Practicum Experience 

I completed my general and specialized practicum placements in a combined setting within Kelisko Consulting Ltd., a private practice and in Rocky View School Division.


Within the private practice, I worked to refine and cultivate my counselling skills, supporting individuals presenting with a range of issues including grief and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship/interpersonal challenges, and life satisfaction. Under the guidance and supervision of Cheryl Placsko, R.Psych. I was able to hone my clinical skills, strengthen my use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), deepen my understanding of the counselling process, and reflect on my personal growth.

For information on the services offered by Cheryl Placsko, Registered Psychologist, click on the button at the bottom of this page to be directed to her website.

My experience within Rocky View School Division allowed me to facilitate a psychoeducational assessment, using the following assessment tools with a grade 5 student, under the supervision of Michelle Deen and of Chris Pawluk:


  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V)

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)

  • Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-III)

  • Conners Comprehensive Behaviour Rating Scales (CBRS)


Within this role, I co-facilitated a CONNECT© Group, an attachment based program for parents and caregivers. This group enabled me to become a certified facilitator, under the supervision of Melissa Jay, Ph.D., R.Psych CONNECT© Supervisor. For information on CONNECT©, click on the button at the bottom of this page to be directed to their website.


Click on the PDF link at the bottom of this page to view my letter of recommendation and celebration in becoming a certified CONNECT© Facilitator. 

Just like the butterfly,

I too will awaken in my own time.      Deborah Chaskin