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One of the projects of the Student Section Executive has been to develop a way to showcase our Campus Representative Program, particularly to pay homage to the students who make this program possible. More specifically, we are hoping to bring CPA students from across the country closer by featuring a new Student Representative on our website every other month. These profiles allow the opportunity to learn more about our most active Student Section members and to share ideas about promoting the CPA.

If you are interested in representing the CPA Section for Students at your university, learn more about campus representative duties and how to become a campus representative, please contact either the Graduate Student Affairs Officer or the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer.


Featured Undergraduate Student Representative - Lauren Hotchkiss

University/Program/Specialty:

University of British Columbia – Okanagan

Bachelor of Science Hons. Psychology

Research or clinical interests:

Most of the research I’ve done in my undergrad has been in positive psychology. I’ve studied character strengths and the relationships between them, specifically between hope and gratitude. I am currently researching the influence of prosocial behavior on the meaningfulness felt at work.

 

Future plans:

I plan to do my M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology somewhere in Canada and focus on implementing positive psychology practices in the workplace to improve employee well-being.

How long have you been a campus representative?

I have been a campus representative since September 2016.

What motivated you to become a campus representative?

I was looking for an opportunity to get involved on campus and make connections with psychology researchers across Canada.

What you have accomplished as a campus representative? 

Last year I worked with our graduate representative, Shirley Hutchinson, to provide information to students through email and Facebook. We also hosted an Abstract Workshop on campus where I prepared a presentation and worksheet to help students write an abstract to submit for the CPA Convention.

I also attended the CPA Convention in Victoria where I was able to meet the other campus representatives and brainstorm new initiatives with them. This year, we are working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide a 2-day Mental Health First-Aid Course for psychology students on campus as well as a number of other workshops.  


Any useful tips for other campus representatives?

Don’t limit yourself to just the events suggested by CPA, try to work with representatives on campus and CPA representatives across Canada to plan new and exciting initiatives
 

Featured Graduate Student Representative - Stephanie Drake

University/Program/Specialty:
Adler University Vancouver – Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program

Research or clinical interests:
Youth are our future. Grounded in this belief, I have focused my clinical experience on supporting youth in the field of mental health. My clinical interests involve multiple intersections of the needs of youth, including sex and gender, social determinants of health, and community approaches to public health issues.


Future plans:
I am dedicated to collaborative multidisciplinary work, community engagement, and resource expansion. In future, I plan to develop current services and expand resources for assessment, education, and support for transgender youth and their families within British Columbia. I also plan contribute to an interdisciplinary approach to transgender services, including policy review and development, specialized education for primary service providers, and mental health support surrounding gender-affirming surgery and after-care.


How long have you been a campus representative?
Since the fall of 2015.
 
What motivated you to become a campus representative?
Becoming a campus representative allowed me to fill a need for CPA representation in my campus as well as to live my values by developing relationships within the CPA, fostering community and mentorship through collaboration with students and organization affiliations, and engaging students in advocacy in the broader field of mental health.


What you have accomplished as a campus representative?
I am privileged to fill multiple roles at Adler University Vancouver. Within my role as a campus representative, I have worked with my fantastic faculty representative, Dr. Cindy Weisbart, to obtain a 3star status for our university. Together, we brainstorm and troubleshoot challenges with recruitment and cultivating student interest on a small campus from a university that remains unable to access the accreditation process within the CPA. I also developed relationships with the student representative for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the Adler Student Association in order to promote CPA through events on campus. Thus, I have increased the presence of the CPA through representation for university and community events. These actions resulted in my appointment as a mentor to the Adler Student Association, enabling long term future collaborative efforts.

Through this process, I have learned that getting students passionate about psychology involves addressing their interests and needs. Thus, my approach involved developing a sense of community and collaboration with students and responding to queries by further developing resources and distributing helpful information. I view advocacy within the profession of psychology in my role in that I am engaging more students in the greater psychological community of the CPA, thereby increasing the impact of CPA advocacy for integrating mental health into Canadian health care services. Furthermore, I see myself as responsible to provide high quality services to these new members in developing resources and community activities to meet the needs of students within the CPA. Some of these resources included hosted an information session for students to ask questions about the benefits of student membership. I also facilitated a presentation on creating and submitting a proposal for upcoming CPA convention in Victoria, BC, extended help to students writing abstracts and posters, and congratulated the selected individuals in the university newsletter. This work enabled an increase in membership of over 30% and growing.

My continued goals for my role as campus representative include of developing relationships with other CPA representatives in my province, and am interested in building a collaborative network and discussion forum for addressing salient issues to graduate students, such as acculturating to graduate school, addressing social justice in upper levels of education, preparing for practicum, and availability of internships.

Any useful tips for other campus representatives?
Examine your reasons for becoming a representative and ground your practice in your interests and values. This will help you find the motivation to continue work within your role as a campus representative throughout the year and to develop ingenuitive solutions to challenges related to your role.


Archive of Campus Representative profiles

 
Steve Cicione, Concordia University

Sarah Coupland, New York University - October 2011
 
Greenly Ho, Simon Fraser University - March 2011
 
Paul Conway, University of Western Ontario - May 2011