Three Upcoming Career-focussed Webinars for CPA Student Affiliates!

Building on the huge success of the CPA’s inaugural virtual Career Fair in November 2020, the CPA, in collaboration with the CPA’s Industrial/Organizational Section, will be hosting three career-focussed webinars in the month of May for Student Affiliates of the CPA.

The sessions will focus on some of the most important elements in starting and advancing one’s career:

  1. Searching for a job and writing a customized CV/cover letter (May 6th, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET)
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160558?isPreview=False
  2. Preparing for an interview (May 13th, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET)
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160679?isPreview=False
  3. Negotiating an employment agreement/contract/salary (May 20th, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET).
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160684?isPreview=False

Please note that space is limited for each webinar and that registration for the webinars is restricted to CPA Student Affiliates.

Register now for any or all of the webinars. Cost for each webinar is $10.00.

Registration Now Open for the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Convention and Pre-Convention Workshops


The CPA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Convention and Pre-Convention Workshops.  Pre-convention workshops will take place from May 31st through June 5th, with the virtual convention following from June 7th through 25th.

With over 1,000 submissions, a stellar line-up of keynote addresses and section featured speakers, and 6-month of on-demand access, this is an event not to be missed!

Visit the CPA’s Convention website to learn more and register! https://convention.cpa.ca/


Call for Nominations for the 2021 CPA Board of Directors

Nominations are required for the positions of: 

  • Director-at-Large

Note: All Board terms are for three years (beginning in June).

As specified in By-Law 5.04, Directors shall be elected by the members by ordinary resolution at an annual meeting of members at which an election of Directors is required.

Instructions for Nominations

As per By-Law 5.06, any CPA Member can submit a nomination for election to the Board of Directors for the open positions, not less than 30 nor more than 65 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM). A call for an electronic advance vote will be issued before the AGM. Advance voting will occur by electronic vote.

Members and Fellows of the Canadian Psychological Association are invited to make nominations for the position listed above.  Each nomination must include a curriculum vitae for the candidate, including educational background, present and former positions, and research and/or professional activities. It must be accompanied by a letter from the nominator and four letters of support that state the position for which the candidate is being nominated, express support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination. The nomination letter and letters of support must come from CPA Members or Fellows. In addition, each nomination must include a statement from the nominee, not to exceed 250 words, that indicates the nominee’s highest degree and current positions(s) as well as any credentials, major awards, and licenses held. Most importantly, the letter should detail the qualities, interests and goals the candidate brings to their nomination, as well as a picture to be used on the electronic ballot. 

The names and supporting materials of nominees must be received at CPA Head Office by May 10th, 2021 and should be sent by email to:
governance@cpa.ca

For the Present Board Representation please click here

Please take this opportunity to speak with colleagues and friends about running for a seat on the CPA Board of Directors.  Your association needs you – membership engagement makes for a strong and successful organization!

**Please note that CPA affiliates and associates are not eligible to run for a seat on the CPA Board of Directors.

CPA 2020-2021 Honorary President Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon

CPA 2020-2021 Honorary President Dr. Benoit-Antoine BaconThe CPA is excited to announce the selection of the 2020-2021 Honorary President. Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President & Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University, has graciously accepted the invitation from CPA President Dr. Kim Corace. Says Dr. Corace,

“Dr. Bacon has demonstrated tremendous leadership in promoting mental health and substance use awareness through the University, in the community and nationally. His tireless commitment to addressing and de-stigmatizing mental health and substance use has helped drive mental health transformation at Carleton University and beyond.”

The selection of Dr. Bacon as Honorary President is the most recent in a venerable list that includes Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Dr. Donna Markham, The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Ms. Mary Walsh, and more. We look forward to hearing Dr. Bacon’s address at the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Convention, taking place June 7 – 25.

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 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