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On November 8-9, 2013, the CPA organized and hosted a 1.5 day Summit in Ottawa, ON, to address issues and opportunities related to need, supply and demand for the discipline and profession of psychology in Canada.  

What was the purpose of the Summit?  The purpose of the Summit was three-fold: 

  1. To hear from organizations within and outside of psychology about what we know about students, practitioners, scientists, trainers and faculty in psychology.  Information about academic and practice workforces are collected by organizations like the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), and Statistics Canada, as well as by organizations of psychology like CPA, the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology (CCDP), the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO), the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP) as well as provincial and territorial associations of psychology. 
  2. To identify the data needs and gaps that will enable the discipline and profession to better plan for its future and chart its contributions across Canada’s many sectors.  The Summit structured discussion of our contributions across 6 themes that span the education, science and practice of psychology in Canada.  The themes encompassed such topics as the scope of psychology across public and private sectors, training needs of scientists and practitioners, launching a science or practice career, meeting the needs of Canada’s populations, funding of psychological research, as well as issues related to recruitment and retention. 
  3. Develop a strategic plan and its associated activities to fill data gaps and hone psychology’s capacity to contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians.

When was it held?  Friday November 8, 2013 and Saturday November 9, 2013

Where was it held?  Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa Ontario

Who attended?  This was an invitation only event of approximately 75 persons from within psychology’s communities of science, education and practice in addition to invitations extended to external partners (e.g. government and non-government agencies involved in human resource planning).  There was no charge to attend the event but delegates covered their own travel and accommodation expenses.  The event sought to include the participation of scientists, practitioners (and here we define practitioner broadly to include applied psychologists), and educators (teachers, trainers and students).

Who spoke at the Summit?

  • Greetings:"
    • Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy CEO, CPA
    • Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO, CPA
    • Dr. Andrea Piotrowski, CPA Board of Director, CPAP Representative
    • Dr. Aimee Surprenant, CPA Board of Director, Basic Science
    • Dr. Dorothy Cotton, CPA Board of Director, Practitioner
  • Plenary #1: What do we know about psychology/psychologists in Canada?
    • Dr. Julie Goulet, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) 
    • Ms. Sarah-Jane Ferguson, Statistics Canada
    • Dr. Rick Morris, Association of Canadian Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO)
    • Dr. Judi Malone, Survey Data: Practice Variables and Professional Satisfaction Among Psychologists
  • Plenary #2: Current/Needed Training Practices
    • Dr. Aimee Surprenant, Psychologists in the Academic Setting
    • Dr. Kerri Ritchie, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)
    • Dr. Supriya Syal, Canadian Association of Post-Doctoral Scholars
    • Dr. Dale Berger, Applied Psychology Program at Claremont Graduate University in California
    • MITACS, Dr. Rob Annan
  • Plenary #3: What do we need of/from Canada's psychologists?
    • Dr. Howard Chodos, Mental Health Commission of Canada
    • Dr. Fred Bellemare, Correctional Service of Canada
    • Dr. Trudi Walsh, Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces 
    • Mr. Mike Schaub, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research 
    • Dr. David Danto, Needs of Aboriginal Community
    • Dr. Marie Hayes, College of Family Physicians Canada
    • Dr. Judy Hyde, International psychology workforce sizes and the Australian perspective

Summit Evaluation Form: If you attended the Summit and didn't complete the evaluation form in paper-format, click here to access the evaluation online. 

Overview of Summit: Click here to access a powerpoint presentation given at the CPA’s 75th Annual Convention (Vancouver, BC) in which an overview of the key findings from the Summit was provided.

Psychology Graduate Survey - Outcome Post-Summit:  During the course of the Summit, we learned of the extensive implications of Statistics Canada’s recent cancellation of the UCASSS (University and College Academic Staff System Survey) and SED (Survey of Earned Doctorates) data collection efforts.  In response, the CPA conferred with the APA and obtained their permission to use and modify the APA’s Doctoral Employment Survey for the Canadian context. In consultation with the CPA's Scientific Affairs Committee and Education and Training Committee, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker (CPA's Deputy CEO and Science Director) and Dr. Melissa Tiessen (CPA’s Registrar and Education Director) embarked on a nationwide endeavour to collect this data, by developing a comprehensive ongoing survey of psychology master’s and doctorate graduates, be they registered psychologists or not.  

Need, supply and demand for psychologists and individuals with a graduate degree in psychology are pivotal topics for the profession, both scientists and practitioners alike.  As such, the survey is designed to produce a minimum dataset with a limited number of questions tagged as mandatory.  With time, our ultimate goal is to obtain a complete demographic profile of all individuals with a graduate degree in psychology working across the multiple domains of psychology in Canada.  Findings will provide valuable information to assist with the education, science, and practice of psychology.