TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES IN CANADA

Committee

Co-ordinating Group

Dr Joyce D’Eon: Health Care and Hospital Psychology Task Force Co-Chair
Dr Bob McIlwraith: Health Care and Hospital Psychology Task Force Co-Chair
Ms Juanita Mureika: Educational and School Psychology Task Force Chair
Dr Mark Olver: Corrections Psychology Task Force Chair

Dr Lorne Sexton; Future of Publicly Funded Psychology Services Task Force Coordinator

Objectives

In March, the CPA Board passed the following motion: That a Task Force of the Future of Publicly Funded Psychology Services in Canada be formed. This will take the form of three separate but collaborative task forces of psychologists in hospital practice, education, and corrections. The task force mandate is to survey and deliberate the future opportunities and threats to publicly funded psychology services in Canada, recognizing that many psychologists are employed in these facilities and many members of the public obtain their care from publicly funded health, educational, and corrections services. These task forces are also charged with considering the establishment of guidelines as to the organizational structure and standards of psychological practice in public service.

The three task force groups share in common issues of the appropriate organization of psychology services (including leadership, practice standards, professional development and identity) and supply and demand (including training, recruitment, and retention).

Progress to Date

Progress to date includes:

  • In March 2012, the Educational and School Psychology Task Force forwarded discussion points to the CPA Board concerning the practice of school psychology: (1) title, educational type/degree (2) supply/demand (3) professional integrity and autonomy.
  • In November 2011, the Health Care and Hospital Psychology Task Force recommended the establishment of a CPA Section for Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers. 
  • In November 2011, the Corrections Psychology Task Force formed subcommittees for: (1) public education initiatives; (2) training in Correctional/Forensic Psychology; (3) communication with the judiciary; and (4) psychologist recruitment and retention in Canadian corrections.

On-going Task Force communication and discussion with CPA membership occurs through the relevant CPA Sections of Psychologists in Education, Criminal Justice Psychology, and the recently established CPA Section, Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers. Future directions for the task force will be established in consultation with these Sections as well as with the CPA Practice Directorate and the CPA Professional Affairs Committee.