What was the Practice Network?
The practice network was an initiative to collect information about the practice and demographic characteristics of Canadian psychologist practitioners as well as demographic and clinical characteristics of the clients they assessed and treated.
Goals and Phases of the Project
To supplement current knowledge about the mental health of Canadians by expanding data sources for chronic disease surveillance and by improving the planning, coordination, and evaluation of chronic disease systems. Psychologists are the country’s largest, regulated group of specialized mental health providers. The professional activity of psychologists and psychological associates is key to a complete understanding of the mental health needs and services in Canada.
To test the utility and feasibility of real-time sampling methods.
Phase 1: Administration of Survey 1 — a web-based survey on the demographic and practice characteristics of regulated psychology practitioners.
Phase 2: Administration of Survey 2 (two waves) — a web-based survey on the demographics and mental health characteristics of a randomly selected client.
Phase 3: Focus groups with regulated psychology practitioners to determine the content of two additional targeted web-based surveys (e.g., prominent issues arising in practice, wait times, specific groups of clients, etc…).
Phase 4/5: Develop and implement two additional targeted web-based surveys.Survey 3 is a web-based survey on the demographics and mental health characteristics of a randomly selected child or adolescent client. Survey 4, the final survey of this project, is a web-based survey on the demographics, mental health, and certain physical health characteristics of an adult client who has been diagnosed with either cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
This initiative was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
- A total of 539 psychology practitioners successfully completed Survey 1.
- A total of 140 psychology practitioners successfully completed two waves of Survey 2.
- A total of 137 psychology practitioners successfully completed Survey 3.
- A total of 92 psychology practitioners successfully completed Survey 4.
Presentation at 2010 CPA Convention (June 2010)
Presentation at 2011 CPA Convention (June 2011)
Survey 2: Survey of clients of mental health services (Fall 2009)
Survey 3: Survey of child and youth clients (Fall 2010/Winter 2011)
Survey 4: Clients diagnosed with a chronic condition (Winter/Spring 2011)