Clinical Team


Meet the clinical care team

AARC’s clinical team are responsible for the well-being of clients at all times, whether they are at the centre or staying in a Recovery Home with a host family.

Since non-clinical peer counsellors are an exceptional feature of AARC’s treatment program, the clinical team is also responsible for the performance of peer staff in overseeing client caseloads. The competency for hire is based on individual experience with addiction and maintained abstinence through active 12 step recovery.

Clinical Directors

Responsible for the leadership and guidance of the AARC treatment team, provide ongoing supervision and evaluation of peer counsellors and clinical support staff, and manage clinical staff meetings with each level of staff four times weekly.

The clinical directors also facilitate group therapy sessions for clients, parents, and families, complete client assessments and admissions, and facilitate individual therapy sessions with parents, siblings, and the client in treatment.

Most importantly, the clinical directors manage a clinical caseload where each client’s treatment planning and progress is monitored including the review of any critical incidents or adaptations to treatment planning.

Dr. Dean Vause
Executive Director, Ph. D.

Dr. Vause is the Executive Director of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), a long-term, intensive treatment program for severely addicted youth and their families. AARC is the culmination of Dr. Vause’s 20 years of research into adolescent addiction. His research took him to treatment centres throughout North America. Dr. Vause started his career in high schools, where he taught, counseled and developed programs to help youth in the education system. His Masters dissertation “A School Drug Program”, and his Ph.D. Program, “Adolescent Substance Use Disorders”, focus on both a model and facility for adolescent drug treatment. He has provided many Teacher In-service presentations on the subject of drug use in schools in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and parts of the United States, and has provided numerous workshops for many other community organizations. Dr. Vause is considered to be a leading expert in the field of adolescent addiction, and his advice is sought by other professionals. He is the recipient of the Rotary International “Paul Harris Fellowship”, the highest honor in Rotary. Other awards include Calgary Citizen of the Year award and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

Constable Andrew Morton
Director, Clinical Operations - Community Outreach

Andrew Morton graduated from the AARC program in 1993 at age 19. In 1994, he began working at AARC as a Peer Counsellor. He finished working at AARC in the year 2000 to pursue a career with the Calgary Police Service (CPS). During his service with CPS, Andrew stayed committed to AARC and the community. Andrew believes that his new role as Director, Clinical Operations – Community Outreach at AARC will serve the community and other front line police officers. Andrew’s experience, both personal and professional, provides significant benefits for families in treatment. Andrew will be serving in this position while remaining a member of CPS and the decision to station Andrew at AARC demonstrates the commitment of CPS to early intervention as a strategy to combat addiction’s horrendous toll on the youth of our community.

Clinical Counsellor

Primarily responsible for a clinical caseload, facilitating client and family group sessions, and supervising all levels of peer counsellors.

Paige Burles
Clinical Counsellor, BCST

Paige has been a valuable employee at AARC since 2013 and joined the clinical team at AARC in July 2016. Having completed a Bachelor of Child Studies and a Children’s Mental Health Certificate from Mount Royal University, Paige brings a broad set of skill and experience to the Clinical Team. In addition, Paige is currently working on a Masters in Counselling Psychology at City University. Paige’s specialization in Early Childhood is extremely beneficial in the work AARC does with not only the clients, but also with the family members involved in treatment. Her dedication to the clients and families at AARC and commitment to pursue further education makes Paige a very special part of the Clinical Team.

Laura Boyd
Clinical Counsellor, BA

Laura Boyd is currently a Clinical Counsellor at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). Laura has been employed at AARC since 2006, after graduating from the program herself in 2005. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, a certificate in Child and Youth Human Rights, and a certificate in International Development. Laura also hopes to further her education with a Master’s of Counseling degree in the near future. She has a passion for helping youth, which in addition to her work at AARC has taken her overseas a number of times to work with street children in Africa. Laura’s diverse experience and commitment to helping vulnerable youth makes her a valuable asset to the AARC program.

Wade Cory
Clinical Counsellor, BHSc

Wade graduated from the AARC program in 2004 at age 17. In 2006, he began working at AARC as a Peer Counsellor, and after two fulfilling years he decided to pursue post-secondary education that would enhance his ability to help young people battling substance addiction. After completing a Bachelor of Health Science, specializing in addictions counselling, Wade returned to AARC as a Clinical Counsellor in 2012. Wade is very committed to helping young people rebuild their lives, works directly with the parents and provides tremendous leadership to the peer counsellors. He is a greatly valued employee because his of experience, education and compassion for helping others that have been negatively affected by addiction.

Donny Serink
Clinical Counsellor, BCC

Donny Serink is currently a Clinical Counsellor at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). Donny holds a Bachelor of Communication and Culture degree with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, as well as an Addiction Studies Extension Certificate from Mount Royal University. He also plans to continue his education with a Master of Social Work degree in the near future. Donny’s personal story of addiction and recovery, along with his education, provide him with the tools to positively influence the lives of AARC adolescents and their families.

Ann Collin
Family Counsellor

Ann Collin has been employed at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) since 2007 after her family completed the AARC program in 2005. Since graduating the program, Ann’s career path changed significantly. Ann sees families engage in earnest but futile attempts to solve their loved one’s addiction problems. The burden of guilt and the sense that they somehow “caused” it can often intensify their resolve to “cure” the addiction. Families, in their interaction with the addict, are hidden victims of the disease and their own wellbeing is compromised. Ann’s role as a Family Counselor allows her to help mothers / caregivers learn self-care and successful strategies for coping and interacting with addictive behaviors through the 12 steps of Al-Anon. As a result of her experience in AARC, she became committed to learning more about addiction and how it impacts families; subsequently, Ann has studied the field of addiction extensively including Addiction Studies, Supportive Counselling and Children’s mental health from Mount Royal University as well as Helping Adolescents in Crisis from the University of Calgary and Mental Health 101 from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Today her passion has transformed her into becoming a compassionate teacher and counselor who delivers individual and group counselling sessions with parents and families in treatment at AARC.

Diane Graham
Nurse Family Counsellor, RN

Diane Graham currently serves as the RN and Family Counselor at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). In addition to her responsibilities to provide care services to clients, including physical and mental health, Diane also meets with mothers individually and in group sessions teaching effective coping strategies for living with a child in addiction using the Codependent 12 step process.  As a registered nurse, she has worked in multiple areas of nursing; Cardiology, General Medicine, ER, Nurse Educator and Clinical Coordinator. Diane received her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree with Honours from York University. She completed her Addictions Certificate from Mount Royal University and is currently taking DBT Skills Training courses through Behavioral Tech to become a facilitator.  Diane is also studying part time at the University of Toronto pursuing her Master of Nursing degree in Primary Care to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive professional experience, empathy, and personal family experience (as the mother of a child suffering from the disease of addiction who graduated from the AARC program) makes her a valuable member of our team.

Registered Nurse/ Family Counsellor

Primarily responsible for the medical and psychiatric needs of the youth in treatment, and support of the clinical directors. AARC’s registered nurse is responsible for overseeing and ensuring that medication administration procedures are followed by the staff and recovery home parents. The registered nurse also leads clinical group sessions for families and meets with parents on an individual basis.

As the Primary RN , Diane Graham manages the daily medical needs of clients, performs baseline assessments on all new clients including the initiation of detox protocols, participates in weekly case conferences with psychiatrist, manages wellness clinics which include medical , psychiatric, immunization and , naturopathic care, overseas medication administration process and provides training to staff and parent volunteers.

Diane Graham
Nurse Family Counsellor, RN

Diane Graham currently serves as the RN and Family Counselor at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). In addition to her responsibilities to provide care services to clients, including physical and mental health, Diane also meets with mothers individually and in group sessions teaching effective coping strategies for living with a child in addiction using the Codependent 12 step process.  As a registered nurse, she has worked in multiple areas of nursing; Cardiology, General Medicine, ER, Nurse Educator and Clinical Coordinator. Diane received her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree with Honours from York University. She completed her Addictions Certificate from Mount Royal University and is currently taking DBT Skills Training courses through Behavioral Tech to become a facilitator.  Diane is also studying part time at the University of Toronto pursuing her Master of Nursing degree in Primary Care to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive professional experience, empathy, and personal family experience (as the mother of a child suffering from the disease of addiction who graduated from the AARC program) makes her a valuable member of our team.