Pick up your free "CPA / Psychology: helping to defeat depression" T-shirt at the CPA 73rd Annual Convention

If you participated in the Defeat Depression Campaign, then drop by the CPA Store at the 73rd Annual Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia and let us know! We'll give you a free CPA T-shirt to say "thank you" for your participation in the event.

Academy in School Mental Health

Educators can play a very important and supportive ongoing role in the lives of students struggling with mental health problems.The Academy in School Mental Health is focused on providing educators (all school staff) with a variety of tools and techniques that make sense. The three day interactive workshop will provide attendees with opportunities to learn more about teen mental health. The goal is to provide educators with an arsenal of tools, information and techniques that they can use with their students, in the classroom and feel empowered to teach their students about mental health.

Hosted at Halifax West High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the workshop includes sessions conducted by leading Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Educators and Mental Health professionals and is designed for junior high and high school educators.

The three day Academy will take place on July 9-11, 2012. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a host of electronic resources. The early bird fee is $250/educator, after June 1st the price increases to $300/educator.  Can’t attend the entire three days?  Join us for any one day for $150.

For more information, visit: http://teenmentalhealth.org/for-educators/academy-in-school-mental-health-2012/.

5th International Stigma Conference 2012

CPA was in attendance at the 5th International Stigma Conference June 4-6, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario. Organized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Psychiatric Association Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Illness, this international conference brought together over 500 researchers, mental health professionals, policy makers and service users interested in stigma and discrimination. The focus was on effective interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illness.


Health Provider Summit

(May 7, 2012): CPA’s CEO presented the Challenge Address at a Health Provider Summit, convened by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nursing Association and attended by other of Canada’s health professional associations as well as government representatives.  The Summit was convened to look at health care transformation with a goal of delivering better health, better care, better value.  Click here to view Dr. Cohen’s presentation

Mental Health Commission of Canada

(May 9, 2012): Click here to read The Canadian Psychological Association response to the Mental Health Commission Strategy

QWQHC Secretariat Closes its Doors, but Work Continues

(April 28, 2012): The Quality Worklife-Quality Healthcare Collaborative (QWQHC), on behalf of its 12 National Partners sadly announces that after six years it must close the QWQHC secretariat. Due to the current economic and political climate in health care, an ongoing and secure funding source could not be found. However after extensive deliberations, the QWQHC Steering Committee has developed plans to continue its commitment through a four part ‘living legacy’.

Two Annual Summits are now being planned in conjunction with the National Health Leadership Conference to be held on June 12, 2013 (Niagara Falls, Ontario) and June 4, 2014 (Banff, Alberta). The Canadian Healthcare Association has agreed to be the secretariat support for aNetwork of Champions that will provide leadership on healthy health workplaces.  The QWQHC website will continue to be maintained and work from both the Summit and Network of Champions will guide what is uploaded. And lastly, Accreditation Canada will carry on with its work in ensuring that the issue of healthy work environments remains central in the accreditation standards. Updates on all of these legacy components will continue to be posted on the QWQHC website so please check regularly (www.qwqhc.ca).

A special thanks to Accreditation Canada for housing the QWQHC secretariat over the years and as well to all of the other national partners in helping make health workplaces healthier. QWQHC has experienced many successes we should be proud of from implementing its landmark action strategyWithin Our Graspto holding six annual Summit conferences that have become the premier meeting place for those committed to improving the health and quality of worklife across healthcare workplaces in Canada. Together we have accomplished much and through this ‘living legacy’, I believe that the seeds have been planted to achieve QWQHC’s original vision:

Pamela C. Fralick MA, ICD.D
Chair of QWQHC
President and Chief Executive Officer/Présidente, chef de la direction
Canadian Healthcare Association/Association canadienne des soins de santé

Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day: June 6, 2012

You are invited to the annual Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, June 6, 2012, 9 am to 4 pm at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto hosted by the Primary Health Care System (PHCS) Program and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 

Trillium provides an opportunity to learn about ongoing primary health care research in Ontario through presentations and posters. It also provides skill-building workshops led by experienced primary health care researchers and a distinguished lecture and keynote speaker.  

Who should attend: Researchers, policy makers and decision makers interested in the area of primary health care in Ontario.  It is a great opportunity to disseminate your recent research results.

Abstracts are due May 7, 2012 and registration will open today and close May 28, 2012.  Please see our website www.trilliumresearchday.com  or flyer for more information. 

Proposal for CIHR Funding: Dr. Peter Hausdorf (CSIOP), CPA, Dr. Rick Hackett and HEAL

(February, 2012): The CPA, on behalf of a subset of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) member organizations and associations, and with Dr. Peter Hausdorf (Canadian Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology - CSIOP) and Dr. Rick Hackett (Human Resources and Management, McMaster University), submitted a proposal for funding to CIHR February 29, 2012. The goal of the proposal is to develop a web-based survey that would allow for the assessment of the work-related health and well-being of Canada’s health professionals. Anticipated notice of decision is Summer 2012.

Research Chair Opening

Université Laval's Faculty of medicine is calling for applications for a Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in the field of Primary Health Care. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2012. Click here for more information.

Seeking member feedback for “Evidence-based practice of psychological treatments”

The CPA recently formed a task force charged with developing a set of criteria to be used to define evidence based practice (EBP) of psychological treatments. The enclosed document is the first draft of what will ultimately be a comprehensive set of guidelines intended to support Canadian psychologists in providing treatment that is guided by the best available evidence. We invite you to submit your reactions to the document entitled “Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Treatments: A Canadian Perspective.” Detailed feedback will help inform future iterations of the guidelines.

Please go to the following link for more information and let us know what you think: http://cpa.ca/researchers/sciencedirectorate/defebp/

The survey will remain live until April 15, 2012

6th Annual Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare (QWQHC) Summit

Réservez ces dates! Joignez-vous à nous à l’occasion du 6e Sommet annuel de la CQVT-SSQ qui, cette année, aura lieu en Colombie­ Britannique les 1er et 2 mars 2012 à l’hôtel Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Le Sommet sera à nouveau l’occasion de diffuser idées, innovations et pratiques auprès d’un réseau de collègues qui ont tous à cœur de bâtir des milieux de travail sains et d’améliorer la qualité de vie au travail dans le secteur de la santé.

Le programme préliminaire ainsi que l’appel de propositions seront lancés au début de l’automne 2011. D’ici là, n’hésitez pas à vous rendre sur le site Web de la CQVT-SSQ au www.qwqhc.ca pour en savoir plus sur son mandat et y lire les commentaires des participants du Sommet de 2011.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet du Sommet, veuillez communiquer avec Sally Clelford de Face 2 Face Events Management (secrétariat des conférences) à l’adresse sally@f2fe.com.

The BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program is actively seeking applications from individuals interested in delivering Clinical Counselling Services to British Columbians struggling with their own or a loved one’s gambling.

The BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program is actively seeking applications from (1) individuals interested in delivering Responsible Gambling Services to casino and gaming centre patrons and staff in BC communities, and (2) individuals interested in, and qualified to deliver, Clinical Counselling Services to British Columbians struggling with their own or a loved one’s gambling.

If you or someone associated with your faculty or organization may be interested in applying for a provincial government contract with the BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program under the Ministry of Public Safety & the Solicitor General, please visit www.bcbid.ca.  Specific, immediate areas of need are: Vernon, Prince George (Responsible Gambling Service Providers) and Prince George and Central Cariboo, Prince Rupert/North Coast (Clinical Counsellors).  However, the Program delivers services throughout BC and is seeking applications from all regions of the Province.

Both job postings will close at 4:00pm October 13th, 2011. Job information and application instructions are provided in detail, in each posting.  Go to www.bcbid.ca and search Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. 

Important information for providers of services to clients of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) about the approaching December 31, 2011 deadline for claims submission.

Click here to download the PDF 

Ontario Mental Health Foundation Suspends Grant and Fellowship Program for New Awards for 2011-2012

(January 12, 2011) The Board of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation regrets to inform you that the Foundation’s grant and fellowship program for new awards will be suspended for 2011-2012; the Foundation’s program for new studentship awards will, however, go forward this year and all award programs will resume in 2012-2013.

The Foundation has traditionally relied on two sources of funds to support its research programs: earnings from the Foundation’s endowment and a transfer from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Both sources have been affected by the economic recession; the earnings of the Foundation’s endowment have been drastically reduced and the transfer from MOHLTC was reduced by ten percent retroactively.

The Board of the Foundation will honour its funding commitments to current award holders. The Board will use funds from gifts and bequests to the Foundation - as much as $1.7 million -- to ensure that vitally-needed research and the careers of young researchers will not be interrupted.

For nearly forty-five years the Ontario Mental Health Foundation has provided funding to support critically needed mental health research in Ontario; for example, in 2010, the Foundation awarded over $3,000,000 in grants and fellowships. The Foundation requires stable Ministry funding to continue to achieve itsmission to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario, to prevent mental illness and to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation through excellent, peer-reviewed research.

The Board encourages you and your colleagues to contact your Member of the Provincial Parliament and ask that they support continued funding for mental health research in Ontario.

William R. Avison, Ph.D.
Chair, Ontario Mental Health Foundation

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies(ABCT) Convention

Toronto, ON
November 10-13, 2011

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Survey about the Mental Health Care System: Survey Deadline is September 30, 2011

Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey about the Mental Health Care System in Canada and HAVE YOUR SAY!


The purpose of this survey is to help Mood Disorders Society of Canada understand mental health care concerns among:

  • Canadians living with mental illness,  
  • Family members or caregivers of those with mental illness, and
  • Anyone concerned about the Mental Health Care System in Canada.  

And, to relay those concerns to our provincial, territorial, and federal governments. If you fit into one or more of the groups listed above, we want to hear from you.


The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. No personal information will be collected and all responses will be grouped together to form a report that will be sent to each provincial, territorial and federal Ministries of Health. **Please note** that once you exit the survey, you cannot go back to it. Please allow yourself enough time to answer all the questions.


The survey cut-off date is midnight on Friday, September 30, 2011. We would greatly appreciate you forwarding this survey among your networks and colleagues!


A survey analysis report will be posted on the MDSC website following the September 30th cut-off date. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back. 


We thank you in advance for your interest and participation.


Phil Upshall, National Executive Director

Dave Gallson, Associate National Executive Director 

Office of the Correctional Investigator Report Release

(September 23, 2010) The Office of the Correctional Investigator released today an independent report that finds serious funding, implementation and accountability gaps in the delivery of mental health care services in federal corrections: Under Warrant: A Review of the Implementation of the Correctional Service of Canada's Mental Health Strategy

Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions

(August 26, 2010). Final report released - Navigating the Journal to Wellness: The Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Ontarians.

Presentation of Interest

How Should the World get Smaller? The Case for an International rather than Global Model of Accreditation in Professional Psychology. Presentation at the 4th International Congress on Licensure, Certification and Credentialing of Psychologists - Sydney, Australia (June 2010) 

Mental Health Table Proposal for Funding: Access Forum

The CPA, co-Chair of the Mental Health Table, submitted a proposal to Health Canada for funding for a forum that would focus on ways to improve access to the range of biological, psychological and social interventions and services for persons with mental health disorders and problems in the context of health needs and service delivery. Funding has been granted and the forum is planned for October 5-6, 2010. It will include national and international experts and stakeholders in the delivery of health care to persons with mental health problems. Details and updates on the forum will be provided via Psynopsis, CPA News, CPA's website and the various communication media of the MHT member associations.

26th World Congress on Suicide Prevention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with the Institute of Mental Health, Peking University,  are hosting the 26th World Congress on Suicide Prevention in Beijing, China,  from September 13 – 17, 2011. The theme of the congress is “Integrating Cultural Perspectives in the Understanding and Prevention of Suicide.”   See the following link for congress details http://www.iaspchina.org/ <http://www.iaspchina.org/>

CIHR Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research

The purpose of the CIHR Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is to translate research findings into improved health outcomes.  CIHR has developed a discussion paper that outlines the patient-oriented research strategy and is conducting a national consultation to seek feedback on the proposed country-wide strategy.

CIHR invites the population and public health research, policy and practice community to review the Executive Summary and the SPOR Discussion Paper.  Though the electronic survey is now closed, CIHR still welcomes comments in written form which can be sent to SPOR.consultation@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Vatican Statement on Pedophilia and Homosexuality 

Health Innovation Award: What’s working in Canadian health care?

2010 Health Innovation Award challenges students to make their case for a best practice in Canadian health care

TORONTO (August 31, 2010) — The Health Council of Canada is launching its 2010 Health Innovation Award to highlight best practices in Canadian health care. Designed to encourage Canadian university and college students to contribute to the improvement and innovation of Canada’s health care system, the Health Innovation award asks students to bring to light exemplary models in the area of health care delivery.

“This contest will inform us about what is working for both health care providers and Canadians,” said John G. Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada and member of the judging panel. “We are reaching out to the future innovators in Canadian health care, and presenting them with an opportunity to help shape and inform health care in Canada.”

The winners in the individual and team categories will receive $1,000 and attendance at a council meeting – where they will have the opportunity to meet thought leaders within Canada’s health care system. Winners will also have their entries featured on the Health Council of Canada website, Facebook page, and in the Council’s e-newsletter, Taking the Pulse. In addition, there is a second prize of $500 for both individual and team categories, and includes all other benefits of the first prize.

Following its successful inaugural year in 2009, this year, the Health Council has also added the Student Ambassador Prize, which is given to the ambassador who inspires the most entries from students at his or her school. The winner will receive travel and accommodation to the awards ceremony at the Health Council’s meeting in May, 2011.

The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2010. To register as a contestant or ambassador, or for more information about the contest, visit www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/innovationaward.

About the Health Council of Canada

Created by the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, the Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency that reports on the progress of health care renewal in Canada. The Council provides a system-wide perspective on health care reform in Canada, and disseminates information on best practices and innovation in health service delivery across the country. The Councillors are appointed by the participating provincial and territorial governments and the Government of Canada. To download reports and other Health Council materials, visit www.healthcouncilcanada.ca.

Kaiser Foundation's 2011 National Awards for Exellence Programs: Call for Nominationas

A national organization, founded 25 years ago, the Kaiser Foundation works with mental health and addiction issues by raising awareness and promoting “best practices” in the field. To advance this cause, the Kaiser Foundation established the annual National Awards for Excellence Program five years ago to recognize the work and extraordinary achievements of individuals and/or organizations in the area of mental health and addictions.

Every year the Foundation announces seven award winners from across Canada.  Each recipient receives a $10,000 grant for a registered charity of their choice.   A presentation is organized locally for each recipient where they are honoured by a local or national dignitary together with the Founder of the Kaiser Foundation, Mr. Edgar Kaiser Jr. 

To nominate someone or to apply for an Award yourself is easy.  All the information is located at www.kaiserfoundation.ca including Awards criteria, categories and downloadable copies of the nomination forms.  To help get you started and for nomination ideas, check out past winners on the website as well.

Nominations must be completed and sent to the Kaiser Foundation by November 30, 2010, the deadline for the 2011 National Awards for Excellence Program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deborah Tucker, Executiver Director of the Kaiser Foundation via email or toll free at 1-866-926-9766 (local number 604-904-9994) at extension 23.

CPA Response to 2010 Federal Budget

Association and Organization Responses to 2010 Federal Budget