CPA Campus Representative - Main Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinating role as CPA ambassador and primary point of contact at the college/university.
  2. Recruit a designated CPA Student Representative from each of the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  3. Collaborate with the CPA Student Representatives from each program (Graduate and Undergraduate) to provide membership information, explain the benefits (e.g., the CPA Perks discount program, awards available to students, submission and delegate registration deadlines for the annual CPA National Convention, forward news from the CPA Students Section Executive, and ensure the Students are aware of any new or pending openings on the CPA Student Section executive), and encourage the students to join the CPA.
  4. Collaborate with the designated CPA Student Representatives to promote the CPA and CPA Section for Students’ initiatives and activities on a regular basis (e.g., in person, email, social media, place posters (supplied by CPA) on bulletin boards, events, etc.).
  5. Share role as liaison between the students and the CPA (via the CPA Student Section).
  6. Complete a form, twice each year (October and April), which details the activities on their campus.

Student Representative - Main Responsibilities:

  1. CPA ambassador within their Undergraduate or Graduate programs at their college/university (if necessary, one CPA Student Rep position can be filled by the CPA Campus Rep).
  2. Collaborate with the CPA Campus Representative to provide membership information, explain the benefits (e.g., the CPA Perks discount program, awards available to students, submission and delegate registration deadlines for the annual CPA National Convention, forward news from the CPA Students Section Executive, and ensure the Students are aware of any new or pending openings on the CPA Student Section executive), and encourage the psychology students to join the CPA.
  3. Collaborate with the designated CPA Student Representatives to promote the CPA and CPA Section for Students’ initiatives and activities on a regular basis (e.g., in person, email, social media, place posters (supplied by CPA) on bulletin boards, events, etc.).
  4. Share role as liaison between the students and the CPA (via the CPA Student Section).


Volunteers are committing to a minimum of a one-year term (September to August). Campus and Student Representatives are encouraged to remain in your position for more than one term. Those who choose not to return are expected to assist the CPA to recruit a replacement for their position.

How Students Benefit from CPA Student Membership

Students sometimes wonder about the value of membership in a national organization such as the Canadian Psychological Associations (CPA). This is a good question and goes beyond the more obvious benefits of reduced membership and CPA Convention registration fees, access to the member exclusive CPA Perks discount program (offering access to more than 365,000 deals across Canada and the USA), products such as the Graduate Guide, affordable malpractice insurance, pro bono malpractice legal advice, and inexpensive journal subscriptions.

Association membership helps secure the future. The CPA spends much time, energy and resources representing psychology with other organizations, insurance companies and governments. This helps students because increased funding to granting councils, universities, health services and third party insurance affects current realities and the future job market. Promoting the discipline ensures future funding will include psychological research and practice.

Representing the discipline guarantees that psychology is considered when policy developers, corporations and legislators develop new programs that affect science and practice. Proactive involvement in the development of policy yields far greater success for the discipline and the profession than does a reactive role once policy is already established.

Membership provides unique opportunities for networking; a critically important activity early in your career! Networking in the CPA allows students to link to each other as well as tap into leaders in the developing job market. Faculty has an important role in promoting and supporting student’ participation in the organization of the discipline and profession.  Early and supported participation develops responsible citizens in the discipline, supports the dissemination of knowledge and buttresses support for psychological research and practice.


Schedule of Duties

SEPTEMBER

  • If you are a returning Student Representative (Graduate or Undergraduate), consider becoming or help the CPA recruit a CPA Campus Representative.
  • CPA Campus Representatives to recruit Student Representatives (Graduate and/or Undergraduate) at your institution if any of the other positions are vacant.
  • Gather and assemble a list of students within the psychology department emails. If you are unable to access student e-mails, refer to the department secretary or department head to forward your CPA related emails to students.
  • CPA Campus Rep to send all the students an e-mail introducing yourselves and your roles as a CPA Campus and Student Representatives.
  • Post the recruitment posters (supplied) that promote CPA membership in designated areas such as University/Campus bulletin boards, wall space, or wall panels (some Universities require approval by the Students’ Association – see posting policies/guidelines as they may differ from one institution to another).
  • Organize a meeting with your psychology student organization (if any) on the benefits of joining CPA.
  • Encourage students to submit an article for the CPA Student Section’s Fall Newsletter (send it to the CPA Student Section’s Communications Officer – Deadline: September 23, 2016)
  • Actively promote and “Like” the CPA Student Section Facebook page and Twitter account @cpa_students

OCTOBER

  • Actively promote and invite students to submit an abstract to present at the CPA National Conference in Toronto, ON (June 8 – 11, 2017). There are plenty of opportunities, such as “Str8 Talks” for students and first time presenters, poster sessions, and other oral presentations.
  • Hold a workshop to show students how to prepare an abstract for the CPA National Convention. Contact the CPA Student Section for assistance.
  • Complete and submit the CPA Campus Representative Report (form) by October 31st. Send the completed form to membership@cpa.ca.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

NOVEMBER

  • Send a reminder e-mail to students RE: CPA National Convention abstract submission deadline (Mid-November).
  • Promote the CPA Membership Renewal/Join campaign which launches on November 15th for the new CPA membership year (January 1 – December 31, 2017).
    • Once a CPA Student Affiliate, encourage students to join the CPA Student Section (FREE)
    • Highlight the great benefits such as the CPA Perks, discounts on insurance, and so much more
  • Encourage students to complete a submission to write an article for the winter issue of Psynopsis.
    – Deadline: December 1 to psynopsis@cpa.ca

DECEMBER

  • Send a reminder e-mail to promote CPA Membership and its great benefits (CPA Perks program, liability insurance, etc.) – Deadline for Renewal Student Affiliates is December 31, 2016.


 

JANUARY

  • Recruit new students (ask for their contact information and e-mail) starting in the New Year. Organize a meeting or set-up a kiosk promoting membership (CPA Perks program, liability insurance, etc.) with your department section.
  • Send message to students regarding the new term, your availability and if there is any updates/changes to your schedule.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

FEBRUARY

  • Promote and celebrate Psychology Month! Click here for a selection of resources.
  • E-mail CPA Convention information, such as early registration fees and the location of the CPA Convention.
  • If the National Convention is being held in or near your city, contact the CPA Student Section Executive to help out with convention planning (e.g. offer advice regarding appropriate venues for the student social).
  • Encourage students to complete a submission to write an article for the spring issue of Psynopsis
    – Deadline: March 1 to psynopsis@cpa.ca
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

MARCH

  • Encourage students to register for the CPA National Convention
    • Put a “call-out” to student for Volunteers to assist CPA staff at the Convention.
  • Find out if/when there is an undergraduate/graduate conference at your University; plan and arrange to attend with information for students about CPA (kiosk or poster distribution). CPA Member Service department can assist with planning/prep.
  • Hold a short meeting regarding how to conduct a poster presentation. Contact the CPA Student Section for assistance.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

APRIL

  • Complete and submit the CPA Campus/Student Representative Report Form by April 30th. Send the completed form to membership@cpa.ca.
  • E-mail a survey to students asking for comments and questions regarding CPA. The CPA Member Service department can assist with preparing the survey.
  • Contact Psychology Department Chair regarding CPA Certificates of Academic Excellence program.
  • Promote and encourage qualifying for the CPA’s 3-Star Programme
    • get all 3 stars by achieving all 3 requirements
    • get your university to be the 3-Star Programme of the year!
  • Promote CPA National Convention coming in June
    • Student Travel Award are due in late April (TBC) – For more information – Click here.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

MAY

  • Remind students of the National Convention content, including key speakers, information on registration, the student social and student section events, and information on the different sections of CPA.
  • to submit for the 3-Star Programme – Deadline to submit in early May (TBC) –
    • Final reminder to highlight your university via the CPA’s 3-Star Programme.
    • get all 3 stars by achieving all 3 requirements
    • get your university to be the 3-Star Programme of the year!
  • Encourage students to complete a submission to write an article for the summer issue of Psynopsis.
    – Deadline: June 1 to psynopsis@cpa.ca
  • Campus Representative Award of Excellence applications are due.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

JUNE

  • Attend the CPA National Convention (held either the first or second week of June each year)
  • Any students within your department, who are attending the CPA National Convention, are encouraged to attend CPA Student Section led events, presentations and the CPA Student Section Business Meeting.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

JULY

  • If you are graduating or are not planning to return to the Campus or Student Representative position in the fall, please let us know ASAP (membership@cpa.ca) and help us find a suitable replacement for you.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

AUGUST

  • Check the website to ensure that your contact information is still current/correct.
  • On a regular basis, verify that the CPA Student Affiliate recruitment posters are all still in place and intact where you posted them. Reposition clutter and/or replace them if damaged or missing.

OTHER DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Inform students within your department of all CPA Events, and initiatives by forwarding e-mails or promoting to students such as:
    • Member Benefits
    • CPA Student Section
    • Student Awards
    • CPA National Convention submission deadlines and delegate registration info
    • Advise students of any seats available on the CPA Student Section executive
    • News from the CPA Student Section Executive
    • CPA News
    • Psynopsis – students can write an article to appear in the quarterly CPA Newsletter magazine

Resources for Campus Representatives

Poster to attract new CPA student affiliate members are available from the CPA Member Service department.  Please contact the CPA Member Service Centre via email membership@cpa.ca if you have any questions.