Calgary Counselling Centre’s CEO, Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, has had an impressive 35-year career as an entrepreneur and innovator in the field of mental health. So impressive in fact that she was recently honoured with two prestigious awards in recognition of her impressive accomplishments in the field – the 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Leadership Award and the University of Calgary ARCH Alumni Achievement award.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Leadership Award honours successful efforts to reduce stigma, encourage recovery and strengthen programs and services for mental health and addiction. The ARCH Alumni Achievement awards recognize alumni for leadership, innovation and excellence in professional, community and/or personal endeavors.
“I’m both humbled and honoured to be recognized by both the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction and the University of Calgary,” she says. “Improving mental health is an important issue in Alberta and around the globe. These awards show that we are making an impact.”
Dr. Babins-Wagner has transformed how people perceive, receive and deliver mental health services in the community. She has pioneered outcome measurement in counselling and mental health services, an evidence based approach that accurately measures a client progress and adjust treatment as needed. Dr. Babins-Wagner has also increased the number of men seeking treatment for domestic violence and helped reduce the stigma associated with mental health, no small feats. As an adjunct professor and sessional instructor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary she has shown hundreds of social work students the value of research.
“It’s through my work with the University of Calgary and as the CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre that I have been able to apply my passion for research to helping people improve their mental health and well-being,” Babins-Wagner explains. “Thank you to the staff at the Calgary Counselling Centre, the Faculty of Social Work and others that I’ve worked with in the community throughout my career.”
The Calgary Counselling Centre staff and board wants to congratulate Dr. Babins-Wagner for her remarkable achievements and her dedication, passion and commitment to improve the well being of our clients.