CPA’s “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets responding to COVID-19

The CPA has produced a series of Fact Sheets in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Why Does Culture Matter to COVID-19? – PDF | HTML 06/04/2020
  • Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/12/2020
  • Research Funding Information as relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PDF | HTML 04/07/2020
  • Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML 03/18/2020
  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 04/02/2020
  • Helping Teens Cope with the Impacts of and Restrictions Related to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 03/31/2020
  • Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML 03/20/2020
  • Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML 03/17/2020
  • Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 04/04/2020

You can find all of our “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets here


Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists

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Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists

January 5, 2021 (Ottawa) – Canada and countries throughout the world increasingly recognize the importance of mental health to the success of their citizens, economies and societies.  The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on our mental health and wellbeing, making the need for timely access to mental health care even more urgent.

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) asked Nanos Research to survey over 3,000 Canadians to better understand how they perceive the role of psychologists, the barriers and solutions to accessing care, and the quality of care they receive.

“This survey shines a light on the importance Canadians place on their mental health and the value they place on psychologists in helping people address their mental health problems”, said Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO, CPA.  “Canadians are clear that Canada needs innovative and sustainable solutions across the public and private sectors that will improve timely access to evidence-based mental health care for people who need it”.

“The need for additional investments to care for those with mental health and substance use problems has never been more acute”, said Mr. Christopher Cameron, CPAP Executive Director.  “More specialized and individual care will be needed by those Canadians with pre-existing mental health conditions and by those who develop them as a result of COVID-19”.

The survey found:

Barriers to Access Care

  • 78% of Canadians report that psychological services costing too much for them to pay for themselves is a very significant (52%) or somewhat significant (26%) barrier.
  • 73% of Canadians say that the services of psychologists are not being covered by provincial/territorial health plans is a very significant (47%) or significant (26%) barrier.
  • 68% of Canadians say wait times to see a psychologist being too long is a very significant (35%) or somewhat significant (33%) barrier.
  • 66% of Canadians say that psychological services not being covered by their employer’s health benefit plan is a very significant (40%) or somewhat significant (26%) barrier.
  • 46% of Canadians say that preferring to deal with these problems/disorders on their own is a very significant (16%) or somewhat significant (30%) barrier.
  • 39% of Canadians say not wanting others to know they are seeing a psychologist is a very significant (14%) or somewhat significant (25%) barrier.

Solutions to Improve Access to Care

  • Almost 9 out of 10 Canadians (57%) support or somewhat support (31%) improving access to psychologists through the publicly-funded health care system.
  • 83% of Canadians say psychologists working collaboratively with other health professionals, such as a family physician in primary care teams, is a very good idea (50%) or good idea (33%).
  • 76% of Canadians think that better access (more funded mental health care services and higher financial caps) to psychologists through their employer health benefit plan is a very good idea (42%) or good idea (34%).

A majority of Canadians perceive psychologists as being effective in helping people with specific mental health problems like depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, dementia, addiction, and the stress of being diagnosed with a disease.  Canadians also perceive psychologists as being effective in diagnosing people with mental health problems like depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, dementia and addiction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached beyond our physical health and we are likely to feel its psychological and social impacts for some time to come.  We must invest and protect our most valuable assets…people.  There is no health without mental health.  The CPA is committed to working collaboratively with all levels of government, employers and insurers to ensure that Canadians receive evidence-based care where, and when, they need it.  The time to act is now.

To review the results in detail – which includes a breakdown by provinces and territories, gender and age, please to the CPA’s website:  cpa.ca.

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About the CPA

The Canadian Psychological Association is the national voice for the science, practice and education of psychology in the service of the health and welfare of Canadians.  The CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology and represents psychologists in public and private practice, university educators and researchers, as well as students.  Psychologists are the country’s largest group of regulated and specialized mental health providers, making our profession a key resource for the mental health treatment Canadians need.

About CPAP

The Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists is comprised of 13 national, provincial and territorial psychology associations, and has four objectives: facilitating knowledge exchange amongst member associations; identify and share best practices amongst member associations; advocating for the needs of Canadian psychologists and the people that they support; and develop leadership potential and capacity in Canadian psychologists.

About the Survey

Nanos Research conducted a representative online survey of 3,070 Canadians, drawn from a non-probability panel between September 25th and October 2nd, 2020.  The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.  The research was commissioned by the Canadian Psychological Association and was conducted by Nanos Research.

Contact: Mr. Eric Bollman
Communications Specialist
Canadian Psychological Association
(613) 853-1061
ebollman@cpa.ca(613) 853-1061


To view the national survey results, click HERE.

Provincial/Territorial Survey Results:


Pandemic December: How to stay connected and resilient in a COVID-19 holiday season

This year’s holiday season will no doubt be different. The holidays are already a time of increased mental health risks because of anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, alcohol/substance use and other factors. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic will add a major pressure to the festive season.

Whether you mark holidays in December or not, typical winter customs are being disrupted. The pandemic has had a significant impact on society’s ability to connect and has also reduced individuals’ access to wellness-maintaining strategies and activities. …

Read the full article by Kerri Ritchie and Caroline Gerin-Lajoie here: (https://theconversation.com/pandemic-december-how-to-stay-connected-and-resilient-in-a-covid-19-holiday-season-150678


CPA webinar ‘COVID and the Canadian Winter’ now available on YouTube

The CPA webinar ‘COVID and the Canadian Winter‘ recorded on Thursday is now up on our YouTube channel. Featuring presenters Dr. Ben C.H. Kuo, Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Dr. Janine Hubbard, and Dr. Yael Goldberg speaking on racism, teletherapy, children, isolation & anxiety.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYYB8zkt39k&feature=youtu.be


COVID-19 Worsening Canadians’ Access to Psychologists

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COVID-19 Worsening Canadians’ Access to Psychologists

December 2, 2020 (Ottawa) – With the significant impact COVID-19 is having on the mental health of Canadians, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) asked Nanos Research to survey over 3,000 Canadians to better understand how they are managing their mental health and accessing care provided by psychologists.

“We are very concerned about the global pandemic’s impact on the mental health of Canadians, now and into the foreseeable future.  Canada had a crisis of access to mental health care before the pandemic.  Now, more than ever, we need to implement innovative and sustainable solutions – in the public and private sectors – to improve timely access to mental health care provided by psychologists when the people of Canada need it”, said Dr. Karen Cohen CEO of the CPA.

“While other public surveys tell us that Canadians’ mental health is in decline, we need to ensure that the public and private sectors have the policies, programs and services to meet this impending demand for mental health care”, said Mr. Christopher Cameron, CPAP Executive Director.  “Psychologists are highly trained professionals who can play a vital role in assessing, treating and managing one’s mental health.”

In a pandemic environment where face to face human contact is not an option, Canadians have a strong preference to be treated face-to-face by a psychologist.  The CPA, however, is encouraged that there is an openness to using technology.

The survey found:

Access to Care

  • 56% of Canadians report that COVID-19 has had a negative (33%) or somewhat negative (23%) impact on the ability of Canadians to access mental health care provided by psychologists.
  • At 73%, the majority of Canadians prefer to receive psychological services face-to-face. Although older Canadians (55+) are more likely to say they would prefer to receive services face-to-face (80%) than those 35 to 54 (70%), and 18 to 34 (65%).
  • 92% of Canadians report that they have not accessed services from a psychologist since the COVID-19 pandemic. Of note, older Canadians (55+) are less likely to report having accessed services (3%) than those 35 to 54, or 18 to 34 (11% each).
  • For those who accessed psychological care during COVID-19, 47% of Canadians report it was provided through private insurance, 26% from the public health system, or 26% from out-of-pocket expenses. The highest group paying out-of-pocket 55+ years (39%) is likely because in retirement fewer have employer-provided, private health insurance.
  • For those who accessed psychological care during COVID-19 (8%), 84% of Canadians report it was provided within a reasonable (50%) or somewhat reasonable (34%) period of time.
  • 85% of Canadians would be willing (58%) or somewhat willing (27%) to attend if an in-person assessment by a psychologist was needed for memory loss, stroke, brain injury, ADHD, or a learning disorder.

Virtual Care

  • With physical/social distancing rules in place, 71% of Canadians say they are willing (36%) or somewhat willing (35%) to use technology – like telemedicine – to receive mental health care provided by psychologists.
  • Of the 29% of Canadians who had concerns using technology to receive care provided by psychologists, they identified the following issues: (1) privacy/ confidentiality (8%); (2) barriers to establishing good communication (5%); (3) security/ hackers (4%); (4) prefer face-to-face (3%); (5) impersonal (2%); and (6) challenges using technology (2%).

Given the unprecedented times in which we live, we must invest and protect our most valuable assets…people.  Our first wealth must always be our mental health.  The CPA is committed to working collaboratively with all levels of government, employers and insurers so that Canadians receive evidence-based care where, and when, they need it.

To review the results in detail – which includes a breakdown by province and territory, gender and age, please visit our website:  cpa.ca.

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About the CPA

The Canadian Psychological Association is the national voice for the science, practice and education of psychology in the service of the health and welfare of Canadians.  The CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology and represents psychologists in public and private practice, university educators and researchers, as well as students.  Psychologists are the country’s largest group of regulated and specialized mental health providers, making our profession a key resource for the mental health treatment Canadians need.

About CPAP

The Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists is comprised of 13 national, provincial and territorial psychology associations, and has four objectives: facilitating knowledge exchange amongst member associations; identify and share best practices amongst member associations; advocating for the needs of Canadian psychologists and the people that they support; and develop leadership potential and capacity in Canadian psychologists.

About the Survey

Nanos Research conducted a representative online survey of 3,070 Canadians, drawn from a non-probability panel between September 25th and October 2nd, 2020.  The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.  The research was commissioned by the Canadian Psychological Association and was conducted by Nanos Research.

Contact: Mr. Eric Bollman
Communications Specialist
Canadian Psychological Association
(613) 853-1061
ebollman@cpa.ca(613) 853-1061


To view the national survey results, click HERE.

Provincial/Territorial Survey Results:


Making the Transition to Online Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Instructors

In response to requests from psychology educators, The CPA’s Education Directorate has developed a brief guide to taking university instruction in psychology online. The guide has a brief overview of the processes involved in student learning, as well as helpful tips to increase student engagement, and provides a framework for course planning and development along with templates for course and lesson planning. It contains extensive links to other sources of practical help in making the transition from in-person to online environments. The guide is intended to be a living document, and will be updated as new links and information become available.

Making the Transition to Online Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Instructors


COVID-19 and the Impact on Research

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact, in a short period of time, on the academic workplace. CAUT launched an online town hall series titled COVID-19 and the Academic Job, to support academic staff in this constantly changing and uncertain time.

Join us for an online forum discussion with the Tri-Councils on funding measures to address impact on research

in the context of COVID-19, Thursday, May 21, 11:30 am to 1:00pm EDT.

Please register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oVWAsWyNTMW-cRhs1dxcPQ.

Representatives:
• Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research, SSHRC
• Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC
• Dr. Danika Goosney, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, NSERC
• Adrian Mota, Acting Associate Vice-President, Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics, CIHR

Submit advance questions for the panelists to education@caut.ca.

Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) has sent a Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance.

“This is a an urgent request, on behalf of the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) that represents 11 national professional health and social organizations, for a joint technical briefing on the newly introduced programs for businesses, employers and individuals as part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak….”

Click here to read the full Letter

Version français ici

Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety: CPA Traumatic Stress Section

In these unprecedented times, the CPA Traumatic Stress Section executive wanted to reach out with a document of resources for managing COVID-19 anxiety. This document includes online resources including apps and media interviews, as well as potential strategies for managing COVID-19 cognitive distortions and other tips for managing mental wellness.

We hope you find them helpful and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe,
The CPA-TSS executive

  • CPA Traumatic Stress Section: Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety.
  • Psychology works for COVID-19. Psychologists giving back to front line service providers.

    COVID-19 Front Line Workers

    COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians, none more so than those who are working on the front lines of health care. Canadians with COVID-19 depend on the expertise of health care providers. The health and well-being of those providers are critical to them being able to deliver this expertise. Hundreds of registered psychologists have signed on to an initiative of the CPA to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read more about this initiative and to find a psychologist in your area who has volunteered to provide psychological services at no charge.

    If you are a psychologist registered to practice in Canada and would like to donate some of your time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this COVID-related health crisis, please click here to register: https://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php/451688?lang=en.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    CPA’s 2020 Annual National Convention Cancelled due to COVID-19

    The CPA has been continuously monitoring the evolving issues related to the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad, inclusive of federal and provincial government decisions taken in the service of community safety.  Experts and all levels of government have warned or advised us about the greater transmission risks posed by large gatherings of people.

    While we do not know for how long COVID-19 will remain a public health emergency in Canada, we do know that at this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that event organizers cancel or postpone in-person gatherings of more than 50 attendees, where proper physical distancing measures would be difficult to implement and maintain, in Canada for the next eight weeks in order to delay and reduce community transmission.  Accordingly, the CPA has taken the decision to cancel our in-person 81st CPA Annual National Convention in Montreal, QC, scheduled for May 28-30, 2020, inclusive of all pre-convention workshops scheduled for May 27th.  We made this decision based on the guidance and directives of experts and governments, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members and affiliates, attendees, staff, public and the various teams that support the annual convention.

    The CPA will refund full registration costs, with no administrative processing fees, to anyone who has registered for CPA2020.

    We are grateful for the hundreds of hours of preparation already invested by our presenters, attendees, and volunteers. We are also appreciative of the CPA staff, who have worked tirelessly to prepare for the convention, and, more recently, to prepare for its cancellation under emergency conditions.

    In accordance with our by-laws, the CPA will convene its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually; more details will follow shortly.  In addition to the AGM, CPA Convention Staff are working as quickly as possible to consider virtual options where we might convene select CPA convention sessions, Section Business Meetings, and the Section Chairs Annual Meeting.

    We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we remain responsive to the changing nature of this situation, while continuing to serve our members and affiliates, and the broader community of psychological scientists, practitioners and/or educators.

    We recognize and appreciate that you are likely experiencing upheaval and disruption in your daily life, both personally and professionally. We wish you strength and patience as you cope with this crisis and hope you will join us for our virtual AGM.  We hope too, to see you in June 2021 in Ottawa for CPA2021.

    If you have any questions or want further information, please contact the CPA at convention@cpa.ca.

    Take good care and be well.

    Ian R. Nicholson, Ph.D., C. Psych.
    CPA President (2019-2020)
    On behalf of the CPA’s Board of Directors and Convention Committee