The Sherwood Park PCN Mental Health (MH) Program offers a variety of free services on a referral-only basis: Initial assessments, treatment plans, and navigational assistance are provided by mental health clinicians for children (pre-school & up), adolescents, and adults. Please note, the clinic is not a counselling center and does not provide ongoing services/treatment.
The program also offers adult psychiatric consultation-only services at the request of our member physicians and at the discretion of our Mental Health Clinicians.
MH Navigators, who are typically registered social workers, are the first point of contact for patients referred by member-physicians. MH Navigators conduct an initial telephone screening, and seek to connect patients with PCN and/or community based services that will best fit the patient's need(s).
A variety of free classes are offered on timely topics; such as, bereavement, management of stress/anxiety, sleep, retirement, etc. View our class schedule for more details. Patients can join with no physician referral required.
PCN member physicians send patient referrals to the PCN, where the referrals are assigned to a Mental Health Clinician. You will receive a phone call from our Mental Health Clinic Coordinator, typically within 2 business days, to confirm your interest in obtaining services and to book you an appointment with the assigned Mental Health Clinician.
Your physicians has two expectations when referring you to the PCN mental health program:
1) That they will receive a written report summarizing any presenting concern(s), pertinent history, the MH clinician's clinical impression and treatment recommendations.
2) That the MH clinician will collaborate with you in formulating a plan of action, and will provide whatever referral assistance or navigational assistance that is required, to help the patient connect with needed community based resources/services.
If you are seen by a PCN psychiatric consultant, your referring physician will receive a psychiatric consultation report, typically within 2-3 weeks of the consultation session. These reports outline diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatment recommendations, and offer the referring physician some practical advice on how they can best proceed.
Typically, an adult initial assessment takes approximately 45 minutes, give or take 15 minutes. If you're coming to see one of our child/adolescent therapists, please allow up to 90 minutes for that appointment.
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time, in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Forms are typically completed on an iPad, but you can also request paper copies if you prefer. Please come prepared to show your Alberta Health Care Card.
Once your paperwork is completed, please return it to the MH Clinic Coordinator. Please feel free to help yourself to some water at our water cooler or to use our washrooms. The mental health clinician will review your completed paperwork, and come to greet you in the waiting area and take you to his/her office.
There are two main goals of the initial assessment:
1) To conduct a brief assessment interview that will permit the MH Clinician to understand your situation and symptoms. This information will be used to prepare an Initial Assessment Report for your doctor; outlining your presenting concerns as well as providing a clinical impression and actions and recommendations proposed at the conclusion of the interview.
2) To assist you in formulating a clear treatment plan, supporting you with information and to provide navigational assistance, so that you know how/where to access appropriate community based services.
Milton Clark, BTH, MSW, RSW
Milton was born & raised in the Maritimes - Spud Islander. He is married ad has two children and two grandchildren. He worked for nearly a decade as a Missionary Pastor in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) West Africa. Milton and his family moved back to Canada, and settled in Edmonton in 1998. Milton completed his Masters degree through the University of Calgary in Social Work (Clinical Specialization), and worked in a Forensic Rehab at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. Following that, he worked at CFB Edmonton as a Base Social Worker (Civilian). Milton joined the Primary Care Network in 2008 and has been here since. Milton is our Mental Health Program Manager, but he spends part of his week seeing patients along with other Mental Health Clinicians.
Natasha has doctoral degree in counselling psychology from
the University of Alberta. She aims to help people understand their emotional
struggles, identify their strengths, and create a path to wellness. Her
training and experience includes working with children, adults, couples,
families, and groups. She also enjoys research, and has published articles on
doctor-patient relationships, couple therapy, and parenting.
Tamara, M.A., R.Psych
Tamara enjoys working with all ages. She is a Registered Psychologist who has worked both as a Psychologist and as a clinical/organizational leader in child and adolescent mental health since the beginning of her career in 2003. Her approach is genuine, caring and non-judgemental. Tamara’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Educational Psychology, specializing in learning and development from the University of Victoria. Tamara is married and has an active household of her own, raising three young boys.
Tara, BA, MA, BSW, RSW
Tara is a Registered Social Worker who has adopted her chosen career as a philosophy and lifestyle. She has experience managing a homeless shelter for women; supporting people with intellectual disabilities; and ensuring the safety of children within the child welfare system. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick; a Master of Arts with a focus on Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway; and a Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University. She has also co-published a workshop for survivors of intimate partner violence with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick. Tara's proudest accomplishment is the life that she shares with her husband, son and puppy.
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