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/.

5econférence internationale sur la stigmatisation

Cette conférence internationale, organisée par la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada et par la section scientifique sur la stigmatisation et la maladie mentale de l’Association mondiale de psychiatrie, réunira plus de 500 chercheurs, professionnels de la santé mentale, responsables des orientations politiques et utilisateurs de services intéressés par la stigmatisation et la discrimination. La conférence portera plus précisément sur les interventions efficaces pour combattre la stigmatisation et la discrimination à l’endroit des personnes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale.


Health Provider Summit

(7 mai 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

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

QWQHC Secretariat Closes its Doors, but Work Continues

(28 avril 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

(20 février 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.

Chaire de recherche du Canada - Niveau 2

Université Laval
Soins de santé de première ligne : version francaise
Date limite du concours : 31 mars 2012

Questionnaire de rétroaction : Traitements psychologiques fondés sur des données probantes

Récemment, la SCP a mis sur pied un groupe de travail chargé de créer un ensemble de critères à utiliser dans la définition des traitements de psychologie fondés sur des données probantes (TPFDP). Le document ci joint est la première ébauche de ce qui sera ultimement un ensemble exhaustif de lignes directrices visant à soutenir les psychologues canadiens dans la prestation de traitements qui sont motivés par les meilleurs éléments probants disponibles. Nous vous invitons à nous faire parvenir vos commentaires sur le document intitulé « Traitements psychologiques fondés sur des données probantes : une perspective canadienne. » Une rétroaction détaillée aidera à éclairer les itérations futures des lignes directrices.

Veuillez vous rendre au portail http://www.cpa.ca/researchersfr/directiongnraledelascience/defebp pour de plus amples renseignements.

Il sera possible d’accéder à l’enquête publiée sur le lien jusqu’au 15 avril 2012.

6th Annual Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare (QWQHC) Summit

Mark your calendars!

Join us as QWQHC’s 6th Annual Summit moves west to Vancouver, British Columbia at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on March 1-2, 2012.  The Summit will once again provide an opportunity to share ideas, innovations, and practices from a network of colleagues, all engaged in building healthy work environments and improving quality of worklife in healthcare.

The draft Program and Call for Submissions will be available in early Autumn 2011.  In the meantime, feel free to visit the QWQHC website at www.qwqhc.ca for more information about our mandate and to hear what participants had to say about the 2011 Summit.

If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact Sally Clelford from Face 2 Face Events Management (conference secretariat) at 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.  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 

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/

Stratégie de recherche axée sur le patient (SRAP)

L'objectif principal de la Stratégie de recherche axée sur le patient (SRAP) est d'utiliser les conclusions de la recherche afin d'améliorer la santé des Canadiens. Pour les patients, cela veut dire obtenir plus rapidement de meilleurs diagnostics, traitements et résultats. Pour les praticiens en santé, cela signifie disposer des plus récentes données médicales probantes leur permettant de dispenser les soins adéquats aux bons patients au moment indiqué. Pour les scientifiques, cela se traduit par des ressources accrues pour mettre à l'essai de nouvelles thérapies et produire de meilleurs résultats de recherche. Dans le cas des hôpitaux et des autres établissements de santé, il s'agit d'attirer les plus brillants cerveaux dans le secteur des soins de santé. Enfin, pour les gouvernements, le but recherché est de réaliser des économies dans les domaines des soins primaires et de la gestion des maladies chroniques ainsi que de se doter d'un système de santé amélioré.

Afin d'élaborer une stratégie pancanadienne, les IRSC cherchent à obtenir des conseils sur la recherche axée sur le patient auprès de leurs partenaires dans les universités, les hôpitaux, les organismes caritatifs et les gouvernements provinciaux et territoriaux.

Votre collaboration est essentielle à la réussite de cette initiative. C'est pourquoi nous vous demandons de bien vouloir prendre le temps d'examiner le résumé et toutes les sections du document de travail sur la SRAP. Même si le sondage électronique a pris fin, vous pouvez continuer de nous faire part de vos commentaires par écrit à l'adresse SPOR.consultation@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Énoncé du Vatican sur la pédophilie et l’homosexualité

Prix national des programmes d’excellence 2011 de la Fondation Kaiser : appel de nomination

Une organisation nationale, fondée il y a 25 ans, la Fondation Kaiser s’occupe de problèmes de santé mentale et de toxicomanie en accentuant la sensibilisation et en faisant la promotion des « pratiques exemplaires » dans le domaine. Pour faire avancer cette cause, la Fondation Kaiser a établi il y a cinq ans les prix nationaux pour le programme d’excellence annuels afin de reconnaître le travail et les réalisations extraordinaires d’individus et/ou d’organisations dans le domaine de la santé mentale et des toxicomanies.

Chaque année la Fondation annonce les gagnants de sept prix partout au Canada. Chaque récipiendaire obtient une subvention de 10, 000 $ qu’il peut remettre à un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré de son choix. Une présentation est organisée localement pour chaque récipiendaire où ils sont honorés par un dignitaire local ou national ainsi que par le fondateur de la Fondation Kaiser, M. Edgar Kaiser Jr.

Il est facile de nommer quelqu’un ou de faire demande pour un prix vous-mêmes. Tous les renseignements se trouvent à l’adresse www.kaiserfoundation.ca y compris les critères, les catégories et les copies téléchargeables des formulaires de nomination pour les prix. Pour vous aider à commencer et pour des idées de nomination, vérifiez aussi les gagnants passés sur le site Web.

Les formulaires de nomination doivent être remplis et envoyés à la Fondation Kaiser d’ici le 30 novembre 2010, la date limite pour les prix nationaux pour le programme d’excellence 2011.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Deborah Tucker, directrice générale de la Fondation Kaiser par courriel ou sans frais au 1-866-926-9766 (numéro local 604-904-9994) au poste 23. 

CPA Response to 2010 Federal Budget

Association and Organization Responses to 2010 Federal Budget

Présentation d’intérêt

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

Ontario Psychological Association Early Career Psychologist Project

Ce document est un guide organisationnel pratique pour les sociétés de psychologie sur la façon de développer et de maintenir l’adhésion et l’engagement des psychologues en début de carrière dans leur association. Il s’agit d’une compilation des efforts et des stratégies du Early Career Psychologist Taskforce in the Ontario Psychological Association. Un grand nombre des idées et des stratégies peuvent être appliquées et modifiées dans une large mesure pour satisfaire les besoins des grandes et des petites associations. Dans un esprit de collaboration entre les associations on espère que vous trouverez ce guide utile.

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le guide. 

Dr. Mike Oosterhoff, C.Psych.

Proposition de financement de la Table de la santé mentale : Forum d’accès

La SCP, coprésidente de la Table de la santé mentale (TSM) (voir l’encadré latéral pour de l’information sur la TSM), a soumis une proposition à Santé Canada pour obtenir le financement d’un forum qui se porterait sur les façons d’améliorer l’accès à la plage d’interventions et de services biologiques, psychologiques et sociaux pour les personnes atteintes de troubles et de problèmes de santé mentale dans le contexte des besoins de santé et de la prestation des services. Le financement a été accordé et le forum a eu lieu les 5 et 6 octobre 2010 à l’hôtel Delta Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario). Les détails du forum seront publiés dans Psynopsis, les Nouvelles de la SCP, le site Web de la SCP et les divers médias de communication des associations membres de la TSM.