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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) (www.iupsys.org). 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 janel.gauthier@psy.ulaval.ca.

Indigenous Service Canada is seeking Psychologists, and other Health Care, Social and Educational consultants

Indigenous Service Canada is seeking Psychologists, and other Health Care, Social and Educational consultants, who are interested in offering consultative services for Jordan’s Principle requests that are at the appeal level. To submit a bid, the consultants need to be an Aboriginal business.

Professionals from these fields who are interested in bidding for these contracts can click here and click on the consultant field of interest. This link also has information about Jordan’s Principle and how to apply to be an Aboriginal business. The deadline is Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2 pm EST.

Collaboration: The key to making meaningful change for the health and welfare of the people of Canada

Ottawa, ON (December 6, 2019) – The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) applauds Prime Minister Trudeau and the 43rd speech from the throne, delivered today in Ottawa. Government’s commitments to further the work of reconciliation, redress climate change, and improve upon the health and safety of Canadians are particularly welcome.

“The CPA’s strategic priorities for 2020 include delivering on our commitments to the mental health and well being of Indigenous people and to contribute to policy discussions about how individuals and communities can best respond to climate change and emergencies” says CPA’s President Dr. Ian Nicholson.  Meaningful change on these two important topics requires the ongoing leadership of government and the commitment and collaboration from among a range of stakeholders. 

“One of CPA’s longstanding commitments has been to help bring about better access to mental health services for the people of Canada.” notes CPA’s CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen. 

Many of Canada’s mental health services, delivered by psychologists and others in communities, are not covered by our country’s public health insurance plans.  If Canadians need psychological services, they either pay out of pocket or rely on extended health care insurance provided through employment.  Extended health insurance plans often have caps on coverage that are too low to cover an evidence-based course of treatment.

The CPA would like to see tax incentives for employers to provide meaningful coverage for psychological services through extended health care plans.  We would also like to see insurance, private or public, ensure equal coverage for services for mental and physical health problems.  Currently, our health insurance plans offer lesser coverage for mental health problems than for problems related to physical health.  It is time to remove that disparity.  We are glad to hear our Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure Canadians get care for mental health and substance use problems when they need it.  The CPA stands ready to help him, and other partners and stakeholders, in that important work.

About the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA): The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With approximately 7,000 members and affiliates, CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology. To learn more, visit www.cpa.ca.

Press inquiries should be made to:

Eric Bollman

Communications Specialist: 888-472-0657 ext. 337 Cell: 613-853- 1061 Email: ebollman@cpa.ca

To psychology practitioners interested in the Disability Tax Credit and the T2201:

The CPA invites all members interested in the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the T2201 to participate in a focus group addressing recommendations for change to the DTC. These recommendations were made following feedback to a DTC survey in which psychologists, and other qualified health practitioners, participated last year. Those who participated in the 2018 survey are especially invited to participate in the focus groups. For information on how to register CLICK HERE.

To psychology practitioners interested in the Disability Tax Credit and the T2201:

You may recall that in 2018, Canada’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) invited you to participate in a survey about the T2201, the application form completed by eligible health providers for their patients applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).  We received over 1000 completed surveys.  The feedback from the surveys was critical to informing the recommendations made by the DAC in our first annual report to the Minister of National Revenue.  

Some of the recommendations in our report called for a review and revision of the eligibility criteria for the DTC as well as how it is administered.  We would like to convene a series of focus groups of health providers, each on a sentinel issue addressed in these recommendations.  Some of the sentinel issues involve improvements to the administration of the DTC as its eligibility criteria are currently defined in the legislation and others would involve changes to the legislation.

Focus groups are planned as follows:

  1. Proposed new eligibility criteria for mental functions: Tuesday December 3, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
  2. Proposed new eligibility criteria for life sustaining therapy: Tuesday December 3, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)
  3. Options for reducing the need for clarification letters: Friday December 6, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
  4. Which conditions should automatically entitle a person to the DTC: Friday December 6, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)
  5. Clarifying the meaning of substantially all of the time: Thursday December 12, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
  6. Whether and how to create a separate application form for children: Thursday December 12, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)

At the link below, you can register for one of the six focus groups. The groups will be done virtually by tele or video conference though, if there is sufficient interest from Ottawa-area health providers, an in person meeting may also be arranged.  We ask that you participate in a group where the issues are core to your expertise and practice.

If you are not available on these dates but are interested in participating in future research, please also use the link below to provide your contact information.

Click here to participate (link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=FA888F58-6FEC-409F-8E3C-C51C4715947F&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1)

We are very grateful for your interest and participation.  Canadians living with disabilities will be greatly advantaged by our collective work.

With best wishes,

K.R. Cohen Ph.D., C. Psych.
Co-Chair, Disability Advisory Committee
Chief Executive Officer|Chef de la direction
Canadian Psychological Association|Societe Canadienne de psychologie
141 Laurier Avenue West/Ouest, Suite 702, Ottawa K1P 5J3
Pronouns/pronoms:  she/elle, her, hers

International Summit on Psychology and Global Health

Dr.Karen Cohen signing the proclamationCPA participated in the inaugural International Summit on Psychology and Global Health: A Leader in Climate Action November 14-16 in Lisbon, Portugal. Leaders in the field of psychology came together from nearly 40 countries to focus on global climate change, and psychology’s role in addressing it. Here, CEO Karen Cohen signs the conference’s proclamation, signed by 33 leaders from around the world.

Click here to view the proclamation

Supplementary Health Insurance Explained

CPA is glad to announce the launch of a guide intended to support health providers whose services are covered or reimbursed through private extended health insurance plans.  The guide, initiated by the CPA, was the result of a collaboration among several regulated health provider associations and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). It is intended to help healthcare providers understand the private health insurance environment so they can in turn help their patients and clients understand the services they receive through their insurance plans. 

The guide can be found on CLHIA’s website here

Call for Applications: Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care. Application deadline: December 2, 2019.

This call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers from across primary health care.

Click here to view the flyer

What is the program TUTOR-PHC?

Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

Why apply?

  • -Primary health care interdisciplinary research training
  • -Earn University Credit & CME credits
  • -Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research
  • -Gain increased knowledge and skills in Patient-Oriented Research
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers
  • NETWORKING experiences with research mentors & 200+ pan-Canadian / international alumni
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

TUTOR-PHC trainees gain enhanced evidence-informed decision making & leadership skills to help them become the primary health care leaders of tomorrow.

  • -Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee

When is the deadline to apply?

December 2, 2019

For more information, please go to the website at: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc

Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn (tutor@uwo.ca) if you are interested in applying.

Sincerely,

Rob Van Hoorn
Project Coordinator
Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
1151 Richmond St
London, ON N6A 3K7
519-661-2111 ext. 22089
Robert.VanHoorn@schulich.uwo.ca
Tutor@uwo.ca

Call for Applications – TUTOR-PHC 2020 Intake Year (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care)

This call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers in primary health care.

Please share this notification with interested graduate students, faculty, and staff that may be interested in this.

What is the program TUTOR-PHC?

Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

Why apply?

-Primary health care interdisciplinary research training

-Earn University Credit & CME credits

-Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research

Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers

NETWORKING experiences with research mentors & 200+ pan-Canadian / international alumni

Interdisciplinary team experience

TUTOR-PHC trainees gain enhanced evidence-informed decision making & leadership skills to help them become the primary health care leaders of tomorrow.

-Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee

When is the deadline to apply?

December 2, 2019

For more information, please go to the website at: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc

Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn (tutor@uwo.ca) if you are interested in applying.

Click here to see the Recruitment Flyer
(version français ici)

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

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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.