Practice

Practice, research, and education directs the CPA’s mandate. In support of this, the CPA focuses on such issues as access to service, health human resources, culturally competent care for diverse groups, evidence-based practice, collaborative practice, surveillance; engages in various advocacy activities and partnerships; and chairs or is a member of mental health alliance focussed alliances.

As part of its mission statement, the CPA is committed to improving the health and welfare of Canadians; promoting excellence and innovation in psychological practice; and promoting the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge. It meets these objectives through some of the following activities:

  • Development of advocacy papers on the role and scope of practice for psychologists
  • Partnerships with mental health-related associations such as the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)
  • Developing and updating printed materials on the effectiveness of psychological services
  • Representation of psychological practice at the CPA’s convention
  • Survey the membership regarding psychological practice activities
  • Participating in consultations and experts tables on practice-related matters
  • Consultation with Professional Affairs Committee
  • Serving as a resource regarding legislation and regulation of delivery of psychological services
  • Organizing/responding to the federal budget consultations and announcements
  • Exploring opportunities to contribute to policy development in psychology
  • Contributing to the development of professional development activities

For information about the CPA’s activities on behalf of practice at the federal level, please contact Dr. Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, CPA, via email (executiveoffice@cpa.ca) or by phone (613-237-2144, ext. 323 or toll-freeL: 1-888-472-0675 ext. 323).


Practice News

Practice Disruption Insurance Coverage

Any CPA member, or any member of a provincial/territorial association of psychology, who purchased the Clinic/Business insurance package through BMS, in the year ending June 2020, and wishes information or advice about practice disruption coverage as the result of COVID-19, please contact Chris Blom at Miller Thomson cblom@millerthomson.com  


Call for Papers on the COVID-19 Pandemic With a Rapid Review Process

The COVID-19 pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects. There are many potential applications of psychological theory, practice, and research that have can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis. 

American Psychologist (APhttps://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/amp/) invites papers related directly to the pandemic. As for all APmanuscripts, we seek high-impact papers of broad interest covering science, practice, education, or policy. Manuscripts should be written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

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Subject: COVID-19 Call for Assistance

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a letter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada sent on behalf of Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Tina Namiesniowski, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada

Letter to Health Professional Associations Eng.pdf


Interim Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Services Via Electronic Media

The following interim guidelines were developed by the CPA Committee on Ethics. They were approved in principle by the CPA Board in June 2006, and distributed for consultation in draft form. The interim guidelines were provided in March of 2020.

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Ethics/CPAe-therapyGuidelinesUpdate2020.pdf


Psychology works for COVID-19. Psychologists giving back to front line service providers.

COVID-19 Front Line Workers

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians, none more so than those who are working on the front lines of health care. Canadians with COVID-19 depend on the expertise of health care providers. The health and well-being of those providers are critical to them being able to deliver this expertise. Hundreds of registered psychologists have signed on to an initiative of the CPA to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read more about this initiative and to find a psychologist in your area who has volunteered to provide psychological services at no charge.

If you are a psychologist registered to practice in Canada and would like to donate some of your time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this COVID-related health crisis, please click here to register: https://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php/451688?lang=en.

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Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA) educational resources

Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this “go live” day!  The Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA) educational resources can now be accessed publicly.  Here is how you can get access:

For new users

Visit https://vegaproject.mcmaster.ca/.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register now” under ‘Registration for Individuals”.  You will be taken to a simple form to fill out.   The form will be in the same language as you see on the website.  Once submitted you will be sent a welcome email with your username, password, and login instructions.

For returning users

Visit https://vegaproject.mcmaster.ca/  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Click here to login to the VEGA Education Resources Website” under ‘Already Registered’.  You will be taken directly to the login form of the VEGA Education Resources website.  If you have forgotten your password or username, click on “Forgotten your username or password’ to recover your login details.

We hope that you will use these resources and encourage your colleagues to access them as well.  All comments including suggestions for improvements are welcome! 

Supplementary Health Insurance Explained

CPA is glad to announce the launch of a guide intended to support health providers whose services are covered or reimbursed through private extended health insurance plans.  The guide, initiated by the CPA, was the result of a collaboration among several regulated health provider associations and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). It is intended to help healthcare providers understand the private health insurance environment so they can in turn help their patients and clients understand the services they receive through their insurance plans. 

The guide can be found on CLHIA’s website here