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Dr. Donsky is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Youth Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University.
Formerly a Pediatrician, he practiced as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for 23 years. He shifted his work to capacity building and enhancing Mental and Spiritual wellness.
He is consultant Psychiatrist with the Healthy Minds/Healthy Children (HMHC) program. He is a Core Committee Member of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN). He is on staff at the Canadian Institute for Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM). 

His passion is teaching Mindfulness and runs workshops for educators, clinicians, university students and parents.

Contributed to:

  • Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and Resiliency Trauma need not mean a negative outcome (2017)

  • When Students are Perfectionists (2016)

  • Advanced Topics: Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, School Refusal, and Selective Mutism (2015)

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom (2015)

  • Everything You Need to Know About Childhood Depression, But Were Afraid To Ask (2014)

  • Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An Overview (2014)

Alyssa Flatt is a Registered Dietitian with Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services, working in Population and Public Health in Fort McMurray. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Alberta. While her work spans the whole population, she works closely with both the Public and Catholic school divisions in Fort McMurray to support healthy eating initiatives as part of a comprehensive school health approach and works with groups and agencies that work with school-age children and youth.

Contributed to:

  • A New Look at Health Basics and Mental Health The Latest Research on Sleep, Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Student Performance

Anne Price, Ph.D. is the former Director of Clinical Services at the CanLearn Society, a non-profit charitable organization with a primary focus on literacy, learning and attention difficulties across the lifespan. Dr. Price is a Registered Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of Calgary. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Alberta) and a Master’s in Developmental Psychology (York University). Dr. Price specializes in assessment and program planning for individuals with learning disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) across the lifespan. Over the past 38 years she has been involved in program development and evaluation in the areas of early intervention, strategy instruction, family and adult literacy, transitioning to post-secondary education and youth who come in conflict with the law.

Contributed to:

  • The Impact of Learning Disabilities on Mental Health

Carol Skelly, now retired, was an Education Consultant with Child Development Services in Alberta Health Services.

Contributed to:

  • Inclusive Education!How to Include Students with Mental Health Needs in the Regular Classroom (2015-16)

In remembrance (1951-2017)

Catherine Brown was the liaison with school systems for Alberta Health Services Child and Adolescent mental health programs. Catherine worked closely with the school districts in Calgary and area advocating for the needs of students with significant mental health concerns and building capacity within schools to support those students.

Contributed to:

  • Supporting Students Impacted by Traumatic Stress (2014)
  •  Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Traumatic or Adverse Experiences (2016)

Charlene J. Barva is a Registered Psychologist employed with a large school board in Western Canada. Her research focus has been on high-achieving or gifted females with undiagnosed learning disabilities. She has a teaching background and experience working with a diverse population of students. Her clinical experience includes assessment, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, intervention, prevention, and professional development. Dr. Barva has been an active member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, ATA Special Needs Council, and various professional committees. She has spoken at conferences in New York, Chicago, Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Edmonton.

Contributed to:

  • “WISC”ed Away in Psychoeducational Assessment

Chastity Plamondon, has extensive practical experience both personally and professionally in helping families manage life challenges. She will help you to assess where the difficulties and challenges are occurring while helping you find practical and meaningful solutions. She has a strong belief in the importance of the health of relationships in all aspects of life including; one’s love relationship, friends, and especially between a parent and child. She will help you to sort out what is most important, focus on helping you build on positive changes, and feel strong and confident in your parenting.

Contributed to:

  • Developing Emotional Regulation (2014)

  • Babies to Big Kids: Brains are Built on Experience (2014)

Chelsea is the Training Centre Coordinator at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, providing customized workshops to over a thousand professionals across Alberta each year. She has taught physicians, medical students, nursing students, social workers, teachers, youth workers, foster parents, addiction workers, counselors, and more, on addressing issues of sexuality and diversity in their work.

Chelsea started at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, teaching comprehensive evidence-based sexual health education to junior high and high school students.

Her previous work experience has been in the areas of suicide prevention, crisis intervention, mental health, teenage pregnancy and parenting, and employment assistance.

She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Health and Society.

Contributed to:

  • LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health: Supporting Gender and Sexual Diversity (2015)

Cheryl is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services.
The CHPS Program strives to deliver coordinated prevention and health promotion efforts that positively impact youth, families, schools, and communities in Calgary.
The aim of the CHPS Program is to increase resilience and agency while focusing on multiple socio‐ecological levels that support youth and their families to avoid, delay or diminish the impact of mental health disorders, substance use, and gaming.

Contributed to:

  • Concurrent Disorders: When Substance Use and Mental Illness Occur Together (2015)

  • Substance Use and the Developing Brain (2016)

Christine Sturgeon (B.Ed, Child Development Supervisor Level III, Cert. Addiction Studies) is the Educational Coordinator with Alberta Health Services, Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her professional experience includes working as a high school teacher, crisis intervention and family counselor, parent educator and addictions support worker.  

In her current role, she takes a health equity and rights-based approach to collaborating with a variety of community partners to work towards a vision of healthy sexuality for all people.  She also teaches a variety of community, adult, parent, youth and professional groups promoting healthy sexuality and relationships in a way that is accessible, trauma-informed and inclusive.

Contributed to:

  • Talking about Healthy Sexuality with Students (2017)

  • How to Grow Healthy Teen Girls (2016)

Education Studies in Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary.

Contributed to:

  • An Educator’s Guide for Managing School Bullying (2014)

Dr. Daniel Garfinkel is a Registered Psychologist with 10 years of experience providing assessment, treatment and consultation in the area of child abuse. Dr. Garfinkel is currently the Clinical Lead for therapeutic services at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. Dr. Garfinkel holds a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and he also provides an evidence-based treatment program for children with problematic sexual behaviour and their families. Dr. Garfinkel has been qualified as an expert witness for the Provincial Court of Alberta in the matters of child abuse and neglect, and he is a clinical supervisor for trainees in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Pre-Doctoral Residency in Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology.

Contributed to:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviours (2015)

Dr. McBride has been in the helping profession for nearly 30 years and teaching in the counsellor education field for over 15 years. She has an extensive history of working in the family violence field–helping clients have loving, safe relationships.

Her clinical areas of expertise range from the assessment and treatment of anxiety and OCD, self-harm, work stress, complex psychological issues, and trauma and dissociation (e.g., family violence, motor vehicle accidents, work-related trauma). She also enjoys helping those seeking personal growth.

As a tenured associate professor, she has an active research agenda that includes the study of ethics (value-based, best practices with record keeping, consent practices), the advanced use of many therapeutic approaches (e.g., emotional regulation, play therapies, group therapy, somatic interventions, expressive therapies, transactional analysis), multiculturalism, and supervision/training.

Contributed to:

  • Cutting: What Every Teacher Need to Know About Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (2015)

Deborah Nunziata is a school psychologist with the Golden Hills School Division who has extensive classroom experience to draw from when she is supporting students and school personnel.  Deborah began her career in 1984 as a Special Education Teacher for the County of Wheatland. In 1991, Deborah completed her Masters of Educational Psychology at the University of Calgary. In 1992, she became a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.  In addition to supporting students and staff in the Golden Hills School Division, Deborah is also part of a multidisciplinary team that provides assessment and diagnosis for individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) suspected of meeting criteria for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is a sought after presenter on the topic of promoting positive behaviour in the classroom. 

Contributed to:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviour (2015)

Clinical Consultant, Healthy Minds Healthy Children Outreach Services.

Contributed to:

  • Creating a Learning Environment that Promotes Mental Health (2014)

Don brings over 40 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. He is currently Director of Student Services for Calgary Independent Schools; co-chair of COPE (Community Outreach in Pediatrics and Psychiatry); and member of the Calgary and area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery Program. His work in both the public and private education systems has focused on special education and fostering cross-sector involvement to support students and families.

Contributed to:

  • Partnering with Parents: A Panel Shares Perspectives and Tips (2015)

Donna Herrick is a Registered Social Worker and currently in the process of becoming a provisional psychologist. She works with children and youth from kindergarten to grade 12 as a Family School Liaison Counsellor with Palliser Regional Schools.

Contributed to:

  • Emotional Regulation in the Classroom: A Strategy for Students (2015)

Emma A. Climie, PhD. Is a registered Psychologist and Associate Professor in the School & Applied Child Psychology program in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

She is also the Lead Researcher for the Carlson Family Research Award in ADHD. Dr. Climie takes a strengths-based approach to working with children and youth and focuses on understanding factors that may improve the social and emotional outcomes for all children, with an emphasis on those with ADHD.

Dr. Climie’s research interests include knowledge and stigma related to ADHD, the use of physical activity as a way to support student wellbeing, resilience, and emotional intelligence.

Contributed to:

  • Fostering Resiliency and a Growth Mindset in Students (2015)

Erin Novak is an Occupational Therapist with the Calgary Board of Education in Calgary, Alberta.

Contributed to:

  • Promoting Self-Regulation in the Learning Environment (2018, 2016)

Frank MacMaster, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Departments of Psychiatry and Paediatrics, University of Calgary. Dr. MacMaster is also the Scientific Director for the Addictions and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network for the province of Alberta. Dr. MacMaster was the inaugural holder of the Cuthbertson and Fischer Chair in Paediatric Mental Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the University of Calgary. He completed his undergraduate at Saint Mary’s and graduate training at Dalhousie University. He followed that with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wayne State University. He has published over 80 research papers, been cited thousands of times, and has received numerous awards for his work.

Contributed to:

  • Understanding and Supporting Executive Function (2014)

Heather Cobb, BSc., PGCE, is the Sexual Health Promotion Specialist with Alberta Health Services, Calgary. An education and training professional Heather has been with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program since 2000 working with children, teens, parents, teachers and health care professionals to explore human sexuality. Areas of particular interest to Heather include sexuality and disability and the role of parents in normalizing healthy sexuality for their children. Above all she is passionate about making the topic of sexual health and relationships accessible and comfortable for everyone.

Contributed to:

  • How to Grow Healthy Teen Girls (2016)

Dr. Iliana Garcia–Ortega trained as a psychiatrist at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Mexico City then completed a fellowship in International Psychiatry with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She worked on research associated with the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, focusing on the development and evaluation of educational material regarding child and youth mental health in primary health care. She co-authored the Child and Youth Mental Health program developed for the British Columbia Medical Association currently being rolled out across the province.

She also participated in multiple international projects collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization conducting program evaluation, as well as translating and providing cultural context to educational materials for its use in Latin America. Dr. Garcia-Ortega is currently conducting a clinical fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the University of Calgary and is part of the consensus group to update the Canadian Guidelines for Schizophrenia.

Contributed to:

  • A New Look at Health Basics and Mental Health The Latest Research on Sleep, Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Student Performance (2015)

Jacqui Currie BKin, BEd, has worked in a variety of roles over the past 11 years, including 5 years as an elementary classroom teacher and 6.5 years supporting healthy school communities. Jacqui has degrees in Kinesiology and Education from the University of Calgary.

Jacqui is a Health Promotion Coordinators (HPC) with Alberta Health Services. HPCs work with school jurisdictions in Alberta by supporting Comprehensive School Health (CSH), an internationally recognized and effective approach for building healthy school communities. CSH can be used to address a variety of health issues and can improve both health and education outcomes for students, staff and parents.

HPCs focus on the core areas of positive mental health, healthy relationships, healthy eating, and active living.

Contributed to:

  • Classroom Wellness 101: Tips, Tools and Strategies You Can Use Every Day (2018)

Jodie brings a wealth of experience, having worked as a special needs teacher, junior high teacher, school counsellor, behavioural consultant and most recently, a consultant for school counsellors. She is a strong advocate for all students and continually works towards reducing the stigma of mental health.

Contributed to:

  • Partnering with Parents: A Panel Shares Perspectives and Tips (2015)

Julie is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services.

The CHPS Program strives to deliver coordinated prevention and health promotion efforts that positively impact youth, families, schools, and communities in Calgary.

The aim of the CHPS Program is to increase resilience and agency while focusing on multiple socio‐ecological levels that support youth and their families to avoid, delay or diminish the impact of mental health disorders, substance use, and gaming.

Contributed to:

  • Cannabis: What Is It? (2018)
  • Cannabis: Risk & Protective Factors (2018)
  • Seeing through the Vape (2018)
  • Cannabis: Legislation 2018 (2018)
  • Curious about Cannabis (2018)

 

Karen is a Registered Provisional Psychologist AHS School Crisis Counsellor, Transitions Program Mental Health Therapist, Community Action Team (CAT): Post-Disaster Relief Services, School-based Mental Health, Child & Adolescent Addictions & Mental Health (CAAMHP), Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB.

Karen is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and the AHS School Crisis Counsellor for all schools in Calgary and surrounding area. She is also the mental health therapist that supports the Transitions Program at Queen Elizabeth Junior High/High School. She works with children with the most complex, chronic and severe mental health concerns.

Contributed to:

  • Supporting Students Impacted by Traumatic Stress (2016)

Katerina Jansen MC, has a Master of Counseling degree. She is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and the FASD Trainer for the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network. Katerina has many years of experience working with individuals with FASD, and aims to assist others by providing tools to implement in their own practice.

Contributed to:

  • FASD: Supporting Students and Families

Katarina Zunjic is a Registered Social Worker who received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Katarina is currently a therapist with the Child Abuse Service; in addition to providing consultative, assessment, and treatment based services to children and families who have experienced various forms of maltreatment, she also provides individual and group treatment for children exhibiting problematic sexual behaviours.

Contributed to:

  • Understanding and Managing Children’s Problematic Sexual Behaviour in School Settings (2017)

Katherine is a teacher and parent of a teen who has struggled with mental health issues. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children from Elementary to Junior High in Toronto and Calgary. Katherine is active in advocating for teacher education and supports in order to promote a whole-school approach to child and youth mental health.

Contributed to:

  • Partnering with Parents: A Panel Shares Perspectives and Tips (2015)

Katie Kitschke is the Executive Director at SAFFRON Centre. SAFFRON is a Sexual Assault Centre located in Strathcona County. Katie was the previous Director for the Making Secure Connections Public Education Program, and has been with SAFFRON since February 2008. Her enthusiasm for working with youth in the schools is contagious and she has made it her personal mission to provide SAFFRON’s excellent presentations to all students in the County of Strathcona, Edmonton and throughout Alberta.

Contributed to:

  • The Impact of Social Media on Children and Adolescents (2015)

Kathy works with AHS Healthy Minds Healthy Children as an outreach Clinical Consultant, where she supports front line workers including school personnel to build capacity to better respond to children with mental health challenges. Kathy previously worked as an Education Consultant with the MORE program and teaches at Mount Royal University in the Social Work program. She assisted in the development of the curriculum for the children’s mental health online certificate program.

Contributed to:

  • SI Protocol: School Administrator (2019)
  • SI Protocol: School Staff (2019)
  • SI Protocol: Point Person (2019)
  • SI Protocol: Mental Health Professional (2019)
  • NSSI Protocol: School Administrator (2019)
  • NSSI Protocol: Point Person (2019)
  • What is Self-harming? (for School Staff) (2019)
  • How to Talk to Your Child about Self-Harming (2019)
  • Partnering with Parents: A Panel Shares Perspectives and Tips (2015) previously

Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Schwartz is an Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology, at the University of Calgary. A Registered Psychologist (Alberta) practicing in school and private settings for over 20 years, he holds a PhD in Social Psychology and an MSc in School and Community Psychology. His research focuses on how psychosocial factors and developmental assets contribute to healthy child and family development. Dr. Schwartz has held national and international grants for his research, has published articles and chapters in academic and common publications, and has presented symposia and invited lectures at over 40 national and international conferences.

Contributed to:

  • Rubber or Glue? Technology and Child Development and What Sticks; What Doesn’t (2016)

Krista Warners, BEd, BN, RN, MSc, is a Health Promotion Facilitator II for Alberta Health Services, Addiction & Mental Health, and Mental Health Screening & Early Identification provincial team. Krista has nursed in palliative, clinical trials, and mental health patient care and she has taught grades 7-12 English and physical education. During the past 4 years, she has had the opportunity to pursue her passion in working on research projects that build individual and community skills as well as social, physical, and emotional environments that promote mental health literacy.

Contributed to:

  • Supporting Positive Mental Health Through a Whole School Approach (2015)

Dr. Kristin Morrison, Consultant Pediatrician, Prince Edward County, Ontario is a community based, consulting pediatrician with a special interest in developmental, Emotional, behavior and learning problems in children. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont, and a medical degree from the University of Calgary. Dr. Morrision has been involved in the Healthy Minds Healthy Children since its inception, and was actively involved in the creation and development of the MORE program.

Contributed to:

  • Command and Control: Understanding the Role of Executive Function in Behaviour and Learning (2017)

  • Making a Person: How We Become Who We Are (2014)

Lisa has worked in a variety of learning settings, including a specialized mental health program, a program for gifted and talented students, and has served as a resource teacher and learning leader. Her Masters of Education work focused on mindfulness and the relationship to student mental health and teacher wellness. As a Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, Lisa supports schools and specialized settings in working with the board’s most complex students.

Contributed to:

  • Put Your Own Mask on First: Strategies for the Overextended Teacher (2015)

Margaret is a Psychologist with the Calgary Board of Education, with expertise in trauma-informed practice. She has been working in schools in this specialized area for over 10 years. Margaret co-developed the Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative which includes K-12 school as well as unique settings. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, she collaborates with a group of professionals to support schools in their efforts to create safe and caring learning environments for all students. In addition, Margaret is a member of the Critical Incident Response Team which works to mitigate the impact of traumatic events and helps to rebuild school communities following a tragedy.

Contributed to:

  • Put Your Own Mask on First: Strategies for the Overextended Teacher (2015)

Maria Huttenrauch studied clinical psychology in South Africa, and worked at a ‘Place of Safety and Detention’ for children and youth from birth to 18 years of age. Her clients were neglected and abused children as well as behaviourally challenging youth, who required assessment, therapy, and forensic work.

After moving to Canada in 1995, Dr. Huttenrauch worked with First Nations youth in a residential setting, provided counselling via an emergency mental-health line, and provided in-home support for parents with challenging children. She has also worked as psychologist at the Calgary Board of Education, from where she retired. She currently maintains a small private practice and is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Huttenrauch has worked with children with ADHD and continues to be interested in these exceptional learners.

Contributed to:

  • A New Way at Looking At AD/HD (2015)

Marwa Fadol, Mental Health Therapist, School Based Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. She is a Registered Psychologist practicing in Calgary, Alberta, working at Alberta Health Services, providing mental health therapy to children & youth in the School-Based Mental Health Program. Marwa also provides professional consultation to schools and families on a variety issues ranging from family conflict and school/peer issues to sexual abuse, depression, and anxiety. Marwa has a strong knowledge base and extensive experience with regards to child and youth development, family dynamics & development, and child and youth mental health. She also has interest and knowledge in the area of refugee and immigrant experiences, particularly around acculturation. She has been trained in, and approaches her work with families through an Attachment lens.

Contributed to:

  • Welcome to Canada: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in the Classroom (2018, 2016)

Dr. Johnston is a strength based counsellor who provides support to individuals during times of transition. As a social worker, her practice began in hospice and palliative care, and extended into examining identity during times of change and transition. With this generalist approach, she works across a wide variety of issues, with specialized training in the areas of identity, vulnerability, shame, self-compassion, and grief and loss.

Contributed to:

  • Promoting Empathy and Social Skills Development in Elementary School-Aged Students (2018)

Meena Sangha has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She is currently working at the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network as a Prevention Facilitator and Educator. Meena works with front line and social service providers on the Prevention Conversation, educating women and their partners about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, with the ultimate goal of decreasing the rate of FASD births.

Contributed to:

  • FASD: Supporting Students and Families

Dr. Michael Zwiers began his career as an elementary school teacher before pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. He completed a PhD in Counselling Psychology at UBC, including a doctoral internship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He then completed 2 years of post-doctoral training in clinical psychology, and is registered to practice psychology in the areas of clinical, counselling, and school psychology. He has worked in a number of practice settings, including hospitals, primary care with family physicians, school districts, post-secondary, and currently works in independent practice. Dr. Zwiers focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities and mental health conditions including anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, AD/HD, autism, and disruptive behavioural disorders.

Contributed to:

  • Promoting Positive Behaviour in Classrooms (2013)

Michael Reist is a nationally-recognized authority on the needs of children. He is the author of the Canadian bestseller Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World and The Dysfunctional School: Uncomfortable Truths and Awkward Insights on School, Learning and Teaching. His most recent book is entitled What Every Parent Should Know About School. He has published over 90 articles on topics ranging from education, spirituality and parenting to movies, books and popular culture. A classroom teacher for over thirty years, Michael now works in private practice where he is a mentor to countless young people and their parents.

Contributed to:

  • Taming Teacher and Student Stress (2018)
  • What Every Teacher needs to Know About How Boys And Girls Learn Differently (2015)

Michelle Deen holds a M.Ed in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary. She is a registered school psychologist with Rocky View Schools and has over eight years of experience as a special education teacher. Michelle’s interests include examining the impact of physical activity on the behavioral and social-emotional well-being of children (particularly children with exceptional learning needs) as well as educating students, school staff and parents on the positive outcomes of moderate to intense aerobic physical activity. She developed the SPARK for Learning framework, which can be used to create a physical activity program incorporating twenty minutes of aerobic exercise during the first period of the school day. Michelle has been supporting staff from various school districts in Alberta with developing and implementing physical activity programs.

Contributed to:

  • A New Look at Health Basics and Mental Health The Latest Research on Sleep, Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Student Performance (2015)

Nadine Gariepy-Fisk is the Director of Child & Family Grief Services at Hospice Calgary where she leads a team of professionals who offer counselling and support to children, adolescents and families facing advanced illness and bereavement.  She offers training and education to family medicine residents, police officers, teachers, counsellors and many others. Nadine is an active contributor to the development of grief services, guidelines, and tools at the local, provincial and national level.  

Nadine started her career as a child play therapist in palliative care at two Marie Curie Cancer Care hospices in South East England in 2001 and appointed as National Family Bereavement Services Coordinator in 2005. Nadine joined Hospice Calgary as a counsellor in 2008 and has been in her current position since 2012.

Contributed to:

  • Grief Responses in Children and Adolescents (2015)

Nanette Gropp is a Health Promotion Facilitator with the School Health & Wellmess Promotion team, Alberta Health Services (AHS). She supports school jusrisdictions to apply a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach to healthy eating, active living and positive mental health. Nannette has been working with AHS for 20 years and has supported healthy school communities for the past 10 years. Nannette works in the Calgary area supporting the Calgary Board of Education and Canadian Rockies Public Schools.

Contributed to:

  • Wellness: Hitting the Happiness Button (2019)

This Committee, made up of mental health professionals from Alberta Health Services and three local school authorities, undertook a thorough review of up-to-date research and practices to best respond to non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour (NSSI) in school settings. The committee members contributed their knowledge of school context and needs, recent NSSI cases, and best practices for responding to students who are self- harming. 

 Contributed to:

  • NSSI Protocol: School Administrator (2019)
  • NSSI Protocol: Point Person (2019)
  • What is Self-harming? (for School Staff) (2019)
  • Cutting: What Every Teacher Need to Know About Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (2015)

This committee was made up of over 20 healthcare professionals, school-based mental health professionals and community agency representatives. This collaborative brought together those with many years of clinical experience within school settings along with those who deal with suicide assessment and treatment in the community and hospital settings.  The common goal of this committee was to create an evidence-informed protocol with supporting documents to build mental health capacity in all school settings kindergarten to Grade 12.

 Contributed to:

  • SI Protocol: School Administrator (2019)
  • SI Protocol: School Staff (2019)
  • SI Protocol: Point Person (2019)
  • SI Protocol: Mental Health Professional (2019)

Peter Laycock has enjoyed over 13 years with the Child Abuse Service. Over the course of his time there, he has developed expertise in working with children exhibiting challenging behaviours related to historical maltreatment, often including problematic sexual behaviours. He and several colleagues within the Child Abuse Service have recently received certification in the evidence-based delivery of family and group treatment for sexual behaviour problems in children. He continues to develop his interest in understanding problematic sexual behaviours at a systems-level, particularly the role played by attachment and environmental dynamics in the development and maintenance of such behaviours. 

Contributed to:

  • Understanding and Managing Children’s Problematic Sexual Behaviour in School Settings (2017)

Phyllis Kornder is a retired educator and guidance counsellor. She has 30 years’ experience as a classroom teacher in grades 7-12 including 15 years as a guidance counsellor. She has taught English, Social Studies, Religion and CALM. Phyllis has a Master’s degree in School Counselling and most recently has been a guidance counsellor at a K-9 School. Phyllis was involved with the creation and implementation of the HRH Mentoring Courses in CTS. In November 2011, Phyllis was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Alberta Teachers Association Guidance Counsel in recognition of her work on the Provincial Guidance Council Executives Committee and her contributions to guidance and counseling in Alberta.

Contributed to:

  • Kids Have Stress Too! Tools for Resilience (2016)

Rekah Jabbal obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan.  She moved to Calgary in 1990 and worked at the Peter Lougheed Centre.  She has worked in many clinical areas including geriatrics, internal medicine and oncology.  She started working in adult mental health and forensic psychiatry at the Peter Lougheed Centre in 2000.  Rekha continues to work for Alberta Health Services as Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader in Child and Adolescent Addictions and Mental Health.  She has been in that position since September 2007. 

Contributed to:

  • Youth Medication Use, Misuse and Abuse (2017)

Rob, a Clinical Social Worker in Calgary, Alberta, has over 12 years of experience as an addiction and mental health therapist. Rob works passionately with adolescents and emerging adults (16-24 year olds) to assist them overcome their mental health challenges through thoughtful engagement, comprehensive assessment, and collaborated inventions within individual and group therapies. As a Family Counsellor, Rob helps clients and caregivers navigate the transition between the child and adult mental health systems. He supports clients’ capacity to self-advocate for their individual needs with others. Rob actively collaborates with physicians, social workers, psychologists, teachers, parents, school administrators, and other professionals working with emerging adults to effectively engage and ensure different systems work seamlessly with this unique population.  

Contributed to:

  • TIME for Transitions: Moving from Adolescence to Adulthood (2016)

Robin Alter, PhD, CPsych, received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore college in Saratoga Springs, NY, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She was the head of the children’s program at Tri-Country Mental Health in Northern Florida before moving to Toronto, ON, Canada, where she has been working in children’s mental health since 1980. Alter has been employed by two of the largest children’s mental health centers in the Toronto area for over thirty-six years – The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and Blue Hills Child and Family Centre.

Contributed to:

  • Kids Have Stress Too! Tools for Resilience (2016)

Robin is the Coordinator of Marketing and Engagement with Respect to Education at the Canadian Red Cross. As part of her work with the Red Cross, she delivers workshops on Healthy Youth Relationships and Bullying and Harassment Prevention. This module is based on material from these workshops.

Contributed to:

  • Teaching Respect in the Classroom (2016)

Robyn is currently the Team Lead for Healthy Public Policy for the Population, Public and Indigenous Health program, Alberta Health Services. Robyn Previously worked as a Health Promotion Facilitator with Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services. The CHPS Program strives to deliver coordinated prevention and health promotion efforts that positively impact youth, families, schools and communities in Calgary. The aim of the CHPS Program is to increase resilience and agency while focusing on multiple socio-ecological levels that support youth and their families to avoid, delay or diminish the impact of mental health disorders, substance use, and gaming.

Contributed to:

  • Understanding Youth Substance Use (2016)

Stacey McRae-Arbuthnott is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services. The CHPS Program strives to deliver coordinated prevention and health promotion efforts that positively impact youth, families, schools and communities in Calgary. The aim of the CHPS Program is to increase resilience and agency while focusing on multiple socio-ecological levels that support youth and their families to avoid, delay or diminish the impact of mental health disorders, substance use, and gaming.

Contributed to:

  • Video Games and Online Gaming: What’s the Real Score? (2015)

Stacey has been teaching for over twenty years in both the Provincial and the Federal school systems. She started her career in Inuvik, NWT and currently is the Lead teacher at the Siksika Outreach School in the Young Parent Program. Joining the ATA in 2005 as an Association Instructor, Stacey has traveled throughout the province of Alberta presenting various workshops. As well as being a teacher, she is active with numerous sporting/youth organizations in and around her community.

Contributed to:

  • First Nations Education: Old Trails, New Trails (2015)

Community Health Promotion Facilitator, Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta health Services.

Contributed to:

  • Unravelling the Mystery of the Teenage Brain: Understanding and Working with Junior High Students (2014)

Sue is a registered psychologist who has been interested in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since beginning her graduate work in 1994. Sue completed her psychology training at McGill University and the University of Regina and became registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists in October 2003. Sue has worked in both areas of treatment and diagnostics of ASD with young children and assists various research studies in Calgary and Edmonton in furthering our understanding of the early signs of ASD. Currently, Sue spends her time focused on early identification of ASD in both research and clinical settings along with teaching and education of other professionals in these practices.

Contributed to:

  • Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2015, 2014)

As well as being a member of the Parent Advisory Committee for CAAMHPP (Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health and Psychiatric Program), Suzanne has experience with the education system as an Educational Assistant and as an Elementary Generalist. Suzanne primarily brings her experience as a parent of a child with mental health struggles and contributes what she has learned from many parents whose children struggle with mental health issues.

Contributed to:

  • Partnering with Parents: A Panel Shares Perspectives and Tips (2015)

Dr. Suzanne Zwarych has taught elementary and high school for more than 25 years with one third of that time spent as a school administrator. As a school administrator, Suzanne was elected the President of the provincial school-based administrator professional development council. She was inducted into the Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2006 for the work she has done building healthy youth relationships in schools. Suzanne is now the Director of Healthy Youth Relationships for Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence at the University of Calgary.

Contributed to:

  • Promoting Healthy Relationships Through the Junior High School Years (2015)

Tad is the creator of ‘Bullying Ends Here’ which is an Internationally recognized, award winning, anti-bullying program. Although Tad is helping people today, there was a time that he himself needed the help as he grew up in an abusive home and was bullied terribly at school. He overcame these challenges and shares his story, from the heart, to anyone ages 11 through to adults. Tad is also a Police Officer and does the ‘Bullying Ends Here’ program on his own time and at his own expense. Tad takes great pride in working to make this world a better place in honour of Jamie HUBLEY who took his own life at the age of 15 after years of relentless bullying.

Contributed to:

  • Cyberbullying and What Teachers Can Do to Stop It (2014)

  • Cyberbullying – Teachers Are At Risk Too! (2015)

Tally Nixon is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services. The CHPS Program strives to deliver coordinated prevention and health promotion efforts that positively impact youth, families, schools and communities in Calgary. The aim of the CHPS Program is to increase resilience and agency while focusing on multiple socio-ecological levels that support youth and their families to avoid, delay or diminish the impact of mental health disorders, substance use, and gaming.

Contributed to:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention in the Classroom (2014)

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Contributed to:

  • An Educator’s Guide for Managing School Bullying (2014)

Teresa Futers is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She has worked as a Family Counsellor and Program Consultant at the Calgary Eating Disorders Program since 2013. Teresa supports children, adolescents, adults and families in their treatment and recovery from eating disorders. Teresa earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii with a specialization in Behavioural Mental Health. Teresa’s areas of interest include eating disorders, substance abuse in adolescence, family violence, and mental health promotion.

Contributed to:

  • What do you need to know about Eating Disorders (2018)

Terryl Makuk is a registered Psychologist who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with selective mutism. In her role as a psychologist with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), she was asked to develop a program for children with selective mutism. Terryl works as a team with parents and school staff to help children achieve success speaking in schools, In addition, Terryl works part-time in a private practice with a focus on children with selective mutism solely.

She is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and is a Treating Professional with the Selective Mutism Association. Terryl has completed advanced training and consultation with the Selective Mutism Proficiency Program.

Contributed to:

  • Selective Mutism: More Than Just Shy (2015)

Theresa McIsaac is a Health Promotion Coordinator with Alberta Health Services, Healthy Children and Youth provincial team. Theresa has an MSc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Dietitian. As a Health Promotion Coordinator, Theresa supports school jurisdictions to use a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach. She promotes healthy eating, active living, and positive mental health to build healthy school communities. Theresa works in the Calgary area supporting Rocky View Schools and Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools. Every school jurisdiction in Alberta has an assigned AHS staff member to support Comprehensive School Health. To find out who the contact is for your school jurisdiction email healthychildrenandyouth@ahs.ca.

Contributed to:

  • Supporting Positive Mental Health Through a Whole School Approach (2015)