Practice News and Events!

CPA is seeking a Director, Practice Directorate for part time parental leave coverage. Applications due December 5, 2016.

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CPA position paper entitled Psychologists Practicing to Scope: The Role of Psychologists in Canada’s Public Institutions.

Click here to access the paper.

At its June 2016 meeting, the CPA Board of Directors approved a position paper entitled Psychologists Practicing to Scope: The Role of Psychologists in Canada’s Public Institutions. The CPA encourages practitioners to share the paper among colleagues, stakeholders and decision-makers. Feel free to get in touch with CPA’s Executive Office for further information or assistance in disseminating this information (

CPA is recruiting a Director of its Practice Directorate.

This Ottawa-based position (.4 to .5 FTE) is open to a doctoral prepared, mid or later career psychologist, registered in Ontario. The Director will be responsible for leading, collaborating and supporting advocacy priorities and activities across Canada’s jurisdictions. For more information and to apply,Click here.

Attend a Leadership Conference Hosted by the CPA’s Practice Directorate, January 15-16, 2016 in Ottawa, ON.

This conference is directed at psychologists and students working or studying in associations, universities or hospitals who are interested in leadership and advocacy training. This interactive workshop is aimed at teaching key principles, strategies and practical tips for influencing decision-making bodies such as governments, regional health authorities, or universities. While there is no fee to attend the conference, seats are limited. Delegates must assume all travel and accommodation costs.
Click Here for the registration form.

CPA made a pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

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Antipsychotic Medications: 32 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2013.

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CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium: New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention.

April 8 – 11, 2014
Delta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, ON

Conference Overview
This fifth Pan-Canadian integrated chronic disease prevention conference builds on the previous conferences, and with a particular focus on the theme of “New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention” and how individuals, organizations, strategies and sectors can act collaboratively to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease in Canada. The greatest gains in the health status of Canadians will require continued and amplified action to reduce the risk factors and inequities that give rise to chronic diseases.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is an alliance of national organizations sharing a common vision for an integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs for maintaining health and preventing chronic disease in Canada.Alliance representatives provide strategic direction and oversight to CDPAC’s shared priorities for action on chronic disease prevention. Working primarily at the national level, CDPAC’s key areas of focus are knowledge development and exchange, and advocacy to support evidence informed policies, practice and research as relates to integrated chronic disease prevention.

Important Dates

    Call for Abstracts Opens: September 16, 2013
    Call for Abstracts Closes: November 15, 2013
    Registration Opens: November 15, 2013
    Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014

Call for Abstracts (Now Open!)
You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, rapid fire poster presentation and workshop at the 2014 CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium. Submit your abstract here!

The online process will collect contact information for the presenter, sources of funding and whether the submission represents a student project. Abstracts accepted may be presented in one of the forms outlined below.

    Oral Presentation
    Oral presentations will focus on issues related to research, practice and policy. Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length followed by a 5-minute discussion period. Sessions will be grouped together by theme.

    Rapid Fire Poster Presentation (New!)
    In an effort to bring more attention to posters at the conference, CDPAC is introducing Rapid Fire Poster Presentations. Rather than the more traditional poster presentation session, numerous presenters will have their “poster” put up on the screen and be given 3 minutes to provide an overview of their work to the conference participants. Following the session, at scheduled times throughout the conference, there will be an opportunity for participants to interact with the poster presenters and allow for Q&A in various rooms with their “poster” on the screen. No printed posters will be required.

    Workshops (New!)
    Workshops will focus on a more collaborative approach to the session, where the participants will walk away with new tools and learnings related to the theme being presented. Workshops will be a half or full day session and will run either on the pre-conference day (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) or concurrently during the various concurrent sessions in the program.


Psychological Interventions for Pain: 28 Studies Published in 2013

This resource, compiled by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., contains “citations and excerpts to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians who wish to keep abreast of research studies investigating psychological interventions for pain.” Click here to access the resource.

Final Report of CPA’s Evidence-Based Task Force: Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Treatments – A Canadian Perspective

The purpose of this task force was to operationalize what constitutes evidence-based practice in psychology, to make recommendations about how psychologists can best integrate evidence into practice to better inform patient care and to suggest strategies for dissemination. Click here to read the Task Force’s Final Report.

Become a Member of the Canadian Primary Health Care Research and Innovation Network (CPHCRIN)

The CPA is a founding partner and sponsor of the Canadian Primary Health Care Research and Innovation Network (CPHCRIN). CPHCRIN is a pan-Canadian research, training and knowledge exchange network comprised of researchers and stakeholders in Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC). The members of CPHCRIN are devoted to improving the health of Canadians through the development and scale-up of innovative models of CBPHC.

On October 3rd 2012 the CPHCRIN will commemorate its First Year Anniversary and they want to celebrate by connecting with all researchers and stakeholders in CBPHC across the country!

The CPA thought you might be interested in getting involved with this emerging Network. Browse the member database and connect with researchers who may help you kick start your next project. Have your say on how CPHCRIN will operate by commenting on their strategic plan or suggest a webinar relevant to your needs and the needs of the CBPHC community. To explore these opportunities and more, please visit, register as a member and join them on LinkedIn! For faster registration, existing LinkedIn users can sign in as a CPHCRIN member using their LinkedIn login.

Celebrate the CPHCRIN’s First Year Anniversary by joining this growing community and sharing this email with your colleagues in the field. As a Network together we will build a Canadian primary health care system that best meets the diverse health care needs of Canadians from coast to coast.

Proposal for new CPA section on Psychology and Retirement.

See the CPA Section page for details.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization invites you to join a “…global network of mental health professionals to help the development of the classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)”.   The WHO is working with the International Union of Psychological Sciences and Dr Pierre Ritchie, the former CPA Executive Director and OPA President, is the Secretary General. The invitation is to individual Canadian clinicians to become part of the global network. This is an interesting opportunity to be part of the development of an important international diagnostic classification system.   Read more

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum 2012

Hosted by Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada
November 26-28, 2012
Kingston, Ontatio

NeuroDevNet’s Third Annual Brain Development Conference

Conference Date: September 21-23, 2012
Location: Toronto, Ontario
For more information, click here.

CPA CEO Presentation to International Congress of Psychology

Competencies for the Practice of Psychology in Canada (July 2012: Cape Town, South Africa)

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Dr. Karen Cohen, Chair of Mental Illness Awareness Week and Canadian Psychological Association CEO, speaks with CTV Ottawa about Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Click here to watch the interview.

Grant Announcement

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has been selected to receive one of two Licensure Portability Grants offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Click here for more details

NEW CPA Section

The CPA would like to announce the formation of a new Section – Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers. This Section will provide a forum for psychologists who are employed, practice, teach, or conduct research in hospitals and health care settings. Convention delegates are invited to attend the Town Hall and organizational meeting that will be held during the CPA’s 73rd Annual Convention in Halifax.