Susan Spellman Cann : Portfolio Over the Years …


 1980 Bachelor of Child Study 1991 MA Counseling 2007 Registered Psychologist 

Attended the University of Calgary, City University , Athabasca University , Mount Saint Vincent University and Gonzaga University.


  • 2017 Top Counselling Blog
  • 2016 University of Calgary Excellence in Supervision Award Counselling Psychology
  • Haiku Deck Guru 
  • 2014 Calgary Catholic School District Shepard Leadership Award
  • 2014 Most Inspiring Presentations :Best Education Presentation Haiku Deck Digital Citizenship
  • 2007 Alberta Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Innovative Practices Award  At Risk Students Differentiation
  • 2001 Alberta Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Innovative Practices Award Bare Book for students with special needs
  • 1994 ATA Educational Trust Grant Award
  • 1988 CAA Distinguished Service Award
  • 1988 Teacher Plus Award


  • 2013 Alberta Health Services Certified Trainer Mental Health Literacy Program
  • 2007 Rapport Leadership Leadership Breakthrough One
  • 1997 Positive Discipline Teaching Parenting The Positive Discipline Way
  • Lions Quest
  • Futures Trainer ( drug and alcohol groups)
  • Circle of Courage Responsible Abilities Pathways
  • Developing Capable People 
  • Developmental Assets
  •  1995 Critical Components for Successful School and Community Intervention for Youth At Risk of Abusing Alcohol and other Drugs


  • 2016 Heart of A Leader training Brandon Johnson
  • 2015 4th R Healthy Relationships and Youth
  • 2015 Jack Hirose School Based Mental Health
  • 2014 America Red Cross Psychological First Aid
  • 2014 MASC  live hangout 
  • 2012 Executive links Unlocking Suicidal Secrets
  • 2009 2006 2005 Appllied Suicide Intervention Skills
  • 2009 Managing Mental Health Issues in Primary Care Settings
  • Jack Hirose Advanced Applications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 4 Day intensive training David Burns
  • Meichenbaum’s PTSD training for counsellors
  • Developmental Assets
  • Impact Therapy
  • 2006 Catholic Family Services Crazy by Design Level 1 and 2
  • 2001 Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation Empoyabilty Skills Portfolio Launch
  • 2001 Comunity of Caring 3 day San Diego
  • Creative Facilitation St. FX


Ascension Elementary Junior High Counsellor (part time) contingency contract

Retired June 2017

2010 -present

Bishop Carroll Department Head 2013- present

  • CCPA Ambassador
  • Podcast with School Links Path to Higher Education Post Secondary Education
  • College of Alberta Psychologists Critical Response Team
  • District Critical Response Team
  • Parent Council Rep
  • Team lead Mount Royal University Partnership
  • Leader for groups  Who’s Frank, Ted Ed Youth, (mental health and wellness group)
  • January 2017  Presenter United Way Providing Hope : Making a Difference for Students ( All in For Youth ) closing keynote
  • November 2016  Canmore Presented at Council for School Counsellors Love Leadership and School Counselling
  • October 2016  University of Calgary Excellence in Practicum Supervision Award
  • November Art Therapy Workshop
  • Art website Susan Spellman Cann Art With Purpose 
  • November Published Chapter Humanizing Online Learning A collaborative project           Humanizing Online Learning Pressbooks
  • November Participate in #IMMOOC Innovative Mindset Mooc
  • April 2017 Supervise Master in Counselling Student
  • Ignite Presentation  Ignite Your Passion for Discovery presentation Love Leadership and Self- directed Learning Discovery Education presentation
  • EdcampYYC May 2016 Love Learning and Leadership
  • October School Based Mental Health Conference  Jack Hirose Workshop
  • October Presenter Bishop McNally High School Mental Health in High School
  • October HASS Healthy Active School Symposium student leaders (organized)
  • September Online presentation GH West Virginia University For Future School Counsellors Presentation for University of West Viginia Counselling students
  • Stan Kucher Training 5 day More info.
  • 4th R Training Calgary Catholic Strategies for healthy youth relationships
  • April 2016 Supervise one PH. D student University of Calgary / one Master in Counselling Student Jan.- April
  • July 2015 Attended American School Counselling Conference Phoenix
  • U Lead Co presenter U Lead Presentation Co presenting blog post High School redesign High School Redesign
  • January 2015 MOOC The Science of Happiness EDx The Science of Happiness
  • April 2015 Supervised two PHD students University of Calgary
  • October OCLMOOC Co- conspirator
  • January 2015 Presenter Ever Active School Conference Shaping The Future Present with Laureen Lailey Alberta Ed on Mental Health in High School

Summary: 2016 This year I have taken on many new challenges I joined Second Chants a show choir . . This was for my own personal growth and indeed it was. I also continue to stretch myself by presenting on and off line using technology to help others.

I continue to love what I do working with adolescents and finding ways to make a difference.


2013 Coming to BCHS has been amazing for me. Being in a self-directed High School is wonderful. I love the energy and the amazing students we have here. I also am pleased I am able to integrate technology into everything I am doing. It benefits not only our students, but me as well. Taking the Educational Technology MOOC was transformative.


Bishop Mc Nally High School Department Head Counselling 

  • March American Counseling Conference Pittsburg
  • September 21st Canadian Counselling first Delegation to China. People to People International
  • October ASIST , Centre for Suicide Prevention
  • November Presented to district supervisors on RISE program
  • September to June Supervised Counselling student from Campus Alberta
  • September to June District Hazing Committee
  • September to June Flexibility Project team member
  • September to June Managing Children’s Mental Health Issues in Primary Health Care On line Modules

Member of College of Alberta Psychologists , Psychologists Association of Alberta, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association , American School Counselling Association , American Counseling Association

  • September to June Update School Counselling website
  • September to present Play Lacrosse with Calgary Women’s lacrosse league, Calgary Women’s Masters Lacrosse League Winter coordinator CWMLL Facebook updater.

2003 –present

2005-2010 Counsellor Bishop McNally High School

2006- Present Department Head CT Nov. 13th 06-present

2008 AISI Strengthening School Culture and Climate Advisory Committee

2007 April Became Registered Psychologist

2007 Innovative Practices Award ASCD RISE program

2005-2006 Private Practice … Solutions for Life Management Contract

2004-05 Counsellor St. Jean Brebeuf

2003-04 Counsellor St. Mary’s High School

  • RISE program Team
  • Rapport Leadership Training (Sept. 2007)
  • Community of Caring District and School Team member
  • Crazy by Design level 1 and 11 Training Calgary Family Services Institute (2006)
  • ASIST Training (Sept. 06)
  • Academic review American Psychological Association (Jan. 05)
  • Fundraiser for Charity events
  • Who I am Makes a difference organizer
  • Run for the Cure coordinator 

Summary: Over the years I have been involved in many professional development opportunities. Going to China was outstanding. Becoming a Psychologist was a personal goal achieved and I hope to utilize being a psychologist more in my retirement years. My being able to play lacrosse at 51 feels great. The fact that I have a loving and supportive family is the BEST thing about my life. A loving husband and children who are coming into their own is what makes me extremely happy. The lessons learned from losses have shaped me. I am so grateful for all of the experiences in my life!


On sabbatical U of C Courses:

  •  Psychology 659 Professional Issues and Ethics in Clinical Psychology

APSY 565 Psychology and Education of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems

City University Courses:

  •  CP 601 Couples Counselling and Human Sexuality
  •  CP 521 -Psychoeducational Assessment of Adolescents and Children

Athabasca Courses:

  •  Psychology 343 Issues and Strategies in Counselling Women
  •  Psychology 205 Portfolio Development


  • September–June Supervised Counselling student from City University
  • September – June Member at large Calgary Regional Guidance Council
  • December 2-3 Attended Conference Resilient Schools (Chris Rush)
  • April 24-26 Presenter (Community in Action for Children and Youth) CIACY for Youth Development Through Recreation Services Canadian Symposium
  • March Attended American Counselling Conference in Anaheim, California
  • May 13th  CIACY presentation for Bishop O’Byrne High School for 200 students
  • May 13 Lifeprints training YWCA
  • March Play ringette Intermediate B Woman’s Team shinny ringette every Fri.
  • March – June Play shinny ringette every Wed.
  • February – June Running Room Course (the last three years in a row)
  • Helped with hockey fundraising for son (for the past three years and helped out when they needed something)
  • Assisted my son and daughter while they play the violin, take them to practices, concerts etc.
  • Volunteered to make awards or special little things for the kid’s school, arts and sports.
  • Play ringette myself and coached one year. Over the years have played racquetball (10 years), sang at church, volunteered at church to read, and help out whenever I can by baking for funerals etc.

Summary: I am never too old to learn!!! I love the courses I took this year especially the ethics course. It was a different kind of work going back to university at age 44, but fun, interesting and worth it!


September –June

  • District Committee School Resource Team
  • Member at Large Calgary Regional Guidance Council
  • Critical Response Team Training (Dr. Chris Mahandi)
  • Grief Workshop participant sponsored by Foster’s

St. Helena  Junior High

  • Junior High Guidance Counsellor, responsible for a Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling Program
  • Teacher Grade 9 Health
  • Community of Caring Coordinator
  • Run for the Cure Coordinator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Wrote Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Ran Futures Group
  • Supervised Counsellor from San Diego University
  • Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation (assisted with mentorship program)
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • November Attended ATA Guidance Council Conference
  • February Presenter ATA Conference Counsellor Talk
  • March Attended Conference for Students at Risk Savannah Georgia 

Summary: Being a junior high counsellor is full of challenges. It is never dull. I loved being a part of the Community of Caring work. I read a lot about bullying and its impact, but I focussed on the theme HOPE as I feel it is what all kids and adults need.


Sept. 18 Presenter Orientation session for Closer to Home Family Resource Centre

Sept. 28 Presenter Employability Skills Portfolio Project

Sept. -Nov. 16 Canadian Career Consortium Rural and Remote Research Study Coordinator Calgary

Oct. 25  Presenter Parents Support Association Orientation session for DA

Oct, 24 Th Employability Skills Portfolio Launch

Nov. 23-26 Safe and Caring Schools Conference Presenter with students

December Real Game facilitator for Calgary Catholic Teachers

March Attended ACA Conference San Antonio USA

April Futures Workshop Leader for Calgary Catholic Counsellors

May 14 Innovative Practices Award

June Attended Community of Caring Conference San Diego

September- June

  • Secondary Schools Resource Manual Writing Team with two students Alberta Education
  • Attended ACA Conference Denver, Colorado
St. Helena School Counsellor
  • Teacher Grade 9 Health,
  • COC Coordinator
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • Run for the Cure Coordinator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Groups for at risk students

Summary: I enjoyed my school year, however the biggest lesson I got was when my friend and principal who was 44 was suddenly killed while riding his bike in June. Hold on to life and live it, really live it, always remember to savor the moments. Barry made me laugh every day and I miss that!!!!!!!


On Deferred Salary Leave from Calgary Catholic

May             Co-Chair Canadian Counselling Conference

  • Developmental Assets presenter for various agencies in Calgary: March 20th, St. Helena , May 9th, Fort Calgary
  • International Committee Member for the Real Game
  • Real Game Training ,Chicago Illinois for the junior high version
  • Reviewed Manual Helping Children Learn About Healthy Relationships: A teacher’s guide to addressing children’s concerns by the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Centre
  • Attended CCA Conference PEI

Summary: I spent way too much time on my year off organizing a national conference. I am glad I did it, however it was a pile of work. I oversaw every aspect of the conference. It was a huge success and I learned I don’t want to do a big conference on a year off ever again! Went to Chicago and got to see Oprah…so fun!!!  


  • Canadian Counselling Conference planning committee co-chair
  • Attended CCA Conference Montreal, Quebec

Sept.-June School Career Transition Initiative Alberta Education

Writer for the DACUM project Alberta Education

  • Career Competency Profiling Alberta Education
  • March Wellness Workshops for Calgary Catholic Teachers
  • April 28 Presenter Employability Skills Portfolio Implementation
  • May 27-28 Banff, Alberta Writing Team, The Real Game
  • July Sessional Taught  ED 418 Guidance in the Schools University of Prince Edward Island
  • July Writing Committee Veterans Project UPEI
St. Helena School Counsellor
  • Teacher grade 8, 9 Health
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • Run for the Cure Coordinator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Groups for at risk students

Summary: I really enjoyed being on the writing team for the Real Game. I got to meet some great friends who I am still in contact with. Learned a lot about Career information this year! 


  • President ATA Guidance Council
  • Attended ATA Guidance Council Conference, Banff
  • Member of the professional resource group Opening Doors
  • Career Counselling Committee Alberta Education
  • Attended ACA Conference Florida
  • SRT training
  • Developmental Assets Training
  • March 13 Wellness day presenter St. Rose teachers
  • March 24  PD ATA presenter
  • March 31st Stepping Stones Focus Group
  • April Developmental Assets Conference , British Columbia
  • May 26th Positive Discipline Training with Jane Nelson
  • August 10-14 Presenter at Summer Institute for Experienced and New Principals UPEI, Communicating with students and teachers, School Improvement Plans
  • Supervised Gonzaga counselling student
St. Helena School Counsellor
  • Teacher grade 7,9 Health
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Groups for at risk students
  • Student Conference Chair

Summary: Sitting on the Opening Doors committee was a great experience. Trying to overcome obstacles of interagency collaboration was quite the learning process. I loved presenting to principals in PEI. It was a great place and fun group to present to. 


  • 7-9       ATA Guidance Council Chair for ATA Conference
  • 27th       Health and Phys. Ed Drive In Workshop Presenter Making Health Meaningful and Exciting
  • 29th          Building Self-Esteem (presenter for teachers PD Day)
  • President -Elect ATA Guidance Council
  • Winter Session University of Calgary Taught EDIS 527.42 Developing Capable People
  • Peace Heroes Gold Medal winner for school team
  • Developing Capable People Training
St. Helena School Counsellor
  • Teacher grade 7,9 Health
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Groups for at risk students
  • Student Conference Chair
  • Calgary Transit Partnership liaison
  • Nominated for Murray Jampolsky Counselling Award

Summary: Running a student conference is a great deal of work, but worth it for the students. I really enjoyed being involved in our partnership with Calgary Transit. It is an opportunity to see how businesses work. The human resources team came in and interviewed each of my grade nine students. Such a valuable experience. They also gave them feedback on their portfolios. Enjoyed teaching at the U of C, just this week I ran into an x student who said she loved the course and me as a professor!



Maternity Leave November- June

Birth of first son  (up there with one of the best moments in my life) 

  • July 17-21 taught St.  Francis Xavier University Antigonish , Nova Scotia Developing Capable People
  • August 5, 6 Presenter Margaree Island Cape Breton Building Self-Esteem
  • September 16th Creative Facilitation facilitator YWCA Support Centre
  • June Ran group for adolescents and parents Non-Abusive futures For Adolescents at Risk
  • 14th SAPPSA Futures Training
  • 20th Critical components for youth at risk of abusing alcohol and drugs training AADAC
  • Attended ACA Conference Denver

St. Helena School Counsellor Sept. – Nov

  • Teacher grade 7, 9 Health
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Groups for at risk students
  • Student Conference Chair
  • Calgary Transit Partnership liaison

Summary: Having our son was the best thing of all this year. He’s a calm wonderful child and remains so. He teaches me joy and love and hope!!!! Enjoyed teaching at St. FX. Developing Capable People is a great course and each time I taught it I learned a lot for me both personally and professionally.


  • Oct.25th ATA Trust Award
  • Oct. Presenter Inaugural Conference HCALM Conference
  • Lions Quest Training
  • Dec. Presenter Workshop for Uncle’s at Large on Preventing Sexual Abuse
St. Helena School Counsellor
  • Teacher grade 7, 9 Health
  • Peer Support Team facilitator
  • School Resource Team Leader
  • Moncton , New Brunswick Real game advisory Conference
  • Groups for at risk students
  • Student Conference Chair
  • Calgary Transit Partnership liaison

Summary: Running groups is a great experience, I learn from the students and they learn from me. I believe working with groups is a wonderful way to counsel. Change does occur. Don’t ever let anyone convince you people can’t change; they can if you let them! 


St. Helena School Counsellor

Nov. 4 Presenter Teacher Assistants Building Self-Esteem in Yourself and Others

March 25 Presenter St. Michael’s parents Building Self-Esteem in Yourself and Others

St. Michael’s Elementary, Junior high school 1991-1993

  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training
  • Peer Support Training AADAC
  • Creative Facilitation Training St. FX (summer)
  • Leadership Course Sept.- June ( Family Life Education Council, Calgary)
St. Michael’s School Counsellor
  • Teacher grade 7,8,9 Health, Religion
  • Peer Support Team co-facilitator
  • Student Council co- facilitator
  • Coach for Track and Field
  • Career Conference coordinator
  • Organizer Year end mass/ grade nine farewell

Summary: My first years as a counsellor I was on a great learning curve. There is a lot to be learned through education; however experience teaches you a great deal more! Human beings are complex and fascinating.


1991 Graduate Gonzaga University Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Nov. 20-23 Prevention Inservice for Educators AADAC

April 27 Presenter Young Authors Conference

1985-1991 Special Education Teacher St. Angela School

1988 Teacher Plus Award

1988 Attended National Conference for Children of Alcoholics with grant money for Teacher Plus

  • Nov. 19 Presenter  Social Justice, Workshop St. Pius X
  • Dec. 2 Presenter Children of Alcoholics workshop for teachers
  • Jan. 8 Presenter Diagnostic Reading Program
  • May 9 Presenter  Poster Session Ysseldyke Institute

 Birth of my first daughter Julie (up there with one of the best moments of my life)

Married my husband (best decision of my life)

1983-1985 Grade 6 teacher St. Hubert School

  • Top Patrol supervisor award 84,88
  • On writing team for the Diagnostic Reading Program
  • Summer 1985 worked for Alberta education on the editing of the Alberta Diagnostic Reading Program


  • Taught grade 6 St. Cecilia School
  • Music Festival Award

1981-1982 Taught grade 4 St. Cecilia School

1980-1981 Taught grade 6 Atikameg Sovereign School, Northland School Division 

Summary 2003: My year on a reserve, thousands of miles away from home, was one of the best learning years of my life, I learned how to teach, coach, be creative and how to make it in the world on my own. I absolutely loved my year there and am friends with most of my colleagues still. There is no way to summarize all I have learned over the years, but I am grateful for each and every experience, as it has shaped me into the person I am today! I have taught elementary, special education, junior high and university students. Each year has taught me so many things. Counselling is the area I love the most. I plan on being a chartered psychologist ( now a Registered Psychologist ) in the next couple of years. I know I have left out things I have done and even inservices I have been to, however I think overall I have been fortunate to read and learn and experience many fabulous things in my life! The most influential people in my life have helped me to learn the most… my friendships, family, (Leo Buscaglia), my favorite author, several books, especially my husband and my children. My teenage daughter has taught me more than I could ever read in a book. I have been blessed with many gifts!


Graduated Mt. St. Vincent University Bachelor of Child Study Halifax Nova Scotia

Supervisor for:

  • JW Ph.D Counselling U of C
  • JC Ph.D Counselling U of C
  • SN Ph.D Counselling U of C
  • KW Psychologist

Master of Counselling

  • VS Yorkville University
  • PS U of C
  • CS Yorkville University
  • EL Campus Alberta
  • SM Gonzaga
  • DM Gonzaga
  • MM Gonzaga
  • SS Gonzaga