Bruce Buchanan, ACSW, LISW, BCD

Bruce Buchanan, ACSW, LISW, BCD

Owner and President, Chief Executive Officer

Area of Specialty: 

Children, Adolescents

Phone: (515) 412-5112

Bruce Buchanan, is the President and CEO at Compass Clinical Associates (CCA). CCA is one of the largest and most comprehensive full service mental health agencies in the Iowa. He is the Past Chair of the Iowa Board of Social Work. Bruce chairs the ethics committee for NASW Iowa chapter. He is a clinical consultant for Human Services Agencies in Central Iowa, a Family Therapy consultant for the Greater Des Moines Child Abuse & Neglect Council, and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. Bruce is a Past-President of the Association of Social Work Boards. He is also the former Clinical Chair of the Exam Committee of the Association of Social Work Boards. He continues to be a form reviewer for the ASWB exam. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Additionally, Bruce is a nationally sought after trainer and lecturer in the areas of child and adolescent therapies, reactive attachment disorder youth, social work ethics and residential treatment programming. Bruce was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award 1999, from the Child Abuse and Neglect Council, November 1999, the Iowa Chapter of NASW Social Worker of The Year for 2001. He was the recipient of the” Star of Excellence Children’s Service Provider ” award given by Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa for 2008. Finally the recipient of the Margaret Hess Leadership in Family Empowerment Life Award presented to him by Youth and Sheltered Services of Ames, Iowa in 2012.

Client Description

Age 6 to 55

Client Focus Areas

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • OCD
  • Sexual Perpetration
  • Sexual Victimization
  • Troubled Adolescents
  • PTSD
  • Anger Management
  • Gay, Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Loss and Grief Issues
  • Hypnosis
  • Marital Conflict
  • Sex Therapy Parenting Issues
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Life Coaching
  • Impulse Control Disorder
  • Desensitization Adoption Issues
  • Healing Through Divorce

Accepted Insurance

  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Magellan
  • Principal
  • United Behavioral Health
  • John Deere
  • Value Behavioral