BMS Article: Waivers of Liability – Considerations When Resuming Practice

BMS logoBMS is producing an ongoing series relating to COVID-19.

As health professionals begin to resume practice across the country, many have been asking for direction on incorporating waivers of liability. This resource follows on from the Considerations When Resuming Practice article that was recently shared.
This resource provides sample language for a Waiver of Liability, as well as considerations for implementation. Waivers of Liability 05/24/2020

See all of the articles here.


CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, Impacts and Behaviors related to COVID-19: Please complete the Phase 2 survey!

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

Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Section Survey: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting academic faculty in Canada?.

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

New “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets responding to COVID-19

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

  • Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/12/2020

  • Research Funding Information as relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020

  • Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PDF | HTML NEW 04/07/2020
  • Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/18/2020

  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 04/02/2020

  • Helping Teens Cope with the Impacts of and Restrictions Related to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 03/31/2020
  • Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/20/2020
  • Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML NEW 03/17/2020
  • Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML Updated 04/04/2020

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


Message Regarding the CPA/CPAP BMS Liability Insurance Program

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Dear Members,

We hope that you are continuing to stay healthy during this challenging time.

On or around May 1st, you will receive the 2020-2021 CPA/CPAP[1] Liability Insurance Program renewal from the program’s broker, BMS. You will see that Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) premium has increased this year. We regret that the increase comes at this challenging time of COVID-19, but please know that the increase is not related to the pandemic but to the increased cost of claims on the psychology program. There has been a steady increase in the cost of claims on the program year over year, with several years where the costs of claims paid by the Insurer have exceeded the premium they collected.

When BMS presented CPA/CPAP with this year’s renewal terms, we requested that they conduct a marketing exercise and approach different Insurers to provide alternate quotes. Several Insurers declined to provide terms due to the volume and frequency of claims and costs paid under the program. Two Insurers did provide alternate terms; however, they did not offer comparable coverage and were not competitively priced. The premium charged this year is substantiated by actuarial analysis and has been renegotiated several times to keep the increase to the lowest amount acceptable to the Insurer to renew the policy.

We recognize the financial difficulty that a premium increase may present, particularly given the timing and impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on individuals and businesses. Given this, CPA/CPAP and BMS, have collectively negotiated with the Insurer to offer members the option to defer a portion of their PLI premium to lessen the immediate impact of this change. To support CPA members, and members of CPAP associations during this time, there is an option to pay 50% of your Professional Liability / Commercial General Liability premium by June 1st, with the remaining half deferred to November 1, 2020. This is not mandatory, and premiums can be paid in full for the June 1st renewal, however we wanted to provide an option for members seeking assistance.

2020-2021 Professional Liability Insurance coverage

Our goal at renewal, was to give members the best coverage at the best possible premium. One of the ways to keep premiums as low as possible was to offer only the $10M/$10M Professional Liability (PLI) limit rather than both the $7M/$10M and $10M/$10M options as in previous years.

Your CPA PLI policy continues to include $300,000 of Regulatory Legal Expense coverage to protect members by covering defence costs if you are investigated by your regulatory body (College). This is an essential piece of coverage as over 80% of claims under the CPA/CPAP program in any given year are College complaints. We are aware that in an effort to reduce insurance claims, other programs or policies for psychologists have removed coverage for defence against College complaints and disciplinary hearings. While this may result in lower premiums, it also leaves psychologists without the kind of insurance coverage they are most likely to need. BMS is committed to ensuring that members areprovided with comprehensive coverage that represents the needs and greatest practice exposures for psychologists.

With some members shifting to deliver professional services via telepsychology, we would also like to confirm that the CPA/CPAP PLI policy will cover you for services delivered virtually. As with the coverage generally, you must be acting within your scope of practice and licenced jurisdiction(s). If you are delivering your services via telepsychology, however, BMS recommends that you purchase additional cyber security and privacy liability coverage so that you have adequate coverage for the kinds of exposures specific to a virtual practice.

Retiring members, or those discontinuing practice, will also benefit from an increase in the Automatic Extended Reporting Period coverage from one year to two years. You also continue to have the option to secure unlimited reporting period (tail coverage) to protect you indefinitely following retirement. To our knowledge, this is the only program for psychologists where this is offered.

Psychologists who are members of both CPA and a participating provincial/territorial association will continue to receive a discount on their premiums. Please feel free to connect with BMS at 1-855-318-6038 or psy.insurance@bmsgroup.com if you have any questions about the policy. To share any queries or concerns with the management of the program, contact executiveoffice@cpa.ca

We thank you for your participation in this program and the confidence you have placed in Canada’s associations of psychology. Be safe, stay well.

[1]The CPA/CPAP program is available to members of CPA as well as members of the provincial/territorial associations of psychology who make up the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP).

Call for Papers on the COVID-19 Pandemic With a Rapid Review Process

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 (APhttps://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
Senior Director

Subject: COVID-19 Call for Assistance

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Sincerely,

Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada

Letter to Health Professional Associations Eng.pdf


Interim Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Services Via Electronic Media

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.

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Ethics/CPAe-therapyGuidelinesUpdate2020.pdf

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 Student Section Newsletter – Fall 2019!

<p>The Fall 2019 Student Newsletter is now available. <a href=”/docs/File/Students/Fall 2019.EN.pdf” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’Download’,’PDF’,this.href]);”target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Click here to download</a> (<a href=”/docs/File/Students/Fall 2019.FR.pdf” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’Download’,’PDF’,this.href]);”target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>version français ici</a>).<br /> </p>
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Canadian research funding organizations sign San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Canada’s five major national research funders are pleased to join research leaders around the world who are working to strengthen research excellence by ensuring robust, equitable and impactful measures of research assessment. The Government of Canada’s research funding agencies — CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, CFI, and Genome Canada—have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), reaffirming their commitment to excellence in research evaluation and the importance of knowledge translation. https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ProgramNewsDetails-NouvellesDesProgrammesDetails_eng.asp?ID=1103

DORA is a global initiative to support the development and promotion of best practice in assessment of scholarly research. It aims to address the negative consequences of unintended overuse of journal publication as a primary indicator of quality for research output. https://sfdora.org/

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

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!