Cara FreemanI am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#5007). Supporting children has been my career goal for twenty years.
Being a teacher, before transitioning to becoming a school psychologist, has given me a unique perspective of students needs, possible strategies and supports, as well as a strong understanding of the educational system. As a teacher, I strived to go further than identifying my students’ learning, behavioural and emotional strengths and weaknesses, but to understand and provide appropriate interventions, supports and resources to help them thrive. It was through my experiences in the classroom that motivated me to develop a stronger knowledge base in the area of child and educational psychology.
I have had the opportunity to not only work in a variety of educational settings, but within children’s mental health and private practice. These experiences allowed me to understand children and services from a variety of different perspectives and develop my skills completing psychoeducational assessments for learning, behavioural and emotional concerns. It also allowed me to work collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams, provide leadership as a consultant, and deliver private intervention. Over the years, I have developed a common language to communicate with those invested in each child’s success. It has allowed me to translate psycho-educational reports into an understandable language/context, based on who my audience is; including parents, teachers, therapists, medical staff and most importantly the student. I strive to use this information to assist educators, parents and partners in developing appropriate enrichment, supports and interventions for students.
I believe that it is through understanding each child’s strengths and challenges that we can provide the appropriate environment to ensure they flourish.