Dr. Alain Brunet


The Executive Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association - Traumatic Stress Section (CPA-TSS) is seeking nominations for their annual awards, to be presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Montreal in June 2018. We welcome you to nominate a colleague or even yourself!


Nominations are due on January 15th, 2018, and the winning candidates will be chosen by a vote of the CPA-TSS Executive Committee.


These awards are aimed at psychologists, as well as psychology researchers and students who have demonstrated excellence in clinical or research areas in the field of traumatic stress.


Below are the descriptions of the awards. We look forward to receiving your nominations!



CPA Traumatic Stress Section Student Poster Award: (no application needed) This award recognizes the best presentation (poster/oral) given by a student at the annual meeting of the CPA as sponsored by the Traumatic Stress Section.


CPA Traumatic Stress Section Award for Excellence in Psychology


The CPA-TSS Award for Excellence in Psychology recognizes “achievement within the science and practice of the psychology of traumatic stress”. This award can recognize either clinical or research excellence within the field of traumatic stress.



·       A person who works within the field of traumatic stress, be it as a clinician, researcher, etc.

·       Self-nominees must be a current member of the CPA-Traumatic Stress Section


·       Self-nomination or nomination of others

·       A full application package should be sent to Anne Wagner, Chair-Elect ( by January 15th, 2018, including

o   Up to date curriculum vitae

o   Letter outlining outstanding clinical or research contribution

Submission Deadline: January 15th, 2018

Award Notification: February 2018



CPA Trauma Stress Section Student Awards

The CPA-TSS Student Awards recognize (up to) two (2) undergraduate or graduate theses completed in Canada on the psychology of traumatic stress. The awards are aimed at students who have demonstrated excellence in clinical or research work in the field of traumatic stress.



·       Graduate or undergraduate degree must have been completed at a Canadian University

·       Final thesis/dissertation submitted or defended within the past 18 months

·       Current member of the CPA-TSS if self-nominated


·       Self-nomination or nomination by others

·       Submission to the CPA section of the 2018 ICAP conference (Deadline: December 15th, 2017)

o   Link to submit your abstract for a presentation:

·       A full application package should be sent to Anne Wagner, Chair-Elect ( by January 15th, 2018, including:

o   Thesis title and abstract

o   Short statement of why a candidate should receive this award (Max 1 page)

o   Up to date curriculum vitae

o   Supporting letter from an academic supervisor

Submission Deadline: January 15th, 2018

Award Notification: February 2018



Welcome to the CPA Traumatic Stress Section website. Our website has been designed to provide useful information to psychologists, other professionals, and the broader public pertaining to the science and clinical practice of psychotraumatology.

We welcome your participation in our mission and specific goals as described below. Please also let us know about related news, upcoming events, job listings and recent publications.

We extend our sincere best wishes and support to those visitors enduring the aftermath of traumatic life events including the incidents of war and peacekeeping efforts, tragic workplace or automobile accidents, natural and human disasters, and interpersonal-domestic violence including childhood maltreatment. We encourage you to make use of the information provided on our website, and to seek the support of both those around you as well as professional help as needed.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the executive committee members of CPA-TSS as we remain committed to serving your needs and interests. Thank you for visiting our website.


The purpose of the Traumatic stress section is to promote evidenced-based mental health assessment and treatment, educate the public about the importance of appropriate traumatic stress treatment and research, and actively encourage the involvement of appropriate public and private sector agencies in the development of effective policies and procedures to address the psychological effects of traumatic stress within the Canadian population.

Specific goals of the section are to:

  1. Promote evidence-based mental health care for trauma survivors;
  2. Promote best-practice assessment protocols for use with trauma survivors;
  3. Advocate for research funding for the psychosocial consequences of disaster, interpersonal violence, industrial and transportation accidents, medical trauma, emergency work, military, and other types of trauma to which the Canadian public is exposed;
  4. Advocate for populations particularly vulnerable to traumatic stress through their status as disabled, e.g., First Nations, refugees, new immigrants;
  5. Advocate with both government and private third-party insurers for more inclusive coverage of effective interventions for the psychological consequences of traumatic stress;
  6. Inform the Canadian public about the prevalence, economic effects and psychological science pertinent to traumatic stress;
  7. Endeavour to facilitate the development of emergency planning in Canada through such measures as public education, promotion of appropriate training for psychosocial interventions, and of lists of trained volunteer psychologists;
  8. Establish information exchanges with other national and international associations involved with traumatic stress issues.

Benefits of Joining the Traumatic Stress Section:

By joining the Traumatic Stress Section, you will have access to: 

  • Twice yearly newsletters
  • Reduced fees to our section’s events (workshops and keynote speakers) at the annual CPA meeting each June
  • Reduced dues for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) membership
  • Reduced fees for ISTSS conferences
  • And more!

How to Join?

To join our section, please: