Ken Pope: New Breast Cancer Resources

Many of you have clients or loved ones who have breast cancer—some have experienced breast cancer directly.  

The American Cancer Society states that currently about 13% of U.S. women will develop breast cancer sometime in their life—about a 1 in 8 chance. The organization estimates that in 2020 about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S., and that about 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive form of cancer, will be diagnosed.

Today I updated web page with over 100 resources for breast cancer patients, their loved ones, and therapists who work with them.

There are 4 sections:

  1. 21 books for learning about breast cancer, exploring treatment options, & coping effectively;
  2. citations of 51 recent (i.e., published in 2020) articles reporting research on the various treatment options;
  3. citations of 28  recent (i.e., published from October, 2019 – 2020) articles on psychological aspects of breast cancer (e.g., cognitive changes, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic growth, stress management, quality of life, PTSD, psychosocial & clinical interventions); and
  4. links to 21 web sites that may be useful in finding information, guidance, & support (American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer—Canadian Cancer Society: Treatment for Breast Cancer—Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Breast Cancer Treatment—Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Treatment—Duke University: Breast Cancer—Johns Hopkins Medicine: Breast Cancer Treatments & Services—Mayo Clinic: Breast Cancer—M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Breast Cancer—National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Treatment Options—National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials—North York General Hospital’s Breast Cancer Care Program in Toronto—Princess Margaret Cancer Center: Breast Center—Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven: Breast Cancer Program—Stanford University Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation—UCLA Breast Cancer Center—University of California, Davis: Breast Cancer—University of Chicago Medical Center: Breast Cancer—University of Virginia Health System: Breast Cancer).

The breast cancer resources web page is at: Ken Pope: Breast Cancer Resources

Ken Pope

Pope: APA’s Continuing Human Rights & Ethics Crisis—Accepting Responsibility, Understanding Causes, Implementing Solutions

Pope & Vasquez: Ethics in Psychotherapy & Counseling: A Practical Guide (5th Edition)

Pope: Canadian Psychological Association Member of the Year Award Address: “The Code Not Taken: The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices”

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

—Jane Addams (1860-1935), founder of U.S. social work profession, women’s suffrage leader, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

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 (IUPsyS) ( IUPsyS is the international body dedicated to the advancement of psychology as a science around the world. Until last year, the Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS (CNC/IUPsyS) was the CPA committee charged with the work. Now, the CPA committee in charge of this work is the International Relations Committee (IRC).

Canada is entitled to 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 Prague, Czech Republic, in July 2020 (in conjunction with the International Congress of Psychology).

At this time, we seek nominations for ONE delegate, to complete Dr. Marta Young’s term who sadly passed away last Fall. Her term was due to end after the IUPsyS General Assembly meeting to be held in conjunction with the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Beijing, China, in July 2022. Whoever is appointed to complete Dr. Young’s term will be eligible for re-appointment in 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 IRC 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 May 2020.

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 February 12, 2020 at 23:59 (Eastern Standard Time). For more information, or to submit nominations and supporting documents, send an e-mail to the Chair of the IRC, Dr. Janel Gauthier, at

“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Concussions

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that is caused when a force is applied to the head or body. Concussions are the most common type of head injury, with an incidence of 210,000 per year in Canada (Longman & Rach-Longman, 2017).  Concussions are often referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) because they do not cause external visible damage. Instead, they produce changes to the chemical composition of the brain that temporarily interfere with brain functioning.

Concussions can be caused by a direct blow to the head (e.g., in sports or through physical altercations), abrupt speed changes that affect head and body movement (e.g., motor vehicle collisions), or by exposure to an explosion (e.g., in combat situations) (Friesen, 2017).

What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Brain injuries are classified as mild, complicated mild, moderate or severe, depending on the injury characteristics within minutes to hours of an injury. Concussions are also known as mild traumatic brain injuries.  Concussive injuries may or may not include a loss of consciousness but do involve at least an alteration of consciousness (e.g., being dazed, confused, incoherent, disoriented, or having significant incoordination) and/or an inability to form memories around the time of injury (i.e., posttraumatic or anterograde amnesia). The symptoms following a concussion are not specific to concussions as they are often found in other non-brain injuries (e.g., orthopedic injuries), and can include a combination of:

  • Physical Symptoms such as headache, dizziness, sensitivity to noise and light, blurred or double vision, alterations in sleep, nausea and vomiting;
  • Emotional and Behavioural Symptoms such as irritability, mood changes, anger, sadness, frustration, depression, anxiety; and
  • Cognitive Symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, trouble concentrating, slowed thinking, and short-term memory problems(Friesen, 2017).

When Should an Individual Seek Help?

If one is suspected to have experienced a concussion, regardless of whether symptoms are mild or severe, it is important to immediately see a physician to rule out a more serious brain injury that can become life threatening.

When can an Individual Return to Work, School or Sports?

Clinical recovery from a concussion usually occurs between 10 days and three months post-injury (Plourde, Kirkwood, & Yeates, 2017). Recovery time will vary, depending on: severity of the injury, number of symptoms experienced immediately post-concussion, pre-injury psychological or neurodevelopmental conditions, one’s psychosocial environment, and clinical management strategies. (Plourde, Kirkwood, & Yeates, 2017)

Risk factors for prolonged symptoms include: history of previous concussion(s); female gender; co-morbid medical conditions (e.g., migraines) or psychological conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD); history of learning or attention difficulties; substance abuse; and adolescent age range.

To date, a consensus regarding effective treatment for concussion has yet to be identified. Research tells us that the brain needs time to heal and clinicians have typically recommended an initial but brief (i.e., a few days to a week) period of physical and mental rest, enough and good quality sleep, a healthy and balanced diet, and relaxation (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital). Mild physical exertion may be beneficial in the recovery process, starting as soon as three days post injury, as tolerated. (Longman & Rach-Longman, 2017)

Decisions regarding returning to school, work, and sport should be made in consultation with a physician or neuropsychologist and, ideally, the decision should be informed by results obtained through a multidisciplinary assessment as needed (e.g., clinical neuropsychologist, vestibular physiotherapist, etc.).

How can a Psychologist Help?

Psychologists (neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, sport psychologists, school psychologists) can help in numerous ways related to concussions including assessment, treatment, and conducting research.

Assessment. A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in brain- behaviour relationships and knowledge of the interplay among neurological, psychological, and behavioural factors (Ontario Psychological Association, 2016). Neuropsychologists have expertise in the areas of assessment, intervention, and psychometrics in the context of brain injury, are uniquely qualified to interpret measures of cognitive and emotional functioning; and can objectively determine the presence or absence of neurocognitive and emotional sequelae of concussion. (Plourde, Kirkwood, & Yeates, 2017)

Treatment. Neuropsychologists are well positioned to educate patients about concussion symptoms and recovery patterns, and to recommend compensatory strategies (e.g., academic or work accommodations) to manage presumably transient cognitive symptoms of concussion during the recovery process. (Plourde, Kirkwood, & Yeates, 2017)

Additionally, in the case of psychological or emotional difficulties following a concussion (e.g., heightened attention/focus on symptom experience; depression; anxiety; emotional dysregulation) short-term psychological treatment may be recommended. Treatment for clinically diagnosed psychological conditions is typically provided by a clinical psychologist and may address emotional responses to concussion and the associated changes in activity and family dynamics. Patients requiring medications are referred to a medical practitioner (i.e., physician or psychiatrist).

Research. Psychologists engage in research and practice across a wide range of topics, having to do with how people think, feel and behave, many of which are connected to concussions. Psychological research specific to brain functioning, brain disease or illness (e.g. Post-Concussive Syndrome, Second Impact Syndrome, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), individual differences and risk factors, family dynamics, treatment modalities, and protective equipment are some of the areas in which psychologists conduct research that is key to understanding, treating and preventing concussions.

Where Can I Get More Information?

You can consult with a registered psychologist to find out if psychological interventions might be of help to you. Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:

References and Resources from Other Organizations

This fact sheet has been prepared for the Canadian Psychological Association by Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Psychological Association

Date:  January 2020

The author and the CPA would like to thank Dr. Christopher Friesen, Director, Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology, and members of the CPA’s Section for Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centres for their assistance during the development of this fact sheet.

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CPA Career Fair

Are you a Psychology Student or Early Career Graduate?

Are you interested in career paths outside of academia or the clinical setting?
Do you need help finding a job, creating your CV or preparing for a job interview?
Do you need help managing and overcoming your post-graduate financial debt?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, register to attend the CPA’s inaugural Career Day being held during the CPA’s 2020 Convention.

When: Saturday May 30, 2020, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Le Westin Montreal Hotel
Cost to Register: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Space is limited!

Register for this event when registering to attend the CPA’s Convention.


Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology (SCAP 2020)

June 18-19, 2020

Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology (SCAP 2020)
    Location: Singapore

    The theme of SCAP 2020 is “Psychological Well-being”. They are inviting researchers and practitioners from all fields of psychology research and practice to present and discuss recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Applied Psychology, with a special focus on psychological well-being. This can include clinical and non-clinical psychological well-being and they encourage submissions that cross disciplines, for example psychological well-being in education and the workplace. Furthermore, they welcome submissions from a range of methodological approaches, including quantitative and qualitative work.

Summer Training Institute 2020 focusing on Police & Public Safety Psychology

June 15-19, 2020

CONCEPT Palo Alto University
    Location: Palo Alto University in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, California. Join us either in person or virtually!
    Url for registration and more details:

    Other details:
    CONCEPT Continuing & Professional Studies Palo Alto University present: Summer Training Institute 2020 at Palo Alto University
    June 15th-19th, 2020 |
    Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus
    5150 El Camino Real
    Los Altos, CA 94022

    Join us for Summer Training Institute 2020 on Police & Public Safety Psychology to be held at Palo Alto University in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, California. Summer Training Institute is 5 days of mix-and-match workshops presented by internationally recognized experts in Police & Public Safety Psychology. This professional training opportunity is perfect for mental health professionals who are planning to add a police and public safety specialty to their practice or who are planning to become board certified in the Police and Public Safety Psychology specialty by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). APA, CPA, POST, ASWB, NBCC board approved workshops.

    For more information, agenda, speakers and to register, please click here

Guerette Symposia: Resilience Across the Lifespan: Strength-Based Strategies to Nurture Positive Mindsets, Caring, and Hope in Ourselves and Others with Dr. Robert Brooks

June 9 to 12, 2020

    Location: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec City, QC


    As professionals, we must manage our own feelings of stress and even burnout as we strive to bring meaning and purpose to our lives and the lives of others.  In this symposium, Dr. Brooks will describe interventions rooted in a strength-based framework for nurturing a “resilient mindset,” including the attributes of self-dignity, responsibility, compassion, and hope for both patients and professionals.  These interventions can be applied with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, schools, homes, inpatient and residential programs, and the workplace.  Many case examples will be used.

    This program is designed for intermediate psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, allied mental health professionals, educators, and other medical professionals.

    Please visit for more information and to register.

Ken Pope: Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) & Cannabis on Pain, Nausea, & PTSD

Today I completed a web page to help patients, clinicians, caregivers, families, researchers, and others keep up with the evolving research on the role, effectiveness, risks, and side-effects of cannabidiol (CBD), cannabis, and varying forms of those substances in addressing pain, nausea, or PTSD.

I gathered citations for and excerpts from 29 recent studies and articles published (or in press) from 2018 to the present.

For those interested, her’s the link: Ken Pope: Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) & Cannabis on Pain, Nausea, & PTSD

The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions: Canada’s Premier Clinical Skills Conference

May 27 – 29, 2020

Jack Hirose & Associates
    Location: EDMONTON, AB
    Co-Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Health Centre – Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP and Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT and John Briere, Ph.D. and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych and Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW, DNCCM and Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. and Zachary Walsh, Ph.D. and Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII and Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

Refocus on Recovery Canada 2020

May 20-21, 2020

Refocus On Recovery
    • Location: Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto
    • Website:

The Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences are pleased to host the inaugural Refocus on Recovery Canada conference, in Toronto, ON, on May 20-21, 2020.
Refocus on Recovery is an international conference that aims to advance the field of recovery research and create an international community of influence. This is the first time that the Refocus on Recovery conference will be hosted in Canada. It provides an exciting opportunity to bring together those passionate about mental health and personal recovery from across the country and North America.
Refocus on Recovery Canada 2020 will focus on Diversity and Mental Health. Sub-themes will include:

      • Recovery and Diverse Populations
      • Recovery Across the Lifespan
      • Diverse and Innovative Models of Service Delivery

Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP)

May 7-8, 2020

Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology  |  Conférence interdisciplinaire en psychologie
    Location: University of Ottawa

    The Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP) is an international peer-reviewed academic conference organized each year by graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. ICP will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on May 7th and 8th, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    ICP aims to foster reflections and discussions on the different innovative approaches towards interdisciplinary research. The conference is an event for all students, professors, and researchers. It offers a unique opportunity to showcase and discuss innovative research on all topics related to psychology. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration between students and experts.

    For more information about ICP, please visit our website: