December 2013

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.

 


 

November 2013

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

Click here for details.

 

Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) Research Priorities Survey

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.

 


 

October 2013

Antipsychotic Medications: 32 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2013.

Click here for details.

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.

Click here to see the letter to the editor.

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"

Click here for the article and CPA's response.

 


 

September 2013

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.

Correctional Services Healthcare Conference: November 28-29, 2013 (Novotel: Ottawa, ON)


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CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium: New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention.

April 8 - 11, 2014
Delta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, ON

Conference Overview
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.

About CDPAC
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.
 

Important Dates

    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 (New!)
    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.

Train-Bus Collision in Ottawa, ON.

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

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.

World Suicide Prevention Day

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

 

MIND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

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.

Server Maintenance:

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 jennifer.veitch@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

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.

Webcast Only
Date: September 7, 2013
Time: 1-5 pm ET
Fee: $95 APA member
$115 Non-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.

 


 

August 2013

NEW 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).

 

NEW Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) Awards for 2013-14.

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.

NEW Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists

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.
To access the order form, click here; mail or fax your completed form to us. Please note that all sales are final: click here for our ordering policy.
To order by phone and e-mail or for more information,
Call toll-free 1-888-472-0657 Ext. 300
Tel: 613-237-2144 Ext. 300 Fax: 613-237-1674 Email: cpa@cpa.ca
 

NEW Psynopsis Magazine Summer Issue: eHealth

The Summer 2013 Issue of Psynopsis Magazine is available online, by clicking here.

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine

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.

 


 

July 2013

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.


Click here for more information.

 

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
 


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.

Floods in Toronto: coping with the aftermath.

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)

 

Message from the Chief Public Health Officer

Public Health Agency of canada

June 28, 2013

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER


Dear Colleagues,

Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer
Dr. David Butler-Jones
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.

With gratitude,

Dave
Dr. David Butler-Jones

Dr. David Butler-Jones
Chief Public Health Officer

 

 


 

June 2013

CPA apologizes to Colonel Rakesh Jetly for scheduling error at CPA's recent convention in Québec City.

CPA extends its sincere apologies to Colonel Rakesh Jetly and the CPA 2013 convention delegates who came prepared to attend Dr. Jetly’s presentation “Mental Health Care in a War Zone” scheduled for Thursday June 13 at 14:00 to 14:55. It was because of an error on CPA’s part, that the time and date of the presentation were not accurately confirmed with Dr. Jetly. Dr. Jetly did deliver an extremely well received pre-convention workshop and we hope to be able to have him join the convention programme in the future. Again, CPA extends its apologies for this unfortunate error.

CMHA National Conference 2013, Changing Perspectives: Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health & Addictions

 

    Institutes: October 16th, 2013
    Conference: October 17th and 18th
    Location: Delta Ottawa City Centre | 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) invites you to attend its nation-wide conference dedicated to addressing the social determinants of mental health and addictions. There is a growing awareness of the issues related to mental illness in this country and a growing understanding of the costs in human suffering that occurs when serious mental illness is left untreated. We know that ultimately what determines our mental health will be a range of conditions such as our income level, where we live, where we work, and our early childhood development.

 

We also know that individuals with severe mental illness experience inequitable negative health outcomes, to an astounding degree, and as a result, die up to 25 years earlier than the general population. There is a growing commitment to ‘do’ something about these issues and a new and expanding body of knowledge and evidence about what can or should be done. Some would say we are experiencing a revolution in our approaches to helping individuals with mental illness and addressing the root causes for the overall health disparities experienced by this population.

Please visit the conference website for abstract submission information and to submit an online abstract.

Floods in Alberta: coping with the aftermath.

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)

 

Saskatchewan names commissioner to review mental health and addictions issues

The Saskatchewan government has appointed Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder, a Saskatoon-based clinical psychologist, as the commissioner to lead the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for the province. Click here to read the story from CBC.

CPA 2103 Convention Evaluation. Click here to access the survey.

 

2013 CPA Annual Report.

 

Site Visitor Training Workshop at the CPA Convention

The CPA Accreditation Panel will be offering a site visitor workshop at the CPA Convention in Quebec City, on Saturday June 15, from 10am to 1pm (in English, and from 1pm to 4pm in French).

The CPA accredits doctoral and internship training programs in professional psychology throughout Canada, and we are in need of psychologists who can serve as site visitors for the Panel. Site visitors find that the task is both interesting and enriching – being an opportunity to learn about how other programs conduct their training, which can serve as a source of inspiration for one’s home program training activities. Acting as a site visitor is also a great way to prepare for the re-accreditation process and to better understand how to complete a self-study.

There are still spaces available, and we welcome any interested psychology program staff to attend – whether as a new site visitor or for a refresher if you have attended in the past. Note that one does not need to be affiliated with an accredited program in order to act as a site visitor.

As always, please note that the workshop is free to attend and lunch with be provided!

Please RSVP to accreditation@cpa.ca by Monday June 10, 2013.

Two international courses in mental health accepting candidates

1. International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights

    The International Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2013-14. The Diploma, now in its fourth year of existence, is a collaboration between WHO and the ILS Law College in Pune, India. The course builds the capacity of students to advocate for human rights and to influence national legislative and policy and service reform in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key international human rights standards. It is a one year Diploma and includes two residential sessions and distance learning.

    Students to date have comprised health and mental health professionals, lawyers, mental health service users/survivors, government officials, social workers, human rights defenders and families and carers. The course is taught be a faculty of renowned international experts in the area.

    The prospectus for the Diploma is here. More information about the Diploma is also available at: http://cmhlp.org/diploma

    Applications can be submitted online at: http://cmhlp.org/applications-and-fees/how-to-enroll

2. International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services
 

    The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services, an international course promoted by the NOVA University of Lisbon in collaboration with WHO, is now currently accepting applications for the academic year 2013-2014. The main scope of the Master Degree in International Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) is to build capacity of mental health professionals to lead and contribute to conceiving, formulating, implementing and evaluating:

    • National Mental Health Policy
    • National Mental Health Legislation
    • Mental Health Services and Care Delivery

    The course will start on the 7th October 2013, with a two-week residential session, at the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas campus in Lisbon. A second two-week residential session will take place in Lisbon, from 31 March to 11 April 2014. Between the two residential sessions, the students will participate in e-learning teaching activities under the orientation of supervisors.

    The second year of the Course will be dedicated to the development of a project and the elaboration of the dissertation, under the orientation of a supervisor. The brochure for the course is here, and additional information about the Course can be found at the site: http://www.fcm.unl.pt/.

 


May 2013

What is passion? Who is passionate, who’s not? Is passion good for people? Which type of passion is more conducive to good health and well-being? Click here for presenter details. Cliquer ici pour le version français.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Hilton Québec Hotel
Room: Beauport/Beaumont/Belair

Call for Nominations for Invited Speakers and Symposia at the 2016 International Congress of Psychology

The 2016 International Congress of Psychology has put out its call for nominations for invited speakers and symposia. The Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS will be discussing the nominations at their meeting this June in Quebec City. Please see the attached document for the criteria against which the committee will judge nominees, and a form for making nominations. Our goal is for Canada to be represented at ICP 2016 by a broad range of excellent speakers who have not recently presented at an international congress.

The deadline for nominations is Monday June 10, 2013. All nominations are to be sent to Jennifer Veitch at jennifer.veitch@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Consultation on Compensation for Psychological Injuries

Workplace stress is an important issue across the country. The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is consulting with Nova Scotians on compensation for psychological injuries. The consultation period is April 24 to May 24, 2013.

Although this consultation is specific to Nova Scotia, workplace stress and injuries are not; as such, individual researchers, practitioners, CPA Members, provincial association members/representatives can contribute something of value to this consultation.

The changes the WCB is proposing are intended to modernize Nova Scotia’s approach to compensating for reactions to workplace stress, and to bring Nova Scotia’s approach more in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.

For more information on the consultation and/or to provide your feedback on the proposed policy changes, by May 24, 2013, click here: http://www.wcb.ns.ca/wcbns/index_e.aspx?DetailID=1928

One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in a given year.

defeatdepression.ca

The most common disorders experienced are depression and anxiety. Organized by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), the Defeat Depression Campaign is getting people to take action against depression and MOVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH. On Sunday May 26th, 2013, events will be held all across Canada to help defeat depression. You can walk, run, ride or take part in another activity in support of mental health. The campaign is about getting actively engaged against depression and fighting stigma. Funds raised will go to support the work of local organizations that support issues and needs related to mental health and mental disorders.

Please consider supporting the MDSC event by participating in a May 26th event in your area. For more information and to register go to defeatdepression.ca or click here.

CPA Launches new Convention App

CPA is pleased to announce a new addition to our 74th Annual Convention; Introducing The CPA / SCP 2013 Convention App! Available for download from Google Play and Apple iTunes. Also available in web version! Visit www.cpa.ca/App for details.

Standing Committee on Finance – proposed changes to the GST/HST

CPA letters to the Standing Committee on Finance highlighting our concerns about proposed changes to the application of the GST/HST as it affects the practice of psychology in Canada - April 29, 2013 and May 8, 2013.

An Imperative for Change: Access to Psychological Services for Canada

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

“One of the great challenges when it comes to caring for the mental health of Canadians is the significant barriers to accessing mental health services. Despite the fact that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in a given year, only one-third will receive the help they need. We have psychological treatments that work, and experts trained to deliver them. Yet the services of psychologists are not funded by provincial health insurance plans, which make them inaccessible to many with modest incomes or no insurance. Publically funded services, when available, are often in short supply and wait lists are long. The cost of mental illness in Canada is estimated at 51 billion dollars annually so we need to act now and be innovative in our approach,” said Dr. Jennifer Frain, President of the CPA.

“Last year we were very pleased that Canada’s national mental health strategy called for increased access to evidence-based psychotherapies by service providers qualified to deliver them. In response, we commissioned a report to look at how this can be achieved. The report proposes and costs out four models that could be implemented and adapted here,” said Dr. Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of the CPA.

“Canada has fallen behind other countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, and Finland who have launched mental health initiatives which include covering the services of psychologists through public health systems. These initiatives are proving both cost and clinically effective. Analysis of research in the United Kingdom found that substantial returns on investments could be achieved in the early detection and treatment of common mental health conditions such as depression. These models respond to the recommendations of the mental health strategy. By implementing them, we can move from conversation to action,” added Dr. Cohen.

Models for Canada

  • Adapt the United Kingdom’s publicly funded model for Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in the provinces and territories. Under this program psychologists and low intensity therapists deliver care for people with the most common mental health problems: depression and anxiety.
  • Integrate psychologists on primary care teams so that mental health problems are addressed at the right time, in the right place, by the right provider.
  • Include psychologists on specialist care teams in secondary and tertiary care facilities for health and mental health conditions.
  • Expand private insurance coverage and promote employer support for psychological services Canadian employers could expect to recover $6 to $7 billion annually with attention to prevention, early identification and treatment of mental health problems among their workforces.

Read “An Imperative for Change: Access to Psychological Services for Canada”, http://goo.gl/dlUjp.

 


 

April 2013

CPA By-Law Changes 2013

As some of the membership may know, Canada brought into force a new Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in October of 2011. All not-for-profit corporations have until October of 2014 to transition to this new act – this transition requirement will of course affect CPA which is a registered not-for-profit corporation. The transition process requires that we replace the association’s letters patent with a Certificate and Articles of Continuance and create a set of by-laws that comply with the new Act. More information on new Act and transition to it can be found at http://goo.gl/JOjsB.

The CPA Board and senior officers worked with our legal counsel to develop the proposed by-laws presented below that will meet the requirements of the new Act. You will note that the proposed bylaws are more succinct than the current version. The content in the old by-laws will not be lost but will now form part of the Operating Regulations developed and approved by the CPA Board. The proposed new by-laws will be voted on by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to take place in Quebec City on June 14th during the 2013 Annual Convention. As per the requirements of our current by-laws, members must be given 30 days’ notice of a motion to repeal or amend any by-law or by-laws.

The 2013 Proposed By-Law Amendments: http://goo.gl/tQwC5

Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk: A journey around Canada to grow the mental health conversation like never before

Bell today announced Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk, a national bicycle tour by Clara Hughes in support of mental health that begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. The ride culminates on Canada Day, July 1 2014, in Ottawa.
Click here to read the press release in English. Click here to read the press release in French.

Third Annual University of Toronto/OISE - IEN Mental Health Conference, Indigenizing Psychology Symposium: Integration of Teachings & Practice - May 30th, 2013

This full day symposium will cover issues related to Indigenous mental health and healing in the practice of psychology. It is for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers of all disciplines of applied mental health interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills, exchanging perspectives, and exploring new ideas. Click here for details.

The Spring 2013 issue of Psynopsis Magazine is available online.

 

Closure of Health Council erodes Federal leadership role in Health

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

Explosion during Boston Marathon: Resource on Violence, Stress and Coping (April 15, 2013):

The explosions that occurred during today's Boston Marathon (in Massachusetts), resulting in at least 2 dead and over 130 injured, challenges all of our communities to cope. The CPA has developed a resource that is intended to be of help and support in coping with tragedies of this type. Additional resources can also be found on CPA's Emergency Preparedness pages.

CPA's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018

To ensure CPA is meeting its mission, objectives and responsibilities, CPA is guided by a strategic plan that sets out clear goals and strategies for 2013-2018. CPA's strategic plan is founded on a vision that the science and practice of psychology has broad and deep relevance to public policy and the public good. CPA’s intent is to realize this vision through all its principles, policies and activities. It is in its role as psychology’s national voice, that CPA as an organization helps ensure that the discipline and profession contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians. CPA’s strategic priorities target the activities that will help us hone this contribution. The impact of our contribution will be measured by the focus and success of our activities, organized to support education and training in psychology, the development and application of research, and the accessibility of psychological practice. Click here to view the 2013-2018 strategic plan.

Summary 2013 Federal Budget highlights

Government maintains overall research funding at current levels; investments in mental health, Persons with Disabilities, and post-secondary education. Click here to read CPA's 2013 Federal Budget notes, prepared by Meagan Hatch, CPA Manager of Public Affairs and Communications.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health invites you to attend the Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala.

Join us at the Gala Awards to celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.

    May 6th, 2013 at the Chateau Laurier
    Reception, 5:30pm, Laurier Room
    Dinner & Awards , 7:00pm, Ballroom

To purchase tickets and tables, please contact Kalene DeBaeremaeker: 613-233-8906 (email: champions@miaw.ca). For more information on this event, visit camimh.ca.

 

Survey: Practice Variables and Professional Satisfaction of Psychologists in Urban, Rural, Northern, and Remote Canada

Help us understand the nature of Canadian psychological practice. Drs. Karen Dyck (University of Manitoba), Judi Malone (University of Athabasca), and Cindy Hardy (University of Northern British Columbia) are engaged in a national survey exploring professional satisfaction and issues of recruitment and retention. We are looking for psychologists from across Canada and from every area of practice. If you are a licensed/registered psychologist, help us to increase our understanding of practice variables by participating in this online survey co-sponsored by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Survey link: http://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php?sid=69648&lang=en

Movember Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Movember Canada Mental Health Initiative Request for Applications

Movember Canada is proud to have committed 40% of net funds from Movember 2012 to support male health initiatives, with mental health the first priority. This is the first and most substantial announcement of funding opportunities for 2013. A second, smaller male health announcement will be communicated in the coming months. Click here to download the Request for Applications.

For more information about Movember please visit www.movember.com.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is actively seeking to fill four vacancies on its Board of Directors

Criteria for board members include demonstrated leadership in mental health in community organizations, government, health care organizations or academic environments. The Commission encourages applications from people with lived experience of a mental health problem or illness, and also wishes to broaden the Board's diversity in the following areas: geographic, francophone, women, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and ethno-racial communities.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a current CV and letter of expression of interest to MHCCBoardRecruitment@mentalhealthcommission.ca by April 26, 2013.

Read the full posting here.

 


 

April 2013

NEW CPA By-Law Changes 2013

As some of the membership may know, Canada brought into force a new Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in October of 2011. All not-for-profit corporations have until October of 2014 to transition to this new act – this transition requirement will of course affect CPA which is a registered not-for-profit corporation. The transition process requires that we replace the association’s letters patent with a Certificate and Articles of Continuance and create a set of by-laws that comply with the new Act. More information on new Act and transition to it can be found at http://goo.gl/JOjsB.

The CPA Board and senior officers worked with our legal counsel to develop the proposed by-laws presented below that will meet the requirements of the new Act. You will note that the proposed bylaws are more succinct than the current version. The content in the old by-laws will not be lost but will now form part of the Operating Regulations developed and approved by the CPA Board. The proposed new by-laws will be voted on by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to take place in Quebec City on June 14th during the 2013 Annual Convention. As per the requirements of our current by-laws, members must be given 30 days’ notice of a motion to repeal or amend any by-law or by-laws.

The 2013 Proposed By-Law Amendments: http://goo.gl/tQwC5

NEW Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk: A journey around Canada to grow the mental health conversation like never before

Bell today announced Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk, a national bicycle tour by Clara Hughes in support of mental health that begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. The ride culminates on Canada Day, July 1 2014, in Ottawa.
Click here to read the press release in English. Click here to read the press release in French.

NEW Third Annual University of Toronto/OISE - IEN Mental Health Conference, Indigenizing Psychology Symposium: Integration of Teachings & Practice - May 30th, 2013

This full day symposium will cover issues related to Indigenous mental health and healing in the practice of psychology. It is for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers of all disciplines of applied mental health interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills, exchanging perspectives, and exploring new ideas. Click here for details.

NEW The Spring 2013 issue of Psynopsis Magazine is available online.

 

NEW Closure of Health Council erodes Federal leadership role in Health

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

NEW Explosion during Boston Marathon: Resource on Violence, Stress and Coping (April 15, 2013):

The explosions that occurred during today's Boston Marathon (in Massachusetts), resulting in at least 2 dead and over 130 injured, challenges all of our communities to cope. The CPA has developed a resource that is intended to be of help and support in coping with tragedies of this type. Additional resources can also be found on CPA's Emergency Preparedness pages.

NEW CPA's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018

To ensure CPA is meeting its mission, objectives and responsibilities, CPA is guided by a strategic plan that sets out clear goals and strategies for 2013-2018. CPA's strategic plan is founded on a vision that the science and practice of psychology has broad and deep relevance to public policy and the public good. CPA’s intent is to realize this vision through all its principles, policies and activities. It is in its role as psychology’s national voice, that CPA as an organization helps ensure that the discipline and profession contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians. CPA’s strategic priorities target the activities that will help us hone this contribution. The impact of our contribution will be measured by the focus and success of our activities, organized to support education and training in psychology, the development and application of research, and the accessibility of psychological practice. Click here to view the 2013-2018 strategic plan.

NEW Summary 2013 Federal Budget highlights

Government maintains overall research funding at current levels; investments in mental health, Persons with Disabilities, and post-secondary education. Click here to read CPA's 2013 Federal Budget notes, prepared by Meagan Hatch, CPA Manager of Public Affairs and Communications.

NEW Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health invites you to attend the Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala.

Join us at the Gala Awards to celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.

    May 6th, 2013 at the Chateau Laurier
    Reception, 5:30pm, Laurier Room
    Dinner & Awards , 7:00pm, Ballroom

To purchase tickets and tables, please contact Kalene DeBaeremaeker: 613-233-8906 (email: champions@miaw.ca). For more information on this event, visit camimh.ca.

 

REMINDER Survey: Practice Variables and Professional Satisfaction of Psychologists in Urban, Rural, Northern, and Remote Canada

Help us understand the nature of Canadian psychological practice. Drs. Karen Dyck (University of Manitoba), Judi Malone (University of Athabasca), and Cindy Hardy (University of Northern British Columbia) are engaged in a national survey exploring professional satisfaction and issues of recruitment and retention. We are looking for psychologists from across Canada and from every area of practice. If you are a licensed/registered psychologist, help us to increase our understanding of practice variables by participating in this online survey co-sponsored by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Survey link: http://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php?sid=69648&lang=en

Movember Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Movember Canada Mental Health Initiative Request for Applications

Movember Canada is proud to have committed 40% of net funds from Movember 2012 to support male health initiatives, with mental health the first priority. This is the first and most substantial announcement of funding opportunities for 2013. A second, smaller male health announcement will be communicated in the coming months. Click here to download the Request for Applications.

For more information about Movember please visit www.movember.com.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is actively seeking to fill four vacancies on its Board of Directors

Criteria for board members include demonstrated leadership in mental health in community organizations, government, health care organizations or academic environments. The Commission encourages applications from people with lived experience of a mental health problem or illness, and also wishes to broaden the Board's diversity in the following areas: geographic, francophone, women, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and ethno-racial communities.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a current CV and letter of expression of interest to MHCCBoardRecruitment@mentalhealthcommission.ca by April 26, 2013.

Read the full posting here.

 


March 2013

NEW Important notice regarding the 2013 federal budget

The federal budget 2013 announced some changes to GST/HST which might affect psychologists providing service to the public. Click here for more information on these changes, and click here for more information on Practice Support in general.

NEW Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013: June 18-19, 2013

The Canadian Psychological Association is pleased to be partnering with the Conference Board for this exciting event! As part of our partnership, we're able to offer our delegates a special rate to attend! Please see below for more information.

Save with our special Partner rate!

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the experts, raise the issues that affect you, and learn what you need to know to build a vision of mental health for your organization. Click here to register online and quote rebate code PRM4 to save $460 off of registration for this event! We also have special rates available for groups, not-for-profit organizations, health practitioners, and others. If you think you qualify for one of these lower rates, or would like more information on the program, please contact Joel Elliott at elliott@conferenceboard.ca before registering.

Click here for Event Details.

NEW ALS Canada - Making Moments Matter

ALS Canada has initiated a program of providing psychological support to its clients, in collaboration with interested registered Psychologists, practicing in various locations throughout Ontario. Click here to download details.

NEW The CPA applauds the Federal Government for revisiting its disability management initiative: Better approach to Mental Health needed.

Press Release (March 21, 2013) - Canadian Psychological Association applauds the Federal Government for revisiting its disability management initiative: Better approach to Mental Health needed The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is pleased that the Federal government will be examining its disability management practices to get sick and injured workers back to work faster. CPA hopes that appropriate and necessary steps are taken to address mental health issues which now account for almost half of all disability claims made by employees of the Federal government. Click here to read the entire press release.

NEW Survey: Practice Variables and Professional Satisfaction of Psychologists in Urban, Rural, Northern, and Remote Canada

Help us understand the nature of Canadian psychological practice. Drs. Karen Dyck (University of Manitoba), Judi Malone (University of Athabasca), and Cindy Hardy (University of Northern British Columbia) are engaged in a national survey exploring professional satisfaction and issues of recruitment and retention. We are looking for psychologists from across Canada and from every area of practice. If you are a licensed/registered psychologist, help us to increase our understanding of practice variables by participating in this online survey co-sponsored by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Survey link: http://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php?sid=69648&lang=en

NEW PsycALERT

You can sign up for an email alert that will notify you about the release of each issue of any of CPA's journals. The alert will detail the journal issue and will include a table of contents. Click here to sign-up today.

Spring 2013 CPA set to launch new Professional Development Course in Psychopharmacology!

Watch for the launch of CPA’s new Professional Development (PD) course, “A Psychologist’s Guide to Psychopharmacology”, through our new online multi-media learning partner, ScholarLab. This PD course includes modules covering various aspects of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, psychoactive substances, and psychotropic medications, all presented by leaders in the field.

While this course is not intended to train psychologists to prescribe, its intent is to deliver foundational education in psychopharmacology – a knowledge base that supports good practice in mental health. We also appreciate that many psychologists have not had the opportunity to receive formal training in this area, and so we have developed this course to help fill that gap.

CPA anticipates that this will be the first of more exciting and valuable PD courses to come. Please click on the link below to sign-up to receive priority notification of the official launch of this course, as well as future courses.

https://web.cpa.ca/signups/index.php?lang=EN

NEW Participate in a CPA colleague's research study: Five new postings to the R2P2!

  • Factors in Optimal Collaboration Between Psychologists and Primary Healthcare Physicians
  • An Examination of Factors Affecting the Hiring Process
  • Pain Perception and Pain Recall
  • Influences on Perceptions of Information and Communication Technology in Therapeutic Practice
  • Mental Health Professionals' Perceptions of Childhood Trauma Survivors

Click here for more information about the studies and criteria for participation.

NEW 2013 Schizophrenia Society of Canada National Conference

The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society will be hosting the 2013 Schizophrenia Society of Canada National Conference this coming September 9, 10, 11, 2013. With the theme of: “Being, Belonging, and Becoming: Social Inclusion in an Age of Diversity.” Dr. Mike Slade, from the UK, will present evidenced informed research on the evidence for recovery from/in mental illness: “Facts and Fiction About Recovery.” The conference website is now live! You can view it at: www.sscnationalconference2013.ca

NEW Call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Public Mental Health on "Mental Health and Human Rights"

The Journal of Public Mental Health announces a call for papers for a special issue on mental health and human rights, to be published in 2013. Accepted contributions include original research papers, systematic reviews, policy analyses and case studies. In 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse launched the QualityRights (QR) Project, which aims to improve the quality and human rights conditions in mental health and social care facilities and empower civil society organizations to advocate for the rights of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities.

JPMH are keen to attract papers from academics, practitioners and activists in resource-scarce countries. Papers for this special edition should be marked with 'QualityRights' in the title. The manuscript selection process will follow the journal peer review procedures. Submit articles here before 1 June 2013. Informal enquiries can be emailed here

 


IMPORTANT Please note that the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is not currently recruiting or funding the recruitment of psychologists in any country outside of Canada. Any advertisements suggesting that the CPA is recruiting or funding the recruitment of psychologists from other countries to come work in Canada are false.   

IMPORTANTE Favor notar que la asociación canadiense de psicología (CPA) no esta actualmente reclutando ni financiando el reclutamiento de psicólogos en países otros que el Canadá. Todo anuncio que sugiera que la CPA esta reclutando o financiando el reclutamiento de psicólogos de otros países para  trabajar en Canadá es falso.

IMPORTANT Veuillez noter que la Société canadienne de psychologie (SCP) ne recrute ni ne subventionne aucun recrutement de psychologues à l'extérieure du Canada.  Toute annonce mentionnant que la SCP recrute ou subventionne le recrutement de psychologues provenant de d'autres pays pour venir travailler au Canada est fausse.


February 2013

Call for Nominations for the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science (CNC/IUPsyS)

The CNC/IUPsyS is a CPA committee that enacts Canada's participation in the International Union of Psychological Science under a partnership agreement with the National Research Council of Canada. To ensure that the membership is representative of the diversity of psychological science, at-large members of the committee hold positions designated for psychologists whose research falls into one of three broad research domains: health science, neuro-bio-behavioural science, or social science.

For details, please click here.

Register now for this year's Convention!

Registration is now open for CPA's 74th Annual Convention, which is being held in Québec City, Québec, June 13-15, 2013. Click here for details.

The 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit

The 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit is presented by the Canadian Obesity Network - Réseau Canadien en Obésité (CON-RCO), the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving how health systems, governments and the private sector can tackle the causes, complications, treatments and prevention approaches for obesity and its multiple co-morbidities.

Connect with 1,200 delegates including: physicians, clinical teams, researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers from federal, provincial, and territorial governments at Canada's only multidisciplinary scientific conference focusing solely on the prevention and management of obesity and its comorbities.

For more information, visit the website http://www.con-obesitysummit.ca/.

Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Exciting news! New Directions has been recognized as one of "Canada's Best Diversity Employers" as indicated in a special insert in today's Globe and Mail newspaper. Now entering its 6th year this award recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

Over 2,750 employers applied for the award and this was reduced to a short listed group of employers with noteworthy and interesting diversity initiatives. The finalists chosen represent the diversity leaders in their industry and region of Canada.

Click here to view the article.

Click here for information about New Directions.

Important message regarding CPA Convention Registration

Due to the high number of convention submissions this year, as well as the time and procedures needed by sections to complete their reviews, this year's conference schedule and acceptance letters will be delayed. The Convention Committee and staff are looking closely at the factors that impact on our timely completion of the review and submission process and plans are in place to increase our efficiency next year without sacrificing the quality of the review process. Please accept our apologies for the delay. We expect to have all of our systems, schedules and acceptance letters for all submissions fully functional by the end of February. For more information please contact convention@cpa.ca

CPA Board of Directors - Election 2013

There will be an election for the CPA Board of Directors running from February 11th, 2013 until March 11th, 2013. This year, nominations were required for:

  • President-elect
  • Directors-at-Large (3 positions)
  • Scientist
  • Scientist-Practitioner

The CPA Election 2013 Ballot Box is now open!

 

New issue of Psynopsis, Winter 2013.

 

Bell's $500,000 donation improves access to mental health therapy

Concordia's Applied Psychology Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in Health receive major gift from Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative to enhance treatment services.

Click here to read the press release.

Bell Let’s Talk Campaign

Bell - Let's Talk

Bell’s Mental Health Initiative
In 2010 Bell announced that it would be contributing $50 million to mental health related initiatives over the next five years. The Bell Mental Health initiative supports an extensive range of programs to enhance mental health in every aspect of Canadian life.
The four pillars of this initiative are:
 (1) workplace mental health
 (2) research
 (3) community care and access
 (4) anti-stigma

Bell Let’s Talk Campaign
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 third annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign will feature a national multi-media campaign that culminates on February 12, 2013. 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 mental health community via the Bell Let’s Talk portal at www.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.
 

Psychology Speaks

CPA is inviting members and affiliates who are researchers and practitioners across Canada to submit a description of the work you do, up to a maximum of 400 words.  More details available at Psychology Speaks.

Call for Nominations 2013 - Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Jacobs Foundation invites you to nominate a candidate for the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2013.  The Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all disciplines aiming at the improvement of young people’s development and perspectives worldwide. For more information, please visit the website

Best Practices for Health Research Involving Children and Adolescents

Best Practices for Health Research Involving Children and Adolescents: Genetic, Pharmaceutical and Longitudinal Studies has been given final approval by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The full document is now available online.

 


January 2013

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Nominate a Champion for the 2013 Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions Awards. Click here for details.

Contributing to the Council of the Federation's Health Care Innovation Working Groups: Some Health Provider ABC's

A new backgrounder, co-written by CPA on behalf of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), provides information to Canadian health care providers about health care innovation across Canadian jurisdictions. The backgrounder is available here: Contributing to the Council of the Federation's Health Care Innovation Working Groups: Some Health Provider ABC's.

National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety

Today the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in collaboration with CSA Group (CSA) and the Bureau de normalization du Québec (BNQ), launched the National Standard of Canada entitled Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation at The MaRS Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

This voluntary standard developed by CSA and BNQ will be the first of its kind in the world. It is championed by the MHCC with support from the Government of Canada, Bell Canada and the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

The Standard is intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically healthy and safe work environments for their employees.

The Standard is available on the MHCC's website www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

Sign up today for a free webinar on the national standard for psychological health and safety in Canadian workplaces

In any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness, with a cost to the economy estimated to be in excess of $50 billion annually. Mental health problems and illnesses are also rated one of the top three drivers of both short- and long-term disability, typically accounting for approximately 30 per cent of these claims in Canada.

To help Canadian workplaces address this, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and CSA Group have released the National Standard of Canada titled Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation to support mental illness prevention and mental health promotion in the workplace.

A webinar will be taking place with MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley and MHCC Workforce Advisory Committee Chair Charles Bruce introducing this voluntary new tool to stakeholders with an interest in workplace mental health. Participants in the webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Standard.

    What: A webinar on the National Standard of Canada titled Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation
    When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12 p.m. ET
    Who: Louise Bradley, President & CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada Charles Bruce, Chair, MHCC's Workforce Advisory Committee & CEO of the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund Who will benefit from attending: Business owners, organizational leadership, occupational health and safety managers, human resources managers among others.
    Register: https://mhccevents.webex.com/mhccevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=665804074
    Note: This webinar will be in English. A French webinar will take place Thursday, February 7, 2013, 2 p.m. ET.
    Contact: Liz Wigfull, Knowledge Broker Mental Health Commission of Canada Office: (613) 683-3744 Cell: 613-857-4890 lwigfull@mentalhealthcommission.ca
    Click here.

The 14th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference will take place in Montreal, Quebec on June 27th and 28th, 2013.

Deadline for abstract submissions is midnight (CST) Thursday, January 31st. For more information

The Winter 2013 issue of Mind Pad is now available online. Click here

 

CPAF Student Research Grants: Winners of 2nd Disbursement Announced

The Canadian Psychological Association Foundation wishes to support student research in all areas of psychology and is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd disbursement of CPAF Student Research Grants. Winners receive a grant in the amount of $1,000.00 and a certificate. The CPA Foundation congratulates all the winners and wishes them well with their research and psychology careers. Winners were:

Matilda Nowakowski
Program Status: Ph.D. Student, Clinical
University: Ryerson (Toronto, ON)
Project Title: Effects of interpretation training and cognitive restructuring on subjective, behavioural, and physiological measures of anxiety during a self-presentation task in an analogue social anxiety sample

Elana Ivanova
Program Status: Ph.D. Student, Clinical
University: McGill (Montreal, QC)
Project Title: Using acceptance-based techniques to improve affective responses to exercise and increase exercise duration among physically inactive women

Rick Coupland
Program Status: Ph.D. Student, Clinical
University: University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)
Project Title: Dynamic risk, protective factors, and treatment in violent offenders

Linette Savage
Program Status: M.Sc. Student, Clinical
University: University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)
Project Title: Near and far transfer of working memory training related gains in healthy adults

Stephanie Montgomery-Graham
Program Status: BA (Honours) Student
University: King`s College University at Western University (London, ON)
Project Title: Narcissism and social media

NSERC Invites the CPA to Provide Feedback on Plan to Allocate Budgets among Evaluation Groups Under the Discovery Grants Program

In November 2012, the CPA was contacted by NSERC with two invitations:

  1. to review the 2012 report of the Council of Canadian Academies in which psychology and cognitive sciences were among the six research fiels in which Canada excels; and
  2. provide feedback on NSERC's plan to allocate budgets among evaluation groups under the Discovery Grants program.

Click here to view CPA's letter outlining its review and feedback.

4th Brain Development and Learning Conference

When: July 24-28, 2013
Where: Vancouver, B.C. 
Click here for details

2013 National Bottom Line Conference. Celebrating a new Era in Workplace Mental Health: Putting National Standards into Practice

When: February 27-28, 2012
Where: Vancouver, B.C. 
Early bird registration deadline: January 9, 2012
Details and registration information available at http://www.cmha.bc.ca/bl/