Violence (psychological, physical, sexual) in the home has increased worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any CPA member, or any member of a provincial/territorial association of psychology, who purchased the Clinic/Business insurance package through BMS, in the year ending June 2020, and wishes information or advice about practice disruption coverage as the result of COVID-19, please contact Chris Blom at Miller Thomson email@example.com
The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca), along with international team of over 150 researchers from more than 40 countries around the world, are trying to assess the public perceptions, attitudes, concerns, and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. The study, led by Dr. Kim Lavoie (UQAM, CIUSSS-NIM) and Simon Bacon (Concordia University, CIUSSS-NIM) in collaboration with several CPA members from across Canada, will link the survey to policy and case data from around the world to estimate the effectiveness and impacts of current strategies used to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19.
Thanks to your help, we received over 35,000 responses for phase 1! (see preliminary result updates here: https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19/stats-wave1/)
To find out more information or to take the Phase 2 survey (which is available in multiple languages), please go to: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19
Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting you and your research!
- We are recruiting academic faculty to participate in a short survey about the experience and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian academics
- Survey duration: 20 minutes
- Participants can enter into a draw to win a $100 gift card for Skipthedishes or UberEats (odds of winning are approx. 1 in 20).
Click here to complete the survey: https://uregina.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qqe4GgmDJaO2Ut
BMS is producing an ongoing series relating to COVID-19.
- Sample consent form template: COVID-19 Consent to Treatment 06/03/2020
- This article provides practical considerations for determining and communicating the termination of a client relationship. Parting Ways The Right Way – Terminating the Client Relationship 05/27/2020
- This article includes an overview of considerations for health professionals who are able to re-open their businesses. There are also links to provincial resources and information relating to liability.
Considerations When Resuming Practice 05/07/2020
- These are designed to be practical resources to assist organizations in responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. Included are considerations and tips for items such as internal communications, supply chain impacts and opportunities to improve risk mitigation moving forward.
Business Continuity Planning 04/23/2020,
Risk Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic 04/23/2020
- This article outlines considerations in relation to employer’s obligations and employee’s right to refuse unsafe work. This includes looking at whether refusal to provide PPE constitutes an unsafe workplace and what healthcare providers can do to assess their risk if faced with this situation. COVID-19: Workplace Safety and Rights of Health Professionals to Refuse Work 04/15/2020
- This article provides considerations for health professionals when making clinical and ethical decisions as well as for handling potential confidentiality issues. Ethical Issues for Regulated Health Professionals in the Era of COVID-19 04/03/2020
- BMS has put together a document based on the common questions they are receiving from members: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 04/03/2020
- This article outlines crisis management considerations and best practices for organizations of all sizes.: Crisis Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic 03/31/2020
- As many members transition to a Telehealth environmente, BMS has created the attached Telehealth Consent Form: Consent to Use Electronic Communications to Provide Telehealth Services 03/27/2020
- Many retired members are seeking to return to the workforce during COVID-19: Returning to Practice During COVID-19 – Professional Liabilty Insurance Considerations 03/27/2020
- This article is designed to assist health professionals interpret and apply their obligations under PHIPA during a public health emergency: Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic 03/26/2020
- A resource in relation to tele-health: COVID-19: Virtual Health Care Services – Ensuring Continuity of Care 03/19/2020
- Position statement document as it relates to COVID-19 and insurance coverage within the CPA/CPAP program member policies: COVID-19: Insurance Coverage Position Statement 03/19/2020
The federal government has announced a series of programs to address disruptions in employment income and business revenue. Most recently the CPA was pleased to see changes in the Canada Emergency Business Account [CEBA], which expands the payroll threshold from $50,000 to $20,000 to be eligible for a maximum loan of $40,000. The CPA remains concerned that members in private practice are still not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit [CERB], the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy [CEWS], and Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) programs and has communicated with the Minister of Finance and Health (see letter). In coordinating its efforts, the CPA has worked closely with the Extended Health Care Professionals Coalition.
Given the impact of COVID-19, the CPA and the provincial-territorial psychological associations have written the large insurers in Canada (i.e., Aviva, Canada Life, Greenshields, Manulife, Medavie/Blue Cross, and Sun Life) to remove barriers to psychological care across sponsored plans and evolve in their coverage (see letter).
On behalf of the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO), the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programmes (CCPPP), and the Canadian Psychological Association Accreditation Panel (the CPA Panel): The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on individuals, communities, our health care systems and on health providers themselves.
We, ACPRO, CCPPP, and the CPA Accreditation Panel also recognize that this pandemic has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the operation of professional psychology training programmes, and on their faculty, staff, and students.
Attached, you will find a statement from ACPRO containing their response to licensure concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a statement from the CCPPP and CPA Accreditation Panel regarding their responses to accreditation- and training-related concerns. With these statements, our organizations want to communicate our commitment – to the extent possible – to minimize the disruptions that the pandemic has on students’ training, on programme operations, and ultimately on the availability of competent practitioners to meet the public need for mental health services at this time, while also maintaining the highest levels of integrity in our training, licensing, and accreditation processes. We also want to reassure our stakeholders of our commitment to maintaining an open dialogue among our organizations as this situation unfolds to ensure that we continue to be responsive to all of your needs.
Should you have any questions about the content of these statements, please do not hesitate to contact us at the coordinates below.
Wishing you all good health.
Sara Hagstrom, President, CCPPP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Costigan, CCPPP, email@example.com
Karen Messer-Engel, Chair, ACPRO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart Madon, Registrar of Accreditation, CPA, email@example.com
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….”
CPA WEBINAR – Held Wednesday April 8, 2020
Psychological Care of Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues to Consider – Dr. Anita Gupta, Clinical Psychologist.
This webinar will assist those providing psychological care to frontline health care providers during COVID-19 by increasing awareness of common stressors faced and implications for care. We will discuss considerations to take into account when providing assessment and treatment to health care providers of different professions during this pandemic specifically and how it might be similar or different from treating this population generally. We will also discuss implications for self care as a clinician caring for frontline health care providers during this pandemic.
The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment has launched a webpage with excellent resources on the biopsychosocial and economic impacts of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects. There are many potential applications of psychological theory, practice, and research that have can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis.
American Psychologist (AP; https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/amp/) invites papers related directly to the pandemic. As for all APmanuscripts, we seek high-impact papers of broad interest covering science, practice, education, or policy. Manuscripts should be written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.
We will follow our usual procedures and conduct a quick initial review of submissions to assure a fit with the type of articles published in this journal. Those manuscripts selected for further consideration will be peer reviewed and fast-tracked for publication if accepted. We will strive to provide editorial decision letters within one week of completed submission. Authors will be expected to revise manuscripts promptly. Accepted articles will be posted online within a short time frame and prioritized for publication.
Manuscripts will be considered as they are received. Authors should follow AP’s Instructions for Authors and submit to the manuscript portal, selecting as article type “COVID-19”(https://www.editorialmanager.com/amp/). We ask that you indicate prominently in your cover letter that your manuscript is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please notify Anne Kazak, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, of your paper title with a brief synopsis of your planned submission as early as possible (AP.COVID@gmail.com).
Amanda Clinton, PhD
Please find attached a letter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada sent on behalf of Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Tina Namiesniowski, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Thank you for your assistance.
Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada
The following interim guidelines were developed by the CPA Committee on Ethics. They were approved in principle by the CPA Board in June 2006, and distributed for consultation in draft form. The interim guidelines were provided in March of 2020.
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.Frequently Asked Questions
The MHCC is here for you
Resource hub dedicated to mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic
Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event.
As you know, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) isn’t a mental health services provider. Regrettably, we cannot respond to requests from individuals or clinicians. But during this time, what we can offer you is curated, evidence-based information you can trust.
In times of high anxiety and stress, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mental wellness. That includes stemming the tide of non-essential information and paring down your news consumption. It also includes accessing reliable sources of information.
Our commitment is to share credible information and resources related to mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic on a dedicated resource hub. It will provide you with tools we have created, links to credible national and international resources and share the proactive measures we are taking to promote mental health as we work together to plank the curve.
While our country has collectively mobilized to practice physical distancing, the strength of our social connections is more important than ever.
We’ll get through this by supporting each other in the spirit of solidary that you’ve always found on our social media channels, and which now extends to this new resource hub.
Keep safe and let’s stay connected.
Louise Bradley, C.M.
President and CEO
Sun Life has advised that, as of March 23, 2020, they will cover virtual care services delivered by psychologists. For further information go to https://www.sunlife.ca/slf/Focus+Updates/covid19/Virtual+care?&vgnLocale=en_CA
Canadian Psychological Association / Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists co-hosted webinar on the current state of COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance. Dr. Karen Cohen of the CPA and Dr. Judi Malone of CPAP moderate this presentation by BMS and Gowling.
“Our approved sponsor Leading Edge Seminars will be doing a “virtual lunch” daily at noon for their community of mental health professionals and clients. This will begin with Lawrence Murphy (online counseling), Janina Fisher (psychotherapist, consultant), and Margaret Wehrenberg (author of books on the treatment of anxiety and depression).
As the impact of COVID-19 is being felt worldwide, we recognize the pressure this evolving crisis is placing on educators, teachers, supervisors and practitioners of psychology throughout Canada. On behalf of the CPA, we extend our gratitude for the leadership roles so many of you are playing in your communities and your efforts to address the needs of your colleagues, students and patients.
To support your efforts, and to inform the public, we have compiled and created a variety of resources. We and are also working with our partners and other associations to advocate for, not only on behalf of our members, but also for members of the Canadian public.
- FACT SHEETS. Thanks to Dr. Steven Taylor, we have prepared a new Psychology Works COVID-19 fact sheet, and created a page on our the CPA website for all important updates related to the virus – https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/. Many thanks as well to CPA’s Health Psychology Section for their contributions. Both the fact sheet and web page continue to evolve as we receive new information. We suggest regularly checking in with our CPA website as it will continue to be updated as the situation evolves, and new information is shared.
- In addition to the fact sheet on coping with COVID-19, already posted at the link above, three more are in the works – one on working at home with children, the psychological impacts of COVID-19, and resources related to telepsychology. We hope to have these posted imminently at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/
- LIABILITY INSURANCE. CPA’s leadership is working with our liability insurance broker (BMS) and the insurance program’s preferred legal provider (Gowling WLG) to address members’ logistic concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on psychological practice. An information document has been prepared by BMS and is available here https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Insurance/COVID-19_Position%20Statement_CPA%20CPAP%20March%2019%202020.pdf
- In addition, BMS and Gowling WLG have prepared an article on telepsychology practice which we will post imminently at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/. Next week, BMS and Gowling WLG will also deliver a webinar to psychologists on the impact of COVID-19 on psychological practice. Any policy holder – member of CPA or a member of a provincial and territorial association – who has a question they would like BMS and Gowlings to address in the webinar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 23, 2020. Details about the date and time of the webinar, and how to join it, will be sent to the membership, and posted at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/, as soon as the details are confirmed.
- PRACTICE MANAGEMENT. The membership has long known that CPA has been developing a Practice Management Platform partnership to enable our members to communicate securely with their patients, deliver tele-psychology services and maintain electronic health records. The agreements to support this partnership are nearly complete and, in light of COVID-19 and the need for psychology providers to find other than in-person means of delivering services, CPA’s leadership is doing all it can to expedite the launch of the partnership.
- ACCREDITATION. CPA’s Accreditation Panel has been working with its partners at APA, ASPPB, CCPPP and ACPRO to address the impact that COVID-19 will have on training experiences and program completion of students and interns. CPA’s Accreditation Panel will soon issue a statement on this topic.
- CONVENTION 2020. We know that many of you are wondering about the status of our 2020 CPA Convention in Montreal. A decision about proceeding or cancelling the convention should be made shortly. We ask for your understanding as this decision will be taken with the safety of delegates and staff considered first and foremost. We will update our membership as soon as a decision is taken.
- ORGANIZATIONS FOR HEALTH ACTION. CPA sits on the Management Committee of Organizations for Health Action (HEAL) who have collectively written to the Federal Minister of Health offering our collective voice and assistance. HEAL represents 650,000 of Canada’s health care providers. We will shortly be undertaking a survey of our member organizations to ensure that the experiences of health practitioners and researchers are shared with government and decision-makers. CPA would really like to hear from you – if you have issues, concerns, suggestions about COVID-19 and the science, practice or education of psychology, please let us know at email@example.com; please put COVID-19 in the subject line. We will share the results of the survey of health provider associations as soon as these are available.
- CPA STAFF. Here at our Head Office, we are working alongside many Canadians to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission by working from home. We continue to do the same work we normally do, with tele-work protocols in place.
- MEDIA. In addition, we are reaching out to the media to help accentuate the unique expertise psychologists bring to the current crisis. Many of our members have been interviewed in dozens of media outlets across the country and around the world including the Globe and Mail, CTV, CBC, Global News and the National Post.
- APA. The APA has shared some resources to ensure that psychologists have the tools and support that is needed. They have developed new guidance onhow to protect your patients and your practice as well as an office and technology checklist for telepsychological services.
We can see the medical and physical impact COVID-19 is having around the world, but the full extent of the psychological impact is not yet known. Our discipline and profession have much to contribute.
Thank you all for your leadership and your guidance. Stay safe and stay healthy. Any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ian R. Nicholson, C.Psych.
K.R. Cohen Ph.D., C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer