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2014


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June 4, 2014 – Canadian Psychological Association Press Release
The Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Annual Convention
Click here to read the release.

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June 4, 2014 – Canadian Psychological Association Press Release
Students from St. Catharines, Ontario and Montreal West, Quebec win the Canadian Psychological Association’s 4th Annual High School Science Award in Research
Click here to read the release.

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May 6, 2014 - Psychologists Push for Greater Access to Services
Psychological Services Still not Sufficiently Covered by Insurance Plans.
Click here to read the press release.

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April 14, 2014 - 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 press release.

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April 1, 2014 - 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.

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January 14, 2014 - 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.
To access the CPA/OPA response, click here.

 

2013


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December 14, 2013 - The Toronto Star, Mental Health insert
Moving the mental health agenda from awareness to action.
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December 2, 2013 - The Hill Times
Canada’s mental health: time to commit to what we value.
Click here to read the article.

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November 19, 2013 - 660 News Radio
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) released a report today that reviews the effectiveness of psychological treatments for common mental health problems and disorders. Read more.

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November 2, 2013 - Leader Post
More awareness boosts demand for psychologists
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October 26, 2013 - Edmonton Journal
Growing awareness boosts demand for psychologists
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October 13th, 2013 - Globe and Mail
Exposing Canada’s ugly mental-health secret
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Click here to read the response from The Canadian Association of School Psychologists (CASP).

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October 4th, 2013 - Ottawa Citizen
CPA responds to the Ottawa Citizen's Pride and Joy series about whether or not same-sex partners, or singles should parent.
Click here to see the letter to the editor.

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September 29th 2013 - New York Times
New York Times Article, Psychotherapy’s Image Problem.

Click here for CPA's response to the article.

CPA read with tremendous interest the New York Times op-ed by Dr. Brandon Gaudiano that ran on September 29, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/opinion/psychotherapys-image-problem.html?ref=psychologyandpsychologists&_r=0. Dr. Gaudiano makes several points that CPA has been making in its practice advocacy messages for some time. There are evidence based psychological treatments that are interventions of choice for many of the mental health conditions affecting Canadians, notably depression and anxiety. Dr. Gaudiano suggests that psychotherapy has an image problem – a problem rooted in the public but also in the mental health professions themselves. This is an important point. First, as Dr. Gaudiano points out, psychotherapy doesn’t have an industry as does pharmacotherapy, advertising its benefits to the public. Second, not every mental health practitioner is a licensed health professional and not every practitioner uses evidence based psychotherapies in their work. To complicate matters further, the field of mental health is understood broadly but not deeply. The public often does not always understand the difference among mental health practitioners or why it might be important to bring their problems to a licensed health care provider who uses evidence-based psychological treatments.

In Canada at least, there is another way in which psychotherapy remains the second, albeit effective, cousin to pharmacotherapy. When provided outside of publicly funded institutions – which is where increasing numbers of psychologists in private practice work – psychotherapy is not funded by our public health insurance plans. What is covered are the services of physicians, for many of whom medication is the preferred treatment modality when it comes to mental health; preferred because they may not have the time or expertise to do psychotherapy. So in addition to not having an industry to bring its effectiveness to the awareness of the public, the provision of psychotherapy is not effectively covered by health insurance plans. Public plans do not cover it where it is largely practiced (i.e. in the private sector) and private plans have caps on service that usually do not afford meaningful amounts of treatment. When it comes to health insurance plans in Canada, mental health treatments have no parity with treatment for physical health conditions.

Dr. Gaudiano is right, psychotherapy has an image problem. We need to make sure that the psychotherapy practiced is informed by evidence of its effectiveness. We need to increase awareness among the public about the effectiveness of psychotherapy and help ensure that when they ask for it, it is accessible. To do this, we need to change funding policy to ensure that public and private health insurance plans cover the delivery of evidence based psychological treatments.

To address these imperatives, CPA struck a task force on the practice of evidence based psychotherapy. Their report, led by Drs. David Dozois and Sam Mikail, was made public in 2012 http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Practice/Report_of_the_EBP_Task_Force_FINAL_Board_Approved_2012.pdf It guides practitioners through the process of treatment decision-making – decisions that need to be based on the effectiveness and efficacy of psychological treatments for mental health conditions. CPA is also about to release a 2013 report, authored by Dr. John Hunsley, which reviews the effectiveness of psychological treatments when used with three sentinel health conditions – depression, anxiety, or as an adjunctive treatment for heart disease. Finally, CPA also commissioned a report in 2013 that presents and costs out some models to enhance access to psychological treatments for Canadians across jurisdictions http://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Position/An_Imperative_for_Change.pdf. The recommendations in this report are shaping CPA’s practice advocacy activity over the coming year.

When it comes to mental health, it is not a question of paying more now to enhance access to psychological services. The toll of untreated or undertreated mental disorders is considerable. It is estimated that mental disorders cost the Canadian economy 50 billion dollars annually and come at a cost of 20 billion dollars within the workforce – 6 billion of which could be recovered by employers if problems are identified and addressed early . It is not a question of spending more now. It is a question of spending less, more wisely now so that a lower price is paid later, by individuals, families, the workforce and communities.

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September 18th 2013
New data confirms that the mental health needs of Canadians are not being met: The Canadian Psychological Association calls for greater access to service. Click here to view the press release.

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July 31st 2013
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced the five Canadians selected for the 11th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received nearly 100 nominations from across Canada of people living in recovery from mental illness. Dr. Karen Cohen, Canadian Psychological Association CEO is the chair of the event. Read more

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July 24, 2013
What’s next for health care? National health leaders call on Premiers to make multi-year commitment to health care transformation. Click here for media release. Click here and here for news coverage.

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June 5, 2013
Arin MacNeill recently won the Canadian Psychological Association’s High School Psychological Science Award and will present her project that focuses on stress and social media to the Association at its convention on June 13 in Quebec. Click here for the full article.

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May 21, 2013
Canadian Psychological Association cautions the Federal Government about unintended consequences of Budget: Government to tax mental health assessments. Click here for media release.

Television

May 8, 2013
Liberal MP Bob Rae and Dr. Karen Cohen of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health dropped by CTV Morning Live. This is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is hosting the Champions of Mental Health Awards. [Video courtesy of CTV Ottawa Morning Live]

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May 6th, 2013
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) will host the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2013 at the Château Laurier.
The annual Champions Awards brings together political decision makers, business leaders, members of the national media, sponsors and other stakeholders to celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year. Dr. Karen Cohen, Canadian Psychological Association CEO is the chair of the event. Read more

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May 2, 2013
To mark the one year anniversary of Canada’s first mental health strategy next week, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is releasing an independent report by a group of health economists. The report ‘An Imperative for Change’ states that the delivery of mental health services can be characterized as a silent crisis and provides a business case, and proposes models, for improved access to psychological services. Click here for media release, here to view the press conference and here for new coverage.

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April 18, 2013
The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is very concerned by the federal government's recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada. Read the press release from Dr. Karen Cohen, Health Action Lobby (HEAL) Co-Chair, about the federal government's recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada. Click here for the release.

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March 21, 2013
The CPA applauds the Federal Government for revisiting its disability management initiative: Better approach to Mental Health needed. Read the press release here.

 

2012


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November 15, 2012
The Canadian Psychological Association presents $10,000 donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help aid with the Crisis in the Congo. The donation will go to the African Institute on Gender-Based Violence and Counselling.  Click here for details.

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October 23, 2012
Canadian Psychologists and Psychiatrists Concerned About Mental Health Needs in Canadian Prisons: Urgent Action Needed.  Read the press release.

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October 9, 2012
CPA Student Affiliate, Caelin White, competes in World's Toughest Mudder event to encourage Canadians to "Mind your Mental Health".  Read the article here.

Television

October 2, 2012
In support of Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012, CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, speaks on CanadaAM in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Watch the video here.

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September 29, 2012
School psychologist Beatrice Wickett-Nesbitt cared deeply for troubled children.  Read the article.

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September 12, 2012
Canadian Psychological Association Applauds Investment in Military Mental Health. Read more.

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September 8, 2012
National News: Canadians Rally in Support of Suicide Prevention. Read the article.

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August 20, 2012
Ex-Hill staffer becomes face of mental health campaign.  Read more.

Television

June 13, 2012
Dr. Karen Cohen, Chair of Mental Illness Awareness Week and Canadian Psychological Association CEO, speaks with CTV Ottawa about Mental Health Awareness Week.Click here to watch 

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May 22, 2012
Removing mental health stigma bigger priority than funding: health minister. Read more.

Television

May 10, 2012
CPA's Dr. Karen Cohen presents Michael Landsberg with a 2012 Champion of Mental Health Award for his efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. View video here.

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May 8, 2012
The Canadian Psychological Association responds to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Mental Health Strategy. Click here to read the press release

Radio

February 24, 2012
Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, he is a clinical psychologist in Winnipeg, one of his areas is working with male survivors of sex abuse and he also wrote his doctorate on male sex abuse in sport.  Listen here.

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February 13, 2012
Canada needs to enhance access to mental health services. Read more.

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February 8, 2012
Mental-health groups call for more access to psychological services. Read more.

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February 6, 2012
Canadians Need Better Access to Psychological Services. Read the joint press release of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the Canadian Psychological Association.  Read more.

Canadians Need Better Access to Psychological Services.  The Health Professional.  Boomers Information Kiosk.  Canada.com.

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February 3, 2012
National News: Canadians Urge Parliament to Support Bill for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy.  Read more.

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February 1, 2012
Barriers to Health Service. Read more.

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January 10, 2012
Harper Government Invests In Suicide Prevention. Read more.

 

2011


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December 6, 2011
Bill C-10: Incarcerating the Mentally Ill. Read more.

Newspaper

October 4, 2011
CPA supports call for national action on suicide prevention. Read more.

Newspaper

September 27, 2011
La société canadienne de psychologie demande la couverture publique des soins psychologiques.  Read more. (English version)

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September 26, 2011
Cost is a barrier to psych care: Poll.  Read more.

Newspaper

July 19, 2011
Canada’s Mental Health: The Right Service Where and When Canadians Need it.  Read more.

Newspaper

June 2, 2011
The Canadian Psychological Association’s 72nd Annual Convention.  Read more.

Newspaper

March 29, 2011
"Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s final budget before the fall election will tout $257 million in new funding to tackle children’s mental health and addiction." Read more.

Newspaper

March 7, 2011
"Early results from the largest project in Canadian history to study the link between homelessness and mental health indicate a “housing first, recovery will follow” strategy is working."  Read more.

Newspaper

February 24, 2011
"A Healthy Mind for a Healthy Heart": Dr. Melissa Tiessen, a clinical psychologist from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, recently gave a talk at the Rosemount Public Library in Hintonburg on how mental health affects the heart in support of CPA's Psychology Month initiatives. Read more.

Newspaper

February 16, 2011
"For the first time, Canadians are being asked to use their judgment and artistic flair to vote on a design for a new postage stamp, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds for mental illness. For the next month, Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite design from a group of five stamps that have been chosen as finalists. The winner will become the 2011 Mental Health stamp." Read more.

Newspaper

February 7, 2011
CPA took out a quarter page ad in The Hill Times special Health Policy Briefing Issue (The Hill Times is a publication with a circulation among government departments).  The entire Health Policy Briefing Issue can be viewed here.

Newspaper

January 28, 2011
"In its 2007 budget, the Harper government committed $130-million over 10 years toward the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  An additional $110-million over five years was provided in 2008 to undertake research demonstration projects on homelessness and mental health." Read more.

Newspaper

January 27, 2011
"A wave of mentally ill women is flooding into the Canadian penitentiary system, sparking calls for reform and the creation of treatment facilities that already exist for male offenders." Read more.

Newspaper

January 25, 2011
"Findings of a study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health indicate that workers most likely to be stressed out are those the organization depends on the most."  Read more.

Radio

January 7, 2011
"CBC Canada’s The Current devoted an entire program to take an in-depth look at our mental health. Guest host Steven Page opens-up about his own struggles with mental illness battling depression and manic episodes.  Listen to Steven Page talk about his depression with Anna Maria Tremonti, here."