domestic violence and complex mental health. Tara-Leigh has worked with youth through to geriatrics, all genders and in individual and group treatment modalities, and couples support work. Tara-Leigh currently provides therapeutic intervention to survivors of trauma. Her integrative approach is not limited to attachment theory, mindfulness, neurobiology, and a strengths perspective. Her areas of interest are not limited to sexual abuse within religious groups, survivors of torture, male survivors of abuse, institutional/organizational abuse, clinical consultation and supervision.
Tara-Leigh is both a sessional and part-time instructor with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work’s Learning Circles (Edmonton Division) and with the Red Deer College’s Justice Studies Program and Social Work Diploma Program. It is her privilege to coach and mentor upcoming practitioners within these faculties as they integrate knowledge into practice with individuals with whom we intersect in our various roles.
Tara-Leigh is LGBTQ+ affirming and accepting new clients.
BA Psych, Child and Adult Counsellor
Sydney has a degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Calgary. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through the University of Yorkville. Sydney has play therapy training which she implements aspects of with both children and adults. Currently, Sydney works with children and through play techniques, helps them sort through their trauma narrative in a judgement free environment.
Sydney fosters a therapeutic decision rich environment that promotes children to heal through play. Sydney likes to work with children and families to reach therapy goals and to transition goals to home life. She recognizes the uniqueness of every individual and their story and seeks to serve everyone where they are at. Her goal is to help children live happy lives and to grow up with a full tool bag to take on many different situations.
Sydney is LGBTQ+ affirming and accepting new clients.
Dipl. Early Learning and Child Care, Educator
Bailey graduated from Mount Royal University with an Early Learning and Child Care diploma. As an early childhood educator, she worked for nine years at a preschool. Bailey is also a certified kids yoga teacher and opened her own business where she taught children the basics of yoga in a fun and high energy environment.
Bailey’s certifications and specializations include: Early Childhood (Level 3), Ages and Stages certification, Little Warriors certification and High Five Principles of Healthy Development. Bailey is a member of the CASASC public education team. She facilitates the No Secrets program for kids Grade 5 to Grade 8. She is a Trained First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse.
BA Soc, Educator
Kailee has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary. She has over four years of experience in the human services sector through volunteer experiences around Red Deer and Calgary. Kailee has been a SART team member and remains a volunteer on the help line. Before joining CASASC, Kailee was an educational assistant at the elementary level with Red Deer Public School District for two years.
Kailee is certified in ASSIST suicide prevention, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, AHS Trauma Informed Care and AHS Mental Health for Educator topics regarding sexuality.
Kailee is passionate about working with children, women, LGBTQ+, and Indigenous populations. Her pronouns are she/her.
Volunteer Team Lead
Michele has worked with CASASC in a team leader capacity for the last five years, and previously volunteered for 18 years. Currently, she acts as the team lead for the crisis lines. She has over 35 years of experience in volunteering with non-for-profit organizations and people with disabilities. Her program goals are to ensure the safety and well being of those who contact CASASC for support. From a trauma-informed perspective, Michele coordinates and works with the team to ensure all those in need are assisted with their healing process.
Michele is extremely passionate about helping those in need. Through dedicated and learning along the way, the volunteer program has received several awards and nominations. Knowing that she may be able to have a positive effect in someone’s life is what she strives for in her professional and daily life. Michele has an overwhelming sense of pride to be able to work alongside such an amazing group of people and to be able to teach others to grow with their knowledge and feel the same sense of pride.
BA Psych, Community Support Services Coordinator
Carlia comes new to the CASASC team from her work as a Master Trainer with violence and abuse prevention education of the Red Cross. Her professional background also includes working as an Education Assistant with youth experiencing barriers and with disabilities, working in youth homes and with Alberta Education, and on a fun note working at the Sylvan Lake Library.
She brings with her skills in community and program development, prevention education training and curriculum development, organization and school capacity building, team leadership and development and much more. She is very excited to be joining the CASASC leadership team as the Coordinator of Community Support Services and is looking forward to working with the unique and highly skilled teams and individuals of the organization.
Police, Court and Community Support Worker
Sadia has worked in various positions responding to disclosures since 2010. Currently, Sadia works at CASASC as the Police, Community and Court Support Worker. She provides support in a non-judgmental setting to empower individuals to make informed choices to ensure their well-being and comfort throughout the difficult process regardless whether they choose to report or not.
Sadia’s experience in her current role is of understanding, building and making the connections of sexual violence that takes various forms. She is privileged and humbled to be in this position and looks forward to making relationships and connecting with people. Sadia helps to address many of the fears and dispel myths about the criminal justice process which is essential to a survivor’s willingness to participate. She is a certified facilitator for the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training through AASAS and has completed the Court Preparation and Court Accompaniment Training.
Sadia is deeply invested in serving the community. She is passionate about connecting people of all backgrounds – women, men, gender non-conforming people, indigenous and immigrants, of diverse faiths, abilities and ages. Sadia continues to embody these principles to amplify voices using education, mobilization, dialogue, engagement and collective action.
Sadia is accepting new clients.
Patricia was born in Columbia and is a psychologist with a Masters’ Degree in Social and Community Psychology. She has dedicated her life to helping others. In Columbia, she created a non-profit assisting women, kids and undeserved people. She was an Advisor to the Colombia Human Rights President and National Director of Indigenous Communities and Education. Upon her arrival in Canada, she became a Registered Psychotherapist where she focused on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.
In 2014, Patricia accepted the role of Executive Director for CASASC, where she continues to successfully tackle challenges. She has proudly implemented preventative programming, including the No Secrets program, the #iRespect campaign and the Family Intervention Program. She also initiated the text/webchat option of the 24 hour crisis line.
Patricia works tirelessly for her community and has proven to be an exceptional leader, pioneer and innovator with a devoted compassion and empathy for those in need.
Cathy was born and raised in Southern Alberta. She moved with her family to Red Deer in 2010. Her professional background is in administration and accounts receivable in the private sector. She has been a volunteer board member with the Red Deer Community Band Society since 2015. Cathy thoroughly enjoys supporting other non-profit organizations in Red Deer along with the Royals membership. She is a new member to the CASASC admin team as is truly honoured to put her skills to work in support of the larger community in Central Alberta. She is excited to join the team and expand her awareness of the services and supports the Centre offers the region.
BA Psych, Administrative Assistant, SART Team Lead
Erin is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a degree in psychology. After spending seven years at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary as a Medical Laboratory Assistant, Erin decided to switch gears and return to Central Alberta to pursue a career in the helping profession. While gaining experience in the event industry as well as the private educational system, Erin joined the CASASC team in 2018 on a volunteer basis. She became a part of the administration team in early 2020 and is excited to expand her knowledge and improve her skills in a new environment. She is currently the team lead of the in-hospital support team.
BA Psych, BA Soc, CPHR (Candidate), HR Specialist
Stefn is a graduate of both the BA Psychology and BA Sociology programs offered through the collaborative degree program between the University of Calgary and Red Deer College. Stefn is a CPHR Candidate member with CPHR Alberta.
He has spent the greater part of the last decade as member of the Canadian Armed Forces. As an Officer of Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) branch, Stefn believes its an honour to serve the youths of Central Alberta. Since 2013, Stefn also served an adult instructor/directing staff for the Regional Cadet Support Unit – Northwest, based out of Winnipeg, MB. Stefn currently serves as the Training Officer for 24 “Red Deer” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.
Prior to joining CASASC, Stefn worked in the both the private and public sector with experience in municipal government, police administration, and human services. He currently supports CASASC with organizational development, employee relations, performance management, and payroll & benefits administration.
BA Professional Communication, Dipl. Journalism, Communications and Administrative Coordinator
Sarah has a degree in professional communication and a diploma in journalism. Her background includes working as a journalist and editor in Central Alberta, administration and supporting not-for-profits in fundraising, event management, public relations and communications. She has been on the CASASC team for over three years and enjoys supporting a dynamic team and worthwhile cause. She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.