December 2014

Survey on Bill to Reinstate the Longform Census; Bill to create a Parliamentary Science Officer.

MP Kennedy Stewart (Science and Technology Critic, NDP) is putting forth a Bill for the creation of an independent Parliamentary Science Officer - please see his website for more information (http://kennedystewart.ndp.ca/science) and/or to sign his national petition. Mr. Hsu (Science and Technology Critic, Liberals) is putting forth a Bill (C626) to reinstate the long-form Census – please see his website for more information (http://www.tedhsu.ca/C626/) and/or to write a letter of support endorsing the Bill. With regards to this Bill, Mr. Hsu asked for our assistance in compiling information from the research community regarding the impacts of the discontinuation of the long-form census on one’s research and/or work. To this end, the CPA has created a brief survey specific to the discontinuation of the Census and other Statistics Canada surveys. Please take a moment and complete the survey by mid-January so that we can pass this information on to Mr. Hsu when he takes Bill C626 to second reading in January. Alternatively or in addition, please email me (executiveoffice@cpa.ca) or post something on your website, blog, and send me or Mr. Hsu the link. Thank you in advance for helping us compile this very critical information.

CPA Meets with Liberal and NDP Science and Technology Critics.

Mid-December, representatives from the CCR, for which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair, met with the following MPs to discuss its recommendations for budget 2015 and current/future issues facing the research community.

  • MP Ted Hsu, Science and Technology Critic, Liberals
  • MP Kennedy Stewart, Science and Technology Critic, NDP

 

The Canadian Psychological Association’s submission to the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

To prepare this submission, we reached out to our membership asking for examples of innovative projects in healthcare. A number of CPA members provided us with excellent input that helped shape our submission. CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen also participated in the face to face sessions with key stakeholders. Click here to read the CPA’s submission.

The CPA is pleased to announce the 5th Annual High School Science Awards

In 2015, CPA is continuing its program designed to honour Canadian high school students who have completed and submitted a psychology-relevant project to their respective high school science fairs. Click here for details.

CPA, as Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), hosts the CCR’s 3rd annual Breakfast with the Funders

On Wednesday December 3rd, the CCR hosted its 3rd annual breakfast with the funders.  The breakfast, which was hosted at the offices of the Canadian Psychological Association, included the following representatives:
 

Funding Agency Representative
NSERC Dr. Pierre Charest
CFI Mr. Pierre Normand
SSHRC Dr. Ted Hewitt
CIHR Dr. Jane Aubin
Mitacs Dr. Rob Annan

 

The CCR values the relationships it has with the funders and is appreciative of the time they take to meet with us and share their insights.

CPA meets with MPs to discuss budget 2015 and issues facing the research community.

Last week, representatives from the CCR, for which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair, met with the following MPs to discuss its recommendations for budget 2015 and current/future issues facing the research community. MPs with whom meetings were held included:

  • MP Murray Rankin
  • MP Andrew Saxton
  • MP David Vankesteren

Next week, meetings are scheduled with MP Ted Hsu and MP Kennedy Stewart.

 

Health Action Lobby (HEAL)

CPA and its CEO Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), leads HEAL in releasing its Consensus Statement on the role of the federal government in health and healthcare. HEAL and its 39 national health organization members have called on the federal government to join provinces and territories in making needed change to our health system. HEAL has made a number of recommendations for a federal role in health and health care which include sustainable funding, the development of a framework and set of indicators to deliver accessible and evidence-based care to Canadians, as well as recommendations for policy and programs to address the needs of an aging population and costs of prescription drugs. Among the areas which HEAL targets for innovation are primary care, mental health and addictions as well as health human resources. Click here to read the HEAL release. Click here to read the CPA release.

Federal Government must invest in Mental Health and Addictions and Primary Care, says Canada’s health care community

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is glad to support a consensus statement released today by the Health Action Lobby (HEAL). Click here to read the press release

 


 

November 2014

Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (CJBS) seeks Associate Editor. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

The Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (CJBS), a Canadian Psychological Association journal published jointly with the American Psychological Association, invites applications for the position of Associate Editor. The term of the Associate Editor will begin July 1, 2015 and end December 31, 2017; interested applicants must be able to fully read and write in French and English. The Associate Editor is responsible for reviewing all manuscripts submitted in French, as well as any manuscripts for which the Editor is in potential conflict of interest. CJBS publishes original, empirical contributions in the following areas of psychology: abnormal, behavioural, community, counselling, educational, environmental, developmental, health, industrial-organizational, clinical, neuropsychological, personality, psychometrics, and social. Candidates are invited to submitted their resume to the Editor at Wroberts@tru.ca. Questions may also be addressed to the Editor at that same email address. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

The Canadian Psychological Association applauds commitment to increase access to psychologists

The Canadian Psychological Association welcomes the Manitoba Liberal Party’s commitment to directly fund psychologists under the public health care system and to hire and retain more psychologists in the province of Manitoba. Click here to read the press release.

Mind Pad, Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Mind Pad, Canada’s student written, edited and published psychology newsletter, is now available online.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

 


 

October 2014

The Fall issue of Psynopsis Magazine, dedicated to Public Health & Health Promotion, is now available online.

 

CPA and the CPA Foundation announce an agreement with the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC);

an agreement to move our charitable activities forward. For more information go to http://www.cpa.ca/cpafoundation/news/.

Shooting on Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON)

In the aftermath of todays’ shooting on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts to those impacted by today’s tragic events.

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of today’s shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources.

Responding to Stressful Events

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/.

CPA thanks Minister Tony Clement for the government’s 2014 decision to double the coverage for psychological services

CPA’s CEO attended an Ottawa breakfast meeting today convened by the Economic Club of Canada at which Minister Tony Clement spoke about an innovative and effective federal workforce. When addressing factors impacting the workplace, and when talking about employee compensation packages, Minister Clement highlighted the impact of mental health and mental illness in the workplace and the government’s 2014 decision to double the coverage for psychological services through the extended health benefits package available to federal employees. Dr. Cohen thanked the government for this leadership and took the opportunity to underscore the importance of third party coverage for psychological services given these are not insured through provincial/territorial health insurance plans. The Minister’s attention to mental health in the workplace when speaking at the Economic Club today is especially poignant given it is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). In honor of MIAW, Dr. Cohen gave the Minister an awareness band which he promptly put on his wrist!

[pictured: Dr. Karen Cohen, Minister Tony Clement]

ACT!ON Mental Health - Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 is finally here (October 5 – 11, 2014)!

Watch the PSA featuring this year’s inspiring Faces of Mental Illness below:

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Pre-employment Personality Assessment in Personnel Selection

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Pre-employment Personality Assessment in Personnel Selection”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

IMPORTANT Please note that the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is not currently recruiting individuals, via telephone or other manner, to participate in any research study.

Any recruitment suggesting that the CPA will pay a monetary amount to individuals who participate in a study about stress relief techniques are false.

Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open open for the CPA's 76th Convention and for the 3rd North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference, June 4-6, 2015. Click here for details.

Karen Cohen, CEO of the Canadian Psychological Association, published an article in iPolitics: "There's a lot more to treating mental illness than pills."

Click here to read the article.

 


 

September 2014

PSYience Update (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

Click here to read PSYience Update, a quarterly newsletter dedicate to providing information on CPA’s activities to promote psychological science. The inaugural issue of the Newsletter can be viewed by visiting CPA’s Researchers page at www.cpa.ca/researchers.

Congratulations to CPA Fellow Dr. Anne Wilson

CPA Fellow and Laurier Psychology Professor Anne Wilson has been named one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Dr. Anne Wilson Click here for details.

Working with Mental Health Illnesses

Every day, approximately 500,000 Canadians are absent from the workplace due to a mental health condition. How do employers foster a psychologically healthy and inclusive work environment that allows for individuals to feel safe enough to seek support from their superiors and how do managers obtain the tools to address mental health in the workplace and offer timely and confidential assistance? Join a seasoned group of experts for an armchair discussion regarding mental health in the workplace.

Speakers included: André Picard (National Public Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail), The Honourable Dr. K Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women), Chris Anderson (President, Medaca Health Group), Dr. Karen R. Cohen (CEO, Canadian Psychological Association), Mike Schwartz (Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits & Executive Director, Great-West Life & Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace).

Part 1 of 2, below.
Part 2 of 2, here.

Click here for a transcript of Dr. Karen Cohen’s address to the Economic Club of Canada.

Press Release, September 10, 2014

The Canadian Psychological Association Marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Click here to read the press release.

Tackling mental health issues: How effective is your workplace strategy?

Thank you to CPA President-elect Kevin Kelloway for highlighting Occupational Health Psychology issues in workplace mental health. Click here to read the article.

CPA’s website has undergone some recent server maintenance.

Should you experience any problems, please send an email to webmaster@cpa.ca.

WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide

PRESS RELEASE: 4 SEPTEMBER 2014, GENEVA - More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and a number of European countries reveals that limiting access to these means can help prevent people dying by suicide. Another key to reducing deaths by suicide is a commitment by national governments to the establishment and implementation of a coordinated plan of action. Currently, only 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies.

Click here to read the entire press release.

 


 

August 2014

Resource Guide for Psychologists: Ethical Supervision in Teaching, Research, Practice, and Administration

This document provides detailed guidance for making ethical decisions related to supervision. It demonstrates the ethical decision-making process, provides some 78 life-like vignettes of dilemmas (including multi-cultural issues), and offers thought-provoking questions for discussion.

44 pages; $15.00 for CPA members, $20.00 for non-members

To order this and other publications, visit http://www.cpa.ca/thecpastore/purchasecpapublications.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairments who are Nonverbal

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairments who are Nonverbal”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

Psychology in the News

The Canadian Psychological Association’s CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen’s submission to the Huffington Post, entitled The Complexity of Closing Gaps in Canada's Mental Health Care System. Click here to read the article.

GST/HST news

CPA has been working diligently with Canada Revenue (CRA) and the Department of Finance to get clarification on the tax exempt status of psychological services. We continue to await the guidance document, developed by CRA, which we understand will be circulated for public comment. It has not yet been released and CPA, with the help of a government relations firm, maintains contact with CRA and monitors developments. In addition to representing to government, CPA met with Revenue and Finance critics in 2014 to engage them on this issue. In August 2014, we put out a call to members in B.C. and Nova Scotia who might be willing to also meet with the Revenue and Finance critics who represent Canadians within those ridings. We hope to arrange those meetings within the next few weeks.

As a reminder, here are the links to the representations CPA has made to CRA and Finance on this issue http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Government%20Relations/Finance%20Committee_HST_April-29-2013.pdf and http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Government%20Relations/May82013_gsthst.pdf and http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Committee/411/FINA/Evidence/EV6160966/FINAEV122-E.PDF.

In the interim, CPA came across the guidance at the link below which members may find of assistance. Members are advised to consult their own tax professionals for guidance.

http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Government%20Relations/Medical_practitioners_and_GSTHST_July2013.pdf

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Suicide

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “What Every Canadian Needs to Know about Suicide”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

CPA made a pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

Click here to view the submission.

 


 

July 2014

The summer 2014 issue of Psynopsis Magazine is now available online

The summer 2014 issue of Psynopsis Magazine is now available online. This issue focuses on Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology. Click here to read the issue.

 


 

June 2014

The Honourable Bob Rae, Canadian Psychological Association Honorary President (2014) presenting the Honorary Presidential Address entitled, "Why Mental Health is the Issue of our Time."

Filmed at the 75th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 5, 2014).

 

Thank you for attending the 75th Annual Convention!

Please take a moment to complete the Canadian Psychological Association 2014 Convention Survey – your feedback is very important to us. Click here to access the survey..

Congratulations to Harmonie Chan and Logan Stack, winners of the Canadian Psychological Association’s 4th Annual High School Science Award in Research

Students from St. Catharines, Ontario and Montreal West, Quebec win the CPA’s 4th Annual High School Science Award. Click here to read the press release.

Welcome to the Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Annual Convention.

Click here to read the press release.

 


 

May 2014

Liability Insurance Update

BMS is experiencing a very high volume of calls today May 30th. Please be advised that BMS will have staff available to assist with renewals over the weekend. To ensure that all participants still in the process of renewing coverage remain insured, BMS has secured an automatic coverage extension for the month of June. As a result, any members not yet renewed by Monday can still do so next week and remain fully covered during this period. You can self-renew online and independently at  www.psychology.bmsgroup.com/en/renew-your-coverage.

Any applications in the mail will have coverage back dated to June 1 with no gap in protection afforded by the policy. BMS staff can be reached at 1-855-318-6038. If you do not get through, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible - perhaps best to leave a number where you can be reached within and outside of regular business hours.

CPA Board and Senior Staff on Parliament Hill: Lobby Day, May 6th, 2014

Click here for more information and our video press release.

New 2014 CPA Convention App

The 2014 CPA Convention App is available for download from Google (click here) and Apple (click here). For more information on the App visit www.cpa.ca/app.

Legal assistance to those insured through the CPA/CPAP liability insurance program

Reminder to those insured and renewing under the CPA/CPAP liability insurance program. Anyone insured last year (June 2013 to June 2014) under the CPA/CPAP program should note that the program is now brokered by BMS. If you have a query or need for legal assistance, it should be addressed to Gowlings who is the preferred legal provider for the CPA/CPAP program since February 2014. Bell Temple is no longer the pro bono legal provider for the CPA/CPAP program. When the program renews in June 2014, it will continue to be brokered by BMS with Gowlings as the legal provider.

Gowlings brings a depth and breadth of experience in health practice and malpractice. Members who have had occasion to call on Gowlings have appreciated their prompt and very helpful guidance. In addition, Gowlings has committed to releasing practice risk management materials to those insured by the CPA/CPAP program on a regular basis. The first of these can be found at http://www.psychology.bmsgroup.com/en/risk-resources.

To reach Gowlings, contact 1-855-441-4424

PSYence Update (Vol. 1, Issue 1) - Quarterly Update on CPA's Science Activities.

Click here for the PDF.

An Important Video Message from CPA’s CEO on the CPA/CPAP Professional Liability Insurance Program

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INSURANCE ALERT

Liability insurance renewals are ongoing. If you want to renew your CPA/CPAP policy you must do that through BMS at http://www.psychology.bmsgroup.com. If you do not renew with BMS, and choose an alternate provider, your current insurance will lapse and expire. Register now.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Clarification about the CPA/CPAP insurance program

In our most recent correspondence, we informed members that we would be providing an update on the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) insurance program. The CPA/CPAP professional liability and clinic insurance program offers the most comprehensive coverage to psychological professionals available in Canada.

BMS Group (BMS) is the exclusive insurance broker for the CPA/CPAP program and is the broker of choice for over 100,000 healthcare professionals. BMS, along with new program providers such as Gowlings, are experienced in professional liability insurance and legal defence, offering more protection than ever before to psychology association members.

CPA/CPAP and BMS are committed to providing psychological practitioners with the most comprehensive, sustainable coverage available. BMS and QBE (the Lloyds of London insurer of the CPA/CPAP program) closely examined all other professional liability insurance products available to our members, including the new program offered by the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP) brokered by McFarlan Rowlands, to determine if our plan could be adjusted accordingly while still providing members a sustainable price point for premiums.

An updated comparison document that reflects these NEW enhancements can be found here.

As of today, all new and existing policy holders will be provided with a minimum $7 million limit, with additional coverage options meeting or surpassing any other policy available to Canadian psychology practitioners.

BMS and QBE pricing for this program was established using actuarial analysis of a decade of profession-specific claims data. The premiums for the BMS-brokered program are sustainable but still significantly lower than those historically paid by the psychology community when the CPA/CPAP program was brokered for decades by McFarlan Rowlands. Had CPA not reviewed and revisited this program (and ultimately moved it to a new broker), Canada’s psychologists would be renewing their certificates for the previous limited program at historically expensive premiums.

When CPA/CPAP transferred the insurance program from McFarlan Rowlands(MR) to BMS we asked MR in writing not to use any personal information they may have collected to administer the CPA/CPAP programs for any other purpose. You may have recently received an emailing, as well as a surface mailing from CRHSP and MR. CRHSP opted not only to promote its new program to its own members but, with coordinates provided to them by McFarlan Rowlands, they reached out to members of the CPA and members of provincial and territorial associations as well. These mailings were not undertaken with CPA or CPAP’s awareness or consent. The information and application included in that mailing are not associated with your insurance renewal. Your current policy as well as the renewal policy are all with BMS. The CRHSP mailing has caused significant confusion among members. If you have any questions at all, we urge you to contact BMS, 1-855-318-6038.


When renewing your coverage:

CPA members who renew with BMS in our association program ensure continuity of past coverage and management of any current and future claims. The broker of record for the current policy and the one that renews in June 2014 is BMS.

Although the insurance company (Novex) remained the same during transition to BMS, McFarlan Rowlands is no longer associated in any way with your current policy. If you opt to purchase insurance with the new CRHSP program, you are not renewing coverage, you are purchasing new coverage. By not renewing coverage with BMS, you are letting your current insurance lapse and expire.

CPA believes strongly that BMS, in partnership with QBE (Lloyds of London) and Gowlings, the program’s preferred and trusted legal provider, is the best option available to Canadian psychology practitioners needing liability insurance protection. All of these partner organizations have broad and deep experience when it comes to health care professional liability and defence.

BMS has been able to provide psychology professionals with a comprehensive program at a low but sustainable price. Thousands of members have already renewed and voiced their enthusiastic support for the service received from BMS. CPA has also had excellent feedback from members who have already accessed Gowlings services. CPA believes that a new program, such as the one offered by CRHSP will not be able to offer our profession the same quality of service as can BMS. For example, BMS has committed to working with CPA and CPAP to provide psychology-specific risk management resources. The newly released college complaints article , and the presentation planned for the CPA annual convention, are just two examples of what will be regularly available to BMS-brokered policy subscribers.

CPA strongly encourages members to renew with BMS this year and experience first hand the superior policy and services we have worked to make available to psychology practitioners in Canada.

For further information about the BMS-brokered program, for renewal applications or to renew your policy online, please visit the dedicated program website. BMS can also be reached by phone at 1-855-318-6038 to address any questions you may have. You should also feel free to contact the CPA offices for any further information about the CPA/CPAP program; executiveoffice@cpa.ca.

Important Information Regarding the New Liability Insurance Program.

Click here to read an important message from CPA's President, Dr. Wolfgang Linden.

 

The Canadian Psychological Association's Press Conference on Parliament Hill, May 6th, 2014.

 

 

 

Psychologists Push for Greater Access to Services.

Psychological Services Still not Sufficiently Covered by Insurance Plans. Click here to read the press release.

The Spring 2014 issue of Psynopsis is now available.

Click here to read the Spring 2014 issue, "Looking Back and Moving Forward."

 


 

April 2014

A message from CPA's President, Dr. Wolfgang Linden (2013-2014)

Click here to watch the video.

Liability Insurance - FAQ Update

The transition to the new BMS brokered liability insurance program is proceeding very well and member feedback has been extremely positive. Based on member feedback, we offer further clarification for members on three topics; retirement coverage, practice outside of Canada, and graduate student coverage. To read these clarifications, click here. These clarifications will also be incorporated into the FAQ page on the BMS website, at www.psychology.bmsgroup.com/en/faqs.

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine Summer issue, focused on Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology. Click here for details.

Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Mental Health Community Committed to Repairing Damage Caused by Bill C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. Click here to read the release.

CPA invited to speak before House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss best practice and barriers for health care professionals.

April 10, 2014: The CPA was invited to be a witness before the House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss best practice and barriers for health care professionals in Canada. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness, along with a representative from the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Click here to read the brief.

CPA invited to speak before Senate Committee reviewing Bill C462

April 1, 2014: The CPA was invited to be a witness before a Senate Committee reviewing a private members bill intended to limit the amount that can be charged by “promoters” to file for the disability tax credit on behalf of individuals with disability. This is a file in which the CPA has been involved for some time. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness. Click here to read CPA’s brief on Bill C462.

3rd Annual Section Newsletter Award

The CPA Membership Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 3rd Annual Section Newsletter Award. Congratulations to the Section on Clinical Psychology! ! The Clinical Section will receive $250 in prize money for their winning contribution. You can can read the award-winning newsletter here.
Thank you to the 8 Sections that submitted a newsletter for this year s award. We encourage all sections to participate next year in the 4th Annual Section Newsletter Award. Details on the award can be found online, at www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/award .

Psychologists Applaud Federal Government’s Benefit Increase

CPA’s advocacy efforts to enhance access to psychological services pay off for hundreds of thousands of Canadians! We are very glad to report that Treasury Board President, Honourable Tony Clement, announced that as of October 1st, 2014, federal workers and retirees will see their extended health insurance coverage for psychological services double from $1,000 to $2,000 annually. Click here to read the press release.

 


 

March 2014

CPA Election Information

CPA's election procedures have changed in order to comply with the new Canadian Not for Profit Corporations Act. Click here to learn more about the changes. Click here for details.

75th Annual CPA Convention Registration.

Convention Registration for the 75th annual CPA Convention is now open! Click here for rates and details.

CPA launches new online course, DSM-5: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice

DSM-5: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice
Visit http://cpa.scholarlab.ca/ to preview the course or register today!

 


 

February 2014

CPA Invited to be a Witness before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

February 24, 2014 (Ottawa, ON): The CPA was invited to be a witness before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women to discuss issues related to the prevalence of and services available for eating disorders among girls and women in Canada. Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, CPA’s Deputy CEO and Science Director along with CPA Member, Dr. Giorgio Tasca, served as witnesses. In addition to being a CPA Member, Dr. Tasca is a Research Chair in Psychotherapy Research (University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital), Director of Research at the Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Ottawa Hospital), and Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical Professor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Other witnesses on the panel included Dr. Wendy Spettigue (Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Program, CHEO) and Ms. Elizabeth Pheonix (RN, Adult Eating Disorders Service, Mental Health Care Program, London Health Sciences Centre). The CPA has been invited to submit a brief to the committee on issues related to access to psychologists and psychological interventions as pertains to eating disorders. We will post the brief online once it becomes available.

Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance: A program for the profession by the profession

We are pleased to announce that in 2014, members of CPA and provincial/territorial associations will have access to an improved liability insurance program, brokered by BMS Group Inc. BMS replaces McFarlan Rowlands as the exclusive professional liability insurance broker for members of the CPA and provincial and territorial associations. BMS brings a new member centric perspective to the design and delivery of the psychology insurance program. The new program brings significant immediate and long term benefits to members.

Click here for details on the new liability insurance program.

Budget 2014: Key highlights of relevance to CPA and CCR Response

On February 11, 2014, Minister Flaherty tabled the 2104 Budget.
Click on the following link to view notes put together by Impact Public Affairs that highlight key elements of the budget that are of relevance to the CPA.
Click on the following link to view the CCR response, for which CPA's Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair.

CPA Letter to Minister of Health, Honorable Rona Ambrose

On January 30, 2014, the Minister of Health spoke at the Economic Club of Canada. In her address, the Minister spoke to the need for innovation and accountability in health. Following this luncheon at which CPA's CEO, Dr. Cohen was in attendance, Dr. Cohen wrote a letter to the Minister to follow up on her comments and offer the CPA's expertise moving forward. Click here to view the letter.

CPA Letter to Minister of Public Safety, Honorable Steven Blaney and Correctional Service of Canada, Commissioner Don Head

CPA's CEO Dr. Karen Cohen wrote a letter to the Minister and Commissioner outlining the CPA's views on the jury verdict and recommendation in the Ashley Smith case. Click here to view the letter.

CPA Responds to Industry of Canada Consultation on Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda.

Industry Canada recently sought input from Canada’s scientific community on its Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda. In response, the CPA, with input from the Scientific Affairs Committee, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.

The Winter 2014 issue of Psynopsis Magazine, dedicated to Criminal Justice and Mental Health, is now available online.

 

CPA partners with Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) in reaching out to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care on their recently announced ‘medical psychiatry alliance” that aims to address mind body gaps in healthcare.

To read about the Ontario announcement click here http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/01/28/new_medical_psychiatry_alliance_targets_gap_in_health_care.html To access the CPA/OPA response, click here

February 3, 2014: Mind Your Mental Health

National awareness campaign launches today in honour of Psychology Month. Click here to read the press release.

January 30, 2014: CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, photographed with Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht at Economics Club Luncheon in Ottawa, ON.

January 30, 2014: CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, photographed with Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht at Economics Club Luncheon in Ottawa, ON.

CPA Letter to Employers.

CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, has written a letter to major employers in Canada requesting a meeting with their leadership to discuss ways in which they can address the mental health needs of their employees to improve workplace morale and productivity.
Click here to read the letter.

 


 

January 2014

Psychologists Mark Anniversary of Workplace Mental Health Standard.

Click here to read the press release.

Convention App Survey

Please take part in a brief survey about our 2013 Convention App. Click here to access the survey.

New Editor for the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (CJBS)

The CPA is pleased to announce that Dr. William Roberts is the new Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Roberts has been a member of the CJBS Editorial Board for the past 13 years. He is based in Kamloops, B.C., at Thompson Rivers University. CPA’s thanks go out to Dr. Todd Morrison who completed his editorial term for CJBS in December 2013.