Whereas, psychological health is a key element to health and healthy living;
Whereas, a large proportion of Saskatchewan residents will experience mental health disorders in their lifetime; (one in five Canadians experiences a mental disorder, with depression and anxiety being most common);
Whereas, a large number of Saskatchewan residents will experience stress related health issues, compromised employment and relationship disturbance for which psychological therapies are the treatment of choice;
Whereas, Saskatchewan residents continue to have difficulty accessing psychological services;
Whereas, the number of psychologists trained and practicing in the province of Saskatchewan has not been adequate to meet the needs of residents;
Be it resolved that, the province of Saskatchewan will increase the number of psychologists trained in Saskatchewan universities by:
a) increasing the number of funded Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral internship positions in Saskatchewan by 5% per year for five years (2016),
b) establishing three university based doctor of psychology program streams in the province, one of which will be in clinical psychology, one in clinical health psychology and one in school psychology (at both the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina).
Be it further resolved that the Province of Saskatchewan increase the number of staffed psychologists providing direct service to Saskatchewan residents in Family Health Teams and publicly funded institutions to make these services more available to middle and low income residents.
This will be undertaken through dialogue with interested parties including the Psychology Association of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists.