Resources of Interest for Practitioners

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The Best Practices in Psychology Portal is a free online hub for psychologists, psychological trainees, other mental and behavioural health providers, and users of mental health services across Canada. It connects research and practice by providing the latest evidence-based resources, useful information to guide clinical practice, as well as free clinicals scales and tools that clinicians can download.  The website will help psychologists learn more about using evidence-based practiceprogress monitoring in psychotherapy, clinical practice guidelinespractice research networks, and clinical tools in their work.  The website also includes videos to learn from clinicians, researchers, and students.

The Best Practices in Psychology Portal is available in English and in French. It was developed by a national team of researchers and clinicians, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Clinical Section of the CPA as well as the Section for Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centres. The website was created by Drs. Martin Drapeau, Maxine Homlqvist, Annett Korner, and David Dozois with help from many other psychologists and students in psychology.


Ken Pope

  • Ken Pope: Resources for Caregiving
    Many of you serve as—or know of clients, colleagues, or friends who serve as—caregivers for an aging, ill, or infirm parent or partner, or for a child who has special needs.Ken has just updated and expanded a web page of resources for caregivers.
    The resources are intended to help both caregivers and the clinicians who work with them find new information, support, and other resources.Currently the site includes:

    1. complete citations for 54 recent articles (published in 2019);
    2. complete citations for 41 books (published 2010-2019); &
    3. links to 55 web sites that provide information and resources to caregivers.
  • Ken Pope – Antidepressant Medications: 68 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2014-2019. I updated a web page to help therapists, caregivers, expert witnesses, researchers, and others keep up with new meta-analyses of antidepressant medications.
    For each brand name and generic antidepressant, I searched out meta-analytic studies on its uses, effectiveness, risks, side effects, differential effects on different populations, etc., focusing on studies published in 2014-2018.The studies look at potential side-effects such as risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, coronary heart disease, and so on.They also look at the use of antidepressant meds not only for depression but also for other conditions.

    Each of the 68 listings includes both the citation and a brief excerpt.

  • Ken Pope – Telepsychology, Telehealth, & Internet-Based Therapy. This collection of resources is intended to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving professional guidelines, research, treatments, legal standards, innovations, and practices in the areas of telepsychology, telehealth, and internet-based therapy.
    It’s divided into 3 sections:

    1. ) Links to 28 sets of professional guidelines that focus on telepsychology, online counseling, internet-based therapy, etc.
    2. ) Citations for 73 recent (i.e., published in 2015-16) articles
    3. ) State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws, Regulations, Policies, & Opinions–This third section was generously compiled by psychologist Kenneth R. Drude, and I am indebted to him for his kind offer to post it on the web page.
  • NEW STANDARDS OF CARE & RESOURCES FOR BOUNDARIES, DUAL RELATIONSHIPS, GIFTS, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, BARTERING, ETC.; PRACTICAL GUIDES, REFERENCES, & OTHER RESOURCES Making thoughtful, informed decisions about whether to cross a particular boundary with a client can sometimes be a real challenge for most of us.
    Boundary crossing can enrich psychotherapy, serve the treatment plan, and strengthen the therapist-client working relationship.They can also undermine the therapy, disrupt the therapist-patient alliance, and even cause harm to clients.I’ve just updated and expanded a web section of resources that may be helpful in thinking through issues and choices about whether to cross various boundaries under different circumstances with different clients.

    This set of resources is intended to make it easier for clinicians keep up with the evolving standards of care, research, and creative approaches to multiple relationships, bartering, and other boundary issues.

    The resources fall into 5 major ares:

      I’ve collected excerpts addressing boundary issues from the the ethics codes & other formal professional standards (with links to the original documents) published by professional associations including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); American Association of Christian Counselors; American Association of Pastoral Counselors; American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work; American Counseling Association; American Mental Health Counselors Association; American Music Therapy Association; American Psychoanalytic Association; American Psychological Association; American School Counselor Association; Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards; Australian Association of Social Workers; Australian Psychological Society; British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy; British Association of Social Workers; British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors; Canadian Counselling Association; Canadian Psychological Association [with quotes from both the current 3rd edition and the draft 4th edition of the CPA Ethics Code]; European Association for Body- Psychotherapy; Irish Association for Counseling & Therapy; National Association of Social Workers; & Psychological Society of Ireland;
      I’ve gathered quotes from a variety of research studies and other published articles and books on boundaries in clinical work.
      Included are those by Michael Gottlieb, by Janet Sonne, & by Jeffrey Younggren.
      The article are from *American Psychologist*, *Professional Psychology*, *American Journal of Psychiatry*, etc. Among those included are : “A Practical Approach to Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Making Decisions, Bypassing Blunders, and Mending Fences”; “Misuses and Misunderstandings of Boundary Theory in Clinical and Regulatory Settings”; “The Concept of Boundaries in Clinical Practice: Theoretical and Risk-Management Dimensions”; “A Study Calling for Changes in the APA Ethics Code regarding Dual Relationships, Multiple Relationships, & Boundary Decisions”; “Dual Relationships Between Therapist and Client: A National Study of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Social Workers”; “Dual Relationships: Trends, Stats, Guides, and Resources”; & “Nonsexual Multiple Relationships & Boundaries in Psychotherapy.”
  • Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines — Ethical Standards & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice
    This is a web page of links to over 170 ethics codes, standards of care, and practice guidelines in the areas of therapy, counseling, forensics, and assessment. The links lead to complete copies of formal codes, standards, and guidelines addressing:

    1. specific areas of practice (e.g., online psychotherapy, forensic, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, school psychology, group therapy, body work, hypnotherapy. employee assistance, pastoral counseling, equine-assisted psychotherapy, biofeedback, pre-employment psychological assessments, custody evaluations, diminished capacity assessments, end-of-life decisions; evaluation of sex abuse in children);
    2. specific aspects of practice (e.g., supervision, managed care, duty to protect, record keeping, email communication with patients);
    3. specific theoretical orientations (e.g., Christian Association for Psychological Studies; Canadian Psychoanalytic Society); and
    4. different professions (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors).

    Currently links *only* include documents that are both: (a) in English and (b) free to everyone (i.e., no fees or restrictions).

  • Ken Pope – Resources For Coronary Heart Disease. A resource to make it a little easier for clinicians, researchers, and others to keep up with the evolving research on psychological factors related to the causes of, treatments for, and recovery from coronary heart disease.
    This web page provides the citations for and excerpts from 80 recent studies of the psychological aspects of coronary heart disease development, treatment, and recovery published in peer-reviewed journals. All of the studies were published in 2013-16.The studies are diverse, focusing on cognitive and emotional factors, optimistic and pessimistic styles, prayer, PTSD, post-traumatic growth, complicated grief, cognitive training, mindfulness based interventions, acceptance-based behavior therapy, psychological factors linked to prognosis, social support, purpose in life, Type D personality, quality of life, “illness cognition,” and so on.

Government and Non-Government Reports

Government of Canada Report

Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada (OCI)

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Psychology-Specific Reports

Canadian Psychology Associations

International Psychology Associations

Psychology Resource Sites

  • The Mental Health Promotion Unit (MHPU)

    The mandate of the restructured unit is to promote and support mental health and reduce the burden of mental health problems and disorders, by contributing to the development, synthesis, dissemination and application of knowledge, and the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and activities designed to promote mental health and address the needs of people with mental health problems or disorders.

  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

    CIHI is an independent, pan-Canadian, not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of Canadians and the health care system by providing quality, reliable and timely health information.

  • Healthlinks.Net

    Making the Internet a practical tool for research and collaboration within the healthcare community.

  • It’s Your Health

    A Health Canada publication that provides reliable information on a range of health-related topics.

  • Psych Central

    Run by psychologist Dr. John Grohol, it is an information service providing an excellent selection of links under “Mental Health & Psychology Resources,” “What is…?,” and “Have I got…?”.

  • Psychnet-Uk

    PsychNet-UK is a privately owned web site developed to provide access to a host of sites which may be often sought by persons engaged in the mental health professions.

  • Applied Research Consultants (ARC)

    A service organization within the Psychology Department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale which provides professional services in applied research, evaluation, and consulting.

  • A New Understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder

    This website offers a new perspective on this disorder, one based on current clinical and neuroscience research. It presents a model of ADD/ADHD as essentially a problem with executive functions, the management system of the brain. It describes how a child or adult with ADD/ADHD can focus very well on a few activities that intensely interest them, yet be unable to focus adequately on most other tasks of daily life. It explains how ADD/ADHD often looks like a weakness in willpower, but isn’t.

  • Young and Healthy.Ca

    The Canadian Association for Adolescent Health (CAAH) seeks to ensure that Youth receive the best possible health care and services. CAAH offers quality health information to help youth make choices and stay healthy.