Dr. Alice Prichard, R. Psych.

Dr. Prichard is a Registered Psychologist with a focus on developmental clinical psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario and completed her Pre-doctoral Residency in Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). Throughout her training and career, Dr. Prichard has experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of developmental and mental health concerns. Currently, she works within Child Development Services (ACH) where she assesses and diagnoses children and adolescents with complex intellectual and learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Prichard’s theoretical orientation is multi-faceted. She believes that children do best within the context of loving and supportive home, school, and community environments that foster their strengths and provide opportunities for growth and learning. She uses a variety of treatment modalities to work with families to reach their goals (e.g., cognitive-behavioural therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, mindfulness, collaborative problem solving). However, she believes that relationships are at the forefront of family work. Both as a professional and as a parent she understands some of the challenges that parents face in their day-to-day lives and that using a step-by-step approach is often not sufficient in helping children prosper. Dr. Prichard believes strongly in strengthening connections within families as well as using evidence-based strategies to nurture children to reach their potential.

 

Benjamin Fong, MSW

Benjamin Fong is a registered social worker with a clinical specialization who has spent his career working with children and parents who have experienced a variety of challenges.

For 15 years, he has supported families in, fostering, nurturing and repairing relationships. Most recently, Ben worked with children and parents in the neurosciences department of the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), where he witnessed the importance of struggle, the power of connection and our capacity for resilience. He currently works in the Emergency Department at ACH with children and parents experiencing trauma, grief and loss.

Through personal and professional experiences, he developed an understanding that our initial relationships directly influence our neural pathways. It is through these relationships that we develop our ability to effectively regulate our emotions. This allows us to manage difficulties, experience successes and build healthy connections with those around us.

Ben believes that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. In his practice, he encourages parents to shift their understanding of parenting, from a procedural practice to one that is reflective in nature. Reflection allows us to separate our children’s needs form our own, allowing us to be emotionally available to encourage their exploration and care for them when they require emotional support.  This shift can be an incredibly challenging one. It is one, however, that will transform the relationship we have with our children, creating meaningful interactions, stronger connections and healthier families.