In January, the Premiers launched Promising Practices which focuses on innovations in one of the provinces or territories in addressing mental health and substance use with an emphasis on rural, remote or northern communities. CPA member Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos was featured in March. The CPA congratulated Premier Silver (Yukon) for leading this important initiative.
CPA submitted a letter to the New Brunswick government detailing our position on psychological test use and opposing the sections of the Bill [https://cpa.ca/cpa-statement-on-new-brunswicks-bill-35/] which proposes that qualified teachers be able to administer level C tests.
“The Canadian Psychological Association’s guidance paper on psychological test safety describes the training necessary to use psychological tests as part of an assessment of an individual’s cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning. It is the CPA’s position that psychologists are uniquely trained to undertake psychological assessments, which include, but are not limited to the administration of a single test. The CPA opposes any diagnostic, treatment or remedial decisions made on the basis of the results of a single psychological test alone.”
The CPA and the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) co-signed a letter that was sent to the Provincial Minister of Education outlining our mutual concerns about the Calgary Board of Education’s decision to lay-off psychologists.
The CPA convened a Task Force to review the use of title (i.e. psychologist) within the profession of psychology. In March 2020, the CPA released the report CPA Task Force on Title: Model Language Suggestions which includes recommendations for: consistency in the legislated exemptions across the provinces and territories; and collaboration with its provincial and territorial psychology association partners to advocate for the adoption of this exemption model across the country.
The CPA and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) wrote 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 then the title “Psychologist”. This 2018 motion overturns a 2013 decision of the Council to stop registering master’s practitioners of psychology.