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


Dr. Kim Corace, CPA President (2020/2022), named the first Vice President of Innovation at Transformation at The Royal

Dr. Kim CoraceCongratulations to CPA President (2020/2022), Dr. Kim Corace, who has been named the first Vice President of Innovation at Transformation at The Royal. Her role will be to provide strategic leadership for mental health and addiction system transformation, including innovation in patient care service delivery models, at the regional and provincial levels.

The full release can be found here.

 


Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science: Exceptional Canadian Contributions to Research in Depression

Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science: Exceptional Canadian Contributions to Research in Depression.

Editor: David J. A. Dozois.

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2021.
Articles can be submitted in either English or French.
Click here for more information about the special issue and how to submit.  


CPA Statement against Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination

The Canadian Psychological Association rests on a foundation of policy and principle of anti-discrimination and respect for the dignity of persons.  These policies and principles are embedded in the Code of Ethics which guide the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. 

2020 has challenged Canadians, and citizens of the world, to be brave; to overcome stresses to our health and welfare and to do it with kindness, respect, and compassion. Anti-Black racism jeopardizes our success as individuals, families, communities, workplaces and societies.  Our success depends on our willingness and ability to look after ourselves and each other and to work together. There is no room for racism, prejudice or systemic discrimination in a just society.  

A just society enables all its members to contribute, to thrive, and to make a positive difference when facing fortune and when facing adversity.  The CPA invites people to stand together, to stand up and to stand close against anti-Black racism and discrimination of all kinds. 


32nd ICP2020 and IUPsyS Assembly Rescheduled to July 2021

Due to the public health risks and challenges presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the 32nd International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2020 and the Annual General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), which was to be held from July 19-24, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic, has been re-scheduled to July 18-23, 2021 at the same Prague Congress Centre. 

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

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The MHCC is here for you

Resource hub dedicated to mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dear friends:

Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event. 
 

ACCESS OUR NEW RESOURCE HUB HERE

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.

Sincerely, 

Louise Bradley, C.M.
President and CEO

CPA/CPAP: COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance

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.

https://youtu.be/RtG63Jx717E

COVID-19 Member Message

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/
  • 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 executiveoffice@cpa.ca 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 executiveoffice@cpa.ca; 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. 

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 executiveoffice@cpa.ca

Dr. Ian R. Nicholson, C.Psych.
President 2019/20

K.R. Cohen Ph.D., C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer

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/

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!