December 2013

Coping with Holiday Stress

The good holiday news is that it is possible to manage stress well. Click here to read the CPA’s Psychology Works Fact Sheet on Coping with Holiday Stress.

Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) Awards for 2014.

The Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) seeks nominations for its 2014 awards supporting the innovation and excellence of programs and services that deliver psychological services. The awards recognize the dramatic shortfall between the needs of Canadians and access to psychological services. In 2014, CPAF will disburse up to $10,000 which will support up to 2 awards. Nominations are due Feb. 15, 2014. Click here for more information

CPA In the News

Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s Chief Executive Officer, appears in the Opinions section of The Hill Times: “Canada’s mental health: time to commit to what we value”. Click here to read the article.



November 2013

Access to Psychological Services in Canada: Getting what works on the menu for Canadians

Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s Chief Executive Officer, was invited to author an article in the New Zealand Psychological Society’s Psychology Aotearoa. Click here to read the article.

The Canadian Psychological Association releases new report on the effectiveness of psychological treatments

(Ottawa, Ontario) November 14, 2013. The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) released a report today that reviews the effectiveness of psychological treatments for common mental health problems and disorders. “We have treatments that work when it comes to mental health but less than half of people with mental health problems actually get the help they need.” says CPA President, Dr. Wolfgang Linden. “This is the result of stigma but also because psychological treatments are not covered by public health insurance plans in Canada”. “The Canadian Psychological Association has been calling for increased access to psychological services for some time,” says CPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Karen Cohen. “Earlier this year, we commissioned a report that costs out several models to deliver effective psychological care in Canada. It is our goal for the coming year to work with agencies and organizations that fund and deliver mental health care to make effective psychological treatments accessible to Canadians who need it.” The report, authored by Dr. John Hunsley and his colleagues at the University of Ottawa, revealed important findings about the services and supports Canada can offer to the one in five Canadians who will experience a mental health problem or disorder in a given year. Psychological treatments work well for severe and mild cases of depression. They work as well as medication in treating depression and better than medication in preventing relapse. When psychological treatments are used with medication for bipolar disorder, patients tend to better follow through on treatment, feel less burdened by their illness and have lower suicide rates. Psychological treatments work as well as medication in treating different kinds of anxiety. In addition, psychological treatments reduce depression and anxiety in people with heart disease which, when combined with medical treatment, leads to lower rates of heart-related deaths. “Early and effective intervention is key when it comes to mental illness.” adds Dr. Linden. “The costs of providing effective care far outweigh the costs of untreated mental disorders on individuals, families, the workplace and the economy. It is time for Canada to step up for its mental health.”

Click here to read the report: The Efficacy and Effectiveness of Psychological Treatments.

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine

Our Winter 2014 issue focuses on Criminal Justice & Mental Health. The deadline to submit is December 2, 2013. View our submission policies online at

Evidence–based Practice in Mental Health

A piece on Evidence-based Practice in Mental Health submitted to Research Infosource, written by the Canadian Psychological Association’s CEO and Deputy CEO, Dr.’s Karen Cohen and Lisa Votta-Bleeker. Click here to read the article.

The CPA congratulates Dr. Rhonda Matters, appointed as the Chief Mental Health and Addictions Officer in PEI. Click here to read the press release.



October 2013

Announcing the 4th Annual High School Science Awards!

In 2014, CPA is continuing its program designed to honour Canadian high school students who have completed and submitted a psychology-relevant project to their respective high school science fairs. CPA is inviting electronic submissions from high school students across Canada. These submissions will be judged by a jury of CPA member psychologists. We will invite up to three finalists to come to the CPA Convention (Vancouver, BC, June 5-7, 2014) to present their work and participate in the convention. Details available here.

Course #3: A Psychologist’s Guide to Psychopharmacology

by Dr. David Nussbaum & Dr. Morgan Sammons

CPA’s latest professional development course has been particularly designed to improve psychologists’ understanding of the integration of psychotropic medications with psychotherapy, and includes modules covering various aspects of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and psychotropic medications. While this course is not intended to train psychologists to prescribe, its intent is to deliver foundational education in psychopharmacology – a knowledge base that supports good practice in mental health. We also appreciate that many psychologists have not had the opportunity to receive formal training in this area, and so we have developed this course to help fill that gap.

Whether you have never had any formal training in psychopharmacology, or simply could use a refresher, we invite psychologists at any stage of training to check out the course website [link to] for more details, as well as to see a preview of the multi-media course content.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to enable you to:

  1. Describe the main brain structures implicated in the use of specific psychotropic medications
  2. Explain the primary mechanisms of neurotransmission
  3. Explain the processes of pharmacokinetics
  4. Explain the processes of pharmacodynamics
  5. Summarize the main historical and current influences on psychotropic drug development and use
  6. Assess the key considerations for most effectively combining psychotropic treatments with psychotherapy
  7. Describe the general mechanisms of action for various classes of psychotropics – antidepressants, antipsycho-tics, anxiolytics, psychostimulants, and anticonvulsants
  8. Compare the key side effects and cautions for various classes of psychotropics – antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, psychostimulants, and anticonvulsants



Members and Fellows: $229.00
Non-members: $329.00
Students affiliates: $99.00
Student non-members: $129.00
Note that GST/HST will be added to the price.

CE CREDITS: 10 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 70%.

Click here to register and view a preview of the multi-media course content

A psychologist's Guide to Psychopharmacology

The Fall 2013 issue of Psynopsis Magazine, dedicated to Military and Veterans Mental Health, is now available online.


CPA Congratulates The Strongest Families Institute for winning The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award: Tackling the challenge of providing mental health care from a distance

National Manning Innovation Awards were announced April 17, 2013 at the Atlantic chapter’s 2013 Allan Shaw Nominees reception, held at the offices of McInnes Cooper in Halifax. Mr. John T. McLennan, National Trustee of the Manning Innovation Awards, personally recognized Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Dr. Patrick McGrath for the Strongest Families Institute they co-founded.

Click here to read the Maclean’s article.

CPA responds to the Ottawa Citizen's Pride and Joy series about whether or not same-sex partners, or singles should parent.

Click here to see the letter to the editor.

CPA Call for Submissions for the 2014 Convention

Now Online at The Convention Committee invites submissions to the Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention, Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, BC.
Your completed submission must be received online by December 1, 2013.


September 2013

CPA-Commissioned Report on Access to Psychological Services

An Imperative for Change: Access to Psychological Services for Canada


The Mental Health Commission of Canada applauds the work of the Canadian Psychological Association

Click here to read the letter of support.



The Canadian Psychological Association is pleased to launch its new advocacy and awareness campaign, MIND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. The campaign aims to help increase awareness among the public about psychological topics and disorders and how to prevent, manage and treat them. The campaign also encourages psychologists, the public, and other stakeholders, to write their provincial and territorial governments to let them know that Canadians need better access to treatments provided by psychologists, in the public health care system.