Dr. Carla Smith
Clinical interests: I primarily provide services to children (and their families) who have been admitted to the residential treatment program at Vanier. The children are referred for residential treatment primarily because they present with disruptive behaviour problems at home, at school, and/or in the community. However, clients tend to present with a range of problems in addition to disruptive behaviour, including anxiety, depression, developmental and learning disorders, family dysfunction, post traumatic stress, and disturbances of attachment. My role as team psychologist primarily involves providing individual psychological assessments for children; providing consultation to the interdisciplinary team (which includes Child and Youth Counsellors, Child and Family Therapists, Teachers, and Psychiatry), providing consultations to families, school personnel, and CAS Workers; and providing individual therapy for children. My theoretical approach is mainly centred on Cognitive-Behavioural theory as well as trauma and attachment theory.
Topics for workshops, seminars: Milieu treatment (residential and day treatment), behaviour management approaches during assessment and therapy with children with disruptive behaviours, bullying reduction, strength-based approaches to treatment, intergenerational trauma, the application of attachment and trauma theories to clinical practice.
Type of clinical practica: Initial assessment, Initial intervention; Advanced practica
Types of clients: Child; Adolescent
Modality: Individual; Family
Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behaviour; Behavioural; Cognitive; ; Humanistic; Other (Attachment theory, Trauma theory)
Types of client problems: Adjustment, Personality problems, Mood, Anxiety, Learning disorders, Conduct disorders, Impulse control, AD/ADH disorders, Stress management, Distuptive behavior disorders
Type of supervision you can provide: Student describes case; Co-therapy/Co-interview; Observe student live
Recent students: K. Rnic (2014); N. Maiolino (2016); K. Dosset (2017); O. Mohamed Ali (2018)
Clinical contact: Available
Research interests: I am not currently conducting research.
Available to supervise: No
Last updated: March 31, 2020