Standards Revision Process

CPA Accreditation Panel launched Public Consultation Survey for 6th Revision of the Accreditation Standards and Procedures for Doctoral Programmes and Internships in Professional Psychology.

Revision began in 2017
Initial Consultation Survey of Training Directors and Site Visitors
Survey of Training Stakeholders
Formation of Standards Review Committee
Draft of Revisions
Focused Consultations
External Stakeholder and Public Consultation Period
Submission to CPA Board of Directors
Approval and Implementation

Revision began in 2017
The CPA Accreditation Panel formally decided to begin the revision process for the CPA Accreditation Standards, and at that time, outlined the process for those revisions. Revisions have typically taken place approximately every ten years or so.

Initial Consultation Survey of Training Directors and Site Visitors
A survey was sent to current training directors of CPA-Accredited programs and current CPA Site Visitors about key areas of interest for the upcoming revisions to the Standards, including:

  • Addressing the needs of diverse, minority, and marginalized peoples and groups
  • Addressing the needs of students to work across different service delivery areas
  • Addressing changing needs of clients in different settings across Canada
  • Addressing evidence-based practice requirements for programs
  • Addressing technology use in training and service delivery
  • Addressing practitioner self-evaluation and outcome monitoring
  • Addressing entry-to-practice competencies
  • Addressing any gaps in the Standards and/or accreditation procedures.
  • Survey of Training Stakeholders
    Following the analysis of the data for the initial consultation survey, a comprehensive survey was developed that was distributed to the stakeholders below. This survey included questions about the areas noted in the initial consultation survey, as well as a standard-by-standard review of the current accreditation Standards. This survey was distributed to the following groups:

  • Faculty members and students in Canadian departments of Psychology
  • Members of CPA Sections
  • Members of Provincial Psychology Associations
  • Directors and faculty of Professional Training Programs and Internships
  • Canadian Regulatory Bodies in Psychology
  • Registered Psychologists in Canada
  • Members of General Public
  • Formation of Standards Review Committee
    Following the completion and analysis of the data from the Survey of Training Stakeholders, the Panel put out a call for interested parties to join the Standards Review Committee, which was designated as a body that would provide input, expertise, and continuity to the Standards Review process. Twenty members of the psychology training community submitted applications for this Committee, of which ten were chosen by the Panel. The Panel attempted to balance the composition of the committee to ensure the inclusion of regional and practice speciality (e.g., clinical, counselling, and school psychology and neuropsychology) representation. The members of that committee are:

  • Dr. Paul S. Greenman, Université du Québec en Outaouais, co-chair
  • Dr. Kerry Mothersill, Alberta Health Services, co-chair
  • Dr. David Hodgins, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Mary Caravias, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Harold Wallbridge, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Michelle A. Drefs, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Julie Gosselin, Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Dr. Richard Young, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Brad Hallam, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Dr. Joshua Madsen, University of Calgary
  • Draft of Revisions
    Following their formation in May 2019, the Standards Review Committee began the redrafting of the Standards, based on a review of the survey data collected by the Panel in 2017-2018, previous feedback received from training stakeholders, as well as a review of the CPA’s formal committee reports released since the last revision of the Standards was approved in 2011. Those committee reports included:

  • Report on Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility Assessments in Canada
  • Report on Medical Assistance in Dying and End-of-Life Care
  • Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report
  • Task Force Report on Outcomes and Progress Monitoring in Psychotherapy
  • Report on Supply and Demand for Accredited Doctoral Internships/Residency Positions
  • Report on Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists
  • The Standards Review Committee held numerous meetings between May 2019 and August 2020, including an in-person meeting in March 2020 in which they reviewed, synthesized, and discussed suggested changes to the Accreditation Standards. These changes were brought to the CPA Accreditation Panel in the Fall of 2020, at which time the Panel agreed to proceed with the focused consultation phase of the review process.

    Focused Consultations
    The Focused Consultation Period began with a distribution of the draft Standards to the CPA Indigenous Peoples’ Psychology Section in December 2020. In light of the recommendations made in Psychology’s Response to the TRC Report, a specific consultation with the Indigenous People’s Section was held first; consultation with other formal, internal stakeholder groups and partners began May 2021. The purpose of the Focused Consultation Period is to seek feedback from internal training stakeholders and organizations that have a formal relationship with the CPA. Those stakeholders include:

  • Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO)
  • CPA Committee on Ethics
  • CPA Indigenous People’s Psychology Section
  • CPA International and Cross-Cultural Psychology Section
  • CPA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section
  • CPA Section on Women and Psychology
  • CPA Clinical Section
  • CPA Counselling Section
  • CPA School Psychology Section
  • CPA Neuropsychology Section
  • CPA Hospital Psychology Section
  • CPA Student Section
  • Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)
  • External Stakeholder and Public Consultation Period
    Following the review of feedback from internal stakeholders and organizations with a formal relationship with CPA, the CPA’s Accreditation Panel and Standards Review Committee will be inviting external stakeholders, as well as members of the general public, to provide feedback on the proposed revisions to the Standards. This period is expected to begin in the Fall of 2021, and will include seeking feedback from groups such as:

  • Association of Black Psychologists-Toronto Chapter
  • Asian-American Psychology Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Canadian Provincial Association Members
  • Members of the General Public
  • If you believe that we have overlooked a group on this list, or if you have any questions about providing input on the CPA’s Accreditation Standards, please contact Dr. Stewart Madon, Registrar, Accreditation at accreditation@cpa.ca.

    Submission to CPA Board of Directors
    Once the public consultation process is complete, the draft Standards will be submitted to the CPA Board of Directors for discussion and approval. At this stage, the Board, as well as their committees, will have an opportunity to review the draft Standards and make any additional suggestions for changes to the Panel.

    Approval and Implementation
    Following approval by the CPA Board of Directors, the sixth revision of the CPA’s Accreditation Standards will be implemented. As with past implementation periods, programmes will have a choice about which Standards they report on for a specified period of time following their approval. The CPA Accreditation Panel and Accreditation Office will also provide informational sessions on the changes to the Standards during this period, and will work with programs and partner organizations to communicate and implement the new Standards within 2-3 years following their release.