Tribute to Our Former Leader

Tribute to Our Former Leader

Bruce Buchanan, ACSW, LISW, BCD

Bruce Buchanan served as 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. Bruce was also the Past Chair of the Iowa Board of Social Work. Bruce chaired the ethics committee for NASW Iowa chapter and served as 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 also held leadership positions such as a Past-President of the Association of Social Work Boards and former Clinical Chair of the Exam Committee of the Association of Social Work Boards. He was also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Additionally, Bruce was 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.

Why Choose Compass Clinical Associates?


Extensive Clinical Experience

At Compass Clinical Associates we are committed to the highest level of full-service mental health care to all our patients, which is unmatched in our industry.


Personalized Treatment Plans

We are a well-staffed treatment center offering a greater than 1:1 client to staff ratio. We believe that client centered individual care is at the core of successful recovery.


State of the Art Facility

At Compass, we realize that in order to effectively treat mental health issues and illnesses, we must provide a safe, comfortable, and pleasant environment.