CPA is proud to have been a part of the HELPinKIDS&Adults authorship team for this new guideline for reducing pain during vaccine injections. Read the Canadian Medical Association Journal article here.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada has released the results of their second pan-Canadian survey. Conducted in June, 2015, the survey was focussed on gathering your thoughts and experiences with Canada’s mental healthcare system. To view the report and the infographic, visit: www.mdsc.ca.
NEW Choosing Wisely Campaign - Canadian Psychiatric Association reccomendations
As part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign, the Canadian Psychiatric Association recommends that non-pharmacologic measures, like sleep hygiene techniques and behavioural interventions, be first treatment options in most cases of insomnia. Read more.
The Advisory panel on healthcare innovation released its report on July 17, 2015: Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada. The Panel was convened by the federal Minister of Health to identify the five most promising areas of innovation that could reduce the growth of health spending and improve upon the delivery of effective care as well as recommend the five ways that the federal government can support these innovations. The report can be found here. CPA’s submission to the Panel can be found here.
The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research was established in 2015, and is awarded annually to recognize and support Canadian early-career researchers with a focus in the area of mental health.
Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign calls for conversations among patients and physicians about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. The list of 13 recommendations can be found here.
NEW Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute – Integrating Well-being Research into Workplace Practices (July 20 – 23, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax).
The web page of references on empathy in clinical training and practice is at: http://bit.ly/KenPopeEmpathyResources.
The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society has prepared a video on the Facts and Myths About People Living with Schizophrenia & Psychosis (includes questions on NCRMD, Review Boards, Risk Assessments, etc). Click here to watch the video.
This webpage was created to make it easier for therapists, counselors, coaches, expert witnesses, researchers, and others to keep up with the evolving research. The page provides an annotated list of 186 recent (i.e., published in 2011-2015) meta-analyses of psychological interventions.
These meta-analyses focus on an extremely wide range of interventions including psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, culturally-adapted therapy, existential therapy, cognitive remediation, family therapy, group treatment, short-term therapy, self-guided treatment, telephone-based therapy, hypnosis, school-based interventions, psychosocial interventions, neuropsychological rehabilitation, self-talk, peer-support interventions, and diversion programs.
The list includes the citation and an excerpt that summarizes the results of each meta-analysis.
The annotated list of 186 recent meta-analyses is at: http://bit.ly/KenPopeMetaAnalysesOfPsychologicalInterventions
[Credit: Ken Pope]
On May 6, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced that they have requested the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to develop suicide prevention standards for Ontario hospitals. A new OHA task force will examine current hospital policies and protocols for suicide prevention and assessment, and establish standards by 2016. Read more.
A Call to Action: The World Health Organization (WHO) invites Canadian Psychologists to participate in the Global Clinical Practice Network for the ICD-11
The World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has established a global network of mental health and primary care professionals to help inform the development of the classification of mental and behavioural disorders for the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD represents the global standard for health information as it is the international system for classifying all health conditions, including those related to mental health. The ICD has tremendous impact and is widely used, throughout the world, for diverse and expansive purposes including in clinical practice, for collecting health information, teaching and training, research and for public health purposes. As such, it is essential for the ICD-11 to be as useful, accurate and globally applicable as possible to diverse stakeholders.
Click here for more details. WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network for mental health.
Canadian Consortioum for Research Responds to the 2015 Budget.
Budget 2015: Some important new investments, but missed opportunities for discovery-driven research. CCR BUDGET RESPONSE, APRIL 2015.
Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs: Invitation to Submit an LOI.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is inviting eligible organizations to submit a "Letter of Intent" (LOI) to advance community-based health promotion projects that support victims of violence. This call for proposals will support trauma-informed health promotion activities that are specifically designed to meet the health needs of victims of domestic violence and child abuse. This could include, for example, trauma-informed approaches to physical activity, mental health promotion, peer/social support, or information sharing.
For further information and details about applying for funding, please visit www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sfv-avf/proposal-proposition/index-eng.php.
You are invited to attend a teleconference information session to learn more about this call for proposals, on one of the following dates:
- March 24, 2015 at 11:00 - 12:00 EDT (English)
- March 25, 2015 at 12:00 - 1:00 EDT (English)
- March 26, 2016 at 1:00 - 2:00 EDT (French)
To register for one of these information sessions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Information Session", and indicate your date preference.
If you have any questions regarding the call for proposals please send your inquiries to email@example.com.
The Family Violence Prevention Team
Centre for Health Promotion, Public Health Agency of Canada
NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC are pleased to announce the release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.
The policy is modeled after CIHR’s Open Access Policy, which has been in effect since 2008. It also reflects the feedback received from over 200 respondents through online consultation in fall 2013. While CIHR-funded researchers will now refer to the new harmonized policy, compliance requirements will not change. NSERC and SSHRC researchers will be required to comply with the new policy for all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 onward. We encourage you to visit the Tri-Agency Open Access page on Science.gc.ca to review the policy, Frequently Asked Questions and Open Access Toolbox with useful resources to assist researchers with open access.
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Welcomes Nominations for the 2015 Champions of Mental Health Awards
January 27th, 2015. Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has officially opened nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2015. Each year, CAMIMH seeks nominations from the public for individuals and organizations that deserve to be recognized for their efforts in advancing the mental health agenda in Canada. Click here for details.
Brain Injury Canada Annual Conference, supported by Dr. Daniel C. Andreae, September 30th, October 1st and October 2nd, Montreal, Quebec. For more information, click here.
MONTREAL, Jan. 5, 2015 - Bell today launched the 2015 Bell Let's Talk campaign in support of Canadian mental health, leading up to the fifth annual Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28. National spokespersonClara Hughes is again leading the campaign to invite all Canadians to talk, text and tweet about mental health and help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness.
"We had a great year talking about mental health in 2014, with a record Bell Let's Talk Day driving new mental health funding and then the incredible Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk that shared the anti-stigma message in every corner of the country. I look forward to taking the conversation even further in 2015 on our journey to a stigma-free Canada," said Clara, Canada's six-time Olympic medalist and national Bell Let's Talk ambassador since the initiative launched in 2010. "As we work to end the stigma, Bell Let's Talk is also funding new mental health care, research and workplace initiatives. On January 28, you can join the conversation and drive Bell's donations to mental health too by talking, texting, tweeting and sharing on Facebook."
5 simple ways to help end the stigma
While 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, the lingering stigma means 2 in 3 will struggle in silence fearing judgment and rejection. This year's Bell Let's Talk's campaign focuses on 5 simple ways we can all help end the stigma around mental illness:
- Language matters - pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
- Educate yourself - learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
- Be kind - small acts of kindness speak a lot
- Listen and ask - sometimes it's best to just listen
- Talk about it - start a dialogue, break the silence
"Ending the stigma of mental illness depends on building greater awareness, acceptance and action. These are 5 simple ways all Canadians can help build a culture in which people struggling with mental illness feel supported and not afraid," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "We are so grateful to all our spokespeople, ambassadors and partners for leading the conversation about how we can all contribute to creating a nation free of the stigma around mental illness."
To learn more about the campaign, and to download the Bell Let's Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
The latest resource toolkit is available! Depressive illnesses have been identified as the primary risk factor for suicide. This toolkit examines the relationship between Major Depression and suicide prevention. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/depressiontoolkit.
A message from the three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies”
The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to announce the release of TCPS 2 (2014) – the revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.
This award will honour a hospital, health authority, community based mental health and addictions program/service, or a leader in the field that demonstrates evidence-informed and sustained quality improvements (QI) in the area of mental health and addictions. Learn more at: http://www.cchl-ccls.ca/site/awards_mentalhealth_quality#sthash.iM4DiMRe.dpuf
The IUPsyS has great pleasure in announcing the call for the 2016 awards nominations. The awards are as follows:
- Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize
- Young Investigator Awards
- Achievement Against the Odds Award
- Lifetime Career Award
Further information and nomination forms can be accessed at: http://www.iupsys.net/about/awards/index.html
Nominations should be received by March 31, 2015.
CPA Members may contact Dr. Jennifer Veitch for more information, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychological Methods of Relieving Pain
Psychological Interventions for Pain: 44 Studies Published in 2013 & 2014. Click here to access these resources
IMPACT, from Brain Injury Canada
Brain Injury Canada releases its October 2014 e-newsletter, IMPACT. Click here to read the newsletter.
The vision behind Bullying Awareness Week:
- Bullying Awareness Week is about working at preventing bullying through education and awareness
- Bullying Awareness Week is NOT about what others could or should be doing, but rather what WE can do!
- Bullying is a community issue. Schools are a critically important part of the solution, but bullying should not be defined solely as a "school problem".
- Addressing bullying is best done with a holistic, community approach because bullying is a community health and wellness issue.
- Everyone can play a role in addressing bullying in their community.
- Bullying also needs to be understood as a health issue. The impact of bullying on personal health and wellness can last a lifetime. This also financial implications for our society with lessened productivity, lost man-hours due to illness or personal days off work.
- Bullying is a serious issue, at it's worst, bullying can kill.
For more information, please visit www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.
For resources on bullying, please visit PrevNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network), at www.prevnet.ca/bullying.
New resources for veterans, troops, their families, and those providing clinical and forensic services to them
Below you will find a link to a webpage of resources for veterans, people currently in the military, their families & friends, and those who are providing clinical, forensic, or related services to them. The resources fall into 3 groups; articles, programs, & organizations. Click here to access the resources.
Thirty-nine years ago today, leaders in Canadian criminal and social justice gathered in Ottawa for the first regular meeting of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice.
Affectionately referred to as an experiment when it began, NAACJ continues to be valuable forum for members to come together, share information and discuss emerging & persistent issues, almost 40 years later.
The Canadian Psychological Association, represented by Dr. C. R. Myers, was an original participating agency in 1975. For more information on the NAACJ, visit www.naacj.org.
In order to facilitate better knowledge sharing and help accelerate the adoption of recovery-oriented practices, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has just launched a new tool on its website. Access more than 1,000 recovery-oriented policies, programs, practices, and research articles - visit the Canadian Recovery Inventory.Click here for details.
Workplace Mental Health Half-day Institute at the Canadian Mental Health Association Nation-Wide Conference, October 22, 2014.
For more information, please visit our Events webpage, at www.cpa.ca/events/#WMHICMHANWC.
CAMIMH is a non-profit organization comprised of health care providers as well as organizations which represent individuals with lived experience of mental illness. The Canadian Psychological Association is a proud member of CAMIMH.
Established in 1998, CAMIMH is a volunteer run organization that provides mental health education to the public. A fundamental objective of CAMIMH is to engage Canadians in a national conversation about mental illness. By starting this conversation, CAMIMH hopes to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and provide insight into the services and support available to those living with mental illness. Click here for more information.
Amanda Todd Legacy with support from the World Federation of Mental Health invites you to: ‘Light Up Purple’ for World Mental Health Day. Click here for details.
Empathy Resources for Therapists & Counselors
50 Articles Published in 2013-2014. Click here to access the articles.
Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 5 – 11, 2014.
For more information, click here.
Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada
The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention is pleased to announce the release of the report Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada. This report is a synthesis of information resulting from the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC), which was the most comprehensive study of neurological conditions ever to be conducted in Canada.
November 27 – 28, 2014
Addressing the gaps, promoting multidisciplinary care and improving the continuum of care into the community.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa, ON
The International Network in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) in partnership with Manitoba Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) are proud to host the upcoming International Indigenous Health Conference in 2014. For more information, visit inihkd2014-neahr2014.com.
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th, 2014. For more information, please visit www.iasp.info/wspd. Be part of the connectedness of World Suicide Prevention Day this year. On September 10th, join with others around the globe who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Together, we can shine a spotlight on this major public health problem and ensure that it receives the policy attention that it warrants.
The TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology honours a living internationally-recognized scholar in Psychology or a closely-related field who has made an exceptional contribution to the field anywhere in the world. The Prize will be bestowed with a frequency announced by the TANG Foundation. The final decision will be made by a panel of faculty members of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in consultation with the founder of the TANG Foundation, Dr. Fay Tang. Call For Nominations: The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is now accepting applications for the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2014. Applications are to be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Please see below for more details. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Further information is available at: http://psych.utoronto.ca/tangprize/.
Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit
The latest resource toolkit from the Centre for Suicide Prevention is now available. Download the Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit by clicking here..
Canadian Health Human Resources Network (CHHRN) is now accepting abstract submissions for the Canadian Health Workforce Conference. Click here for details.
Psychological Aspects of Coronary Heart Disease: 126 Studies Published in 2012-2014
Recent Studies (2012-2014) of Psychological Aspects of Heart Disease (Causes, Treatments, and Recovery). Click here here for the Citations and Excerpts.
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is seeking nominations from the public for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. The campaign selects five individuals and provides avenues for them to share their experiences of living with mental illnesses, and finding recovery. These stories are shared through the dissemination of hundreds of thousands of pieces of promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. Self-nominations are welcome!
To nominate a Face of Mental Illness, please visit camimh.ca for details. Submissions will be accepted until May 29th, 2014 (5:00 pm EST)
Click here to view the citations and excerpts.
On May 10th, 2014 the Defeat Depression Campaign will take place in Ottawa. Friends, family, neighbours and communities will join together to support mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and promote discussion around depression and other mood disorders. Click here for more information.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) invites eligible organizations to submit "Letters of Intent" for the Healthy Living and Injury Surveillance for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative. The Agency is seeking applications that will explore new tools and channels to collect, analyse, and disseminate timely surveillance information, which includes exploring new partnerships.
Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations, for profit organizations, unincorporated groups, provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies, organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.), and individuals deemed capable of conducting population health activities are encouraged to submit letters of intent to ESCDP-PSAMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca
The above information is simply an overview and does not contain all of the information contained in the full announcement.
lease refer to the Agency website at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fo-fc/loi-2015-eng.php for additional information.
Please share this invitation with other organizations who might be interested applying for this funding opportunity.
The CPA was saddened to hear of the recent passing of the Right Honourable Herb Gray. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.
Imagine that you are a woman with a history of complex trauma, like so many others. You find yourself sobbing and unable to function. You have panic attacks. You are hyper-vigilant and easily startled. You are triggered more and more. You realize that you need help, although until now you have been resilient. You are a feminist and want to talk to someone who will show empathy and compassion and treat you with respect. You are searching for someone to talk to, who will listen. You don't want to be dismissed. You have spent your career critiquing medicine and over-uses of psychopharmacology. You aren't comfortable with the insanity of past psychiatric practices. You know what you don't want for your care. But what help is there? Where do you go?
Fast-forward a few years. Maybe you found a team of mental health care providers who listened and advocated. You were able to find a psychiatrist, Jane, who is a feminist psychotherapist. She gets it. She teaches you to breathe and refers you to a private clinic to learn mindfulness meditation. She is attuned to you. She encourages you to practice yoga to keep your emotions from running the show. You are resilient, you have the financial resources. You are fortunate. You wish that all women had their own equivalent of a "Jane."
But what if you weren't so fortunate? What if you didn't have that team or the resources - for most women don't - and your psychiatrist sees you for twenty minutes every six months to adjust your medication? Or maybe you had Jane and then lost her, for whatever reason. Nobody is talking to you about trauma. You have deteriorated. You are now feeling hopeless and your current doctor has panicked, phoned the police who handcuffed you and brought you to a locked psychiatric ward. A danger to yourself, they say. You are powerless, re-traumatized. You talk to the social workers on the ward and they admit that the hospital isn't therapeutic. What is the state of the art care for women with mental health issues? What do you do if you are searching for an elusive feminist caregiver, a Jane who doesn't exist?
Women who work in the mental health field are invited to submit chapters for this collaborative book (narrative essays/prose; feminist critiques of psychiatry and medicine; social science, clinical psychology and medical research studies; literature reviews; etc).
What have we done in the past two decades to uniquely address women's mental health care issues? Do the issues or approaches in psychiatry and psychology/other allied health fields differ? What is our current approach to of psychopharmacology and how are women affected? How/where do we address complex trauma and sexual abuse in our health care system? Do changes in the DSM V bear any specific significance for women? Where in psychiatry or medical training do we offer an understanding of mental illness through a feminist lens? How does our public/private divide of mental health services affect the quality of care available to the average Canadian woman?
This is a sequel, of sorts, to Women Who Care, co-edited by Dr Nili Kaplan-Myrth.
Please send submissions and enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The CPA was saddened to hear of the recent passing of former Finance Minister James Flaherty. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.
Please click here for more details.
Psychologists in Family Health Teams present their second issue, Frontline Psychology. Click here to read the issue.
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients
(April 1, 2014). The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially announced the winners of the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2014. The annual Champions Awards celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year. This year, new categories were introduced to recognize youth and workplace mental health initiatives to offer a broader range of opportunities for recognition.
Each year a gala is held in Ottawa to honour the recipients. The gala will be held May 5th, 2014 at the Château Laurier. The winners of the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards are:
|Community Organization:||Artbeat Studio Inc.|
|Community Individual:||Mr. Brett Batten|
|Media:||Ms. Mary Walsh|
|Parliamentarian:||Dr. Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga|
|Workplace Mental Health:||Mrs. Barbara Campbell, Men at Risk Program|
|Youth:||Samantha-Maria Figueroa, Simarjeet Gill, Jennifer Pazdor and Stephanie Zabar (Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Save Our Minds Project)|
The Champions of Mental Health Awards are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Bell Let’s Talk, Lundbeck Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). To purchase tickets for the awards please visit camimh.ca.
SSHRC has launched the 2014 Impact Awards competition. Announced last year, SSHRC’s Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and students and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.
Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for the following awards:
- Gold Medal ($100,000)
- Talent Award ($50,000)
- Insight Award ($50,000)
- Connection Award ($50,000)
- Partnership Award ($50,000)
The deadline to submit nominations is May 9, 2014. Finalists and winners will be announced in the fall of 2014.
For additional information:
- Find out more about the SSHRC Impact Awards.
- Learn how to nominate a researcher or student.
- Read about the 2013 Impact Awards winners.
March 4, 2014 - Bell today announced the countdown to the start of Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk on March 14. In 10 days, Clara will set out on her epic journey around Canada in support of mental health from Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, ultimately riding 12,000 kilometres through every province and territory before concluding her ride on Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Click here to read the entire press release.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada: Call for abstracts for upcoming conference and Call for proposals
Call for Abstracts: Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada is hosting a conference September 23-24, 2014 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The theme for this year’s conference is Partners in Recovery: Uncovering Potential. Call for abstracts is now open (submission deadline is April 1, 2014). Click here for more information.
Call for Proposals: In addition, Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada has a call out for proposals. The RFP is a Phase I request for proposals to prepare a Phase II plan/request for grant funding to develop a PSR Recovery practitioner registry as well as the education program required to meet registry competency requirements and maintain membership.
The total estimated value of this contract shall not exceed $10,000, will run from March 8, 2014 to April 30, 2014, (term negotiable) and must include all professional costs and expenses, including travel.
Nominate a Champion for Mental Health
The Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is accepting nominations for its annual Champions Awards. These are awards to recognize the work of individuals and communities who have advanced the cause of mental health. There are number of award categories at the individual and community levels, inclusive of research. Psychologist Dr. Marty Antony was awarded Champion in the research category in 2011. Click here to make a nomination or for more information. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014.
CCR Responds to Industry 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 CCR, of which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is the Chair, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.[CCR_STConsultation_7Feb2014]
Fire at Seniors Residence in Quebec: Coping Resources.
New Alzheimer’s resources for Clinicians, Patients and Families
The resources are in 4 sets:
- Full citations for 121 recent (published in 2009-2014) journal articles on psychological interventions for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia;
- Full citations for 55 journal articles on the effects of exercise on Alzheimer's and other dementias;
- 18 helpful books; and
- Links to 20 websites that provide information and support.
This collection of resources is at: http://bit.ly/KenPopeAlzheimersResources
On January 28, let's talk.
One of the key pillars of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative is anti-stigma. As part of Bell’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign has already begun to engage Canadians in the dialogue around mental health.
Once again, with Olympian Clara Hughes front and centre, the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign will feature a national multi-media campaign that culminates on January 28, 2014. Joining Clara as spokespeople for Bell Let’s Talk Day and to help grow the dialogue on mental health this year are composer and performer Stefie Shock, actor-comedian Michel Mpambara and award-winning journalist Seamus O’Regan.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will contribute $.05 for every text message and long distance call sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers to mental health related initiatives. In addition to phone and text, people will be encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health through social media and access information about the Bell Let’s Talk at bell.ca/letstalk.
Recognizing that simply talking makes a significant impact in breaking down the barriers to mental health, the campaign encourages people to “start the conversation” about mental health and engage in dialogue with friends, family and co-workers.
Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:
- Text message sent
- Long-distance call made
- Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk image
Visit letstalk.bell.ca for campaign details.
Telepsychology & Internet-Based Therapy: Links to State Laws & Professional Guidelines; Citations for 177 Recent Articles
The most recent issue of American Psychologist includes the American Psychological Association's "Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology."
On January 4, 2014,, Ken Pope updated and expanded a web page of resources for telepsychology and internet-based therapy, which includes links to the APA's and other professional guidelines.
This collection of resources is intended to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving professional guidelines, research, treatments, legal standards, innovations, and practices in the areas of telepsychology, telehealth, and internet-based therapy.
The resources are divided into 3 sections:
- Links to 18 sets of professional guidelines that focus on telepsychology, online counseling, internet-based therapy, etc.
- Citations for 177 recent (i.e., published in 2011, 2012, or 2013) articles
- State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws, Regulations, Policies, & Opinions (compiled with the assistance of Dr. Kenneth R. Drude).
Click here to view the resources.
Front Line Psychology
A group of psychologists in Family Health Teams in Ontario put together a newsletter that will be released every three months called Front Line Psychology. Click here to view the newsletter.
Outstanding up-and-coming researchers honoured at 3rd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception
News Release: Five students from universities across Canada were recognized on Tuesday night for their significant research achievements which are advancing industry innovation, creating new products and services and transforming the lives of Canadians.
Each of the students received an award at the 3rd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception, held to honour the amazing contributions of these emerging researchers, who have participated in Mitacs programs aimed at fostering research and innovation, as well as forging stronger bonds between academia and businesses across Canada.
Winners at a glance
- Mitacs & NRC-IRAP Award for Commercialization: Adam Metherel from the University of Waterloo for a research project with Certo Labs
- Mitacs Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Innovation: Liang Feng, hosted in the summer of 2013 by the University of Ottawa
- Mitacs Master’s Award for Outstanding Innovation: Emily Morris from the University of British Columbia for a research project with the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute
- Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation: Andre Bezanson from Dalhousie University for a research project with Daxsonics Ultrasound
- Mitacs Post-Doctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation: Cindy Chamberland from Université Laval for a research project with Ubisoft
The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) is conducting a study sponsored by the University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The study is to rank-order psychotherapy research priorities that were generated by focus groups comprised of 100 psychotherapists and researchers. Your input will be extremely valuable in defining future psychotherapy practice-based research. The survey will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. In a few months you will receive a very short follow-up survey to rank order the top 10 priorities as rated by you and your colleagues. Click here to complete the survey.
Antipsychotic Medications: 32 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2013.
The Graham Boeckh Foundation is delighted to announce that applications for the 2014 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research are now being accepted.
The Dr. Samarthji Lal award recognizes a Canadian researcher focusing on major mental health disorders. The candidate must be mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field. To learn more about the award and eligibility requirements, please visit the award’s official website.
From Awareness to Action: Moving Forward for Mental Health
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week on Parliament Hill. Click here to read the press release.
CAMIMH will hold a news conference on Parliament Hill during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to celebrate the Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 and to engage Parliamentarians in the critical conversation about the need for services and support for mental health in Canada.
CPA Congratulates The Strongest Families Institute for winning The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award: Tackling the challenge of providing mental health care from a distance
National Manning Innovation Awards were announced April 17, 2013 at the Atlantic chapter’s 2013 Allan Shaw Nominees reception, held at the offices of McInnes Cooper in Halifax. Mr. John T. McLennan, National Trustee of the Manning Innovation Awards, personally recognized Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Dr. Patrick McGrath for the Strongest Families Institute they co-founded.
Click here to read the Maclean’s article.
CPA responds to the Ottawa Citizen's Pride and Joy series about whether or not same-sex partners, or singles should parent.
CPA Call for Submissions for the 2014 Convention
Now Online at www.cpa.ca/convention/callforsubmissions/ The Convention Committee invites submissions to the Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention, Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, BC.
Your completed submission must be received online by December 1, 2013.
New York Times article "Psychotherapy’s Image Problem"
Survey: Predictive Validity of the Revised GRE. Click here to access the survey .
Provider Survey from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and Canadian Forces (CF). Click here for more information and to access the survey
Medavie Blue Cross, on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Canadian Forces (CF), is seeking to gather feedback from psychologists about the administration of the VAC program. The on-line survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and is available in both official languages.
April 8 - 11, 2014
Delta Ottawa City Centre
This fifth Pan-Canadian integrated chronic disease prevention conference builds on the previous conferences, and with a particular focus on the theme of “New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention” and how individuals, organizations, strategies and sectors can act collaboratively to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease in Canada. The greatest gains in the health status of Canadians will require continued and amplified action to reduce the risk factors and inequities that give rise to chronic diseases.
The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is an alliance of national organizations sharing a common vision for an integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs for maintaining health and preventing chronic disease in Canada.Alliance representatives provide strategic direction and oversight to CDPAC’s shared priorities for action on chronic disease prevention. Working primarily at the national level, CDPAC’s key areas of focus are knowledge development and exchange, and advocacy to support evidence informed policies, practice and research as relates to integrated chronic disease prevention.
- Call for Abstracts Opens: September 16, 2013
Call for Abstracts Closes: November 15, 2013
Registration Opens: November 15, 2013
Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014
Call for Abstracts (Now Open!)
You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, rapid fire poster presentation and workshop at the 2014 CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium. Submit your abstract here!
The online process will collect contact information for the presenter, sources of funding and whether the submission represents a student project. Abstracts accepted may be presented in one of the forms outlined below.
- Oral Presentation
Oral presentations will focus on issues related to research, practice and policy. Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length followed by a 5-minute discussion period. Sessions will be grouped together by theme.
Rapid Fire Poster Presentation (New!)
In an effort to bring more attention to posters at the conference, CDPAC is introducing Rapid Fire Poster Presentations. Rather than the more traditional poster presentation session, numerous presenters will have their “poster” put up on the screen and be given 3 minutes to provide an overview of their work to the conference participants. Following the session, at scheduled times throughout the conference, there will be an opportunity for participants to interact with the poster presenters and allow for Q&A in various rooms with their “poster” on the screen. No printed posters will be required.
Workshops will focus on a more collaborative approach to the session, where the participants will walk away with new tools and learnings related to the theme being presented. Workshops will be a half or full day session and will run either on the pre-conference day (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) or concurrently during the various concurrent sessions in the program.
Press Release: New data confirms that the mental health needs of Canadians are not being met - September 18, 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.
The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent train-bus collision in Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts and condolences to those affected by the collision.
CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies:http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources
Responding to Stressful Events
- Self-care for Caregivers
- Helping Children Cope
- Helping Teens Cope
- Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families and Our Communities
- Providing Psychosocial Support: Tips for Leaders and Health Care Staff
CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/
Psychological Interventions for Pain: 28 Studies Published in 2013
This resource, compiled by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., contains “citations and excerpts to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians who wish to keep abreast of research studies investigating psychological interventions for pain.” Click here to access the resource.
Each year on the 10th day of September, a commitment to saving lives brings together communities from across Canada and around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is also an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on those who died by suicide and to support those bereaved because of it.
Did you know? :
- Last year, more than 3,500 Canadians died by suicide
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34
- A significant portion of those contemplating suicide are experiencing anxiety, depression, hopelessness and lack of connection
Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day by visiting www.suicideprevention.ca
The Canadian Psychological Association is pleased to launch its new advocacy and awareness campaign, MIND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. The campaign aims to help increase awareness among the public about psychological topics and disorders and how to prevent, manage and treat them. The campaign also encourages psychologists, the public, and other stakeholders, to write their provincial and territorial governments to let them know that Canadians need better access to treatments provided by psychologists, in the public health care system.
Beginning Sunday September 15 at 10pm (EST) to Monday September 16th at 6am (EST), CPA’s servers will be shut down for maintenance. During this time, CPA’s website, email and programs/applications will not be accessible. The shutdown will occur at night so as to minimize any disruptions. A list of CPA’s staff and their extensions can be found here: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/contactus/ should you need/want to leave any of us a telephone-message during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Represent Canadian Psychology to the World: Call for Nominations for a Canadian Delegate To the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is responsible for managing Canada’s membership in the International Union of Psychological Science (www.iupsys.org). IUPsyS is the international body dedicated to the advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science around the world. The Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS (CNC/IUPsyS) is the CPA committee charged with the work.
Among the members of the CNC/IUPsyS are two delegates to the General Assembly of IUPsyS. These are the individuals who attend the formal meetings of IUPsyS (held every two years) and who vote for Canada at these meetings. CPA and the National Research Council of Canada contribute to the travel costs for the delegates to attend these meetings. The next meeting will take place in Paris, France, in July 2014 (in conjunction with the International Congress of Applied Psychology).
Each delegate holds the position for an 8-year term (or four General Assembly meetings). At this time, we seek nominations for ONE delegate, to serve a term from 2014-2022.
Nominees must be Members/Fellows in good standing of CPA. Preference will be given to psychologists who have been involved in national or international organizations in psychology and whose major professional activity involves research and teaching, and whose CVs are judged by the CNC/IUPsyS to meet these criteria.
The name of the preferred nominee will be submitted to the CPA Board of Directors for approval and appointment. The term will begin at the CPA Convention in 2014.
Each nomination shall consist of:
- a letter from the nominator that states the position for which the candidate is being nominated, expresses support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination;
- a current curriculum vitae of the candidate (including educational background, present and former positions, research and professional activities, organization membership and involvement, and international congress participation); and
- two supporting letters from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions.
The deadline to submit nominations is December 31, 2013. For more information, or to submit nominations and supporting documents, send an e-mail to the Chair of the CNC/IUPsyS, Jennifer Veitch, at email@example.com.
Understanding the DSM-5 and the ICD: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has undergone substantial revision across its sixty years of evolution, with the latest version (DSM-5) continuing that tradition in substantial ways. The discontinuation of the multi-axial system, the addition and deletion of specific disorders, the regrouping and reclassification of familiar disorders, and significant changes in the names, nature and criteria associated with various disorders all mark the fifth edition of the DSM as a substantial, and controversial, revision of the diagnostic system. These and many other changes are described and discussed in relation to other critical, conceptual shifts in the DSM. Participants will also gain experience in utilizing some new inclusions in the DSM-5 including the new cross-cutting diagnostic dimensions which offer considerable clinical utility.
Date: September 7, 2013
Time: 1-5 pm ET
Fee: $95 APA member
Enter the Discount code (DSM20) and receive a $20 discount. Click here to enroll.
Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine – Canada’s Psychology Magazine.
The Winter 2014 issue will focus on Criminal Justice and Mental Health. Deadline is December 2nd, 2013. Click here for details.
Fellowship/Training Opportunity: CIHR Training Grant in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research - “TUTOR‐PHC” (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research– Primary Health Care).
Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/applications/applicationforms.html (Note: if you have visited our website before, you may have to refresh your browser to see the website updates)
Who should apply?
- Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
- Post‐doctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research
*Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Clinicians admitted to the program are usually accepted or enrolled in graduate studies or post-doctoral fellowships. Please see our website for more information.
The deadline for applications is October 31, 2013 (program runs from May 2014 to April 2015).
In 2013-14 the CPA Foundation intends to issue a call for applications for small grants to fund innovative psychological services initiatives. Details will be available in late October. The CPA Foundation has alternated in the past between funding student research and funding innovative initiatives for access to psychological services in order to fulfill its mandate with limited resources. Student research awards were made in 2012-13.
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists. This updated guide is designed to encourage psychologists toward greater political participation and provides the basic tools and guidance needed for bringing issues forward to government. This new version includes expanded appendices with the tools you will need to craft letters and meet with elected representatives.
Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists (2013) – 28 pages; $4.50.
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The Summer 2013 Issue of Psynopsis Magazine is available online, by clicking here.
The Fall 2013 issue will focus on Military and Veterans Mental Health. Visit the Psynopsis webpage for previous issues and to learn more about our submission and editorial policies. Deadline is September 2nd, 2013. Click here for details.
The Pre-employment Clinical Assessment of Police Candidates: Principles and Guidelines for Canadian Psychologists (April 2013)
Identification and selection of acceptable police candidates is a complex and multi-step process. The Canadian Police Sector Council has articulated a comprehensive process by which appropriate candidates can be identified, and candidates who are likely to be unsatisfactory police officers can be eliminated from consideration (see A Guide to Constable Selection: A Best practice Approach and Research Update (July, 2011, hereafter to referred to as the PSC Guide). The current Guidelines describe one aspect of the selection process outlined in the PSC Guide, the clinical psychological assessment. The purpose of the clinical assessment is primarily to identify candidates who exhibit personality traits, behaviour patterns or psychological characteristics that are likely to be problematic in the police workplace. The clinical assessment is intended to contribute information to be considered in the overall assessment of suitability, but it is not a selection decision in and of itself. Click here to view the guidelines, which were approved by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association in May 2013.
ACCESS TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES: Call for submissions for special issue of Canadian Psychology / Psychologie Canadienne (Deadline for submissions: October 30th, 2013).
Canadian Psychology, a Canadian Psychological Association journal, is interested in papers for a special issue on Access to psychological services in different settings (hospitals and clinics; schools; governmental services and institutions; etc.). Preference will be given to papers that either:
- Describe current initiatives to improve, and/or lobby for access to psychological services in Canadian provinces or territories. Papers may be submitted by academics, service user groups, community groups, lobby groups, policy makers, or any other group or association working to improve access to psychological services;
- Present innovative ways of improving access to psychological services.
- Describe the current situation, in any Canadian province or territory, or across Canada, regarding access (or lack thereof) to psychological services, and the consequences of this;
- Examine the costs/benefits of providing greater access to psychological services.
What’s next for health care? National health leaders call on premiers to make multi-year commitment to health care transformation.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, July 24, 2013 — The national organizations representing the majority of Canada’s health-care providers — the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) — applaud the pan-Canadian collaborative approach of the health-care innovation working group (HCIWG). Leaders from the three provider groups met with premiers Brad Wall and Robert Ghiz in Niagara-on-the-Lake this week during the Council of the Federation’s summer meetings. On the agenda is a report on the completion of the second phase of the HCIWG. Providers are there to affirm the continued need for this important pan-Canadian collaboration to address the quality, safety and sustainability of Canada’s health system.
Click here to read the media release.
The Canadian Psychological Association’s YouTube Channel Presents "Stories from the field: Advocacy success stories"
This video was created as part of Dr. Jennifer Frain's 2012/13 CPA Presidential year. Her theme for the year was Advocacy and this video tells the stories of three successful advocacy initiatives. Together they highlight ingredients necessary for successful advocacy: (1) building relationships; (2) perseverance; and (3) creating opportunities. One story speaks to how new psychology positions were created within the Vancouver Coastal Health Region. Another story speaks to how psychologists in Manitoba were invited to pilot a primary care model. The final story looks at how a new training program, the PsyD, was created in Newfoundland and Labrador. Psychology advocacy is an endeavor that requires a team: get involved with your local psychologists and also with the CPA!
Visit the CPA’s YouTube Channel to watch the video.
Train Derailment and Explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec: Click here for resources on coping with the aftermath.
The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources
Responding to Stressful Events
- Train Derailment and Explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec: Coping with the Aftermath
- Self-care for Caregivers
- Helping Children Cope
- Helping Teens Cope
- Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families and Our Communities
- Providing Psychosocial Support: Tips for Leaders and Health Care Staff
CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/
Call for Nominations for Editor, 2014-2017 for the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2013).
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association has opened nominations for the Editorship of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science for the years 2014- 2017. Candidates must be members of CPA and should be available to start receiving manuscripts January 1st, 2014 to prepare for issues to be published in 2015. Click here for more information.
The following resources may be of help in managing flood-related distress and coping with the aftermath.
CPA resource on coping with natural disasters and emergencies Coping with Concerns in the Aftermath of a Flood: Information for Canadians.
CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/
Resources Provided by the American Psychological Association (APA)
- Manage Flood-Related Distress by Building Resilience (APA): Manage flood-related distress by building resilience. Outlines steps one can take to reduce stressful emotions in the midst of flood-related chaos by strengthening one’s resilience
- Strengthening Your Emotional Well-Being Ahead of the Flood (APA): Strengthening your emotional well-being ahead of the flood. Tips about simple and effective ways to manage flood-related fears and anxiety.
- Building Your Resilience (APA): FYI: Building Your Resilience. Pointers that may be helpful in developing a resilience building strategy.
- Emergency Preparedness and Response: Floods (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response: Floods Most up to date information regarding natural disasters and severe weather, preparation, key facts, and recommendations.
- Flood of Emotions Brochures (Kansas State University). Published by Kansas State University, these three fact sheets address the psychological effects of floods and are aimed at helping those affected- Including tips on how to deal with your emotions after the flood and how to handle children who might be suffering emotionally
- Coping with the Floods (Project Recovery Iowa):CopingwithFloods A document that explains how to protect oneself and one’s family during a flood. Offers tips and strategies on how to prepare for and cope with a flood.
- Coping with the Aftermath of a Flood (Project Recovery Iowa) CopingwiththeAftermathofaFlood Offers tips and techniques on how to cope with the aftermath of a flood.
- Flood Aftermath- Helping Your Children (Project Recovery Iowa): FloodAftermath:HelpingYourChildren These factsheets provide assistance in knowing how to cope and how to get help.
- Recovering Emotionally (Red Cross) Recovering Emotionally Helpful general resources. Also contains links to other guides for emotional well-being and helping children cope.
June 28, 2013
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
|This note to you all comes with a mix of gratitude and sadness.
Over the past year since my stroke, I have made tremendous progress for which I am extremely grateful. Excellent doctors, therapists, hard work and the support of family, friends and colleagues have accomplished a lot.
While much has been recovered, I have found it is not sufficient for the frequent challenges faced and time commitment required to fulfill the responsibilities of the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO). And while I will continue to make progress over the coming years, it will not be far enough and fast enough for what is needed.
Given the ever-present potential for an event that would once again require of the CPHO very intense long days, requiring all of his or her skills for weeks or months at a time as we saw in the listeria outbreak and H1N1 pandemic, the Agency and country needs someone with a stamina I no longer possess.
I have therefore advised our Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council that I will be stepping down once a new Chief Public Health Officer is in place.
Once I am no longer CPHO, I will continue to provide my services in an advisory capacity to assist government efforts to support the health of the public.
It has been a tremendous privilege for me to work with you over these many years, to build what, if we were less modest, we could call among the best public health organizations in the world. Whether in population health assessment, surveillance, prevention, promotion, protection or emergencies, this organization excels. Thank you for your part in making a significant difference.
I look back on so much we have accomplished together with pride and gratitude. I also look forward to the great things my successor, you, and our colleagues in Canada and around the world will continue to do in the interests of the public's health and well-being.
Thank you also for your prayers, thoughts and kind words; they have been much appreciated.
I wish you all the best, and appreciate the opportunity to meet or work together in different ways in the future.
Dr. David Butler-Jones
Chief Public Health Officer