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 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
Our Team is here for you.
B.A., MC, 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 currently working toward completing the requirements to become 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.
MA Counselling Psychology, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Jonathan holds a Masters’ Degree in Counseling Psychology from Providence Theological Seminary where he was educated in an integrated approach to counseling, which allows him to draw from a variety of methods to tailor a session to the unique needs of the individual. Jonathan believes in creating an atmosphere of warm acceptance, non-judgement and unconditional positive regard for every individual he encounters, regardless of what a person may be seeking therapy for. Jonathan has completed 2000+ hours of supervised counseling with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. He is also involved in speaking engagements about various psychological topics in the community and enjoys teaching introductory courses at Red Deer College on a part-time basis. Jonathan is provisionally registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists and part of the Psychologists Association of Alberta.
Jonathan is currently accepting new clients.
B.A. Psych, Counsellor and Play Therapist
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, Therapist/Registered Psychiatric Nurse
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.
Amanda is currently accepting new clients.
Jamie Prowse Turner
PhD, Registered Provisional Psychologist
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 and is currently accepting new clients.
BSW, MSW, RSW, Therapist
Michelle is a registered social worker with the ACSW and is a graduate of the Master of Social Work Program at University of Calgary. Michelle works with families and children in the Family Intervention Program (FIP), a specialized program created and developed by herself for early intervention of sexual behavior concerns.
In addition, Michelle continues in professional development towards addressing the complexities of sexual trauma; historical and recent. In utilizing approaches of trauma informed therapies, Michelle has facilitated an Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Group with a focus on incest. Recently, she has facilitated parenting and Mentalization-based groups that are both attachment-based and linked to FIP.
Michelle is currently accepting new clients.
RSW, MSWM, 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.
Dianne is an enthusiastic and personable individual with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. She has a strong history of working with schools and the government to enhance and better the education system for students. She has been a school board trustee for over 15 years. She is a passionate advocate known for for putting students’ needs and success first.
Her training and certificates include: a Facilitator certificate, Teaching Sexual Education certificate, FOIP training certificate, FNMI strategies in the classroom, Truth and Reconciliation training and implementation, Duty to Accommodate in the Workplace E-Learning program and Victim Services Unit training through the RCMP.
Dianne specializes in the development and presentation of sessions and programs to schools, post secondary and the community. Dianne offers programming and sessions on: healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault and harassment, sexting and other on-line activities and dating violence. She also provides sessions for businesses on workplace sexual harassment and assault including how to identify it, how to stop it and how to report. Dianne loves what CASASC does for the community and is honored to be a part of it.
Lara is a member of the CASASC public education team. She faciliates the No Secrets program for kids Kindergarten to Grade 4. She is also a Trained First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse.
Lara has always been passionate about children and helping them succeed. She also believes that childhood should be cherished and considered sacred. Through No Secrets, her passion and dreams continue to grow stronger, knowing that she can help and affect change. Her goal as an educator is to be able to educate every child in Central Alberta and Canada about their bodies and how to be safe around people.
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.
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Michele has worked with CASASC in a coordinator capacity for the last five years, and previously volunteered for 18 years. Currently, she acts as the coordinator of the crisis lines and in-hospital support team. 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 CASAS 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.
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.
MA, Executive Director
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.
B.A. Psych., Administrative Assistant
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.
BA in Professional Communication, Dipl. Journalism, Communications Specialist
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 2.5 years and enjoys supporting a dynamic team and worthwhile cause.
Pet Therapy Dog
Sylvie is a one year old Bernese Mountain Dog. She began training at CASASC when she was just 8 weeks old. Sylvie is a very playful and fun-loving gal. She adores everyone she meets and her job is to greet and comfort people who come to CASASC. Sylvie’s goal is to be registered as a therapy dog, which she hopes to accomplish after she turns two years old.