Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) Award Winners for 2014

NEW Congratulations to the recipients of the CPAF 2014 Innovative Access to Psychological Services Awards

On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Psychological Association Foundation, it is a pleasure to extend our congratulations to the following recipients of the 2014 Innovative Access to Psychological Services Awards:

  • The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
  • The Building Resilience in Communities and Kids Program (B.R.I.C.K.)

 

Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) Awards for 2014

Innovative Access to Psychological Services

The Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) seeks nominations for its 2014 awards supporting the innovation and excellence of programs and services that deliver psychological services. The awards recognize the dramatic shortfall between the needs of Canadians and access to psychological services. In 2014, CPAF will disburse up to $10,000 which will support up to 2 awards. The terms of eligibility for the award(s) are detailed below.

The Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) is a registered Canadian charity established to advance psychology in the public interest. The CPAF funds activities that improve the lives and communities of Canadians through psychological research, assessment and treatment, education and training, and developments in public policy.

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered eligible for the 2014 award:

  • the nomination must be made by a licensed or registered psychologist or agency/institution engaged in the delivery of psychological services in a Canadian jurisdiction that is either a new innovation in service or training or an established and successful program or service whose continued viability depends on securing additional external funding;
  • the program or service must respond to a community need. It is up to the applicant to fully explain how their program or service responds to a need identified in the community which the program or service is intended to serve. (There are pressing health needs identified across many Canadian communities such as the health needs of seniors and those living with chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes, the mental health needs of children and youth, or equity in the provision of service to rural and remote and to aboriginal communities. Need is not limited to these issues however and it is up to the applicant to clearly explain how the proposed program or service will address a need or gap for service.)
  • a registered and appropriately credentialed psychologist 1 who is a CPA member must be centrally involved in the development, delivery and/or oversight of the psychological service or training program; and
  • the nomination must address long-term continuity of the proposed program or service.

1In some jurisdictions this includes registered psychological associates.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

The nomination should be submitted electronically as an email attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to executiveoffice@cpa.ca with “2014 CPAF Access to Psychological Service Award" entered in the subject line of the email. The application should include:

  1. A cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of the program or service for which the award is being sought.
  2. An abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the proposed program or service.
  3. Three pages describing the nature of the program or service. This description should:
    • include how the program or service responds to a community need;
    • summarize the evidence upon which the proposed program or service is based;
    • detail the nature of the program or service for which the award is being sought, including names and credentials of those developing, overseeing and delivering the program or service; description of the treatment or education program or service being delivered to whom and for how long; how the program or service engages in program evaluation;
    • detail ethical approval status of the proposed program or service;
    • specify how the award will be used (e.g. purchase of special equipment or training, fund human resource costs for supervision or service delivery) and timeline for same;
    • detail the financial or in-kind commitment to the program or service on the part of the institution (or on the part of the registered private practitioner in the event that the program or service is proposed within a private practice environment); and,
    • detail how the program or service will be sustained beyond the life of the award.
    Further, if the program or service for which the award is being sought is
    • a component of a larger program or service, describe how it is consistent with the mission, goals and operation of the larger program or service.
    • an ongoing rather than new program or service, describe its operation and success so far.
  4. Resumés of up to three principal personnel responsible for the development, delivery or supervision of the proposed program or service.
  5. Two letters by parties familiar with the program or service supporting the innovative nature and excellence of the program.
  6. A letter from the senior operating officer of the host institution or practice indicating support for the program or service.
  7. Specify the amount of funding requested, including a budget that details all funding sources (e.g. CPAF, institution in-kind and/or financial, other funding). Note that the total amount CPAF can disburse is $10,000 for a minimum of one and maximum of two programs or services.

DEADLINE

Applications for the 2014 CPAF award must be received by February15, 2014. The recipient(s) will be announced by April1st, 2014. Funds will be disbursed by May1, 2014.

ADJUDICATION

The CPAF Board of Directors will establish a Grant Adjudication Committee, made up of 4 psychologists and one public member of the CPAF Board of Directors who will adjudicate the nominations within the terms of reference published here. Note that financial need of the proposed program or service will be an important factor in the adjudication of nominations.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRANT RECIPIENTS

Successful applicants will be expected to provide a report to the CPAF of the outcome of their program or service (approximately 500 words) within 18 months of receiving funding. In the event that the award recipient and/or its program or service personnel publish or present information about the program or service and its outcomes, the award recipient and its personnel agree to obtain any necessary client consents and research ethics board review before so doing. Any publication or presentation of the program or service and its outcomes will acknowledge the CPAF as a funder.