The Resource for Advancing Children’s Health (REACH) Institute, first incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006, was formally launched in July 2007 to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children by developing tools and techniques for renewing the practices of professionals, parents and others entrusted with their care. Founded by Peter S. Jensen, M.D., REACH enhances the relevance of mental health treatments by shortening the time it takes to put today’s scientific advances to work for our nation’s youth.

As part of a mental health literacy initiative funded by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (ACHF), Alberta Health Services piloted three mental health literacy programs including MORE ,SMILES and CanREACH. Embedded in to the Alberta Health Services portfolio dedicated to Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychiatry Programs (CAMHPP) CanREACH focused on paediatric mental health literacy for primary care providers, and as a component of the program, CanREACH licenced The REACH Institute PPP training program. Lead by three Calgary-based physicians, Dr. Abdul Rahman, Dr. Sam Chang and Dr. Geraldine Farrelly, CanREACH worked to become an approved site to independently offer The REACH Institute training program, and to adopt the training in to the Canadian context. A generous anonymous donation through the ACHF allowed for a 5-year pilot of CanREACH (2014-2019) and the success of this lead to CanREACH receiving funding from the Health Innovation Implementation and Spread (HIIS) fund to adopt and measure a provincial strategy for CanREACH over two years (2019-2021)


CanREACH is a proven strategic program that transforms health care systems through primary care provider training and support initiatives in child mental health to improve physician ability (knowledge and practice) and in turn improve patient care (quality and experience) and health care system performance (efficacy and appropriate service utilization). CanREACH has been recognized locally, nationally and even globally via awards and publications:



President’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Innovation and Research Excellence - CanREACH


The College of Family Physicians of Canada Continuing Professional Development Program Award – CanREACH


Canada’s Center for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) Difference Maker – Dr. Eden McCaffrey, CanREACH


Alberta Health Services Department of Psychiatry Award for Excellence in Systems Transformation - CanREACH

CanReach TEAM

CanREACH is led by Calgary based Course Master Dr. Sam Chang and Course Facilitator Dr. Eden McCaffrey with the support of administrative assistant Elizabeth Belyea.

Physician Faculty include:

  • Dr. Abdul Rahman – Psychiatrist (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Geraldine Farrelly – Paediatrician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Roxanne Swiegers – Family Physician (Medicine Hat, AB)
  • Dr. Blair Ritchie – Psychiatrist (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Tina Nicholson – Family Physician (Cochrane, AB)
  • Dr. Roxanne Goldade – Paediatrician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Deb Putnam – Family Physician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Alice Leung – Psychiatrist (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dr. Paul Soper – Psychiatrist (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dr. Beren Hollins – Family Physician (Vegreville, AB)
  • Dr. Suzanne Squires – Family Physician (Edmonton, AB)

Contact Us

  • CanREACH - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Alberta Health Services 640 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary T2K 3J5
  • Phone: (403) 955-1104
  • Fax: (403) 245-8379
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