Psychological Strategies for Wearing Masks – APNL Press Release

August 18, 2020 – APNL Press Release:

Psychological Strategies for Wearing Masks

The NL government recently announced the mandatory wearing of masks in all public spaces for individuals over the age of 5.  While some individuals have been routinely wearing masks for many months, either as part of their work, or while running errands, for many this will be a new, and somewhat uncomfortable situation.  Fortunately, Psychologists can help!  Becoming accustomed to wearing a mask is just like making any other kind of behavioural change.

 

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Pandemic Parenting

Pandemic Parenting 

A platform where experts can share free science-based knowledge, experience, and resources. Our goal is to build a supportive, informed community for all who care for or work with children and seek information about how to make the tough decisions ahead while coping with pandemic-related stress.

Free upcoming webinars:

You can learn more about Pandemic Parenting on our website, by following us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or by subscribing to the Pandemic Parenting email list. Feel free to share with loved ones, colleagues, and clients. 

Dr. Lindsay Malloy and Dr. Amanda Zelechoski


Premiers soins psychologiques pour les travailleurs de la santé de première ligne durant la COVID-19 : Un guide simple pour le bien-être

Préparé par
Dre Mélanie Joanisse, C.Psych.
Psychologue clinicienne et de la santé

Premiers soins psychologiques pour les travailleurs de la santé de première ligne durant la COVID-19 : Un guide simple pour le bien-être (PDF)

Avertissement : les outils fournis dans ce manuel ne visent pas à remplacer des services psychologiques fournis par un professionnel qualifié. Si vous avez besoin d’aide, n’hésitez pas à consulter un professionnel de la santé mentale.


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

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

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

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


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 :

  • Why Does Culture Matter to COVID-19? – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 06/04/2020 [Version française à venir]
  • 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 NOUVEAU 05/08/2020 [Version française à venir]
  • Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 05/08/2020 [Version française à venir]
  • Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 05/08/2020 [Version française à venir]

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

  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NOUVEAU 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.


Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) has sent a Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance.

 

“This is a an urgent request, on behalf of the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) that represents 11 national professional health and social organizations, for a joint technical briefing on the newly introduced programs for businesses, employers and individuals as part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak….”

Click here to read the full Letter

Version français ici

Sondage international sur la COVID-19

Nous sommes actuellement au sein d’une pandémie mondiale associée au nouveau coronavirus (COVID-19). Le virus s’est propagé rapidement autour du globe, et les autorités de santé peinent actuellement à ralentir la transmission de l’infection pour protéger les individus et les ressources de santé.

Le Centre de médecine comportementale de Montréal (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca), affilié à l’Université du Québec à Montréal et à l’Université Concordia, au Canada, a assemblé une équipe internationale de plus de 100 chercheurs dans plus de 20 pays à travers le monde pour évaluer les perceptions et les réponses du public quant aux différentes mesures mises en place pour prévenir ou réduire la propagation de la COVID-19.

Pour ce faire, nous vous demandons de remplir un court sondage de 20 minutes concernant la COVID-19. Votre participation contribuera à approfondir notre compréhension de la réponse globale et collective à la pandémie de la COVID-19, ce qui pourra être utile dans l’amélioration de nos stratégies préventives actuelles et futures. Votre participation est volontaire et vos réponses seront entièrement anonymes.

Pour remplir ce sondage, veuillez cliquer sur le lien suivant, qui vous mènera au site principal de l’étude. Le sondage est offert en plusieurs langues : www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19.

Il est possible que vous receviez plus tard une autre invitation à remplir le sondage, étant donné qu’il sera distribué chaque mois jusqu’à ce que les autorités de santé et les gouvernements retirent les mesures de prévention (p.ex. la distanciation sociale).

S’il vous plait, partagez ce courriel avec le plus de vos contacts et réseaux personnels et professionnels possibles. Le plus de gens participent à ce sondage, le plus nous en apprendrons sur les manières de réduire la propagation et l’impact de la COVID-19.

Si vous avez des questions à propos cette étude, veuillez contacter l’équipe de recherche via le courriel du projet : covid19study@mbmc-cmcm.ca

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

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

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

The purpose of this communication is to provide information coordinated by APPIC, APA, CPA, and ASPPB about how information will be shared as it becomes available. The community should expect further updates as this situation continues to develop, and public health guidelines are clarified by various agencies. We will continue to review updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). We anticipate that COVID-19 will impact the ability of some students to complete their internship/residency requirements, as psychological services will be disrupted, and further travel regulations will result in postponed training and education in psychology as well as other health professions. This impact will affect internships and postdoctoral fellowships, as well as information about accreditation and licensure. We intend to continue to update programs as this situation evolves, prioritizing student, faculty, and patient safety.

We recognize that programs may need to employ varying approaches and strategies that are influenced by individual institutional policies and procedures; local, state or provincial/territorial, and federal regulations; and possible variations in the spread of COVID-19. Licensing boards and colleges have to respond to jurisdictional requirements; as an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE (US Department of Education) and CHEA (Council of Higher Education Accreditation), the APA’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is charged with upholding minimum standards such that the public is assured that accredited psychology education and training programs conform to that which is delineated in the APA Standards of Accreditation; CPA’s Standards and Procedures need to enable accredited institutions to meet the provisions of their provincial/territorial degree granting authority and membership in Universities Canada. APPIC relies on its programs to ensure that ALL graduates meet the requirements, but also encourages programs to be flexible when possible and to follow institutional guidelines and employment rules typically controlled by individual sites regarding leave time.

APPIC, the APA’s Commission on Accreditation and CPA’s Accreditation Panel believe that program faculty and supervisors are in the best position to make decisions during training about trainee competence, including psychological intervention and assessment. and we trust that performance requirements set by programs will be effective in assessing trainee competence and safety.

Next Steps:

For everyone, although we cannot issue a blank statement that will cover all training sites and all regulatory boards, rest assured that we – APA, CPA, APPIC, APA CoA (Commission on Accreditation), and CPA Commission on Accreditation Panel– are working with our programs to be flexible, and we are

working with ASPPB and psychology regulatory boards to stay in communication and updated through this time. For up-to-date information about licensure jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction, visit the ASPPB website (www.asppb.net) that is updated daily as new information is available.

We recognize that this is a stressful time for all stakeholders involved in education and training. Our organizations have staff who are available to assist you as situations arise. Please contact the appropriate agency with your questions, and please understand that there might not be immediate answers to some questions. We will do our best to give you updates as we learn more facts that impact training and licensure.