An Advocacy Guide for Psychologists

PSYCHOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Why Advocacy?

CPA Advocacy on Behalf of Psychology

How Parliament Works

How to Communicate Effectively with Members of Parliament

Appendix A – Model Letters

Appendix B – Glossary


Aknowledgements

The Canadian Psychological Association would like to thank the American Psychological Association for generously granting permission to CPA to reprint sections of their documents Advancing the Science: A Psychologist’s Guide to Advocacy and The Federal Advocacy Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Lobbying. In addition, CPA is also indebted to the Canadian Consortium for Research and the Health Action Lobby upon whose documents some of this material is based. Finally, CPA would like to thank the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology, and the Council of Provincial Associations of Psychologists for their financial and editorial support of this project. To everyone who reviewed earlier drafts of this manuscript and offered comments and suggestions. Thank you.


Introduction

Canadian Psychological Association