janvier 2016

La SCP est à la recherche d’un ou d’une directrice de la Direction générale de la pratique.

Ce poste, basé à Ottawa (0,4 à 0,5 ETP), s’adresse aux psychologues titulaires d’un doctorat, en milieu ou en fin de carrière, agréés en Ontario. Le directeur ou la directrice sera chargé de diriger et d’appuyer les priorités et les activités de représentation de la SCP dans les provinces et les territoires du Canada, et d’y participer. Pour plus d’informations et pour poser votre candidature, Cliquez ici.


In the aftermath of the recent shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan, click here for resources on coping with violent events.


Special Issue of the Canadian Psychology on Immigration and Refugees

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Canadian Psychology on Immigration and Refugees. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016. Click here for more information.



decembre 2015

SERVER MAINTENANCE Starting the evening of December 24th the CPA servers will be undergoing maintenance which may occasionally disrupt online services during the Christmas break. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Psychology Works Fact Sheet on Bullying Among Children and Youth

Click here for the Fact Sheet, or click here for the "Psychology Works" Fact Sheets page.

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology on “Everyday Attention”

Research on "everyday cognition" focuses on cognition in the context of people’s day-to-day lives.
Call for Papers for Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology: Everyday Attention. Deadline for expressions of interest is February 15th, 2016; full papers are due June 1st, 2016. Click here for more information.

The Submission System for the 2016 CPA Convention is now closed.

Visit the convention webpage for updates on the program and registration.

CPA is pleased to have compiled a list of resources for psychologists interested in providing culturally competent care to diverse groups.

In light of recent immigration to Canada of Syrian refugees, many of the resources listed relate specifically to resources and needs of this group. Click here to see the resources.



novembre 2015

Calling all private practitioners!

The Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA) Education & Training Committee's Internship Supply and Demand Task Force is exploring ways to increase the number of accredited internship positions available to students in professional psychology in Canada. There has been some dialogue in recent years about the potential for internships to be developed within the private practice community. Please provide your perspective on whether, and in what circumstances, you could envision your practice taking on students to complete the requirements for their pre-doctoral internship. Click here to complete the survey, which take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Friday December 18, 2015.

Canadian Psychology invites the submission of manuscripts!

Canadian Psychology is the flagship journal of the Canadian Psychological Association. It is published jointly by the CPA and APA.
Canadian Psychology publishes generalist articles in areas of theory, research, and practice that are of interest to a broad cross-section of psychologists. Manuscripts with direct relevance to the context of Canadian psychology are also appropriate for submission. Original, empirical contributions are welcome if the research is of direct relevance to the discipline as a whole (e.g., a survey of psychologists about the future of the discipline or about their practice) or if they present the results of a systematic review (including meta-analyses) or other forms of reviews. Reviews are particularly welcome.

For more information, please visit http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/cap/; sample articles can be found here: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/cap/sample.aspx.

The CPA Committee on Ethics, with sadness and regret, announces the passing of one of its most esteemed members, Dr. Jean L. Pettifor, on 8 November 2015 in Calgary.

Dr. Pettifor’s contributions to the psychology community and to ethics, both nationally and internationally, were great and many. She has left a legacy that will continue to influence the thinking and decision making of psychologists for many years to come. A special tribute to Jean will appear in the next issue of Psynopsis. Her obituary and a place to leave messages of condolence can be found here.

In the aftermath of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and elsewhere, click here for resources on coping with violent events.

Veterans Day: Resources For Veterans, Their Familiesd & Those Providing Clinical & Forensic Services To Them

Today is Veterans Day in the United States -- a time to refocus attention on the sacrifices and needs of those who risked their lives in service to our country.

The resources fall into 3 groups--articles, programs, & organizations:

A few examples:

  • Community Needs Among Service Members After Return From Combat Deployment
  • Perceptions of Determinants of Successful Aging among Older US Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study
  • Reintegration Challenges in U.S. Service Members and Veterans Following Combat Deployment
  • Homelessness Among Female Veterans
  • Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation Among Veterans
  • Mindfulness in the Treatment of PTSD Among Military Veterans
  • First-Generation Student Veterans: Implications of Poverty for Psychotherapy
  • Treating Complex Trauma Among Veterans
  • CBT for Depression in Veterans
  • Understanding Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans' Treatment Preferences & Perceptions of Stigma



This web page is at http://bit.ly/KenPopeVeteransResources

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to any lists or individuals who might find these resources helpful.

Ken Pope

FREE FULL TEXT AT: http://bit.ly/KenPopeStrengtheningEthicsInOrganizations

    "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in *Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre* (1821)


November 5, 2015 – CPA Press Release Psychologists Pleased with Reinstatement of Long-Form Census.

Read the release..

Online Educational Tool for Parents/Caregivers of a Youth with an Eating Disorder.

Click here for details.



octobre 2015

PSYence Update (Vol. 2, Issue 3) October 2015. Update on CPA's Science Activities.

Click here for the PDF.

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Canadian Psychology: Psychology in Canada – Opportunities and Challenges.

Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. Click here for more information.

Le numéro d’automne de Psynopsis, édition spéciale du Psychologie et lieu de travail, est maintenant disponible en ligne.


Cliquez ici pour lire le numéro.

La SCP a envoyé un questionnaire aux partis politiques fédéraux nationaux, afin de leur demander s’ils prévoient faire des investissements dans les services de santé mentale et dans le financement de la recherche.

Cliquez ici pour leurs réponses et leurs programmes électoraux.

Du nouveau! La SCP lance un nouveau système d’adhésion en ligne, doté de fonctions améliorées qui faciliteront considérablement le renouvellement de votre adhésion ainsi que l’accès à vos renseignements personnels et leur mise à jour.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.

Psynopsis - Numéro d’hiver: Appel d’articles

Le numéro d’hiver 2016 de Psynopsis est consacré à la santé mentale, l’itinérance et le logement. Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.



septembre 2015

Registration Open for CPA Summit on Knowledge Mobilization!

Increasingly, CPA members have been expressing concern at not knowing what funders are looking for in terms of the knowledge mobilization components of grants. In response, the CPA is hosting a 1-day Summit in Ottawa (Westin Hotel) on Thursday, November 12th to explore the issue; in addition to securing representatives from each of CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, and the NCEs, we have also secured speakers recognized for their successful knowledge mobilization strategies. This is a Summit not to be missed! There is no charge to attend the Summit but space is limited. A block of rooms is on hold at the Westin until October 26th. Click here for more information, or Register now to secure your space!

The Submission System for the 2016 CPA Convention is now open.

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Appel de mises en candidature pour les prix de la SCP, le Prix du nouveau chercheur décerné par le président de la SCP, et pour le titre de fellow de la SCP 2016.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.

Campagne épistolaire – Élection fédérale 2015

La SCP encourage ses membres à envoyer une lettre aux candidats de leur circonscription afin de leur demander ce qu’ils comptent faire pour soutenir l’accès aux services psychologiques, le financement de la recherche et l’enseignement postsecondaire. En savoir plus.




août 2015

Le numéro de printemps de Psynopsis, édition spéciale du Comprendre le suicide, est maintenant disponible en ligne.

Cliquez ici pour lire le numéro.



juillet 2015

Psynopsis - Appel aux soumissions :

Le numéro d’automne 2015 de Psynopsis - le magazine des psychologues du Canada – aura pour thème « La psychologie en milieu de travail ». Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.

July 30, 2015 - Canadian Psychological Associations 2015 pre-budget submission.

Click here to read.

CPA response to the American Psychological Association’s Hoffman review

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) was saddened to learn of the findings of the Hoffman report http://www.apa.org/independent-review/APA-FINAL-Report-7.2.15.pdf commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA). The report details a review of APA’s ethics guidelines, national security interrogations and torture.

The CPA holds itself and the discipline and profession of psychology to standards of international humanitarian law. As stated in CPA's Code of Ethics (Third Edition, 2000), in adhering to the Principle of Responsibility to Society, psychologists would

    IV.27 Not contribute to nor engage in research or any other activity that contravenes international humanitarian law, such as the development of methods intended for use in the torture of persons, the development of prohibited weapons, or destruction of the environment.

It is CPA's opinion and practice that the discipline and profession of psychology hold itself accountable in all matters of policy, education, research and practice regarding human rights and the health and welfare of individuals and societies.

PSYence Update (Vol. 2, Issue 2) July 2015.

Update on CPA's Science Activities. Click here for the PDF.



juin 2015

NOUVEAU Mind Pad, Summer 2015 issue is available online.

Click here to read the issue.

NOUVEAU "Psychology Works" Fact Sheet on Substance Abuse.

Click here for all of the Fact Sheets.

NOUVEAU Attention all Convention Attendees:

Please be sure to fill out a Convention Evaluation Survey. These are crucial to improving your Convention experience for next year.
Attending a Pre-Convention Workshop? Be sure to complete a Pre-Convention Workshop Evaluation.



mai 2015

Lerapport annuel 2015 de la SCP est maintenant disponible.


Psychotherapy: A better funding model must be found.

Click here to read the Globe & Mail article http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/psychotherapy-a-better-funding-model-must-be-found/article24596535/.

Need for publicly funded access to services makes front page of the Globe and Mail.

Click here to see the article.

The CPA is calling on EVERYONE across the country that has EVER completed a MASTER’S or DOCTORAL degree in ANY AREA of psychology to complete the survey (http://www.cpa.ca/PGS) -

- whether you completed your studies in Canada, and now work outside of Canada, or, completed your studies outside of Canada, and now work in Canada. You don’t have to be a registered psychologist; you don’t have to work in a psychology related area; you can be unemployed, retired, at home or on parental leave. As long as you have completed a graduate degree in psychology, you are eligible to complete the survey.

CPA President, Dr. Kerry Mothersill, invites you to attend the 76th Annual CPA Convention which will be held this year at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa from June 4-6.

Canadian Psychological Association President, Dr. Kerry Mothersill, invites you to attend the 76th Annual CPA Convention which will be held this year at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa from June 4-6.

Free Public Lecture, The Keys to Healthy Sleep, June 3rd at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa

We all hear that sleep difficulties are associated with poor quality of life, negative health outcomes and a risk for mental health problems as well. The good news is that sleep habits are a preventative measure against sleep disorders, and also an important preventative measure for health problems. Even in those with existing conditions such as insomnia, depression, chronic pain, cancer, or anxiety, learning the tips to sleeping well can positively impact any co-occuring health problems we face.

Join sleep expert Dr. Colleen Carney for a two-hour interactive workshop where you will learn:

  • Why sleeping better is linked to improved physical and psychological well-being.
  • How do you know if you are sleepy (and why you should worry about it)?
  • What are six signs of sleep disorders you should never ignore?
  • What is insomnia and what causes it?
  • The keys to good sleep.
  • Why aging and menopause does not mean you will necessarily have poor sleep.
  • Straightforward talk about prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbal sleep medications

Details available here.




avril 2015

Career Opportunity with the CPA: Accreditation Registrar and Ethics Officer.

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) announces an opening for the position of Accreditation Registrar and Ethics Officer. This position is a .7FTE or .8FTE to be negotiated with the successful incumbent. The position is open to a psychologist. Click here for more information on the posting and for instructions on how to apply: http://web.cpa.ca/new/docs/File/Careers/2015-01/15-073.pdf.

Le numéro de printemps de Psynopsis, consacré aux interventions de crise/premiers intervenants, est maintenant disponible en ligne.

Cliquez ici pour lire le numéro.

The Canadian Psychological Association supports renewed funding of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Click here to see the press release.

The CPA, together with the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), is pleased to announce the winner of the first Best Article Award in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology (CJEP).

Congratulations to Ian Neath, Tamra J. Bireta, Lisa A. VanWormer, and Aimée Surprenant for “From Brown-Peterson to Continual Distractor via Operation Span: A SIMPLE Account of Complex Span”.

Login to the Members Only area to access these articles and more from the CPA’s journals.

The CPA is pleased to announce the winner of the first Best Article Award in Canadian Psychology (CP).

Congratulations to Gabriela Ionita and Marilyn Fitzpatrick for “Bringing Science to Clinical Practice: A Canadian Survey of Psychological Practice and Usage of Progress Monitoring Measures”.

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Eligibility rules revised for Clinical Psychology students conducting NSERC-fundable research

Eligibility rules revised for Clinical Psychology students conducting NSERC-fundable research

As part of its mandate, the CPA regularly liaises with the funding councils on matters impacting funding for psychological research. One such issue has been specific to NSERC, particularly as applies to scholarship and fellowship funding for students. In 2009, the tri-councils undertook a strategic review in which they reviewed their mandates, re‐structured their funding criteria and identified areas where operations could be streamlined to be made more efficient. One outcome of concern to psychology was NSERC's decision to explicitly state that it would not fund students in clinical programs even when their research fell within the NSERC mandate. In response to advocacy from the CPA and various individual CPA members, NSERC revised its decision; students who were registered, or intended to register, in a clinically‐oriented program would be eligible for NSERC funding if: 1) they proposed a research project deemed eligible to be funded by NSERC; AND 2) they were supervised by a researcher holding an active NSERC Discovery Grant.

Over the last two years, the CPA has continued to collect data on the implications of these criteria in an effort to advocate for the removal of the second requirement. The CPA is pleased to announce that these advocacy efforts have been successful. On April 10, 2015, NSERC informed the CPA that it had revisited the rules for scholarship applicants who are enrolled in, or have the intention to enroll in, clinically-oriented psychology programs (e.g., clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology) and would be changing its eligibility rules for this category of applicant. As of Competition 2016 (i.e., for applications submitted to NSERC in fall 2015), the proposed supervisor for these applicants will no longer need to hold an active NSERC Discovery Grant. To be declared eligible, and as is the norm, applicants must continue to propose research that is deemed eligible to be funded by NSERC. NSERC will be updating its literature in the coming months.

The CPA thanks NSERC for removing this requirement. In doing so, NSERC made this process consistent with the Discovery Grant Application process itself in which research is judged on the merit of its intention and not the program in which a faculty member is registered.

Announcing the 2015 Section Newsletter Award Winner: The Section on Counselling Psychology

You can read the winning newsletter here.



mars 2015

Dites NON à la taxe sur les soins de santé mentale

Le gouvernement fédéral et l’Agence du revenu du Canada ont l’intention de taxer certains services de santé mentale. Cette taxe sera à la charge du patient. Envoyez une lettre à votre député et dites NON à la taxe sur les soins de santé mentale. Les Canadiens méritent mieux que cela. http://goo.gl/emCFJZ


PSYience Update (Vol. 2, Issue 1) - Update on CPA's Science Activities. Click here for the PDF.


Appel de manuscrits pour un numéro spécial de la RCSC

Appel de manuscrits pour un numéro spécial de la RCSC : « Comprendre le développement des objectifs et de l’agence dans une perspective de durée de vie » Date limite pour les soumissions: 30 juin 2015. Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.

L’inscription est maintenant ouverte!

L’inscription est maintenant ouverte pour le 76e congrès annuel de la SCP et conjointment avec le 3e North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (NACCJPC) qui aura lieu à Ottawa, Ontario, 4-6 juin 2015.

Press Release: Taxing mental health care: A step backward on the road to better mental health for Canadians

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) opposes the Federal Government and Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) plan which will effectively tax mental health services. One in five Canadians will have a mental health problem or disorder in a given year and only about one-third of them reportedly seeks and receives care. Budget 2013 included a measure that imposes sales tax on certain psychological services that had previously been exempt. It was unclear at the time what would be taxed and what would be exempt. A recent CRA consultation process confirmed our apprehension that this new tax will make it harder for Canadians to access care. Click here to read the Press Release

The Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) response to the proposed applications of the Excise Tax Act as it pertains to health care supply.

The CPA opposes the Federal Government and Canada Revenue Agency’s plan to tax mental health care. This is an issue about which CPA has been very concerned and has been in dialogue with the federal government for some time. Click here to read the document.

Comments invited on Draft Revision of the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists.

Consistent with the commitment of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to regularly review and update the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, the Association’s Committee on Ethics has developed a draft revision following an extensive review process. Comments on the draft revision are now being invited and would be very much appreciated. The deadline for comments is 25 May 2015. Click here for details.



février 2015

Doubling psychological services from $1,000 to $2,000 for Federal Workers and Retirees

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) applauds the federal government and Treasury Board President, the Honourable Tony Clement, for increasing coverage for psychological services for federal workers, their families, and retirees. The increases were tabled in the Supplementary Estimates 2014–2015 in the House of Commons and the changes came into effect last year.
Click here to read the press release.

Seeking effective psychological treatment

Getting the Best Psychological Help: Your Guide to Seeking Effective Psychological Treatment. Click here to access this resource.

Call for Submissions

Call for submissions to our Spring 2015 issue of Psynopsis Magazine. This issue will focus on Crisis Response/First Responders. The deadline is March 1st, 2015. For details on this issue and how to submit, please visit www.cpa.ca/Psynopsis.

Canada’s Psychologists helping to Mind Your Mental Health

National awareness campaign for Psychology Month. Click here to read the press release.

Psynopsis, Winter 2015 Edition, now available online.

Click here to see the online edition.



janvier 2015

Call for papers: Special issue of Canadian Psychology on Positive Psychology.

Guest Editor
Professor Marie-Hélène Budworth, York University

Professor Martin Drapeau, McGill University

February 15, 2015

Canadian Psychology, a Canadian Psychological Association journal published jointly with the American Psychological Association, invites the submission of manuscripts for a special issue on POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY.

While review papers (including narrative reviews and systematic reviews) and meta-analyses are preferred, we will consider other types of submissions, including original studies if they are of potential interest to a broad proportion of psychologists. We would like to encourage submissions from a range of disciplines within psychology including social, personality, clinical, developmental, health, and organizational.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • the application of positive psychology interventions in various contexts (e.g., clinical settings, organizations, educational institutions)
  • the extension of theories within psychology in general to the area of positive psychology (e.g., understanding how our knowledge of psychology applies to the science of personal growth and well-being)
  • developing our understanding of how to test positive psychology constructs (e.g., a review of the scales, instruments and methods used to assess positive traits, interventions, or outcomes)
  • proposing new theoretical and methodological approaches that advance both the science and practice of positive psychology


Canadian Psychology has a mandate to present generalist articles in areas of theory, research, and practice that are of interest to a broad cross-section of psychologists. Therefore, papers for the special issue should present issues and/or methods having wide applicability. Critical literature reviews and summaries of the scientific literature, knowledge syntheses, meta-analyses/meta-syntheses, narrative reviews and guidelines are most welcome. Letters to the Editor and commentaries will also be accepted.

We will accept regular articles, which should be approximately 20-40 pages, including references, and brief reports which should normally be no more than 14 pages in length, including references and tables. Briefer papers of less than 14 pages will exceptionally be considered for this special issue. All submissions will undergo peer-review.

Manuscripts can be submitted via our online portal. Authors must indicate clearly in their cover letter that their submission should be considered for this special issue.

For questions or further information please contact the Editor, Dr. Martin Drapeau at martin.drapeau@mcgill.ca and Guest Editor, Dr. Marie-Hélène Budworth, at budworth@yorku.ca.

Call for papers: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology on “The Production Effect in Memory.”

Guest Editors
Glen E. Bodner, University of Calgary
Colin M. MacLeod, University of Waterloo

Penny Pexman

June 30, 2015

Theme of the Special Issue
The production effect occurs when producing an item (e.g., saying it aloud, typing it, or even singing it) results in better memory than does silent encoding. First reported by Hopkins and Edwards (1972), the effect was largely overlooked until MacLeod, Gopie, Hourihan, Neary, and Ozubko delineated the effect in 2010, and also provided it a name. Since then over 20 papers on the effect have been published. Studying via production is easy to do, relative to most other encoding tasks that benefit memory (e.g., generation, levels-of-processing), and its effects typically are robust. Recent research has begun to examine when and why production works. These studies have raised important questions asked of other encoding tasks, and have led to important new questions and methodological advances as well. This special issue will bring together original papers that advance our current understanding of the myriad ways that the simple act of production can influence memory.

Call for Papers
Researchers with an interest in issues relevant to the production effect are invited to submit a full paper to the CJEP Manuscript Central site, indicating in the covering letter that the manuscript should be considered for this special issue. Submitted papers should contain original, unpublished work and can be written in either English or French. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in accordance with APA guidelines. All submitted papers will go through rigorous review as usual at CJEP, with consideration given to their originality, their theoretical contribution, their methodological soundness, the clarity of the presented results and conclusions, and the relevance of the submission for the special issue. Please send expressions of interest by February 1, 2015, via email to the Guest Editors (bodner@ucalgary.ca, cmacleod@uwaterloo.ca). The deadline for submission of papers is June 30, 2015. Note that, unlike edited books, journal production deadlines make this a firm closing date.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the CPA’s Annual Convention.


Changements importants à la TVH/TPS.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.



decembre 2014

Survey on Bill to Reinstate the Longform Census; Bill to create a Parliamentary Science Officer.

MP Kennedy Stewart (Science and Technology Critic, NDP) is putting forth a Bill for the creation of an independent Parliamentary Science Officer - please see his website for more information (http://kennedystewart.ndp.ca/science) and/or to sign his national petition. Mr. Hsu (Science and Technology Critic, Liberals) is putting forth a Bill (C626) to reinstate the long-form Census – please see his website for more information (http://www.tedhsu.ca/C626/) and/or to write a letter of support endorsing the Bill. With regards to this Bill, Mr. Hsu asked for our assistance in compiling information from the research community regarding the impacts of the discontinuation of the long-form census on one’s research and/or work. To this end, the CPA has created a brief survey specific to the discontinuation of the Census and other Statistics Canada surveys. Please take a moment and complete the survey by mid-January so that we can pass this information on to Mr. Hsu when he takes Bill C626 to second reading in January. Alternatively or in addition, please email me (executiveoffice@cpa.ca) or post something on your website, blog, and send me or Mr. Hsu the link. Thank you in advance for helping us compile this very critical information.

CPA Meets with Liberal and NDP Science and Technology Critics.

Mid-December, representatives from the CCR, for which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair, met with the following MPs to discuss its recommendations for budget 2015 and current/future issues facing the research community.

  • MP Ted Hsu, Science and Technology Critic, Liberals
  • MP Kennedy Stewart, Science and Technology Critic, NDP


The Canadian Psychological Association’s submission to the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

To prepare this submission, we reached out to our membership asking for examples of innovative projects in healthcare. A number of CPA members provided us with excellent input that helped shape our submission. CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen also participated in the face to face sessions with key stakeholders. Click here to read the CPA’s submission.

The CPA is pleased to announce the 5th Annual High School Science Awards

In 2015, 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. Click here for details.

CPA, as Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), hosts the CCR’s 3rd annual Breakfast with the Funders

On Wednesday December 3rd, the CCR hosted its 3rd annual breakfast with the funders.  The breakfast, which was hosted at the offices of the Canadian Psychological Association, included the following representatives:

Funding Agency Representative
NSERC Dr. Pierre Charest
CFI Mr. Pierre Normand
SSHRC Dr. Ted Hewitt
CIHR Dr. Jane Aubin
Mitacs Dr. Rob Annan


The CCR values the relationships it has with the funders and is appreciative of the time they take to meet with us and share their insights.

CPA meets with MPs to discuss budget 2015 and issues facing the research community.

Last week, representatives from the CCR, for which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair, met with the following MPs to discuss its recommendations for budget 2015 and current/future issues facing the research community. MPs with whom meetings were held included:

  • MP Murray Rankin
  • MP Andrew Saxton
  • MP David Vankesteren

Next week, meetings are scheduled with MP Ted Hsu and MP Kennedy Stewart.


Health Action Lobby (HEAL)

CPA and its CEO Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), leads HEAL in releasing its Consensus Statement on the role of the federal government in health and healthcare. HEAL and its 39 national health organization members have called on the federal government to join provinces and territories in making needed change to our health system. HEAL has made a number of recommendations for a federal role in health and health care which include sustainable funding, the development of a framework and set of indicators to deliver accessible and evidence-based care to Canadians, as well as recommendations for policy and programs to address the needs of an aging population and costs of prescription drugs. Among the areas which HEAL targets for innovation are primary care, mental health and addictions as well as health human resources. Click here to read the HEAL release. Click here to read the CPA release.

Federal Government must invest in Mental Health and Addictions and Primary Care, says Canada’s health care community

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is glad to support a consensus statement released today by the Health Action Lobby (HEAL). Click here to read the press release



novembre 2014

Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (CJBS) seeks Associate Editor. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

La Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement (RCSC), publiée par la société canadienne de psychologie en association avec l’American Psychological Association sollicite des candidatures pour le poste de rédacteur en chef adjoint. Son mandat débutera le 1er juillet 2014 pour se terminer le 31 décembre 2017. Les candidats à ce poste doivent être en mesure de lire et rédiger en Français et en Anglais. Le rédacteur en chef adjoint est chargé d'examiner tous les manuscrits soumis en français, ainsi que les manuscrits pour lesquels l'éditeur en chef se trouve en conflit d'intérêts potentiel. La RCSC publie des articles rapportant des travaux empiriques originaux dans les domaines suivants: psychologie clinique, étude du comportement, psychologie communautaire, counseling, éducation, environnement, développement, santé, psychologie industrielle et organisationnelle, neuropsychologie, personnalité, psychométrie et psychologie sociale. Les candidats sont invités à soumettre leur curriculum vitae en adressant un courriel à l'éditeur en chef : Wroberts@tru.ca. Des questions peuvent également être adressées à l'éditeur à la même adresse courriel. La date limite des candidatures est le 1 mars 2015.

The Canadian Psychological Association applauds commitment to increase access to psychologists

The Canadian Psychological Association welcomes the Manitoba Liberal Party’s commitment to directly fund psychologists under the public health care system and to hire and retain more psychologists in the province of Manitoba. Click here to read the press release.

Mind Pad, Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Mind Pad, Canada’s student written, edited and published psychology newsletter, is now available online.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.



octobre 2014

Le numéro d'automne de Psynopsis, qui porte sur la santé publique et la promotion de la santé, est maintenant en ligne.


Entente entre la SCP et la SCP et la Fondation de psychologie du Canada (PFC) en vue du transfert de nos activités de bienfaisance.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, rendez-vous à http://www.cpa.ca/fondationdelascp/nouvelles/.

Shooting on Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON)

In the aftermath of todays’ shooting on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts to those impacted by today’s tragic events.

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of today’s shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources.

Responding to Stressful Events

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/.

CPA thanks Minister Tony Clement for the government’s 2014 decision to double the coverage for psychological services

CPA’s CEO attended an Ottawa breakfast meeting today convened by the Economic Club of Canada at which Minister Tony Clement spoke about an innovative and effective federal workforce. When addressing factors impacting the workplace, and when talking about employee compensation packages, Minister Clement highlighted the impact of mental health and mental illness in the workplace and the government’s 2014 decision to double the coverage for psychological services through the extended health benefits package available to federal employees. Dr. Cohen thanked the government for this leadership and took the opportunity to underscore the importance of third party coverage for psychological services given these are not insured through provincial/territorial health insurance plans. The Minister’s attention to mental health in the workplace when speaking at the Economic Club today is especially poignant given it is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). In honor of MIAW, Dr. Cohen gave the Minister an awareness band which he promptly put on his wrist!

[pictured: Dr. Karen Cohen, Minister Tony Clement]

ACT!ON Mental Health - Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 is finally here (October 5 – 11, 2014)!

Watch the PSA featuring this year’s inspiring Faces of Mental Illness below:

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Pre-employment Personality Assessment in Personnel Selection

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Pre-employment Personality Assessment in Personnel Selection”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

URGENT Please note that the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is not currently recruiting individuals, via telephone or other manner, to participate in any research study.

Any recruitment suggesting that the CPA will pay a monetary amount to individuals who participate in a study about stress relief techniques are false.

Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open open for the CPA's 76th Convention and for the 3rd North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference, June 4-6, 2015. Click here for details.

Karen Cohen, CEO of the Canadian Psychological Association, published an article in iPolitics: "There's a lot more to treating mental illness than pills."

Click here to read the article.



septembre 2014

PSYience Update (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

Click here to read PSYience Update, a quarterly newsletter dedicate to providing information on CPA’s activities to promote psychological science. The inaugural issue of the Newsletter can be viewed by visiting CPA’s Researchers page at www.cpa.ca/researchers.

Congratulations to CPA Fellow Dr. Anne Wilson

CPA Fellow and Laurier Psychology Professor Anne Wilson has been named one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Dr. Anne Wilson Click here for details.

Working with Mental Health Illnesses

Every day, approximately 500,000 Canadians are absent from the workplace due to a mental health condition. How do employers foster a psychologically healthy and inclusive work environment that allows for individuals to feel safe enough to seek support from their superiors and how do managers obtain the tools to address mental health in the workplace and offer timely and confidential assistance? Join a seasoned group of experts for an armchair discussion regarding mental health in the workplace.

Speakers included: André Picard (National Public Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail), The Honourable Dr. K Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women), Chris Anderson (President, Medaca Health Group), Dr. Karen R. Cohen (CEO, Canadian Psychological Association), Mike Schwartz (Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits & Executive Director, Great-West Life & Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace).

Part 1 of 2, below.
Part 2 of 2, here.

Click here for a transcript of Dr. Karen Cohen’s address to the Economic Club of Canada.

Press Release, September 10, 2014

The Canadian Psychological Association Marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Click here to read the press release.

Tackling mental health issues: How effective is your workplace strategy?

Thank you to CPA President-elect Kevin Kelloway for highlighting Occupational Health Psychology issues in workplace mental health. Click here to read the article.

CPA’s website has undergone some recent server maintenance.

Should you experience any problems, please send an email to webmaster@cpa.ca.

WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide

PRESS RELEASE: 4 SEPTEMBER 2014, GENEVA - More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and a number of European countries reveals that limiting access to these means can help prevent people dying by suicide. Another key to reducing deaths by suicide is a commitment by national governments to the establishment and implementation of a coordinated plan of action. Currently, only 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies.

Click here to read the entire press release.



août 2014

Resource Guide for Psychologists: Ethical Supervision in Teaching, Research, Practice, and Administration

This document provides detailed guidance for making ethical decisions related to supervision. It demonstrates the ethical decision-making process, provides some 78 life-like vignettes of dilemmas (including multi-cultural issues), and offers thought-provoking questions for discussion.

44 pages; $15.00 for CPA members, $20.00 for non-members

To order this and other publications, visit http://www.cpa.ca/thecpastore/purchasecpapublications.

"Psychology Works” Fact Sheet on Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairments who are Nonverbal

The Canadian Psychological Association has prepared a “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet entitled “Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairments who are Nonverbal”. Click here to access the document. For more “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets, visit www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets.

Psychology in the News

The Canadian Psychological Association’s CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen’s submission to the Huffington Post, entitled The Complexity of Closing Gaps in Canada's Mental Health Care System. Click here to read the article.

GST/HST news

CPA has been working diligently with Canada Revenue (CRA) and the Department of Finance to get clarification on the tax exempt status of psychological services. We continue to await the guidance document, developed by CRA, which we understand will be circulated for public comment. It has not yet been released and CPA, with the help of a government relations firm, maintains contact with CRA and monitors developments. In addition to representing to government, CPA met with Revenue and Finance critics in 2014 to engage them on this issue. In August 2014, we put out a call to members in B.C. and Nova Scotia who might be willing to also meet with the Revenue and Finance critics who represent Canadians within those ridings. We hope to arrange those meetings within the next few weeks.

As a reminder, here are the links to the representations CPA has made to CRA and Finance on this issue http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Government%20Relations/Finance%20Committee_HST_April-29-2013.pdf and http://www.cpa.ca/docs/file/Government%20Relations/May82013_gsthst.pdf and http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Committee/411/FINA/Evidence/EV6160966/FINAEV122-E.PDF.

In the interim, CPA came across the guidance at the link below which members may find of assistance. Members are advised to consult their own tax professionals for guidance.


Feuillet d'information sur le suicide

La Société canadienne de psychologie a préparé un feuillet d'information, qui s'ajoute à la série « La psychologie peut vous aider », intitulé « Ce que tous les Canadiens doivent savoir sur le suicide ». Cliquez ici pour accéder au document. Pour lire les autres feuillets d'information de la série « La psychologie peut vous aider », rendez-vous à l'adresse http://www.cpa.ca/lapsychologiepeutvousaider/.

CPA made a pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

Click here to view the submission.