December 2011

Attention CPA Members: Invoices for 2012 are available online. You can sign into your account by clicking here.

CPA Membership for 2012
Within the coming week, CPA Members will be invited to renew their membership for the 2012 calendar year. You will receive your invoice either by email or by regular mail (depending on your personal preference on file). 

The World Health Organization's has launched the QualityRights Project - Act, Unite and Empower for Better Mental Health.
This project aims to tackle the widespread violations experienced by people with mental health conditions in health care context and in the community in countries throughout the world. It provides support to countries to improve the quality of care and human rights conditions in mental health and social care services. The project builds capacity of health care workers, service users and families to understand and promote human rights and empowers people with mental health conditions to advocate for their rights and influence national mental health reform efforts. At the same time the project works to produce sustainable change through policy and law reform in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We are also pleased to announce the support of Gary Foster for WHO's QualityRights project. Gary Foster is the producer of several major Hollywood movies including "Sleepless in Seattle", " The Score", "Tin Cup", "Daredevil", as well as the critically-acclaimed 2009 film "The Soloist", which recounts the true life story of a former cello prodigy who developed a mental health condition and became homeless in the streets of Los Angeles.

To date, QualityRights countries include Spain (Asturias), Portugal, Panama, Greece, Somalia and India.

To learn more about the WHO QualityRights Project, please see the attached flyer and visit the WHO QualityRights website: www.who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/en/index.html

For the video statement by Gary Foster, please visit: vimeo.com/whomentalhealth/gary-foster-qualityrights


Holiday Stress
View our "Psychology Works" Fact Sheet on Holiday Stress as you prepare for the upcoming holidays.


View our "Psychology Works" Fact Sheet on Holiday Stress as you prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Many among the membership are aware of the status and progress of the revisions to the DSM. For those wanting more information, visit the DSM5 website.

CPAF Fundraiser / Seat Sale Promotion for Dancap Productions
Canadian Psychological Association announces partnership with Dancap Productions Inc. Support the CPAF and get discounts to Broadway productions in Toronto including Addams Family and Memphis with coupon code CPA2011.

Kaiser Foundation Calls for Nominees for Annual Mental Health and Addictions Awards
The Kaiser Foundation’s Call for Nominations for the 2012 National Awards for Excellence Program in mental health and addictions is now open.

For over 26 years, the Kaiser Foundation has been dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and addictions issues as a public health challenge, and promoting evidence-based, sustainable best practicesTo advance this cause, the Foundation established the National Awards for Excellence Program six years ago to recognize the leadership work and extraordinary achievements of individuals, organizations and the media working in the field.

This year the Foundation will announce eight award winners from across Canada.

Award recipients will each receive a $10,000 grant which can be directed to a recognized charity of their choice.  In addition, recipients will be honoured at a special national recognition ceremony and have their stories featured through various multi-media channels as well as becoming part of an innovative Alumni forum of allied professionals in the field.

To nominate someone or to apply for an Award yourself is easy.  All the information is located on the website at www.kaiserfoundation.ca including our Awards criteria, categories and downloadable copies of the nomination forms.  To help get you started and for nomination ideas, you can also view past winners on the website.

Nominations must be completed and sent to the Kaiser Foundation by February 28, 2012, the deadline for the 2012 National Awards for Excellence Program.

IUPSyS call for nominations: Treasurer and Treasurer-Designate

Psynopsis, Canada's Psychology Magazine, is accepting submissions. The Winter 2012 Issue is devoted to Psychology in health and health care (submission deadline of December 1st)

Students can apply now for the 2012 CHSRF Mythbusters Award!

November 2011

CPA presents its brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology November 3, 2011. Canadian Psychological Association, Living Well in Health and with Illness: Brief to Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology Canada’s 2004 10-Year plan to Strengthen Health Care in Canada.

CPA extends partnership with Dancap Productions Inc..

October 2011 

International Experts Gather to Discuss Best Policy and Practice to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Manage Sexual Offenders (Press Release)

Practice Network Project Reports
The final reports of the Practice Network Project have been submitted to PHAC and are now available online!

CPA/APA Dues Agreement
The membership will recall that in 2010, APA let CPA know that it intended to rescind all its dues agreements, including the one it has with CPA. In February 2011, the CPA was successful in getting the APA to maintain, at least temporarily, the historic CPA/APA dues agreement. The agreement, affording CPA members residing in Canada a 50% reduction in APA membership dues (and vice versa), will remain in effect through 2012. CPA plans another consultation with the 1100 CPA members who are also members in the APA and will undertake further discussion with APA in 2011/12 on the future of the dues agreement beyond 2012.

Fall 2011 issue of CPA's Psynopsis (PDF)

21st International Congress, July 17 to 21, 2012
The International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) was founded in 1972 to facilitate communication and cooperation among cross-cultural psychologists and to promote psychological research from a cross-cultural perspective. The term “cross-cultural” is broadly defined, and includes research with cross-cultural, cultural and indigenous orientations.

You are invited to participate in our next international congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The theme of the conference is "Nurturing Diversity for Sustainable Development".

The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit our conference website: www.iaccp2012southafrica.co.za  

Sleep and Dementia research
Sleep problems in dementia are the number one reason for institutionalization and have significant effects on cognition, falls, agitation, self-care and overall health and quality of life.  The Sleep and Function Interdisciplinary Group (SAFIG) at the University of Alberta (with support from Addiction & Mental Health: Alberta Health Services) is conducting a national survey of healthcare providers’ use of non-pharmacological sleep interventions for persons with dementia.

Your contribution is important. Please help us learn more about strengths and barriers for service delivery to this vulnerable population by completing the short on-line Sleep and Dementia survey.

The study is approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. Your participation is completely anonymous and the survey takes only 5-7 minutes to complete.

Click here: app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cary-R/sleep-intervention-dementia/ to access the survey in English, or in French here; app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cary-R/sleep-dementia-french/.

Many thanks for your help to improve sleep interventions for persons with dementia.

Marie Bullock, BA
Research Assistant
Sleep and Function Interdisciplinary Group
Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
2-64 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2G4
painanddementia@rehabmed.ualberta.ca.

 

The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD) November 11, 2011 Special Presentation

CPA supports call for national action on suicide prevention. Click here to view CPA’s position and backgrounder on the topic and to view our statement to the press.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)
October 2nd to 9th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). The week is marked by a gala event at which persons with lived experience with mental disorders and those who have championed it are celebrated. The gala took place on October 5th in Ottawa and was a resounding success. The event is attended by leaders among many stakeholder communities and government.

Among the Champions honoured this year, was psychologist Dr. Martin Antony, recognized for his research on anxiety disorders [view here]. CPA congratulates Dr. Antony for this honour so well deserved!

MIAW is a key activity of the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH is chaired by psychologist, Dr. John Higenbottam. Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO of CPA, sits on its Management Committee. In 2012, Dr. Cohen will become Chairperson of MIAW.

September 2011

New Award for Best Newsletter Distributed  by a CPA Section
CPA recognizes the efforts that sections put into creating and maintaining their newsletters. The newsletters serve as an important communication tool to help keep members informed and involved in the section and in CPA. In recognition of this effort, we would like to give an award for the best newsletter distributed by a CPA section. The winner will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $250 and will be highlighted in the fall issue of Psynopsis and on the news section of the web site.

To be considered for the award, sections must send an electronic copy of their best newsletter issue of the year to CPA (styler@cpa.ca) by February 1, 2012.  The first award will be given out in April 2012.

The BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program is actively seeking applications from individuals interested in delivering Clinical Counselling Services to British Columbians struggling with their own or a loved one’s gambling.
The BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program is actively seeking applications from (1) individuals interested in delivering Responsible Gambling Services to casino and gaming centre patrons and staff in BC communities, and (2) individuals interested in, and qualified to deliver, Clinical Counselling Services to British Columbians struggling with their own or a loved one’s gambling.

If you or someone associated with your faculty or organization may be interested in applying for a provincial government contract with the BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program under the Ministry of Public Safety & the Solicitor General, please visit www.bcbid.ca.  Specific, immediate areas of need are: Vernon, Prince George (Responsible Gambling Service Providers) and Prince George and Central Cariboo, Prince Rupert/North Coast (Clinical Counsellors).  However, the Program delivers services throughout BC and is seeking applications from all regions of the Province.

Both job postings will close at 4:00pm October 13th.  Job information and application instructions are provided in detail, in each posting.  Go to www.bcbid.ca and search Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. 

Poll Results
The findings are posted for the Survey of Canadian Attitudes Toward Psychologists and Accessing Psychological Services conducted in June 2011 by EKOS Research.

Canadian Elections and Advocacy
The Canadian Psychological Association has created and resourced the Canadian Elections and Advocacy page to support the participation of the psychological community in the 2011 Provincial/Territorial elections. 

National Pain Awareness Week: November 6 - 12, 2011
CPA recently participated in a Stakeholder Forum hosted by the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Pain Coalition designed to help in the development of a national pain strategy for Canada.  CPA will be pleased to provide more information about the strategy once the CPS and CPC make it available in its final form.  Members may want to note that November 6th is National Pain Awareness Week http://www.canadianpaincoalition.ca/index.php/en/national-pain-awareness-week

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 2 - 8, 2011
CPA is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) and joins CAMIMH in hosting the 2011 Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2nd.  For more information about MIAW, go to http://www.miaw.ca/en/default.aspx and about CAMIMH go to http://www.camimh.ca/

Survey on Provision of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Persons with Severe Mental Disorders
PSR Canada (psrrpscanada.ca) is a national association dedicated to the promotion and provision of psychosocial rehabilitation for persons with severe and persistent mental disorders in Canada.  PSR is conducting a membership survey on psychosocial rehabilitation to which it is inviting different regulated health professionals to participate. To access the survey, please go to (www.surveymonkey.com/s/EndeavourSurvey1).

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
21st International Congress, July 17 to 21, 2012

The International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) was founded in 1972 to facilitate communication and cooperation among cross-cultural psychologists and to promote psychological research from a cross-cultural perspective. The term “cross-cultural” is broadly defined, and includes research with cross-cultural, cultural and indigenous orientations.

You are invited to participate in our next international congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The theme of the conference is "Nurturing Diversity for Sustainable Development".

The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit our conference website: www.iaccp2012southafrica.co.za

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Survey about the Mental Health Care System in Canada: Survey Deadline is September 30, 2011
Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey about the Mental Health Care System in Canada and HAVE YOUR SAY!

The purpose of this survey is to help Mood Disorders Society of Canada understand mental health care concerns among:

  • Canadians living with mental illness,  
  • Family members or caregivers of those with mental illness, and
  • Anyone concerned about the Mental Health Care System in Canada.  

And, to relay those concerns to our provincial, territorial, and federal governments. If you fit into one or more of the groups listed above, we want to hear from you.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. No personal information will be collected and all responses will be grouped together to form a report that will be sent to each provincial, territorial and federal Ministries of Health. **Please note** that once you exit the survey, you cannot go back to it. Please allow yourself enough time to answer all the questions.

The survey cut-off date is midnight on Friday, September 30, 2011. We would greatly appreciate you forwarding this survey among your networks and colleagues!

A survey analysis report will be posted on the MDSC website following the September 30th cut-off date. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back.  We thank you in advance for your interest and participation.

Sincerely,
Phil Upshall, National Executive Director
Dave Gallson, Associate National Executive Director 

August 2011

Canadian Psychological Association announces partnership with Dancap Productions Inc. Support the CPAF and get discounts to Broadway productions in Toronto including Addams Family and Memphis with coupon code CPA2011

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with the Institute of Mental Health, Peking University,  are hosting the 26th World Congress on Suicide Prevention in Beijing, China,  from September 13 – 17, 2011. The theme of the congress is “Integrating Cultural Perspectives in the Understanding and Prevention of Suicide.”   See the following link for congress details http://www.iaspchina.org/

Call for Nomations for the Position of President-Elect and One Director-at-Large on CPA's Board of Directors for 2012

The International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) is offering a one-year-free-of-charge-membership for members of the Canadian Psychological Association. One of the founders of IAEA was Canadian psychologist Dan Berlyne and hence IAEA has some roots in the Canadian psychology community. IAEA is interested in expanding its membership and offering interested researchers an international forum for exchanging ideas and making research connections. The free one-year-membership includes the two issues of IAEA’s journal "Empirical Studies of the Arts" and covers the year 2012. In 2012, IAEA will host its biennial congress in Taipei (Taiwan). For more information, contact Dr. Svetlana Gabidulina, svetlana_gabidulina@sympatico.ca

The Canadian Psychological Association is very glad to provide its Canadian Student Members with a new student membership benefit in 2011. Introducing the new CPA Student Price Card (SPC Card™)! This card is free to you just for being a CPA Student Member (living in Canada) and is valid from August 2011 through August 2012.

CPA understands the unique financial situation of our Student Members and by giving you, a CPA Student Member, a complimentary SPC Card™, we are providing you with exclusive student deals on fashion, food, entertainment, lifestyle, travel and more, with partners that offer you 10-15% off every time you show your CPA Student Price Card.

For more details about The SPC Card™ and to find a listing of participating partners, visit www.spccard.ca.

July 2011

Summer 2011 issue of CPA's Psynopsis (PDF). Now more interactive and compatible with the iPad.

Section News: The Substance Abuse/Dependence Section has updated their Section name to the Addiction Psychology Section

Limited Time Free Trial - APA database package: In May 2011, CPA signed an agreement with APA which allows CPA to sell the APA’s  PsycNET GOLD® package of databases to the Canadian psychological community for individual use.  Although some psychologists in Canada may have access to a small subset of APA’s databases through their regulatory bodies, the CPA agreement affords individual access to PsycNET GOLD® which includes all five of APA’s databases:

  • PsycINFO® – Abstracts-only, comprehensive coverage of peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health
  • PsycARTICLES® – World's largest full-text database in psychology
  • PsycBOOKS® – Full-text chapters from APA books
  • PsycEXTRA® – Gray literature abstracts and full-text
  • PsycCRITIQUES® – Incisive book and film reviews

The CPA member subscription rate for the package is $175 (plus HST) and non-member rates are also be available.  On July 11, 2011 CPA is trialing one month’s free access to APA’s PsycNET GOLD® for CPA members and non-members alike.  Following the one month trial, users will be invited to subscribe.  For more information and to register for the free trial and/or to subscribe go to http://web.cpa.ca/media.

Submissions invited to Psynopsis 2011/12

June 2011

Server Maintenance: Friday June 17th at 1pm through Sunday June 19th the servers will be undergoing routine maintenance. This may result in interruption of service for the phone system, email and the website. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Notice to members: The issue cuasing limited access to CPA's online journals has been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Mental Health Table releases its proceedings on its Fall 2010 Forum: Which Doors Lead to Where? How to Enhance Access to Mental Health Service: Barriers, Facilitators and Opportunities for Canadians' Mental Health

Canadian Psychological Association announces partnership with Dancap Productions Inc. Support the CPAF and get discounts to Broadway productions in Toronto including Next To Normal with coupon code CPA2011

Canadian Psychological Association Membership Survey:The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is gathering input from psychologists, psychological associates and psychology students across Canada about membership in CPA. We want to know how membership in CPA can be made more valuable and relevant to both working psychologists and psychology students in all settings and roles.

Psynopsis Summer 2011 will be devoted to Convention 2011
CPA invites you to submit articles of no more than 400 words about your convention experience. What did you present, learn or wish you did? Send submissions to Tyler Stacey-Holmes by no later than June 10th. 

May 2011

CPA can now be found on Facebook.

April 2011

CPA Position on Advertising and Children's Health Behavior

Spring 2011 issue of CPA's Psynopsis (PDF)

Announcements from the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science (CNC/IUPsyS)

Notice to Members: As of April 12th, 2011 CPA's online journal access is temporarily limited. We are working to remedy the problem and should have the issues resolved shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

New Survey: Survey of Child and Family Mental Health Practitioners on Family-based Assessment Approaches (Survey open until end of day May 11, 2011)

New Survey: Media coverage of the Japan earthquake  (Survey open until end of day May 31, 2011)

March 2011

New Survey: School Psychology in the Public Service
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has struck a Task Force to study issues related to the delivery of psychological services in the public service. In order to gather data on the existing situation/issues in school psychology, we request that you complete the following survey: https://web.cpa.ca/surveys/index.php?sid=96167&lang=en. The survey, which should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, will be open until end of day April 15, 2011 (survey close date extended to July 1, 2011).

Results of Two Member Surveys - CPA Sends Letters to NSERC re: Student Funding Eligibility Criteria and CIHR's Student Award Notification and Deferral Process
As previously noted, the CPA is continuing to liaise with NSERC regarding its student funding eligibility criteria and with CIHR regarding its Student Award Notification and Deferral Process (please see postings below for an overview of these issues).  

To continue our advocacy efforts with both NSERC and CIHR, the CPA recently posted two brief member surveys and asked for your help in obtaining data regarding these matters. 

Results from the surveys have been analyzed and summarized in letters that CPA sent to both NSERC and CIHR.  Please click on the links below to view the letters.  As always, the CPA invites your input on any advocacy efforts that you feel would help address these matters.

Emergency Preparedness and Responses
Coping with Concerns Following an Earthquake and Following a Tsunami (March 11, 2011)

Appointment of Jean-Paul Boudreau, CPA Board Member, to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The CPA is pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Boudreau, CPA Board Member, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) in the position reserved for large associations.  His term will commence on March 28, 2011 for a 2-year term and will end right after the 2013 Annual General Meeting which is held in March.

The Federation provides leadership and works to address professional issues that impact the future of Canada’s social sciences and humanities community.   As a member of the Board, Jean-Paul will represent not only the CPA, but also his electoral college and its constituent members.  In this position, he will have the responsibility of conveying the interests and concerns of our association and reporting back accordingly following meetings. His first order of business will be to provide counsel on the finalization and implementaiton of the CFHSS 2011-2015 strategic framework.

Please join the CPA in extending our congratulations to Jean-Paul on this appointment.  We know that he will bring a strong voice for psychology and all other matters related to the humanities and social sciences.

Supply and Demand Task Force's Final Report
There are a number of pressing issues which need to be addressed regarding the supply of and demand for psychologists. In 2008, CPA struck a task force to examine issues related to the supply of and demand for psychologists in Canada. The task force’s final report was submitted to and accepted by the CPA Board in November 2010. Click here to view the report.

Update on Proposed Changes to APA/CPA Dues Agreement
March 3, 2011:  For many years the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have had a dues agreement. A psychologist resident in Canada who was a member of the CPA could join the APA at 50% of the APA member rate. In August of 2010, the CPA received a letter from the APA informing us that it intended to submit a proposal to its Council of Representatives (CoR) that this agreement be terminated. In February 2011, CPA's Executive Director, Karen Cohen, Ph.D. and CPA"s President, Peter Graf, Ph.D., travelled to Washington to address the CoR. Click here for more information 

February 2011 

Canadian Psychology welcomes new Editor, Dr. Martin Drapeau
CPA’s Publication Committee and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Martin Drapeau as Editor of Canadian Psychology (CP). Dr. Drapeau’s editorial term begins in January 2011 and he will assume responsibility for volumes from 2012 through 2015 of CP.  Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Drapeau is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology and of Psychiatry at McGillUniversity and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University ofSherbrooke.  He is a Researcher affiliated with the Qualaxia Network and the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée of the University of Montreal as well as a Research Scholar of the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec.  Dr. Drapeau is vice president of l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec and is on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is also the Quebec representative to the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Drapeau is involved in or leads a number of research projects and publishes in the area of psychotherapy.  

Earthquake in New Zealand: Coping with Concerns Following an Earthquake (February 2011)

New Survey: Career Goals and Aspirations: Survey of Graduate Students in Applied Psychology (survey close date is March 25, 2011)

New to the 2011 CPA Convention: We've added some new events to this year's convention with a strong focus on the next generation of psychologists in Canada. 

Winter Issue of CPA's Psynopsis (2011)

Convention Registration Open! Registration is now open for CPA’s 72nd Annual Convention and the 2nd North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference, which are being held in conjunction with the other in Toronto, Ontario, June 2-4, 2011. Click here to access the registration page.

January 2011

Two New Member Surveys re: NSERC Student Funding Eligibility Criteria and CIHR's Student Award Notification and Deferral Process
As previously noted, the CPA is continuing to liaise with NSERC regarding its student funding eligibility criteria and with CIHR regarding its Student Award Notification and Deferral Process (please see postings below for an overview of these issues).  To continue our advocacy efforts with both NSERC and CIHR, the CPA is seeking your help in obtaining data regarding these matters. To collect this data, CPA is asking you to complete two brief surveys (each survey should take only 5 minutes to complete). The surveys can be completed in either English or French, and will remain open until February 18, 2011. 

Proposed Changes to APA/CPA Dues Agreement
January 21, 2011:  For many years the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have had a dues agreement. A psychologist resident in Canada who was a member of the CPA could join the APA at 50% of the APA member rate. In August of 2010, the CPA received a letter from the APA informing us that it intended to submit a proposal to its Council of Representatives (CoR) that this agreement be terminated. The CoR will receive and vote on this proposal at their February 2011 meeting in Washington. Click here for more information

CPA Letter to Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care re: Suspension of Ontario Mental Health Foundation's Grant and Fellowship Program for New Awards for 2011-2012
January 19, 2011: In response to a notice regarding the suspension of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation's grant and fellowship program for new awards for 2011-2012, the CPA sent a letter to Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.  Click here to view the letter.

Urgent Request to the Psychological Research Community from the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR)
(January 12, 2011): PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO ENSURE THE VOICE OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH COMMUNITY IS HEARD!

As you may know, the CPA is a member of the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), the umbrella body which advocates for research and post-secondary education at the federal level.

CCR has recently raised concerns that the upcoming federal Budget might be a bad one for basic research. This is based on the following: 

  1. neither CCR nor many other research organizations (including the Granting Councils) were invited to appear before the House of Commons Finance Committee this year as part of the 2011 Budget consultations (for the CCR, this is the first time this has happened for many years); 
  2. strenuous efforts by the CCR to obtain meetings with key decision makers in the late fall were mainly unsuccessful; and 
  3. Minister Flaherty has made comments which suggest that the 2011 Budget may be a tough one.

Given this situation, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE VOICE OF THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY BE HEARD! In response, the CCR undertook a letter writing campaign to all MPs in December.  The CCR is now asking the CPA to notify you - our CPA membership - about this possible issue and ask you to e-mail or send a letter outlining your concerns to Ministers Flaherty and Goodyear.  If a large number of researchers make their views known, we believe that it is not too late to have an impact on the 2011 budget! Click here to read more and send an email/letter to Ministers Flaherty and Goodyear.

Violence, Stress and Coping (January 2011)

CPA Task Force on Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists in Canada (January 2011)

Difficulties Accessing On-Line Journals
Just prior to the holidays, some members contacted the CPA to notify us of some difficulties they had encountered in accessing CPA’s on-line journals (e.g. being required to pay to get the PDF, not being able to log in). In response, we notified the APA of these issues as they are responsible for the technical aspects of CPA's journals in their role as publisher. There was a glitch on their end due to a recent software upload; this resulted in CPA members losing their journal access. We have been informed that the issue has been resolved; testing on our end, internally, indicates that all is now working as it should and all members should have access to the journals at no cost, as per their CPA membership benefits. The CPA would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank those members who brought this matter to our attention.