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.
BMS 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
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
Professional liability insurance brokered by BMS renews on June 1st. All renewing members should have been contacted directly by BMS with a link to renew. Click here for important information about the renewal.
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 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 email@example.com if you have any questions about the policy. To share any queries or concerns with the management of the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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).
BMS is producing an ongoing series relating to COVID-19.
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
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).
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
We hope you are healthy and coping as well as possible with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has rapidly spread around the globe, and health authorities have been struggling to slow the spread of infection to protect people and healthcare resources.
The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca) – which is affiliated with the University of Quebec at Montreal and Concordia University in Canada, has assembled an international team of over 100 researchers more than 20 countries around the world to assess public perceptions and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.
To do this, please complete a short 20-minute online survey about COVID-19. Your participation will contribute to better understanding the global and collective response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which may be used to improve current and future preventive strategies. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be completely anonymous.
To complete the survey, please click on the following link, which will take you to the survey’s main website. The survey is available in a number of different languages: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19.
In the future, you may receive another invitation to complete this survey, as it will be sent out every month until health authorities and governments remove the preventive measures (e.g., social distancing).
Please share this message with as many of your personal and professional contacts and networks as possible. The more people that complete the survey, the more we learn about how to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.
If you have any questions about the study, please contact the team through the project email: email@example.com.
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
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.
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
As part of the CPA’s response to the COVID-19 situation, we are proposing alternatives to in-person workshop delivery. We urge Sponsors and Providers of programs approved for CE credit to consider live virtual meetings or webinars. Another possibility is a recorded workshop, in which case a few additional steps must be taken. For details go to the Continuing Education Approval Programme https://cpa.ca/professionaldevelopment/approval/.
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/
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!