CPA Releases Recommendations for the Decriminalization of Illegal Substances in Canada (September 2023)
Led by Co-Chairs, Dr. Andrew Kim, Dr. Keira Stockdale and the late Dr. Peter Hoaken, the CPA Board of Directors recently approved a position paper The Decriminalization of Illegal Substances in Canada developed by the Working Group on Decriminalization. In addition to seven actionable recommendations for governments and relevant stakeholders, the report calls for criminal penalties associated with simple possession of illegal substances be removed from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and strongly recommends that the determination of the quantity of “personal use” should be made in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including people with lived and living experience with substance use. See our news release.
In lead up to the federal government’s 2024 Budget, the CPA submitted its Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance which contains four financial asks which focus on improved access to care across the public and private sectors, creating more training positions for psychology, and increasing research funding to the Tri-Councils and funding for students and post-doctoral Fellows. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), of which the CPA is a founding member, also submitted a Brief.
New Position Statement: Promotion of Gender Diversity and Expression and Prevention of Gender-Related Hate and Harm
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) through its Code of Ethics and policy statements, has long held a commitment to human rights, social justice, and the dignity of persons. Despite this commitment, echoed in amendments to Canada’s Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, gender-based stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination continue to persist across social systems and services (e.g., education, health, justice).
With the rise of gender minority hate and violence worldwide, this policy statement outlines the discrimination that people of gender minority face, as well as the changes that need to be made to redress it. The CPA commits to helping to bring about these changes and calls on legislators, policy makers, and agencies and individuals who deliver health and social services to assert their commitments to join us.
View all of the CPA’s Position and Policy Statements here
Canadian Psychological Association warmly welcomes Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker as its new Chief Executive Officer
June 19, 2023
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
“The Board of Directors is extremely excited to announce that we have named Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Psychological Association,” said President, Board Chair, and Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Kerri Ritchie. “In the many years I have known and worked with Lisa, and throughout the recruiting process, she has continually demonstrated that she has the right energy, experience, and approach to lead the CPA as the national voice for the science, practice, and education of psychology in Canada. We welcome the opportunity to work with her as she leads the Association through its next chapter.”
Call for papers: Contributions of psychological science to understanding and addressing global challenges
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal call for action focusing on People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. The agenda sets out 17 interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a discipline, psychology is uniquely positioned to address pressing problems reflected in the SDGs, including, but not limited to: Human rights, Climate action, Global health and well-being, Responses to international conflict, and Inequalities.
The idea for this special issue was first advanced by the Canadian Psychological Association / Société canadienne de psychologie International Relations Committee (IRC). The special issue will demonstrate how psychological science and psychologists have contributed to an improved understanding of global challenges as captured in the UN SDGs. It will also provide an opportunity to engage in reflection and analysis of global challenges and solutions in which psychology as a discipline appears to be less visible but stands to make substantive contributions.
For more information on the special issue and to make a submission, visit here: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/cap/contributions-psychological-science-global-challenges
Submission deadline: December 31, 2023
The Board of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) maintains an international bursary program that is available to developing and emerging countries – those who are members of the Global Psychology Alliance (GPA) as well as those who are not GPA members but are in the process of developing and formalizing organized psychology in their countries.
Click here for more information on the bursary and to apply: https://cpa.ca/funding/
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