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. 

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.

La COVID-19 et son impact sur la recherche

La COVID-19 a eu des incidences énormes sur le travail académique en très peu de temps. L’ACPPU a lancé une série de webinaires intitulée La COVID-19 et le travail académique, afin de soutenir le personnel académique dans ce contexte d’incertitude en évolution constante.

L’ACPPU vous invite à un forum de discussion en ligne avec les trois conseils subventionnaires sur les mesures qu’ils ont prises pour soutenir la recherche dans le contexte de la COVID-19, le jeudi 21 mai, de 11 h 30 à 13 h HAE.

Veuillez vous inscrire dès maintenant à https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oVWAsWyNTMW-cRhs1dxcPQ.

Représentants des trois conseils :
• Dominique Bérubé, vice-présidente, Recherche, CRSH
• Marc Fortin, vice-président, Direction des partenariats de recherche, CRSNG
• Danika Goosney, vice-présidente, Direction des subventions de recherche et bourses, CRSNG
• Adrian Mota, vice-président associé par intérim, Recherche, application des connaissances et éthique, IRSC

Veuillez envoyer à l’avance les questions que vous souhaitez poser aux intervenants à education@caut.ca.

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

“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is not only posing significant risk to public health and the way we cope with our daily lives; it is also posing a significant challenge to how we are dying and how we are mourning loved ones. 

Death and Dying

Physical distancing restrictions related to COVID-19 have meant that many individuals are dying – or facing the prospect of dying – without the presence of family and friends around them, causing them feelings of isolation and psychological distress. Due to the strains facing health care workers and facilities, individuals in palliative care may also not be having their advanced-care directives fully realised (e.g., preferred location of death, life-prolonging measures).[i] This can be particularly problematic and distressing for those who are cognitively aware that their directives are not being met.

Those same restrictions are also causing distress for family and friends who are not being permitted to  be with loved ones when they are ill or dying, thereby preventing the opportunity to hold someone’s hand, have a last meaningful conversation, affirm a bond, make amends, or simply say good-bye.[ii] Further causing distress is the haste with which some current provincial restrictions are forcing families to decide where to send a body within 1-3 hours of death, depending on whether the death occurred in hospital or in a long-term care facility.

Impacts on Mourning

Different cultures have their own customs and rituals for mourning.  Physical distancing restrictions are also making it hard for people to come together socially with other mourners to grieve, spend time with or pay their final respects to the deceased, provide support to one another, and/or find comfort in their cultural or secular traditions, thereby contributing to grieving challenges and feelings of isolation.[iii] 

When loved ones do not have the opportunity to say good-bye and cannot come together to provide physical comfort, they may not have the necessary closure – also known as ambiguous loss – they need to properly grieve.[iv] They may feel anger at those that have put the restrictions in place; regret at not having a chance to hold someone’s hand or make amends; worry that a loved one may not be being given appropriate care or necessary pain relief; and guilt over one’s own powerlessness and inability to be with a loved one in their time of need.

It is unknown how long physical distancing measures will be in place; as such, it is important for people to find new ways to both recognize the dying process and cope with grief.  During the dying process, to the extent possible, video calling can connect patients with family members who are separated because of travel and/or visitor restrictions, offering some sense of comfort to patients in their last days and moments. Following death, friends and family can come together virtually, make use of online memorials, write more elaborate obituaries, and/or plan to hold services at a time when physical distancing restrictions are no longer in place.[v] While these measures are providing some means of honouring the deceased, they nonetheless cannot replace the physical comfort and connectedness one feels from a hug or hand-shake.

Disrupted, Complicated or Prolonged Grief

Although grief is a normal response to loss, “the grieving process itself is very individualized and personal such that everyone processes and experiences grief differently”.[vi]  For many, coming together for a funeral or other cultural ritual to honour the death of an individual is an essential – and normal – step in the bereavement process. Not being able to come together to mourn may not only lead to ambiguous loss, these circumstances may also increase the likelihood of one experiencing disrupted, complicated or prolonged grief.

When Psychological Distress Becomes Too Much

Individuals experiencing disrupted, complicated or prolonged grief are at increased risk of substance use, sleep disorders, impaired immune functioning and suicidal thoughts.[vii]

While spiritual leaders are themselves being restricted from being with individuals as they pass and performing any last rites of passage, they can be a source of comfort to loved ones to help them cope with the loss. Psychologists and other mental health providers can also help with disrupted, complicated or prolonged grieving.

If the following signs and symptoms increase or worsen over time and impair overall functioning, they might signal need for help to cope with one’s grief:

  • Sleeping poorly, too much or too little
  • Avoiding others, even within the confines of social distancing
  • Experiencing headaches, stomach problems, neck or back pain
  • Crying excessively and all the time
  • Talking less and being withdrawn
  • Feeling dazed or disconnected from self or the reality
  • Feeling anxious, depressed or having panic attacks
  • Feeling angry, guilty, helpless, numb, or confused
  • Not wanting to get out of bed
  • Having difficulties concentrating or focusing
  • Excessive eating for comfort
  • Drinking more alcohol or taking prescription drugs more than prescribed
  • Having little patience
  • Feeling overprotective of loved ones


It is important to remember that most of us have had some of the signs and symptoms listed above at one time or another, and that COVID-19 has led to increased stress for most people.  If you have a number of these signs and symptoms and they

  • persist beyond a couple of weeks
  • persist to the point where you are not able to carry out the home or work-related activities permitted by social distancing advisories
  • are accompanied by intense feelings of despair, hopelessness, helplessness or suicidal thoughts


you are well advised to consult a regulated health care professional such as a psychologist, your family physician, psychiatrist, or other mental health provider. 


Ontario Palliative Care Network, 2020. Planning for Palliative Care Delivery during the COVID-19 Pandemic. http://www.virtualhospice.ca/covid19/

Where do I go for more information?

To obtain  important and up to date information about COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:  https://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations 

This fact sheet has been prepared for the Canadian Psychological Association by Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Psychological Association; Dr. Katy Kamkar, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Chair of the CPA’s Traumatic Stress Section; and Ms. Eva Sheppard-Perkins, Canadian Psychological Association.

Date: May 11, 2020

Your opinion matters! Please contact us with any questions or comments about any of the Psychology Works Fact Sheets:  factsheets@cpa.ca

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[i] Arya, A., Buchman, S., Gagnon, B. and Downar, J., 2020. Pandemic palliative care: beyond ventilators and saving lives. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 192(15), pp. E400-E404.

[ii] https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/grief-distance

[iii] Leong, I., Lee, A., Ng, T., Lee, L., Koh, N., Yap, E., Guay, S. and Ng, L., 2004. The challenge of providing holistic care in a viral epidemic: opportunities for palliative care. Palliative Medicine, 18(1), pp.12-18.

[iv] https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/grief-distance

[v] Wolfelt, A., 2020. Exploring the Natural Complications of the “Whys” of Funerals During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Center For Loss & Life Transition. [online] Center for Loss & Life Transition. Available at: https://www.centerforloss.com/2020/04/funeral-whys-during-coronavirus/.

[vi] https://weareunsinkable.com/when-struck-by-a-dark-cloud-grief-loss/

[vii] Shear, K.M. 2015. Complicated Grief, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 372, No. 2, pp: 153-160..

Nouveau « série La psychologie peut vous aider » : répondre à COVID-19

La SCP a produit des fiches d’information en réponse à la pandémie de coronavirus :

  • Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 05/12/2020 [Version française à venir]

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

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

  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 04/02/2020 [Version française à venir]

  • Aider les adolescents à faire face aux impacts et aux restrictions liés à la COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 03/31/2020
  • L’impact psychologique de la pandémie de coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 03/20/2020
  • Travailler à domicile pendant la pandémie de COVID-19, avec et sans enfants à la maison – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 03/17/2020
  • Faire face au coronavirus et prévenir la COVID-19 – PDF | HTML mise à jour 04/04/2020

Vous pouvez trouver toutes la série « La psychologie peut vous aider » ici.

Programme d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle pour les psychologues…

BMS logoL’assurance responsabilité professionnelle négociée par BMS sera renouvelée le 1er juin. BMS devrait avoir communiqué directement avec les membres qui renouvellent leur assurance et fourni un lien pour renouveler. Cliquez ici pour obtenir des renseignements importants sur le renouvellement de l’assurance responsabilité.

Message concernant le programme d’assurance responsabilité civile SCP/CSPP, BMS

BMS, CPA logo


Nous espérons que vous vous portez bien pendant cette période difficile.

Le ou vers le 1er mai, le courtier du programme d’assurance de la SCP/CSPP, BMS, vous fera parvenir l’avis de renouvellement de la police d’assurance responsabilité pour l’année 2020-2021[1]. Vous constaterez que la prime d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle a augmenté cette année. Nous regrettons que l’augmentation arrive pendant la crise de la COVID-19, déjà très difficile, mais nous tenons à préciser que l’augmentation n’est pas liée à la pandémie, mais au coût accru des réclamations faites auprès du programme d’assurance offert aux psychologues. D’année en année, le coût des réclamations ne cesse d’augmenter, et on compte plusieurs années où les coûts des réclamations payés par l’assureur ont dépassé les primes perçues. 

Lorsque BMS a présenté à la SCP/CSPP les conditions de renouvellement de cette année, nous lui avons demandé d’effectuer un exercice de marketing et de communiquer avec différents assureurs afin de solliciter d’autres devis. Plusieurs assureurs ont refusé de fournir les conditions d’assurance en raison du volume et de la fréquence des réclamations et des coûts payés dans le cadre du programme. Deux assureurs ont fourni des conditions de remplacement, mais ils n’offraient pas de couverture comparable ni de prix compétitifs. La prime facturée cette année est étayée par une analyse actuarielle et a été renégociée plusieurs fois pour maintenir l’augmentation au montant le plus bas acceptable pour l’assureur pour renouveler la police.

Nous reconnaissons que l’augmentation des primes puisse engendrer des difficultés financières, en particulier à un moment où les individus et les entreprises subissent l’impact de la pandémie de COVID-19. Dans ces conditions, la SCP/CSPP et BMS ont négocié collectivement avec l’assureur pour offrir aux membres la possibilité de reporter le paiement d’une partie de leur prime d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle afin de réduire l’impact immédiat de ce changement. Afin de soutenir les membres de la SCP et les associations membres du CSPP pendant cette période, il est possible de payer 50 % de votre prime d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle/responsabilité civile générale d’ici le 1er juin, et de payer le reste le 1er novembre 2020. Ce n’est pas obligatoire, et les primes peuvent être payées intégralement le 1er juin, mais nous voulions offrir une option aux membres qui ont besoin d’aide.

Couverture d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle en 2020-2021

Lorsqu’est venu le temps de renouveler l’assurance, notre objectif était de donner aux membres la meilleure couverture possible au taux le plus bas possible. L’une des façons de maintenir les primes le plus bas possible était d’offrir uniquement la limite d’assurance de 10 M$/10 M$ plutôt que d’offrir les options de 7 M$/10 M$ et de 10 M$/10 M$ comme les années précédentes.

Dans le cadre du programme d’assurance de la SCP/CSPP, votre police d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle continue d’inclure une protection de 300 000 $ pour couvrir les frais juridiques nécessaires pour vous défendre si vous faites l’objet d’une enquête menée par votre organisme de réglementation (ordre). Il s’agit d’un élément essentiel de la couverture car plus de 80 % des réclamations faites auprès du programme d’assurance de la SCP/CSPP au cours d’une année donnée concernent des plaintes déposées à l’ordre professionnel. Nous sommes conscients que, dans le but de réduire les réclamations d’assurance, d’autres programmes ou polices offerts aux psychologues ont supprimé la couverture des frais juridiques à payer pour se défendre contre une plainte de l’ordre et pour les audiences disciplinaires. Même si cela peut faire baisser les primes, cela prive les psychologues du type de couverture d’assurance dont ils ont le plus besoin. BMS s’engage à s’assurer que les membres bénéficient d’une couverture complète, qui tient compte des besoins et de l’exposition aux réclamations liées aux activités professionnelles des psychologues. 

Étant donné que certains membres commencent à fournir des services professionnels par télépsychologie, nous aimerions également confirmer que la police d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle offerte à la SCP/CSPP vous protège lorsque vous fournissez des services de manière virtuelle. Comme c’est le cas de la couverture en général, vous devez exercer dans votre champ de pratique et dans la province ou le territoire dans lequel vous êtes autorisé à exercer. Toutefois, si vous fournissez vos services par télépsychologie, BMS vous recommande d’envisager l’achat d’une assurance cybersécurité et atteinte à la vie privée. Vous serez ainsi protégés contre les types de risques auxquels vous expose la pratique virtuelle.

En outre, les membres qui prennent leur retraite, ou ceux qui cessent leurs activités bénéficient d’une période de déclaration prolongée automatique bonifiée, qui passe d’un an à deux ans. Vous aurez encore la possibilité de vous assurer pour une période prolongée illimitée (garantie subséquente) afin de vous protéger indéfiniment après votre retraite. À notre connaissance, il s’agit du seul programme à offrir cette option aux psychologues.

Les psychologues qui sont membres à la fois de la SCP et d’une association provinciale/territoriale participante continueront d’obtenir une réduction de primes. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec BMS au 1-855-318-6038 ou à psy.insurance@bmsgroup.com si vous avez des questions sur la police. Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations au sujet de la gestion du programme, écrivez à executiveoffice@cpa.ca.

Nous vous remercions de participer au programme d’assurance de la SCP/CSPP et de la confiance que vous accordez aux associations de psychologues du Canada. Faites attention à vous et portez-vous bien.

[1] Le programme d’assurance de la SCP/CSPP est offert aux membres de la SCP ainsi qu’aux membres des associations provinciales et territoriales de psychologues qui font partie du Conseil des sociétés professionnelles de psychologues (CSPP).

“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Research Funding Information as relates to COVID-19

Canada’s COVID-related Research Support

Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 affect the lives of people, families and communities. In early March, the Government of Canada announced an investment of more than $275 million in funding for research on measures to combat COVID-19. Of this investment, $27 million was allocated to research through the three federal research funding agencies―the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) ―the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, through the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the International Development Research Centre and Genome Canada. The international research community, research funders and public health institutions are cooperating to look for novel solutions, from new vaccines to more effective communication about the pandemic. To date, over 95 projects led by Canadian researchers are focussed on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, manage, and reduce transmission of COVID-19, as well as assess its impacts.

Information from Canada’s Tri-Funding Agencies

If your research is funded by a federal agency such as CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC, review each agency’s websites for information on how your current and/or future research may or may not be impacted.


CIHR is closely monitoring the evolution and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and is taking action to support its grants, scholarship and awards recipients, as well applicants and peer reviewers. Visit this page regularly for messages from CIHR President, Dr. Michael Strong, and updated information for the research community: https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/51917.html.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, SSHRC management is assessing additional measures that may be needed to support SSHRC-funded students, postdoctoral fellows and research personnel and address concerns. Visit this page regularly for updated information on the impacts of COVID-19 on SSHRC’s policies and programs: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/covid-19-eng.aspx.


NSERC continues to adjust its operations as it monitors the evolution and impact of COVID-19. Visit this page regularly for messages from CIHR President, Dr. Alejandro Adem, and updated NSERC program information in relation to COVID-19: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_eng.asp?ID=1139.

Other Funding Sources

Others may have funding from sources other than the tri-agencies (for example, provincial funding, associations, foundations, private industry, universities); in that case, check in with your funding provider to assess the impacts of COVID on your research funding and deadlines.

Where do I go for more information?

To obtain  important and up to date information about COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:  https://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations 

This fact sheet has been prepared for the Canadian Psychological Association by Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Psychological Association.

Date: May 7, 2020

Your opinion matters! Please contact us with any questions or comments about any of the Psychology Works Fact Sheets:  factsheets@cpa.ca

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“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation evolves around the globe, students’ day-to-day lives are being increasingly disrupted: courses have been moved from in-person settings to online formats; visits with friends and families have been prohibited; access to resources such as the on-campus library, student counselling services, or other campus spaces has been lost; some students have had to leave, quickly in some cases, their student residence; in-person conferences have been cancelled; competition and application deadlines have been delayed; internship, residency and co-op/practicum placements have been cancelled or altered; and for some, research projects have been interrupted.

This document provides an overview of Canada’s COVID-related student funding support, as well as resources to help psychology students deal with the impact of the coronavirus on their research, training, and academic work.

More detailed information specific to Canada’s research funding support and information from the funders can be found in the CPA’s Fact Sheet on Research Funding Information as Relates to COVID-19 (https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/cpa-covid-19-resources/).

Information from Canada’s Tri-Funding Agencies

Canada’s tri-funding agencies (Canadian Institutes for Health Research – CIHR; Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada – SSHRC; Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC) are closely monitoring the evolution and impact of COVID-19 and are taking necessary actions to support its grant, scholarship, fellowship, and awards recipients; support its applicants and peer reviewers; protect their staff; and modify their operations. Below are links to messages from the tri-agencies.

Each agency is also regularly updating their websites with messages from the presidents and updated information for the research community.

Student Support; Awards, Scholarship and Fellowship Competition Deadlines

The Government of Canada has announced significant emergency support for students and recent graduate impacted by COVID – expanded student and youth programming, enhanced student financial assistance for Fall 2020, Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Canada Student Service Grant, and International Students. Information on this support can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

In early May, the tri-agencies announced that training award recipients (master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption of up to four-months for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation (https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/42405.html#05_04_2020). For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (May 1, 2020; September 1, 2020; or January 1, 2021). The agencies will continue to support training award holders who, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, can only devote part-time hours to their research. They may continue to hold their awards and will be paid at the full amount. The amount will not be prorated, and the end date of the award will remain unchanged.

Visit the program webpages listed below for additional information specific to the following student award, scholarship and fellowship competitions and what impact COVID may or may not be having on their deadlines:

Other Funding Sources

Students with funding from sources other than the tri-agencies (for example, provincial funding, associations, foundations, private industry, universities); in that case, check in with your funding provider to assess the impacts of COVID on your research funding and deadlines.

Studying from Home

Given the many weeks since physical distancing has been in place, and schools have transitioned to virtual learning, many students have already set up home workspace.  Nonetheless, below are a few things to keep in mind when studying from home:

  • Remember to have realistic expectations for your work and progress during a global pandemic. It is okay if you feel that you do not have the mental or emotional capacity to produce knowledge or undertake research during a global crisis.
  • If possible, set up a dedicated workspace where you can keep study materials and have virtual classes or group chats, so that you keep your studies separate from the rest of your life. Try to remember proper ergonomics when setting up your workspace.
  • Take some time to make sure you have all necessary resources at your disposal to effectively conduct your studies, as this could help mitigate potential stressors. For example, install any required software on your computer or order a headset and webcam for online classes. Reach out to your professor or students’ union if you need support and resources.
  • As much as possible, keep your study space quiet and free from distractions. If you have roommates, you could use headphones (ideally noise-cancelling headphones) to drown out noise. Make sure your space is inviting so you want to spend time there (you could sit by a window or add a plant or favourite trinket to your desk).
  • Contact your internet provider for free or low-cost internet options if you do not have Wi-Fi at home and are unable to access the online resources that can help you continue your education.



Setting a schedule for school and life

  • Maintain a consistent routine: This includes sleep-wake times, exercise, and work/school schedules. It can be easy to do schoolwork all day because it feels like there is nothing else to do. Establishing and maintaining a routine will help you maintain a sense of normalcy and keep your schoolwork and home life separate.
  • Take breaks: It’s important to take breaks to rest your eyes, your mind and your body. If it’s hard for you to remember to take breaks, you could set up a timer for 90 minutes and then take a 15-minute break.
  • Check in with supervisors/professors about expectations: Maintain good communication with your supervisors and professors. Have a clear understanding about whether moving to online classes changes expectations around assignments, exams, and other academic requirements. For example, you could ask for flexibility on timelines given your current time zone.
  • Stay connected to others: Develop a plan to keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues. Schedule regular phone calls or facetime chats. Tap into social media and tech platforms that allow virtual group gatherings.

Impacts on Graduate Students, Student Research, and Professional Training

Graduate students and trainees have been particularly impacted during CVOID-19 due to stressors arising from financial uncertainty; pressure to graduate within a given time frame and before funding runs out; managing research and teaching responsibilities; and disruption in academic work and transition to remote learning. During these times, students would be benefit from:

  • Talking to one’s university’s research officer to understand what, if any, impacts COVID-19 will have on any student funding one may have (e.g., scholarships, bursaries, fellowships).
  • Assessing if one’s research can be conducted through online surveys or if one’s research protocol can be moved to an online experiment.
  • Talking to one’s supervisor/professor(s) about working on publications, while not losing sight of the mental and emotional resources required to cope with COVID-19.

Professional Training Impacts

Some graduate students and trainees have also been particularly impacted by disruption to practicum/co-op placements, internships, and other face-to-face skill building activities. Students should talk to their department head or co-op/practicum coordinate (if applicable) about the impacts of cancelled practicum placements and co-op work terms, as well as options for extending work terms with placement providers and finding new placements.

With respect to the impact on internships, the CPA, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCCPP), and the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO) issued a joint statement recognizing the impact COVID-19 is having on the operation of professional psychology training programmes and on their faculty, staff and students (https://cpa.ca/cpa-ccppp-acpro-statements-regarding-covid-19/).  It is important to understand that decisions about training will be made at several levels (https://ccppp.wildapricot.org/news). The first level is between the internship program and the university, as they jointly determine if the requirements for the internship have been met. The second level of decision making lies with the regulators, who will make independent decisions on a case-by-case basis about whether a candidate for licensure/registration/certification has met the provincial standards that are outlined in legislation and bylaws.

Conference Cancellations

The pandemic has also resulted in the cancellation of many in-person conference and knowledge mobilization activities, which is also impacting students and trainees in terms of lost opportunities to present at or attend conferences.  Until such time that in-person conferences can resume, students should seek opportunities to present and/or participate in virtual conferences. The CPA’s national convention will be offered virtually in July and August 2020; check the CPA’s website regularly for more information on how to participate and/or present at the virtual event.

If you had been accepted to submit at a conference and the conference was cancelled, contact the conference organizers regarding their policy about creating an abstract book or conference proceedings, noting the conference acceptance on your CV, and obtaining the word on how to do so. The CPA will be preparing an abstract book of all accepted presentations; below is information on how to cite your presentation if you were accepted to present at the CPA’s 2020 National Convention in May 2020.

Surname, Initial. & Surname, Initial. (2020, May 27-30).  Title of accepted submission. [specify type of presentation – poster, Gimme-5, 12-minute talk, etc.]. 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. (insert link to Abstract Book PDF when available) (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Alternative Learning Opportunities

  • Register for online continuing education offerings, from the CPA as your national association or from one of the provincial psychological associations, many of which are presently free or significantly discounted.
  • Explore or deepen your learning of new research methods or statistical applications by downloading freely available software.
  • Learn more about Open Science(https://cos.io/)and the preregistration (https://cos.io/prereg/)
  • Source publishers that are providing free access to books and journals online.
  • Take in the APA webinar (https://www.apa.org/education/coping-webinar-students)in which psychologists Lynn Bufka and Vaile Wright discuss ways for undergraduate and graduate students to navigate the shifting COVID-19 crisis.

Self-Care and Student Wellness

During this time, it is important to take care of yourself and pay attention to your mental well-being.

Where do I go for more information?

To obtain  important and up to date information about COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:  https://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations 

This fact sheet has been prepared for the Canadian Psychological Association by Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Psychological Association.

Date: May 7, 2020

Your opinion matters! Please contact us with any questions or comments about any of the Psychology Works Fact Sheets:  factsheets@cpa.ca

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“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19

COVID-19 is not only impacting everyday life; it is also impacting faculty and research teams in many ways, from how to transition to online classes, how to work and best support students remotely, how to adapt current research projects while ensuring the welfare and safety of research subjects, and how to pay salaries/stipends and other costs that may be modifying or halting research.

With the transition to virtual education, researchers and faculty are working diligently to protect their research participants and animal subjects, their students, their scholarship, and in some cases, their careers. In the interim, below is some information that may provide helpful guidance in navigating these difficult times.

More detailed information specific to Canada’s research funding support and information from the funders can be found in the CPA’s Fact Sheet on Research Funding Information as Relates to COVID-19 (https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/cpa-covid-19-resources/).

Working Remotely

Since mid-late March, most people have been working remotely. This has required faculty, staff and researchers to ensure they had all mission critical information with them; they were using university-approved security protocols to analyze and store data off-site; and they had a laptop, charger, webcam, contact information for team members and access to any electronic materials that would have been needed.  Knowledge of Skype, Zoom, Hangouts/Google-Meet and other video-conference software has become a must to stay connected virtually.

Maintaining Research

Given COVID-19, research that brings people physically close together or in large gatherings has been most impacted. Policies regarding how to conduct research during emergencies are university specific, and you should follow your institution’s emergency or disaster-preparedness policies for guidance to deal with COVID-19’s impact on your research and career/degree-completion impacts.

Information from Canada’s Tri-Funding Agencies

Canada’s tri-funding agencies (Canadian Institutes for Health Research – CIHR; Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada – SSHRC; Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC) are closely monitoring the evolution and impact of COVID-19 and are taking necessary actions to support its grant, scholarship, fellowship, and awards recipients; support its applicants and peer reviewers; protect their staff; and modify their operations.

Each agency is also regularly updating their websites with messages from the presidents and updated information for the research community.

Check in with your program officer

While Canada’s funding agencies have extended deadlines, it is nonetheless important to think creatively about how to sustain your research over at least the next three to six months. Stay in regular touch with your university’s program officer and share how the crisis is affecting your work and how you plan to keep making progress.

Maintain communication with your research team

Frequent communication is important to sustaining research projects, assessing how your team members are coping, and maintaining social connectedness. Consider daily or weekly video-meetings to set goals and/or action items. Reassure your staff that it is okay to not be as productive during these challenging times. To the extent possible, cross-train staff, deploy them to work on other tasks, and if not already done, have calls forwarded to a project staff person’s cellphone.

Modify your research and analysis

With the stoppage of face-to-face human research or temporary closure of research labs, researchers who rely on face-to-face interaction or in-lab work to collect data have had to either pause their research or transition their research to online.  If you are shifting to remote data collection and storage, keep in mind that changing methodologies may you require that you notify your institution’s review or ethics board and potentially, updating consents to participate. Modifications to methodologies in the midst of a study will have to be accounted for in future analyses.

Supporting Students and Trainees

Students and trainees are most vulnerable right now due to stressors arising from financial uncertainty; pressure to graduate within a given time frame and before funding runs out; managing research and teaching responsibilities; disruption in academic work and transition to remote learning;  cancelled or altered co-op placements, internships, and residencies; and lost conference presentation/attendance opportunities. If you are able, help them progress toward their goals and be flexible about deadlines.

Encourage students to visit the Government of Canada’s website for information on its emergency support for students and recent graduate impacted by COVID: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html.

Encourage them to visit the tri-agency’s websites for information on extensions for training award recipients and competition deadline information pertaining to the Canada Graduate Scholarships, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, and NSERC’s Undergraduate Student Research Award – to name just a few.

If students have been awarded funding from sources other than the tri-agencies, direct them to contact the funding provider to obtain information on impacts to deadlines.

Stay in touch with your students and have conversations with them about how they plan to carry on their work during this new reality, while reminding them that it is okay to feel that they do not have the mental or emotional capacity to produce knowledge or continue their research during these challenging times.

More detailed information specific to COVID and psychology students can be found in the following CPA Fact Sheets: Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 and Student Wellness during COVID-19 ((https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/cpa-covid-19-resources/).

Supporting Junior Colleagues

Junior colleagues are also particularly vulnerable right now. If possible, senior faculty may be able to offer data sets they can work with or provide opportunities to collaborate on existing research projects.

If you are an early career researcher yourself, document how the crisis is affecting your research and talk to your chair about potential impacts on your tenure path. With the cancellation of most in-person conferences, seek opportunities to network virtually, participate in the work of your national or provincial psychological association, or participate in other scholarship activities (e.g., online continuing education, serving as a peer reviewer).


While this is a very challenging time for everyone, it is important to remember that all of your department colleagues and research peers are in the same position.  Eventually, research activities will resume, as will in-person classes. In the interim, it is important for faculty and researchers to take care of themselves.

During this time, some psychology faculty may have increased demands to provide mental health services and supports to their students in ways that might otherwise not have been expected to before COVID019. Check in with your department and your university’s counselling services for information on available resources for students, while ensuring you have the necessary supports for yourself.

Be cognizant of the impacts of too many virtual meetings and too many emails. With the transition to working remotely, there has been a vast increase in the number of virtual meetings; while virtual meetings are effective at maintaining connectedness and communication, many are feeling overly fatigued by the number of video-conference meetings that now are required to deal with issues that once would have been addressed via an in-person meeting or by walking to someone’s office.  The same can be said of email.

In addition to supporting students, research staff and transitioning to remote learning, many faculty and researchers are also juggling the responsibilities – and fatigue – of being educators to their children who may also be at home.

Conferences and COVID-19

Given the state of the pandemic globally, in-person knowledge mobilization and sharing events such as conferences are being cancelled or postponed; in some cases, in-person conferences are being transitioned to virtual events to enable both the delivery and sharing of research findings and continuing education activities.  This is the case for the CPA’s 2020 Annual National Convention which was scheduled for May 2020 in Montréal, QC, but will be delivered as a virtual event over the summer of 2020.

A poster or presentation that was peer reviewed and accepted to a conference can still be included in your CV, even if the conference was cancelled. The CPA has a recommended format for citing cancelled presentations; this information was sent to all individuals that had a presentation accepted for inclusion in the CPA’s national conference (see below).

For individuals OPTING TO participate in the CPA’s virtual event, the format is as follows:

Surname, Initial. & Surname, Initial. (2020, insert dates of virtual event).  Title of accepted submission. [specify type of presentation – poster, Gimme-5, 12-minute talk, etc.]. 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. [insert link to virtual event when available]

For individuals OPTING NOT TO participate in the CPA’s virtual event, the format is as follows:

Surname, Initial. & Surname, Initial. (2020, May 27-30).  Title of accepted submission. [specify type of presentation – poster, Gimme-5, 12-minute talk, etc.]. 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. [insert link to Abstract Book PDF when available] (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

If the conference at which you were scheduled to present is not being transitioned to a virtual event or you are unable to participate in the virtual event, you can consider sharing your poster and/or presentation through the Open Science Framework (OSF). For more information, see OSF meetings.

Making the Transition: Moving your Course to a Virtual Environment

The need for a rapid transition from in-person instruction to online platforms has necessitated a steep learning curve for many faculty. It is important to remember that although effective, there are significant differences between in-person and online delivery of education:

  • Most adult education research shows that the maximum length of an online session should be less than two hours: attention spans begin to wane after as little as 15 minutes and engagement is challenging through a computer screen. Longer lectures should be broken up into more digestible portions.
  • There are some techniques that can help keep learners engaged; for example, some webinar or e-learning platforms provide the ability to create polls that will encourage participants to pay attention and answer topical questions in real time.
  • In creating lesson plans, keep in mind that topics and learning objectives should be kept focused and self-contained in order to maintain clarity and continuity. Schedule time for a brief recap at the start of each session but keep the path well-defined and easy to follow.
  • Consider adding more self-directed elements if possible; short projects, additional readings, and putting students into small groups to discuss material virtually can add value between sessions and contribute to the overall goals of the course while placing the onus on students to engage with the material.
  • Most importantly, stay connected to your students. If this is the first time you are delivering material online, take this opportunity to learn from your students regarding what does – and does not – work. Maintain your goals, clarify your benchmarks, and be open to learn and experiment.

The following is a list of some valuable resources to assist you in your transition.

Resources Provided by the APA

Staying Professionally Active

Recognizing the emotional and mental toll that the pandemic may be taking on some individuals, others may want or need to stay professionally active during this time. Below are some ways in which individuals can stay professionally involved.

  • Take a Continuing Professional Development course from the CPA’s online offerings, from a provincial/territorial association, or from other relevant professional associations.
  • Create and/or review your individual professional learning plan.
  • Expand your learning of research methods – quantitative and/or qualitative – or statistical applications, particularly those offering downloadable software at no cost.
  • Take the opportunity to read new journal articles; the CPA’s three journals (Canadian Psychology, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology) are available to all CPA members via the CPA’s members only portal.
  • Subscribe to the APA’s PsychNetGold database through the CPA and have access to the following: PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, and PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Submit articles for publication consideration.
  • Volunteer to serve as a reviewer for one of Canada’s funding agencies.
  • Start working on grant applications.
  • Attend virtual conferences.


Where do I go for more information?

To obtain  important and up to date information about COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:  https://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations

This fact sheet has been prepared for the Canadian Psychological Association by Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Psychological Association.

Date: May 7, 2020

Your opinion matters! Please contact us with any questions or comments about any of the Psychology Works Fact Sheets:  factsheets@cpa.ca

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BMS Article: Considerations When Resuming Practice

BMS logoBMS 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

See all of the articles here.

Articles & Resources from BMS

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Psychology Foundation of Canada Webinar & Digital Workshop Series

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Federal Emergency Response Programs

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.

IRSC Subvention de fonctionnement : Synthèse des connaissances : Santé mentale, toxicomanie et COVID-19.

Le 23 avril, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et la ministre de la Santé, Patty Hajdu, ont annoncé un investissement de 115 millions de dollars dans l’intervention de recherche rapide du Canada contre la COVID-19. Cet investissement comprend la première possibilité de financement s’inscrivant dans l’initiative sur la santé mentale et la COVID-19, Synthèse des connaissances : Santé mentale, toxicomanie et COVID-19. Lancée hier, cette possibilité de financement permettra de répondre aux besoins immédiats en matière de services de santé en encourageant des synthèses et des plans de mobilisation des connaissances rapides qui aideront à adapter les services de santé mentale et de toxicomanie existants au contexte de la COVID-19. La date limite pour présenter une demande à cette possibilité de financement est le 7 mai.

Pour vous renseigner sur l’initiative sur la santé mentale et la COVID-19 des IRSC, écrivez à COVID19MH-COVID19SM@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

CADDRA’s Virtual ADHD Conference and Research Day 2020

October 23-25, 2020

    Location: Online (Virtual Event)
    Phone: 416-637-8583
    Email: carol.simpson@caddra.ca
    Event Website and Registration: https://caddra.societyconference.com/v2

    CADDRA 2020 is the largest ADHD health practitioner gathering in Canada and showcases the latest scientific, clinical and practical information on ADHD. Delegates can look forward to engaging sessions, innovative workshops and expert analysis over 3 days (October 23-25) highlighting important research and practice-changing science and education from ADHD knowledge experts across the globe.

    Preceding the conference, CADDRA brings together the top ADHD researchers at the 7th Annual ADHD Research Day on Oct 23, 2020. Research Day has become the largest gathering of ADHD researchers in Canada, drawing some of the best minds – and hearts – in ADHD research.

    The CADDRA Conference and Research Day is an opportunity to network and connect with health practitioners and community partners who share a deep concern about ADHD and who are striving to ensure that all people with ADHD have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    CADDRA members qualify for a 20% conference and research day fee discount making now the ideal time to sign-up as a member and register.

    To register for the conference and research day, please click here:

CPA-CCPPP-ACPRO Statements regarding COVID-19

On behalf of the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO), the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programmes (CCPPP), and the Canadian Psychological Association Accreditation Panel (the CPA Panel): The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on individuals, communities, our health care systems and on health providers themselves.

We, ACPRO, CCPPP, and the CPA Accreditation Panel also recognize that this pandemic has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the operation of professional psychology training programmes, and on their faculty, staff, and students.

Attached, you will find a statement from ACPRO containing their response to licensure concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a statement from the CCPPP and CPA Accreditation Panel regarding their responses to accreditation- and training-related concerns. With these statements, our organizations want to communicate our commitment – to the extent possible – to minimize the disruptions that the pandemic has on students’ training, on programme operations, and ultimately on the availability of competent practitioners to meet the public need for mental health services at this time, while also maintaining the highest levels of integrity in our training, licensing, and accreditation processes. We also want to reassure our stakeholders of our commitment to maintaining an open dialogue among our organizations as this situation unfolds to ensure that we continue to be responsive to all of your needs.

Should you have any questions about the content of these statements, please do not hesitate to contact us at the coordinates below.

Wishing you all good health.

Sara Hagstrom, President, CCPPP, hagstros@tbh.net
Catherine Costigan, CCPPP, costigan@uvic.ca
Karen Messer-Engel, Chair, ACPRO,
Stewart Madon, Registrar of Accreditation, CPA,

CCPPP CPA ACPRO Statements COVID-19.pdf

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Fiche d’information sur les mesures de soutien fédérales pour les employeurs et les employés touchés par COVID-19

La SCP a produit des fiches d’information pour aider les employeurs et les employés à obtenir l’aide gouvernementale liée à COVID-19 :

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  • Fiche d’information sur les mesures de soutien fédéral pour les employeurs touchés par la COVID-19

    Pendant l’actuelle pandémie de COVID-19, plusieurs gouvernements canadiens ont annoncé des programmes destinés à soutenir les employeurs dans le but précis d’atténuer certaines des conséquences économiques de la réponse du Canada pour les petites entreprises.

    En raison de la distanciation sociale et des autres politiques mises en place, l’activité économique au Canada a considérablement ralenti. Cela engendre des difficultés financières pour les entreprises qui poursuivent leurs activités. 

    Les initiatives du gouvernement évoluent de jour en jour, et la présente fiche d’information sera mise à jour régulièrement pour suivre l’évolution des choses.

    Même si cette fiche d’information porte sur les initiatives fédérales, le lecteur est encouragé à vérifier, auprès de son gouvernement provincial et municipal, si du soutien supplémentaire est offert.

    Gouvernement fédéral

    Subvention salariale temporaire pour les employeurs 

    De quoi s’agit-il? La subvention salariale temporaire pour les employeurs est une mesure de trois mois qui permettra aux employeurs admissibles de réduire le montant des retenues à la source à remettre à l’Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC). Cette mesure remplace un programme de subvention annoncé précédemment.

    La subvention équivaut à 75 % de la rémunération que vous versez du 15 mars 2020 au 15 juin 2020, jusqu’à 1 375 $ pour chaque employé admissible à un montant maximum total de 25 000 $ par employeur.

    Qui peut faire une demande? Les employeurs admissibles sont les organismes sans but lucratif, les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés ou les sociétés privées sous contrôle canadien (SPCC).

    Comment faire une demande : cette subvention est calculée pour réduire le versement courant de retenues à la source d’impôt sur le revenu fédéral, provincial ou territorial que vous envoyez à l’ARC, du montant de la subvention.

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/agence-revenu/campagnes/mise-a-jour-covid-19/foire-aux-questions-subvention-salariale-temporaire-petites-entreprises.html

    Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada (SSUC)

    De quoi s’agit-il? La SSUC accorde un remboursement pouvant aller jusqu’à 75 % du salaire d’un employé (maximum 847 $/semaine), pendant 12 semaines (du 15 mars au 6 juin).

    Qui peut faire une demande? Les employeurs admissibles, à savoir les particuliers, les sociétés imposables publiques et privées, les partenariats constitués d’employeurs admissibles, les organismes sans but lucratif et les organismes de bienfaisance, qui font face à une baisse de revenus d’au moins 30 % par rapport à l’année précédente (année s’écoulant entre mars 2019 et mars 2020) ou une baisse de 15 % par rapport à l’année précédente (pour avril et mai).

    Comment faire une demande : les entreprises pourront demander la SSUC en ligne par l’intermédiaire du portail Mon dossier d’entreprise de l’ARC ou d’une application Web, qui devrait être accessible d’ici la fin d’avril.

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-finances/plan-intervention-economique/subvention-salariale.html

    Programme de prestations supplémentaires de chômage (PSC)

    De quoi s’agit-il? Les employeurs peuvent mettre en place un régime de prestations supplémentaires de chômage (PSC) afin de bonifier la rémunération hebdomadaire de leurs employés lorsque ceux-ci se retrouvent sans emploi en raison d’un arrêt temporaire de travail. Les sommes versées ne constituent pas une rémunération et ne sont pas déduites des prestations d’assurance-emploi.

    Qui peut faire une demande? Les employeurs qui subissent un arrêt temporaire de travail en raison d’une formation, d’une maladie, d’une blessure ou d’une mise en quarantaine.

    Comment faire une demande : les régimes de prestations supplémentaires de chômage sont enregistrés par Service Canada. L’enregistrement doit être effectué avant la date d’entrée en vigueur du régime. Les agents du Programme de PSC évaluent les régimes de prestations supplémentaires de chômage des employeurs en fonction des exigences énoncées dans le Règlement sur l’assurance-emploi. De plus, ils aident les employeurs à concevoir des régimes de prestations supplémentaires de chômage qui répondent aux exigences du Règlement.

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/programmes/assurance-emploi/ae-liste/assurance-emploi-employeurs-supplement-chomage.html

    Programme de Travail partagé

    De quoi s’agit-il? Le Travail partagé (TP) est un programme qui aide les employeurs et les employés à éviter les mises à pied lorsqu’il y a une diminution temporaire du niveau d’activité normale de l’entreprise, qui est indépendante de la volonté de l’employeur. Le programme fournit des prestations d’assurance-emploi aux employés admissibles qui acceptent de réduire leurs heures normales de travail et de partager le travail disponible pendant la relance de l’entreprise. Le Travail partagé est un accord entre les employeurs, les employés et le gouvernement du Canada.

    Le gouvernement du Canada a mis en place une mesure spéciale temporaire de travail partagé pour les employeurs qui sont touchés par le ralentissement des activités à cause de la COVID-19.

    Qui peut faire une demande? Généralement utilisé pour les travailleurs de la sylviculture et de la sidérurgie, ce programme a été élargi à tous les employeurs du 15 mars 2020 au 14 mars 2021, et la durée maximale d’une entente est passée de 38 semaines à 76 semaines.

    Comment faire une demande : les employeurs doivent présenter une demande de participation à un accord de Travail partagé et remplir un formulaire d’unité de Travail partagé, puis ils doivent envoyer le tout au bureau de Service Canada de leur région. (Pour en savoir plus : https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/ministere/avis/coronavirus.html).

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/ministere/avis/coronavirus.html

    Ressources pour les entreprises

    Soutien au financement et à la trésorerie des entreprises

    Programme de crédit aux entreprises (PCE)

    De quoi s’agit-il? Le Programme de crédit aux entreprises (PCE) vise à aider les entreprises canadiennes à obtenir du financement durant cette période de grande incertitude.

    Comment faire une demande? Les employeurs qui souhaitent obtenir du financement par l’intermédiaire du PCE doivent communiquer avec les institutions financières avec lesquelles ils entretiennent déjà des liens d’affaires, afin que l’institution financière puisse évaluer leur dossier.

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-finances/programmes/politique-secteur-financier/programme-credit-entreprises.html

    Le 27 mars 2020, le gouvernement fédéral a lancé deux programmes supplémentaires, sans en annoncer les détails. Ces deux programmes sont :

    Programme de garantie et de prêts pour les petites et moyennes entreprises  40 000 $ sous forme de prêts garantis par le gouvernement à des petites entreprises et à des organismes sans but lucratif afin d’aider à couvrir les coûts d’exploitation au cours d’une période où les recettes ont diminué en raison de la COVID-19. Il s’agit de prêts sans intérêt.

    Programme de garantie et de prêts pour les PME  40 milliards de dollars par l’intermédiaire de la BDC et d’EDC pour aider les PME qui ont besoin de soutien supplémentaire afin de répondre à leurs besoins en matière de flux de trésorerie opérationnels.

    La présente fiche d’information sera mise à jour dès que des détails supplémentaires seront annoncés.

    Autres programmes

    Souplesse pour les entreprises qui produisent des déclarations de revenus

    De quoi s’agit-il? La date limite de paiement des montants de l’impôt sur le revenu qui deviennent exigibles à compter du 18 mars et avant le 1er septembre 2020 est reportée au 1er septembre 2020. Cela signifie qu’aucune pénalité ni aucun intérêt ne vous sera imposé si le paiement de votre solde d’impôt à payer est effectué avant le 1er septembre 2020.

    Pour plus d’informations : https://www.canada.ca/fr/agence-revenu/campagnes/mise-a-jour-covid-19.html


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    Date : le 15 avril, 2020

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    COVID-19 and Substance Use

    Dr. Kim Corace, Director of Clinical Programming and Research, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and CPA Incoming President, discusses COVID and substance use
    Kim Corace Interviewhttps://www.tsn.ca/radio/ottawa-1200/the-drive-hour-2-1.1466641

    Audio Update: Dr. Heather MacIntosh on ‘Big T’ vs. ‘little t’ trauma

    Daily Audio Update: Dr. Heather MacIntosh on ‘Big T’ vs. ‘little t’ trauma
    It’s something of a colloquialism, but the distinction between ‘Big T’ and ‘little t’ trauma is one that matters in the current context of COVID-19. Dr. Heather MacIntosh joins us to discuss that distinction.

    Dr. Heather MacIntosh on ‘Big T’ vs. ‘little t’ trauma

    Heather MacIntosh ‘Big T’ vs. ‘little t’ trauma

    In your blog post you make the distinction between ‘Big T’ and ‘little t’. What is that distinction?

    It’s a very generic term, it’s a big of a colloquialism, but the idea is that there are things that happen to us in life that are difficult, and can at the time feel traumatic. But they don’t knock us off our socks. So a ‘little t’ trauma would be something like a major life event – the loss of a partner, a big breakup.

    But a ‘Big T’ trauma is something that really knocks your socks off. It’s something that causes you to have to stop in your tracks, regroup, and kind of figure out the meaning of life again. Those traumas are things like sexual abuse or sexual violence, domestic violence in the home. Things where your life is put at threat, or you’re witnessing someone else’s life at threat. Where there’s a lot of terror and helplessness.

    And so the impacts of those different events are very different long term. And that’s not to say that what is a ‘Big T’ trauma to one person might not be a ‘little t’ trauma to someone else. So much is about where we come from, our own experiences growing up and how secure we feel in ourselves, and the age and stage we are at when those things happen.

    Would you say that in the current situation with the added stress, the added fear, and the added anxiety, that more often what would have been a small t trauma can turn into a big t trauma?

    Part of what is unique about this situation is the sense of helplessness that people have about being unable to do much about it. So there’s a global thing that’s happening. This pandemic has a very particular trajectory. On the one hand we’re being told stay home, that’s the thing you can do to help. On the other hand we’re being told that it could get out of control and everyone’s health could be at risk.

    For people who are in first responder situations it’s very difficult at some level – I’m not an epidemiologist so I can’t really speak to this – there is a concern that infection rates among first responders are really high. So for the people who feel like there’s something they’re actively doing out in the world to mitigate by providing various services, those people’s lives are at risk by doing the thing they do. So that fits into one category.

    Then there are the people who are staying at home and providing (like myself) mental health services. We’re watching people on the front lines as we provide services, and the CPA has come up with a list of psychologists who are willing to do some pro-bono services, I’m also on that list. We’re a little bit feeling helpless about how to be most of service. That can really feed into a sense of the heightening of the fight-flight-and-freeze response.

    Some of us feel – and again this is very much about where we come from in terms of our own lives and our own traumas – being in our homes can feel very traumatizing, so something that might be a stressor like worrying about a family member being sick, having a parent in a retirement home.

    In the past you might have gone to the gym, gone for a run, gone out with a friend. You might have had a number of strategies you would use that would help you manage that fight-flight-freeze response. Now we’re being asked to stay at home and so the fight-flight-freeze has nowhere to go.

    Thankfully there are a lot of really amazing people putting meditations online, putting yogas online, putting various resources including psychotherapy into online spaces. And I would really encourage people to use those resources, because being able to connect with someone outside of your family unit, to be able to be as honest as you need to be about how distressed you are, may make a real difference in how people come out of this.

    CPA Panel Statement re; COVID 19


    On Behalf of the CPA Accreditation Panel:

    CPA and the Accreditation Panel understand that the management of COVID-19 has far reaching effects on individuals, communities, our health care systems and on health providers themselves. Its impact on the health care environment will also impact trainees of all health professions. Some may leave internships or residencies to return home. Most will find their clinical roles impacted and it is possible that their clinical activity will be significantly changed or suspended as health care environments respond to this unprecedented health emergency. The decisions and experiences of trainees may vary from university to university, health care setting to health care setting and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The guidance and advisories in one province/territory to another may differ and consequently impact health care delivery and health care training differently.

    We understand and anticipate the concerns of trainees that any disruption or suspension of their residencies and internships can impact their ability to meet program completion requirements and, ultimately, impact their progress towards graduation and licensure. We also understand that there is not a single authority who can decide how missing requirements will be dealt with. For example, CPA’s Accreditation Panel cannot require programs to extend their training years or decrease required clinical hours. Programs needs and options will vary in the kind of accommodation they can offer. Further, regulatory bodies have requirements about how many internship hours are required of candidates for licensure.

    The purpose of this advisory, however, is to let programs – their faculty, supervisors and trainees – know that CPA will collaborate with programs on an individual basis as well as Canada’s regulatory bodies individually and collectively, to help them navigate the impact COVID-19 will have on the training of psychologists. We will all need to be understanding, nimble and flexible in finding solutions that work for each program and, ultimately, put the needs of clients and students front and centre. CPA has reached out to CCPPP and ACPRO to discuss this issue and come up with some collective guidance to programs. CPA has also been collaborating with APPIC, APA, and ASPPB on this issue as well for those of our students who train north and south of the border. We will keep you apprised of our progress.

    In the interim, feel free to contact the Accreditation Office at any time. Even more importantly, stay well and stay safe.

    Dr. Stewart Madon, C. Psych.
    Registrar, Accreditation & Ethics Officer
    Canadian Psychological Association

    PDF version: CPA Panel Statement re; COVID 19

    Audio Update: Dr. Karen Cohen on advocacy during COVID-19

    Daily Audio Update: Dr. Karen Cohen on advocacy during COVID-19
    Quick chat with CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen about advocacy during COVID-19. Calling for insurers to cover tele-psychology, and drop the requirements for a physician referral for psychological services.

    Dr. Karen Cohen on advocacy during COVID-19

    Dr. Karen Cohen on telehealth advocacy

    What is on the docket for the CPA in terms of advocacy for psychologists doing tele-psychology?

    Advocacy for access to funded psychological services has been on the docket for us for some time. I think there are some exciting things happening now. The Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), for example, is putting together a policy position calling for parity – so, requiring our governments and funders to provide coverage equivalently for mental and physical disorders.

    HEAL, which is organizations for Health Action, all the national health care organizations, also has access to mental health services as one of it’s advocacy priorities. And the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has put together a network on which CPA sits, looking at access to psychotherapies for Canadians. So that work will continue.

    In the current situation, we’ve been in touch with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) and we’ve been calling on them to reach out to all their members, who are all the individual insurers, to cover services delivered virtually by psychologists. Every plan differs and that’s one of the challenges when it comes to doing advocacy when it comes to access, particularly in the private sector. There’s not one funder and there’s not one plan and there’s not one plan sponsor. They all have oversight individually over what those plans look like, so you can imagine how many conversations have to be had to make the change we’re looking for.

    This is why it’s helpful to have an organization like CLHIA, because they have a conduit to their insurance members. The other thing we’ve been asking them is that some policies have a requirement for a physician referral. So to access a psychologist, the plan will cover it IF you’re referred by a physician. We’ve been calling on them for some time to waive this requirement, and especially now.

    Our health providers – family doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners – are working hard to address the needs of patients and particularly the needs of patients who might have concerns about COVID. Having them make a referral to a psychologist who is someone you could otherwise see without the referral, doesn’t make a lot of sense. So we’re working hard to try to advocate for that as well.

    Submitting claims for virtual services with eClaims

    As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve and a new normal of physical distancing takes hold, many allied healthcare providers are finding new ways to treat their patients.

    Join us to learn more about eClaims and how you can leverage it when conducting virtual consults. Our expert team will explain how eClaims can help your practice and your patient’s experience for virtual consults as well as answer your questions. We will also be making an exciting announcement.

    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    12pm to 1pm ET | 10am to 11am MT | 9am to 10am PT


    Can’t make it? Register and we’ll send you the recording.

    The eClaims team, TELUS Health

    Audio Update: Karen Cohen on the Psychology Practice Fact Sheet and Telehealth

    Quick chat with CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen about the fact sheet Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus, as well as the future of psychological tele-health services.

    Dr. Karen Cohen on the Psychology Practice Fact Sheet & Tele-Health

    Dr. Karen Cohen on the Psychology Practice Fact Sheet & Tele-Health

    On the fact sheet you wrote, Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus, you mention growing evidence that psychological services can be delivered effectively through tele-health. What is that evidence?

    I would encourage folks who want to learn more about the delivery of psychological services through electronic media to read some of the work that’s being done now by psychologist members – Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulous, Dr. Stephane Bouchard, Dr. Peter Cornish. There really is mounting evidence that internet-delivered CBT is effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

    I think there are things you need to know if you’re going to adapt your service to deliver it virtually. We have some excellent materials on the COVID page of our website and resources for folks who want to inform themselves, and some of the things they need to know when delivering services in that way.

    Assuming you’re a practitioner who has a private and secure platform to do tele-psychology, what are a few of the things they need to know?

    Obviously, you need to talk to your clients about their comfort using that technology, you need to be sure that whatever mechanism you choose is safe and secure. You need to know you’re always talking to your client, you need to use passwords to confirm their identity when that’s necessary.

    BMS, who’s the broker of our professional liability insurance program, and our preferred legal provider Gowlings, have a series of fact sheets, also on our COVID website, that talk about things you need to be aware of when you deliver tele-psychology. You want to be aware whether your client’s insurance is going to pay for a session delivered by tele-psychology. Or you can have your client find that out before you begin, don’t assume it will necessarily be the case.

    It’s always a good idea to put on a receipt the type of service that was delivered and in what format. Inform yourself on the things that impact the delivery of psychological service differently when you’re delivering it virtually.

    I saw a few health insurers come out and say they’ll be covering tele-psychology in what appears to be a blanket way. Sun Life I think was one. If you saw your health insurance provider come out and say that, can you assume that you’re covered and you’re good to go with virtual therapy sessions?

    Not necessarily. I think the issue is that although the insurer may decide that given COVID or for any other reason they’re going to cover tele-psychology, it’s important to understand that everyone’s plan isn’t necessarily the same. If two people had different policies, which they would if they had two different employers, they would still need to confirm that that particular policy will cover it.

    You’ve said there are skills and competencies unique to tele-psychology. What are some of those?

    It’s probably best for our membership to consult those who are more expert than I. Dr. Christine Korol, for example, has some resources on her website that would be very useful. In broad strokes, it’s about your comfort with technology, that you go seek out training from folks who have made a practice of delivering psychological services virtually so you know what those are and are aware of any differences that method of service delivery can present.

    You’ll want to know how to prepare your clients for working in this way, make sure they’re comfortable with it and you understand their comfort with it. The important thing to keep in mind is that all other professional standards still apply. Everything you would need to do in terms of competencies and skills and informed consent and continuity of care when you’re delivering care face to face would still apply when you’re delivering care virtually.

    I’ve been talking to Dr. Korol, and she suggested getting a white noise machine to put outside your home office so as not to be interrupted and ensure privacy.

    Those are things that would apply in any setting, of course. In a busy clinic you might need a white noise machine outside any room to ensure privacy as well. So some of the things are very transferrable, and some are more particular to that kind of service delivery.

    I think it’s worth underscoring that there are some populations for whom telepsychology might work even better. If you’re in a rural or remote location, or up north in a province where there aren’t a lot of psychologists in that area, being able to talk to one virtually could be wonderful. If you have any kind of mobility issues, or you’re a senior, it may be easier for you to talk to someone from your own home rather than travelling a physical distance to meet them.

    One of the things we’ve been talking about as health professional organizations, and we’ve been meeting regularly and sharing resources around COVID, is “will COVID change the way we deliver health care?” Psychology is one of those professions that lends itself a little more easily to tele-health than other professions. You know dentists, for example, would have a lot of trouble doing their work virtually.

    Maybe we’re ramping up a little quicker now with COVID, and those practitioners who maybe weren’t using tele-psychology much are now doing more so now. But are these changes that are going to be permanent in the fabric of health care and tele-health care?

    It may be a learning curve right now in terms of delivering and receiving these services, but in the future it might become a whole new business model – do you think that’s likely?

    I think so! I think once people become familiar, and see how these services can be best delivered within the context of their scope of practice, I do think we’ll see it more and more. I know that as an association we’ve been working very hard with a practice management platform to bring an offering to our members. Hopefully we’re just on the verge of being able to announce that. It’s one that really has the psychologist-practitioner at the centre, and features a whole suite of services to help you manage your practice.

    I think that one of the things individual practitioners run up against is that when you’re a salaried practitioner at a hospital or a school you have an institution to rely on who does some of that diligence around providing a secure and private platform. But when you’re in private practice and you don’t have that institutional resource, there’s more pressure on you to make the best choice. That it’s a practice management offering that meets your needs, that’s secure, that’s private.

    So, as an association we hope to be able to do some of that diligence for our members and we hope to be able to announce this offering very shortly.

    Alright, now I want to talk about remote dentistry.

    CPA Webinar – Psychological Care of Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues to Consider

    CPA WEBINAR – Held Wednesday April 8, 2020

    Psychological Care of Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues to Consider – Dr. Anita Gupta, Clinical Psychologist.


    This webinar will assist those providing psychological care to frontline health care providers during COVID-19 by increasing awareness of common stressors faced and implications for care. We will discuss considerations to take into account when providing assessment and treatment to health care providers of different professions during this pandemic specifically and how it might be similar or different from treating this population generally. We will also discuss implications for self care as a clinician caring for frontline health care providers during this pandemic.

    Audio Update: Heather MacIntosh worried about domestic violence

    Stories about increased domestic violence during isolation have Dr. Heather MacIntosh worried. An expert in couples therapy, anxiety, and trauma, Dr. MacIntosh wrote the blog post “Coupling and Trauma in the Context of COVID-19”. She joins us to talk about those worries.

    Dr. Heather MacIntosh, worried about domestic violence

    Dr Heather MacIntosh what worries you most

    You said your blog post was inspired by news stories warning of a rise in domestic violence while people were being encouraged to stay home, and you said this worried you a great deal. What worries you most?

    One of the things that happens a lot – if you’re a couples therapist this will resonate with you – is that couples will come in well down the road in their distress. So they don’t often come in at the point where we’re doing preventative health, they come in at the point where they’re very distressed. And one of the things that a couple will often say at the beginning of a session will be something like “I held onto this to discuss it here, because I was afraid that it would explode if I tried to talk about it at home”.

    Often couples who are in a lot of distress are dealing with what we call ‘emotional disregulation’, so difficulty handling the emotions they’re having about the distress that they have with their partner. Because of course we know that while partners can be the people who help us feel better, when things aren’t going well they can also be the person who makes us feel worse. So one of my real concerns is that putting couples into isolation together, adding children without childcare, animals, financial difficulties, we’re raising the level of stress and reducing the level of support.

    Depending on the context for this couple or family, this could be something that brings them together, and helps them build a sense of closeness and an identity as a family unit. But it can also, in the context where there might be a history of trauma, or a history of distress in this couple relationship, it can also be the thing that pushes them over the edge in terms of their ability to cope with the distress they’re having.

    Sometimes even just going for a walk can help us blow off a little steam, for lack of a better word. And what we’re being told is that unless it’s that once-a-week trip for groceries, we shouldn’t be leaving the house.

    So my concern was that for many – and I’ll speak for myself – I work ongoingly with couples who have a history of trauma, and we had sessions the week before the world basically locked down, and that was that. So even couples who have been in therapy for various reasons some of them have not been able to continue therapy virtually. Now all of a sudden there they are at home alone, in their distress, with more financial pressures, more things to worry about, and none of the supports they had before.

    I imagine that even for those who are able to do long-distance therapy, it’s a difficult thing for them because they’re doing it from their home, where their partner lives.

    Yes, that’s part of it. But there’s a debate – should people learn how to do individual therapy first, or should they learn how to do couples therapy and group therapy first? There are people who say that if you learn how to do individual therapy first, couples therapy is going to be overwhelming. Others say learn how to do couples therapy first because then individual therapy will be less stressful.

    The reality is, when you’re doing individual therapy, even on Zoom or one of these platforms, the relationship that you’re working on is the relationship between you and your therapist. And if you have a conflict with that person, part of the therapy is trying to figure out how to work that through. It’s part of what makes the therapy helpful, having what we call a ‘rupture’ or something that doesn’t go so well, and figuring it out.

    But that person, the therapist, is not your wife. It’s not your child. It’s not, for lack of a better term, the “real attachment relationship” with the person you’re connected with. And you also get to go home after your therapy session. Imagine then, when we put partners together in therapy, especially when there’s a history of trauma, either between the couple or in their past, the emotional intensity of those sessions goes way way up.

    Part of what we’re doing is helping the couple manage that emotional intensity but still trying to resolve the difficulties that brought them in in the first place. So it’s a more complicated juggling of emotional arousal. Doing that over the internet where the two people are together – and maybe they’ve got kids around and the dogs are barking – is going to be a higher octane experience than going off into the bedroom, shutting the door, and talking to your individual therapist.

    I’m also a little worried about how we’re going to manage that piece of things. Because while we want to continue to offer support, it’s really essential that we don’t make things worse.

    Audio Update: Karen Cohen pro-bono initiative

    Quick chat with CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen, who answers some questions we’ve received about the pro-bono initiative to provide psychological services to front line health care providers across Canada.

    Karen Cohen pro-bono initiative

    Karen Cohen pro-bono initiative

    A child and youth psychologist wants to help out – what can they do?

    Because the scope of the service is to provide help to adult health care workers, it’s important that whoever signs on has that competency. Obviously psychologists who work with families and kids have important contributions to make. But given the initiative is aimed at adults, it will be important that anyone who signs on has the competency to work with that age group.

    We’re also getting some questions from Quebec – a lot of psychologists there want to sign on. Is there a different process for them?

    Everything’s been translated – the materials, the lists, you’ll notice that on the listings [of psychologists who have signed on to do pro-bono work with front line health care providers] some key things. The psychologist’s name, their coordinates, where they’re licensed, and what languages they speak. So absolutely! Un grand bienvenue à nos collègues à Québec – we welcome your participation, and that would be a huge contribution!

    “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet:  Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This is a time of tremendous uncertainty and change as the world faces the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some stressors are universal, frontline health care providers also face unique challenges in terms of physical risk, as well as emotional and psychological toll during this time of heightened, prolonged medical demand.

    The information that follows is intended to help frontline health care providers across professional disciplines to better recognize the challenges and stressors that may be impacting them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing awareness of stress and strategies to cope with the demands of frontline healthcare may be helpful to better navigate coping during this difficult time. Coping may include accessing resources, whether that is drawing on personal resources and strengths, accessing support of friends, family, or colleagues, or reaching out to psychologists or other mental health professionals.

    Challenges that frontline health care providers may experience at this time may include:

    COVID-19 Information Overload

    Many frontline health care providers would find it difficult to answer YES to the question, “Do you have any time in your day that is not filled with thinking about or talking about COVID-19?”  Given that addressing COVID-19 directly or indirectly is a necessary aspect of one’s work for frontline health care providers at this time, there may be diminishing returns from seeking out even more information. It is also a time when many of the rules for the general public don’t apply to frontline health care providers (e.g., staying home). This can be distressing or confusing in some ways and also make it less useful to be seeking out COVID-19 related information that does not apply personally.  Finding realistic ways to protect some time to think about, talk about or engage in activities unrelated to COVID-19 can have benefits in terms of emotional well being and fatigue, as well as ability to be present and engaged at work.

    • Many frontline health care providers are receiving lots of COVID-19 related questions and requests for information from friends and family members. For example, loved ones may be asking about what they should do to stay safe or what is happening in medical settings, and front line health care providers may feel an obligation to engage in such discussions.  This is a time when credible information is readily available to the general public.  Frontline health care providers may wish to consider making requests of loved ones to have some non-COVID-19 related conversations and explaining why that would be helpful for them. Friends and family may appreciate the opportunity to be supportive in this way and are likely unaware of the impact that focusing only on COVID-19 may be having on health care providers.
    • For health care providers whose social circles are made up mainly of other health professionals, it may be helpful to protect some time (e.g., 15 minutes) at the beginning of virtual gatherings to talk about anything other than COVID-19. This would also give participants the opportunity to opt out of later pandemic-related discussions if they so choose.
    • Being mindful of COVID-19 oversaturation, the start of the day is one opportunity to make some change. As opposed to waking up and checking one’s phone in bed, it can be helpful to make the mindful decision to get out of bed, go to the bathroom, brush one’s teeth, maybe take a shower before making the conscious decision with alert mind to check one’s messages. Though this is a time when much is urgent, things can wait until one has the chance to brush their teeth.
    • When possible, scheduling time to read news/emails/social media if that is something that someone needs or wants to do rather than checking throughout the day can be helpful. Social media is often used as a quick break in our days but at this time, the content may not feel like an escape. Identifying some alternative activities to do either during brief breaks at work or for longer periods at home can be helpful such as listening to music, engaging in movement, reading a book.
    • Working on the health care frontlines also likely means that one’s social media feeds and email inboxes are particularly bombarded with COVID-19 related content. This can give a skewed view of what is happening in non-medical settings, much of which is beautiful. For example, people engaged in physical/social distancing are finding new ways of connecting online (e.g., eating dinner together remotely via zoom or facetime, etc.), the act of speaking on the phone to friends and families has had a resurgence beyond short text communications, gyms and dance studios are offering free online classes, artists are giving free lessons online, museums/art galleries are offering free virtual tours, and across the country people are banging pots and pans together at 7:30pm each night to show their support for health care providers. Recognizing that there is a world beyond the hospital walls even during this pandemic can be reaffirming for frontline health care providers as can be the knowledge that outside of those walls, people are very grateful for the sacrifices that frontline health care providers are making for the safety of everyone.
    • While there are many online activities currently being offered, frontline health care providers may have very little time to research these activities. For example, there are now many online, interactive, fun, free activities for children of all ages. Reaching out to friends or family to request that they find and share such information may be helpful and lighten the load of frontline healthcare providers who are parents.

    Fear and Uncertainty about Safety of Self and Others

    Many frontline health care providers are understandably experiencing fear and anxiety related to their own safety and the possibility of putting others at risk. Keeping such fears to oneself and pushing on may work in the short term but are not sustainable strategies, particularly during this time of prolonged, chronic stress and physical and emotional demand without a clear end date. Identifying which of these fears are having an impact can be a start to identifying helpful strategies to cope, including considering when it may be helpful access support whether personal, professional, or from a health care provider such as your family physician or a psychologist or other mental health care professional.

    • Many frontline health care providers have been coping with fears related to not having enough or appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and perhaps even having to make decisions that feel unsafe at times but fit with current demands of working during this pandemic. In certain fields, individuals may be coping with a sense of “when” rather than “if” about contracting illness.
    • Health care providers who have to self-isolate, or who were already on a leave when the outbreak occurred, may experience feelings of discomfort or guilt about not doing their part for the public during this time of great need. Self-disclosing symptoms and isolating when mandated is a very important contribution. Given that that this situation may well continue for some time, there will be periods when others are unable to work. Finding ways to use time “off” to rest and replenish can have benefit both now and also in enhancing readiness and resilience when one returns to work. However, it may be challenging for some to know how to use time off to engage in healing, self care or fun activities rather than ruminating about not working or oversaturating with COVID-19 information.
    • Some frontline health care providers are making, or worrying about having to make, difficult decisions about separating from family in order to protect them. This is a time when thinking of creative ways to stay in contact with loved ones without making unreasonable demands on oneself may be helpful. For example, having zoom or facetime on briefly while children are eating, playing, or getting ready for bed with no expectations of meaningful conversation can help to maintain a sense of connection during this time of forced physical separation. Outside of work, virtually reading a story or asking a child about something fun that happened in their day may also maintain connection.
    • While taking care of and having compassion for others may come naturally to frontline health care providers, being compassionate to oneself may be more difficult. Often individuals who are very compassionate to others find it difficult to be self-compassionate and instead engage in harsh self-criticism in the face of challenge.  Without self compassion, the likelihood of burnout increases. During this time of requiring so much service to others, it can be helpful for health care providers to find ways to show warmth and caring for themselves. In the face of self-criticism and challenge, it can be helpful to ask oneself how you would speak to someone else in your situation, a colleague or a friend.  What tone of voice would you use? What words would you use to support them in a compassionate way?

    Difficulty Staying Present and Attending to One’s Needs

    Staying present and engaged in the face of stress and workload demands are important skills for frontline health care providers at all times, but perhaps even more relevant during a chronically stressful period with no known end date.

    • Anxiety can make it challenging to stay present as one ruminates about the past or worries about the future. Taking a few seconds at various points throughout one’s work shift to physically stretch, have a mindful sip of water, to take a few, slow breaths, or naming one’s emotions can be incredibly helpful in staying present and addressing one’s needs in the moment. Some health care providers regularly engage in these brief moments of presence (e.g., before moving onto a next clinical interaction, before or after charting, before entering one’s place of work) to help with clinical engagement and efficiency.
    • This may be a time when individuals are prone to engaging in overpreparation (see COVID-19 Information Overload) with diminishing or even negative impact. Trying to read enough, learn enough until one “feels” prepared can be problematic in a situation such as this in which there is much that cannot be predicted. It can be useful to ask oneself, am I reading this to lessen anxiety or because it is necessary for my work and will have direct impact on my work tomorrow or the next day?  Health care providers have lots of experience coping with things that are unexpected and reminding themselves that they will do so again now as needed may be reassuring.
    • Frontline health care providers may be coping with exacerbation of pre-existing health issues or develop new ones during this time of stress and physical demand that can make it harder to engage in the challenging work they are facing. Many important types of healthcare, physical and psychosocial, , are now being carried out remotely online or by phone with availability of flexible times at off peak hours. As frontline health care providers, it may be helpful to consider accessing care for yourself at this time such as booking an online appointment with a physiotherapist, for example, to address the considerable physical toll of your current work demands, or contact a psychologist or other mental health professional for support and to address new or existing issues that one faces. It may be beneficial to review, or ask a spouse to review, an extended health benefits available to you through work or other private insurance . Additionally, many initiatives across the country are being put in place to offer services to frontline health care providers. This is also a time to make sure that one’s own prescriptions are filled and maintaining adherence to self-care in as much as that is possible.
    • In addition to coping with fear and anxiety about larger, population-based health needs related to COVID-19, frontline health care providers may also be coping with a number of challenges associated with doing things in accordance with new processes and procedures. For example, using new Personal Protective Equipment and trying to maintain physical distance in certain circumstances may change how one communicates with one’s team members or adds to physical discomfort; working with new teams and in new settings due to redeployment can make even familiar procedures feel less familiar, more cumbersome, and more uncomfortable; working with colleagues who are also facing tremendous stress and workload can impact the emotional tone of work interactions.  Being cognizant of the cumulative impact of even seemingly small stressors can be helpful and make it more likely that individuals engage in helpful strategies to address (e.g., using strategies to be present, eating something in the morning rather than running on empty, stretching to relieve muscle tension regularly rather than wait for pain or discomfort to heighten).
    • During this pandemic, familiar activities and places of community that add meaning, enjoyment, and enhance health are not available in a physical sense. Being unable to attend one’s regular religious services, attend a favourite fitness class, go running with a running group, or join friends for brunch can make it harder to find balance in the face of tremendous work demands. This is a time to remember that “some” moves us forwards as opposed to engaging in “all or nothing” strategies. Being creative about how to interact virtually and take advantage of the many fun, free online led activities that are available can be helpful. If someone feels too depleted to research these options, they could consider reaching out to non-healthcare friends or family to ask for their help.
    • It can be valuable for front line health care providers to check in with themselves about their current alcohol or other substance use, particularly if such use is aimed at relieving stress or numbing discomfort or emotional pain, helping with sleep, or if frequency has increased. Some individuals may have had difficulties with substance use in the past and this new, significant period of stress and increased time spent alone outside of work may increase the likelihood of reinitiating problematic coping strategies.
    • In addition to considering strategies or accessing resources to address difficulties with sleep, it may be helpful to consider ways in which one might be restricting one’s own sleep even if not experiencing any difficulties falling or staying asleep. For example, some frontline health care providers may be going to bed later to engage in more reading about COVID-19 in social media posts or watching the news. Relatedly, checking one’s phone after waking up in the night can result in staying awake as opposed to falling back asleep. It is also important to consider how fatigue may be impacted by factors other than sleep such as nutrition, diet, and physical activity.
    • Attending to one’s needs for support from loved ones remains important during this time of stress, even for frontline health care providers. Health care providers may sometimes want to protect their loved ones from their worries or their stresses. Health care providers would benefit from considering how and when to ask for support from loved ones and also communicating what would not be helpful at this time. Being a health care provider does not make one immune to the worry and stress of COVID-19 and non-medical friends and family will understand this.

    How Can Psychologists Help?

    Relevant to the potential impact of working under the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, psychologists are experienced in assessing and helping individuals cope with issues such as anxiety, fear, distress, trauma, and grief. Learning skills to tolerate and cope with uncertainty, addressing longstanding or new unhealthy habits, addressing sleep difficulties, finding support for stressed relationships, and finding ways to maintain resilience through difficult situations are just some examples of what one may choose to address with a psychologist in a supportive and confidential therapeutic relationship.

    Where do I go for more information?

    To obtain  important and up to date information about COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

    The CPA maintains a regularly updated page of psychology-related COVID-19 resources https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/

    Provincial, territorial, and some municipal associations of psychology often maintain referral services. For the names and coordinates of provincial and territorial associations of psychology, please visit:  https://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/PTassociations

    This fact sheet has been prepared for the CPA by Anita Gupta, Ph.D., C.Psych., a clinical, health and rehabilitation psychologist whose clients are physicians working on the frontlines in Toronto, Ontario.

    Date: March 29, 2020

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