COVID-19 News

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness

Prepared by
Dr. Mélanie Joanisse, C.Psych.
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness (PDF)

Disclaimer: the tools provided in this workbook are not intended to be viewed as a replacement for psychological services provided by a trained professional. Please seek professional help if needed.


Psychologists Worldwide Unite to Take Action Against Violence in the Home

Violence (psychological, physical, sexual) in the home has increased worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings during Pandemic: Wearing, Maintaining and Making Cloth Face Coverings


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

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

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

  • Why Does Culture Matter to COVID-19? – PDF | HTML NEW 06/04/2020
  • 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


Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has a podcast covering many of the psychological impacts of COVID-19. Interviews with Dr. Kim Corace, Dr. Keith Dobson, and many others can be heard here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/811163


FAQ – Psychology works for COVID-19: Psychologists giving back to front line service providers

Answers to your questions about CPA’s initiative to give back to front line service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions


Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

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….”

Click here to read the full Letter

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Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety: CPA Traumatic Stress Section

In these unprecedented times, the CPA Traumatic Stress Section executive wanted to reach out with a document of resources for managing COVID-19 anxiety. This document includes online resources including apps and media interviews, as well as potential strategies for managing COVID-19 cognitive distortions and other tips for managing mental wellness.

We hope you find them helpful and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe,
The CPA-TSS executive

  • CPA Traumatic Stress Section: Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety.

  • CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors related to COVID-19

    The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca), along with international team of over 100 researchers from more than 20 countries around the world, are trying to assess the public perceptions 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) in collaboration with several CPA members across Canada, will link the survey to policy and case data from around the world to estimate the effectiveness of current strategies used to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19.

    To find out more information or to take the survey (which is available in multiple languages), please go to: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19


    Joint statement from APA, CPA, APPIC, and ASPPB regarding the impact of COVID-19 on psychology training in North America.

    Education & Training in Health Service Psychology – COVID-19 – Joint Statement Updated 3-19-2020

    The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) have received questions and concerns from programs and students concerned about how COVID-19 will impact their training experiences and if it will impact their completion of degree requirements. The range of ever-changing information, sometimes conflicting, from different organizations in which psychology graduate students train throughout the U.S. and Canada has contributed to increasing anxiety. …

    Click here for the full statement


    March 6, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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    March 6, 2020

    GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS $27M IN
    CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH

    To further contribute to global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of nearly $27 million to fund coronavirus research.

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    Backgrounder: Read about the funded projects

    Note: CIHR will be posting detailed information on the COVID-19 competition decisions next week.


    CORONAVIRUS: CANADA’S RAPID RESPONSE

    Thanks to the incredible response from the community, in less than a month, we were able to work with our international colleagues to assess the situation in China and around the world, develop a research response focused on the urgent areas of need, launch the funding opportunity, adjudicate the applications, and award funding to the successful applicants.
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    REIMBURSING NON-REFUNDABLE TRAVEL FEES DUE TO DISRUPTIONS CAUSED BY COVID-19

    The three federal granting agencies can confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of CoVid-19. This applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel.
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    LATEST INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

    The Government of Canada is updating its online information about coronavirus every day, including the latest on the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare, travel advice, and what Canada is doing to respond to the outbreak.
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