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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 : 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

"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



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

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:

Responding to Stressful Events

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress:

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

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

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

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

"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

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 and and

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

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

Click here to view the submission.



juillet 2014

Le numéro d'été 2014 de Psynopsis est maintenant en ligne

Le numéro d'été 2014 de Psynopsis, consacré à la diversité dans la science et la pratique de la psychologie, est maintenant en ligne. Cliquez ici pour lire le numéro.



juin 2014

The Honourable Bob Rae, Canadian Psychological Association Honorary President (2014) presenting the Honorary Presidential Address entitled, "Why Mental Health is the Issue of our Time."

Filmed at the 75th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 5, 2014).


Thank you for attending the 75th Annual Convention!

Please take a moment to complete the Canadian Psychological Association 2014 Convention Survey – your feedback is very important to us. Click here to access the survey..

Congratulations to Harmonie Chan and Logan Stack, winners of the Canadian Psychological Association’s 4th Annual High School Science Award in Research

Students from St. Catharines, Ontario and Montreal West, Quebec win the CPA’s 4th Annual High School Science Award. Click here to read the press release.

Bienvenue à 75e congrès annuel de la Société canadienne de psychologie.

Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse.



mai 2014

Liability Insurance Update

BMS is experiencing a very high volume of calls today May 30th. Please be advised that BMS will have staff available to assist with renewals over the weekend. To ensure that all participants still in the process of renewing coverage remain insured, BMS has secured an automatic coverage extension for the month of June. As a result, any members not yet renewed by Monday can still do so next week and remain fully covered during this period. You can self-renew online and independently at

Any applications in the mail will have coverage back dated to June 1 with no gap in protection afforded by the policy. BMS staff can be reached at 1-855-318-6038. If you do not get through, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible - perhaps best to leave a number where you can be reached within and outside of regular business hours.

CPA Board and Senior Staff on Parliament Hill: Lobby Day, May 6th, 2014

Click here for more information and our video press release.

New 2014 CPA Convention App

The 2014 CPA Convention App is available for download from Google (click here) and Apple (click here). For more information on the App visit

Legal assistance to those insured through the CPA/CPAP liability insurance program

Reminder to those insured and renewing under the CPA/CPAP liability insurance program. Anyone insured last year (June 2013 to June 2014) under the CPA/CPAP program should note that the program is now brokered by BMS. If you have a query or need for legal assistance, it should be addressed to Gowlings who is the preferred legal provider for the CPA/CPAP program since February 2014. Bell Temple is no longer the pro bono legal provider for the CPA/CPAP program. When the program renews in June 2014, it will continue to be brokered by BMS with Gowlings as the legal provider.

Gowlings brings a depth and breadth of experience in health practice and malpractice. Members who have had occasion to call on Gowlings have appreciated their prompt and very helpful guidance. In addition, Gowlings has committed to releasing practice risk management materials to those insured by the CPA/CPAP program on a regular basis. The first of these can be found at

To reach Gowlings, contact 1-855-441-4424

PSYence Update (Vol. 1, Issue 1) - Quarterly Update on CPA's Science Activities.

Click here for the PDF.

An Important Video Message from CPA’s CEO on the CPA/CPAP Professional Liability Insurance Program





Liability insurance renewals are ongoing. If you want to renew your CPA/CPAP policy you must do that through BMS at If you do not renew with BMS, and choose an alternate provider, your current insurance will lapse and expire. Register now.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Clarification about the CPA/CPAP insurance program

In our most recent correspondence, we informed members that we would be providing an update on the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) insurance program. The CPA/CPAP professional liability and clinic insurance program offers the most comprehensive coverage to psychological professionals available in Canada.

BMS Group (BMS) is the exclusive insurance broker for the CPA/CPAP program and is the broker of choice for over 100,000 healthcare professionals. BMS, along with new program providers such as Gowlings, are experienced in professional liability insurance and legal defence, offering more protection than ever before to psychology association members.

CPA/CPAP and BMS are committed to providing psychological practitioners with the most comprehensive, sustainable coverage available. BMS and QBE (the Lloyds of London insurer of the CPA/CPAP program) closely examined all other professional liability insurance products available to our members, including the new program offered by the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP) brokered by McFarlan Rowlands, to determine if our plan could be adjusted accordingly while still providing members a sustainable price point for premiums.

An updated comparison document that reflects these NEW enhancements can be found here.

As of today, all new and existing policy holders will be provided with a minimum $7 million limit, with additional coverage options meeting or surpassing any other policy available to Canadian psychology practitioners.

BMS and QBE pricing for this program was established using actuarial analysis of a decade of profession-specific claims data. The premiums for the BMS-brokered program are sustainable but still significantly lower than those historically paid by the psychology community when the CPA/CPAP program was brokered for decades by McFarlan Rowlands. Had CPA not reviewed and revisited this program (and ultimately moved it to a new broker), Canada’s psychologists would be renewing their certificates for the previous limited program at historically expensive premiums.

When CPA/CPAP transferred the insurance program from McFarlan Rowlands(MR) to BMS we asked MR in writing not to use any personal information they may have collected to administer the CPA/CPAP programs for any other purpose. You may have recently received an emailing, as well as a surface mailing from CRHSP and MR. CRHSP opted not only to promote its new program to its own members but, with coordinates provided to them by McFarlan Rowlands, they reached out to members of the CPA and members of provincial and territorial associations as well. These mailings were not undertaken with CPA or CPAP’s awareness or consent. The information and application included in that mailing are not associated with your insurance renewal. Your current policy as well as the renewal policy are all with BMS. The CRHSP mailing has caused significant confusion among members. If you have any questions at all, we urge you to contact BMS, 1-855-318-6038.

When renewing your coverage:

CPA members who renew with BMS in our association program ensure continuity of past coverage and management of any current and future claims. The broker of record for the current policy and the one that renews in June 2014 is BMS.

Although the insurance company (Novex) remained the same during transition to BMS, McFarlan Rowlands is no longer associated in any way with your current policy. If you opt to purchase insurance with the new CRHSP program, you are not renewing coverage, you are purchasing new coverage. By not renewing coverage with BMS, you are letting your current insurance lapse and expire.

CPA believes strongly that BMS, in partnership with QBE (Lloyds of London) and Gowlings, the program’s preferred and trusted legal provider, is the best option available to Canadian psychology practitioners needing liability insurance protection. All of these partner organizations have broad and deep experience when it comes to health care professional liability and defence.

BMS has been able to provide psychology professionals with a comprehensive program at a low but sustainable price. Thousands of members have already renewed and voiced their enthusiastic support for the service received from BMS. CPA has also had excellent feedback from members who have already accessed Gowlings services. CPA believes that a new program, such as the one offered by CRHSP will not be able to offer our profession the same quality of service as can BMS. For example, BMS has committed to working with CPA and CPAP to provide psychology-specific risk management resources. The newly released college complaints article , and the presentation planned for the CPA annual convention, are just two examples of what will be regularly available to BMS-brokered policy subscribers.

CPA strongly encourages members to renew with BMS this year and experience first hand the superior policy and services we have worked to make available to psychology practitioners in Canada.

For further information about the BMS-brokered program, for renewal applications or to renew your policy online, please visit the dedicated program website. BMS can also be reached by phone at 1-855-318-6038 to address any questions you may have. You should also feel free to contact the CPA offices for any further information about the CPA/CPAP program;

Important Information Regarding the New Liability Insurance Program.

Click here to read an important message from CPA's President, Dr. Wolfgang Linden.


The Canadian Psychological Association's Press Conference on Parliament Hill, May 6th, 2014.


Psychologists Push for Greater Access to Services.

Psychological Services Still not Sufficiently Covered by Insurance Plans. Click here to read the press release.

Le numéro du printemps 2014 de Psynopsis est maintenant disponible.

Cliquez ici pour lire le numéro du printemps 2014, « Regard sur le passé et sur l'avenir ».



avril 2014

A message from CPA's President, Dr. Wolfgang Linden (2013-2014)

Click here to watch the video.

Liability Insurance - FAQ Update

The transition to the new BMS brokered liability insurance program is proceeding very well and member feedback has been extremely positive. Based on member feedback, we offer further clarification for members on three topics; retirement coverage, practice outside of Canada, and graduate student coverage. To read these clarifications, click here. These clarifications will also be incorporated into the FAQ page on the BMS website, at

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine Summer issue, focused on Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology. Click here for details.

Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Mental Health Community Committed to Repairing Damage Caused by Bill C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. Click here to read the release.

CPA invited to speak before House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss best practice and barriers for health care professionals.

April 10, 2014: The CPA was invited to be a witness before the House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss best practice and barriers for health care professionals in Canada. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness, along with a representative from the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Click here to read the brief.

CPA invited to speak before Senate Committee reviewing Bill C462

April 1, 2014: The CPA was invited to be a witness before a Senate Committee reviewing a private members bill intended to limit the amount that can be charged by “promoters” to file for the disability tax credit on behalf of individuals with disability. This is a file in which the CPA has been involved for some time. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness. Click here to read CPA’s brief on Bill C462.

3rd Annual Section Newsletter Award

The CPA Membership Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 3rd Annual Section Newsletter Award. Congratulations to the Section on Clinical Psychology! ! The Clinical Section will receive $250 in prize money for their winning contribution. You can can read the award-winning newsletter here.
Thank you to the 8 Sections that submitted a newsletter for this year s award. We encourage all sections to participate next year in the 4th Annual Section Newsletter Award. Details on the award can be found online, at

Psychologists Applaud Federal Government’s Benefit Increase

Les activités de représentation menées par la SCP pour améliorer l’accès aux services psychologiques ont porté leurs fruits pour des centaines de milliers de Canadiens! Nous sommes heureux de vous apprendre que le président du Conseil du Trésor, l’honorable Tony Clement, a annoncé que, à compter du 1er octobre 2014, les fonctionnaires fédéraux et les retraités verront doubler le montant maximal couvert par leur garantie-maladie complémentaire pour obtenir des services psychologiques, lequel passera de 1 000 $ à 2 000 $ par année. Il s’agit d’une réalisation remarquable, qui reconnaît l’importance de la santé mentale et les répercussions des troubles psychologiques et des problèmes de santé mentale sur les travailleurs et le milieu de travail. Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse.



mars 2014

Information sur les élections de la SCP

Les procédures d'élection de la SCP ont été modifiées afin de se conformer à la nouvelle Loi canadienne sur les organisations à but non lucratif. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus..

75th Annual CPA Convention Registration.

Convention Registration for the 75th annual CPA Convention is now open! Click here for details

CPA launches new online course, DSM-5: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice

DSM-5: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice
Visit to preview the course or register today!



février 2014

CPA Invited to be a Witness before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

February 24, 2014 (Ottawa, ON): The CPA was invited to be a witness before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women to discuss issues related to the prevalence of and services available for eating disorders among girls and women in Canada. Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, CPA’s Deputy CEO and Science Director along with CPA Member, Dr. Giorgio Tasca, served as witnesses. In addition to being a CPA Member, Dr. Tasca is a Research Chair in Psychotherapy Research (University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital), Director of Research at the Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Ottawa Hospital), and Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical Professor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Other witnesses on the panel included Dr. Wendy Spettigue (Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Program, CHEO) and Ms. Elizabeth Pheonix (RN, Adult Eating Disorders Service, Mental Health Care Program, London Health Sciences Centre). The CPA has been invited to submit a brief to the committee on issues related to access to psychologists and psychological interventions as pertains to eating disorders. We will post the brief online once it becomes available.

Assurance responsabilité des praticiens en psychologie : un programme conçu pour la profession par ceux qui la pratiquent,

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que les membres de la SCP et des associations provinciales et territoriales auront accès à compter de cette année à un programme d’assurance responsabilité amélioré offert par le courtier en assurances BMS Group Inc. BMS remplace la firme McFarlan Rowlands en tant que courtier exclusif de l’assurance responsabilité des membres de la SCP et des associations provinciales et territoriales. La nouvelle approche préconisée par BMS pour la conception et la prestation du programme est axée sur les membres. Ces derniers trouveront dans ce nouveau programme une série d’avantages immédiats et à long terme.

Cliquez ici pour prendre connaissance des dispositions du nouveau programme d’assurance.

Budget 2014: Key highlights of relevance to CPA and CCR Response

On February 11, 2014, Minister Flaherty tabled the 2104 Budget.
Click on the following link to view notes put together by Impact Public Affairs that highlight key elements of the budget that are of relevance to the CPA.
Click on the following link to view the CCR response, for which CPA's Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair.

CPA Letter to Minister of Health, Honorable Rona Ambrose

On January 30, 2014, the Minister of Health spoke at the Economic Club of Canada. In her address, the Minister spoke to the need for innovation and accountability in health. Following this luncheon at which CPA's CEO, Dr. Cohen was in attendance, Dr. Cohen wrote a letter to the Minister to follow up on her comments and offer the CPA's expertise moving forward. Click here to view the letter.

CPA Letter to Minister of Public Safety, Honorable Steven Blaney and Correctional Service of Canada, Commissioner Don Head

CPA's CEO Dr. Karen Cohen wrote a letter to the Minister and Commissioner outlining the CPA's views on the jury verdict and recommendation in the Ashley Smith case. Click here to view the letter.

CPA Responds to Industry of Canada Consultation on Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda.

Industry Canada recently sought input from Canada’s scientific community on its Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda. In response, the CPA, with input from the Scientific Affairs Committee, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.

Le numéro d’hiver 2014 de Psynopsis, qui porte sur la justice pénale et santé mentale, est disponible en ligne.


CPA partners with Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) in reaching out to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care on their recently announced ‘medical psychiatry alliance” that aims to address mind body gaps in healthcare.

To read about the Ontario announcement click here To access the CPA/OPA response, click here

3 février 2014: Ayez votre santé mentale en tête

Lancement de la campagne de sensibilisation nationale dans le cadre du Mois de la psychologie. Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse.

January 30, 2014: CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, photographed with Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht at Economics Club Luncheon in Ottawa, ON.

January 30, 2014: CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, photographed with Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht at Economics Club Luncheon in Ottawa, ON.

CPA Letter to Employers.

CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, has written a letter to major employers in Canada requesting a meeting with their leadership to discuss ways in which they can address the mental health needs of their employees to improve workplace morale and productivity.
Click here to read the letter.



janvier 2014

Psychologists Mark Anniversary of Workplace Mental Health Standard.

Click here to read the press release.

2013 Convention App Survey

Please take part in a brief survey about our 2013 Convention App. Click here to access the survey.

New Editor for the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (CJBS)

The CPA is pleased to announce that Dr. William Roberts is the new Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Roberts has been a member of the CJBS Editorial Board for the past 13 years. He is based in Kamloops, B.C., at Thompson Rivers University. CPA’s thanks go out to Dr. Todd Morrison who completed his editorial term for CJBS in December 2013.