CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen and CMHA Interim National CEO, Fardous Hossein, Pen Op-Ed Piece

A recent Abacus survey found that 94% of Canadians believe our healthcare plans should cover mental health – they don’t – and it’s time to do something about that. Read WHY here, in the op-ed piece published by iPolitics.

https://ipolitics.ca/2019/10/10/election-2019-lets-really-talk-about-mental-health/

The CPA is now accepting applications for its 2019 Student Research Grants Competition

The CPA is now accepting applications for its 2019 Student Research Grants Competition. Deadline for applications is Oct. 25, 2019.

Click here for more information on the eligibility requirements, funding rules, and application process (PDF) and the Application Form (Word Doc).

Click here for the Full Rules and Requirements.

2019 Federal Election

The next federal election is around the corner. CPA has created a microsite, https://cpa.ca/psychologyvotes/, with election-related information, tools and links which include:

  • Links to information about the registered parties, their election platforms, how to find your riding, and how to check if you are registered to vote.
  • Tips and explanations about the role of campaign volunteers and about how interested members and affiliates can get involved in the political process.
  • How you can connect with your local riding Member of Parliament (MP) and candidates, with an option to send them a letter to express your concerns about the need for government to address and discuss issues relevant to psychological health and science.
  • Information about the advocacy positions CPA has taken in its recent 2020 pre-election federal budget consultation, and about what you might consider discussing with the candidates in your riding.
  • A link to a popular website among those with a passion for politics that tracks regional trends, poll numbers, seat projections, and available riding by riding analyses.

The CPA is using the microsite to launch a new Very Involved Psychologist (VIP) and Very Involved Psychology Researcher (VIPR) post-election advocacy initiative. The VIP/VIPR program will be a longer-term strategic initiative with the aim to enlist interested and engaged CPA members with a passion for policy and politics, to act as advocates on health and science issues with their local MPs.

Note, CPA as an organization is non-partisan and does not endorse any particular political parties or candidates. Through our initiatives, the CPA’s goal is to assist its members and affiliates who have an interest in being informed and engaged in the political process.

CPA 2019 Federal Election and Post-Election Advocacy Initiatives

In September 2019, CPA will launch its 2019 federal elections microsite.  It will include:

  • Links to information about the registered parties and their election platforms ./li>
  • Tips and explanations about the role of campaign volunteers and about how interested members and affiliates can get involved in the political process.
  • How you can connect with your local riding MP and candidates – even sending them a letter to express your concerns about the need to address and discuss issues relevant to psychological health and science as part of the campaign (both locally and nationally).
  • Information about the advocacy positions CPA has taken in its recent 2020 pre-election budget consultation and about what you might consider discussing with the candidates in your riding.
  • A link to a popular website among those with a passion for politics that has cool features to track regional trends, poll numbers, seat projections, and available riding by riding analyses.

The microsite will also launch a new Very Involved Psychologist (VIP) and Very Involved Psychology Researcher (VIPR) post-election advocacy initiative. The VIP/VIPR program will be a longer-term strategic initiative that aims to enlist interested CPA members with a passion for policy and politics to act as advocates on health and science issues with their local MPs. No one is a better advocate than a passionate expert who’s established a personal connection to their local MP.

Note, CPA as an organization is non-partisan and does not endorse any particular political parties or candidates. Through our initiatives, the CPA’s goal is to assist its members who have interest in being informed and engaged in the political process.  Note too that we will not be bombarding anyone with regular election updates, save reminders to consider visiting the site.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) extends closing date for the submission of applications for funding to support the implementation and sustainability of a pan-Canadian suicide prevention service

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has extended the closing date to October 7, 2019 for the submission of applications for funding to support the implementation and sustainability of a pan-Canadian suicide prevention service that will provide people in Canada with access to 24/7/365 bilingual crisis support from trained responders via voice, text and chat technology. The extension is intended to compensate for delays resulting from absences that are typical at this time of year.

Through the Invitation to Submit a Funding Request (ISFR), applicants can request up to $4,200,000 per fiscal year, for five (5) years. Since PHAC anticipates supporting one funding recipient through this ISFR process, partnerships and collaborations between the funding recipient and other organizations are key requirements for the solicitation and are critical to the success of the initiative. The extension of the closing date allows additional time for applicants to secure commitments from the decision makers of partnering organizations.

For information and instruction on submitting a proposal, we invite interested organizations to visit the web page for the Health Promotion Program – Suicide Prevention: Supporting the Implementation and Sustainability of a pan-Canadian Suicide Prevention Service at the following address: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/funding-opportunities/grant-contribution-funding-opportunities/suicide-prevention-health-promotion-program.html

To obtain the application documents or for questions regarding the solicitation process, please contact the Centre for Grants and Contributions via email, at phac.cgc.solicitations-csc.aspc@canada.ca. The revised closing date for this solicitation is October 7, 2019 at 3pm EDT. In the spirit of partnership, the contact information of those who request the ISFR documents will be shared with other stakeholders who have requested the documents; the requestor will have an opportunity to advise that they prefer not to have their contact information shared.

Thank you,
Centre for Grants and Contributions

Priority Innovation Health Challenge

Are you, or anyone you know, looking to improve access to community mental health and addiction services or home and community care services?
Would a share of $400,000 help achieve your goal?

If so, then apply for the Priority Innovation Health Challenge.

One of two new innovation challenges launched by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and supported by a coalition of leading healthcare organizations (including the CPA), the challenge recognizes measurable impacts and rewards success for ideas that focus on delivering more improvement for more people – and making them last.

Essentially you may be able to take work you are already doing further or amplify your efforts to create solutions that deliver lasting results.

Registration is easy and participation is flexible – YOU choose your award challenge.

Enrollment is on an on-going basis until October 2020.

Join a community of innovators and help make (even more) change happen!

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Ken Pope – Resources: New Informed Consent Requirements, Sample Forms, Articles, Etc. (therapy, e-therapy, supervision, forensic exams, etc.)

Today I added some new resources to a web page of materials that may be helpful in thinking through the process of informed consent.

The resources fall into 3 categories:

  1. ) links to examples of diverse informed consent forms from different sources (e.g., The Trust [which provides professional liability coverage to psychologists], The Center for Ethical Practice, Laura Brown);
  2. ) excerpts stating the informed consent requirements from the standards and guidelines of 15 professional boards and associations—e.g., American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, Canadian Psychological Association, & Psychological Society of Ireland—including links to each of the 15 original documents; and
  3. ) quotes addressing informed consent in a variety of contexts (e.g., psychotherapy with kids & adults, e-therapy, forensic exams, supervision) from ethics, clinical, and forensic textbooks; research studies; and articles in professional journals.

Here’s the link: https://kspope.com/consent/index.php

International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) Call for Nominations for 2020 IUPsyS Award

Dear Members of the IUPsyS Family;

A reminder that the deadline for nominations for the IUPsyS 2020 Awards is 01 July 2019.

The quadrennial IUPsyS awards are:

  • * Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize
  • * Achievement Against the Odds Award
  • * Lifetime Career Award
  • * Young Investigator Awards

The awardees will be honoured at the Opening Ceremony of the next ICP in Prague, Czech Republic on Sunday 19 July next year. Further information and nomination forms can be accessed at: http://www.iupsys.net

We look forward to your nominations and urge you to inform others in psychology leadership in your country and region.

Pam Maras, President                                       
Saths Cooper, Past President

Call for Papers for Special Issue in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology

Theme of the Special Issue: Comparative Cognition & Cognitive Ecology: Unifying psychological and biological approaches to understanding animal cognition

Research in comparative cognition and cognitive ecology examines learning and other cognitive abilities in a variety of species with the goal of uncovering the proximate and biologically relevant mechanisms that underlie behaviour and development. Research in the domain takes both phylogeny and ultimate function into account. Because comparative cognition and cognitive ecology are focused on both fundamental and ecological questions about animal behaviour, they play the role of a theoretical hub within psychology, contributing critical solutions and establishing new questions in psychology and related disciplines such as behavioural ecology, computing science, and neuroscience. This confluence of approaches leads to exciting new insights into how animals, including humans, solve real-world, biologically-important problems. A main objective of this special issue is to unite research and researchers from traditionally disparate backgrounds, oft based on geographic locale (i.e., the North American tradition of experimental psychology and the European tradition of zoology) whose goal is to describe behaviour of animals whilst addressing cognition.

Call for Papers

Researchers with an interest in issues relevant to Comparative Psychology & Cognitive Ecology are invited to submit an expression of interest in the form of a proposed title and short abstract by 01 July 2019, via email to the Guest Editors: Lauren Guillette and Chris Sturdy. Papers should present original, unpublished work, and can take the form of an empirical laboratory/field work, an opinion piece, a review, or a meta-analysis. The deadline for submission of full papers is 30 September 2019 via the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology Manuscript Editorial Manager at https://www.editorialmanager.com/cep/default.aspx. Submissions should indicate in the cover letter that the paper should be considered for this special issue along with three suggested referees. Papers should be submitted electronically in accordance with APA guidelines and can be written in either English or French. All submitted papers will go through peer-review with consideration given to their theoretical contribution, their originality, their methodological soundness, the clarity of the presented results and conclusions, and the relevance of the submission for the special issue. Once accepted, papers will appear quickly as Online First and, then, appear together as soon as is possible in a special issue.

CPA Summits in May

CPA hosts two summits in May 2019: The National Conference on the Future of Professional Training from May 7th through 9th in Montreal and Whats Needed and Whats Next for Canada’s Psychology Scientists/Researchers in Ottawa, May 6th & 7th. Proceedings to follow.

IUPsyS is inviting nominations for membership

IUPsyS is inviting nominations for membership in the following International Science Council Advisory Bodies (ISC Advisory Committees PDF):

Deadline for nominations is May 15th; please see respective documents for information on the committees and nomination procedures.

IUPsyS Awards Committee is now accepting nominations

IUPsyS is inviting nominations for membership in the following International Science Council Advisory Bodies (ISC Advisory Committees PDF):

Deadline for nominations is May 15th; please see respective documents for information on the committees and nomination procedures.

Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting

The eightieth annual general meeting of the members of the Canadian Psychological Association will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00 am, in the Nova Scotia Ballroom (2nd Floor) of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, for the purposes of:

  1. receiving and considering the annual report of the President and committees of the association, and approving the minutes of the previous annual general meeting;
  2. receiving and considering the financial statements, the report of the auditor, and any change in membership and affiliation fees;
  3. appointing an auditor; and
  4. electing new members of the board of directors.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, on the twenty-ninth day of March 2019.
Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Click here for more information.

CPA, OPA and CAPDA Letter to College of Psychologists of Ontario re: Registration of Psychology Practitioners at the Master’s Level

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) write a letter to express their profound concerns over the September 2018 motion approved by the Council of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) to continue registration of psychology practitioners at the master’s level and, further, to grant them the title ‘Psychologist.’ This 2018 motion overturns a 2013 decision of the Council to stop registering master’s practitioners of psychology.

Click here. for the full letter.

CPA, OPA and CAPDA Letter to College of Psychologists of Ontario re: Registration of Psychology Practitioners at the Master’s Level

March 28, 2019 – The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) write a letter to express their profound concerns over the September 2018 motion approved by the Council of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) to continue registration of psychology practitioners at the master’s level and, further, to grant them the title ‘Psychologist.’ This 2018 motion overturns a 2013 decision of the Council to stop registering master’s practitioners of psychology.
Click here. for the full letter.

Canadian Psychology 2018 Best Article of the Year Award Winner

Green, C. D., Abbas, S., Belliveau, A., Beribsky, N., Davidson, I. J., DiGiovanni, J., Heidari, C., Martin, S. M., Oosenbrug, E. and Wainewright, L. M. (2018). What Proportion of CPA Journal Articles Contain Errors in the Reporting of p-Values? Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 59(3), 203-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000139
Congratulations Christopher Green and co-authors!