January 2015

Bell Let's Talk Day 2015 is January 28

MONTREAL, Jan. 5, 2015 - Bell today launched the 2015 Bell Let's Talk campaign in support of Canadian mental health, leading up to the fifth annual Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28. National spokespersonClara Hughes is again leading the campaign to invite all Canadians to talk, text and tweet about mental health and help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness.

"We had a great year talking about mental health in 2014, with a record Bell Let's Talk Day driving new mental health funding and then the incredible Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk that shared the anti-stigma message in every corner of the country. I look forward to taking the conversation even further in 2015 on our journey to a stigma-free Canada," said Clara, Canada's six-time Olympic medalist and national Bell Let's Talk ambassador since the initiative launched in 2010. "As we work to end the stigma, Bell Let's Talk is also funding new mental health care, research and workplace initiatives. On January 28, you can join the conversation and drive Bell's donations to mental health too by talking, texting, tweeting and sharing on Facebook."

5 simple ways to help end the stigma

While 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, the lingering stigma means 2 in 3 will struggle in silence fearing judgment and rejection. This year's Bell Let's Talk's campaign focuses on 5 simple ways we can all help end the stigma around mental illness:

  • Language matters - pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
  • Educate yourself - learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
  • Be kind - small acts of kindness speak a lot
  • Listen and ask - sometimes it's best to just listen
  • Talk about it - start a dialogue, break the silence


"Ending the stigma of mental illness depends on building greater awareness, acceptance and action. These are 5 simple ways all Canadians can help build a culture in which people struggling with mental illness feel supported and not afraid," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "We are so grateful to all our spokespeople, ambassadors and partners for leading the conversation about how we can all contribute to creating a nation free of the stigma around mental illness."

To learn more about the campaign, and to download the Bell Let's Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Depression and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit

The latest resource toolkit is available! Depressive illnesses have been identified as the primary risk factor for suicide. This toolkit examines the relationship between Major Depression and suicide prevention. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/depressiontoolkit.



December 2014

A message from the three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies”

The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to announce the release of TCPS 2 (2014) – the revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.

Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvement

This award will honour a hospital, health authority, community based mental health and addictions program/service, or a leader in the field that demonstrates evidence-informed and sustained quality improvements (QI) in the area of mental health and addictions. Learn more at: http://www.cchl-ccls.ca/site/awards_mentalhealth_quality#sthash.iM4DiMRe.dpuf



November 2014

International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) call for 2016 award nominations

The IUPsyS has great pleasure in announcing the call for the 2016 awards nominations. The awards are as follows:

  • Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize
  • Young Investigator Awards
  • Achievement Against the Odds Award
  • Lifetime Career Award

Further information and nomination forms can be accessed at: http://www.iupsys.net/about/awards/index.html

Nominations should be received by March 31, 2015.

CPA Members may contact Dr. Jennifer Veitch for more information, by emailing jennifer.veitch@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Psychological Methods of Relieving Pain

Psychological Interventions for Pain: 44 Studies Published in 2013 & 2014. Click here to access these resources



October 2014

IMPACT, from Brain Injury Canada

Brain Injury Canada releases its October 2014 e-newsletter, IMPACT. Click here to read the newsletter.

Bullying Awareness Week 2014 (November 16-22)

The vision behind Bullying Awareness Week:

  • Bullying Awareness Week is about working at preventing bullying through education and awareness
  • Bullying Awareness Week is NOT about what others could or should be doing, but rather what WE can do!
  • Bullying is a community issue. Schools are a critically important part of the solution, but bullying should not be defined solely as a "school problem".
  • Addressing bullying is best done with a holistic, community approach because bullying is a community health and wellness issue.
  • Everyone can play a role in addressing bullying in their community.
  • Bullying also needs to be understood as a health issue. The impact of bullying on personal health and wellness can last a lifetime. This also financial implications for our society with lessened productivity, lost man-hours due to illness or personal days off work.
  • Bullying is a serious issue, at it's worst, bullying can kill.

For more information, please visit www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.

For resources on bullying, please visit PrevNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network), at www.prevnet.ca/bullying.

New resources for veterans, troops, their families, and those providing clinical and forensic services to them

Below you will find a link to a webpage of resources for veterans, people currently in the military, their families & friends, and those who are providing clinical, forensic, or related services to them. The resources fall into 3 groups; articles, programs, & organizations. Click here to access the resources.

The National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) turns 39 this year!

Thirty-nine years ago today, leaders in Canadian criminal and social justice gathered in Ottawa for the first regular meeting of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice.

Affectionately referred to as an experiment when it began, NAACJ continues to be valuable forum for members to come together, share information and discuss emerging & persistent issues, almost 40 years later.

The Canadian Psychological Association, represented by Dr. C. R. Myers, was an original participating agency in 1975. For more information on the NAACJ, visit www.naacj.org.

Canadian Inventory of Recovery-Oriented Resources

In order to facilitate better knowledge sharing and help accelerate the adoption of recovery-oriented practices, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has just launched a new tool on its website. Access more than 1,000 recovery-oriented policies, programs, practices, and research articles - visit the Canadian Recovery Inventory.Click here for details.

Workplace Mental Health Half-day Institute at the Canadian Mental Health Association Nation-Wide Conference, October 22, 2014.

For more information, please visit our Events webpage, at www.cpa.ca/events/#WMHICMHANWC.



September 2014

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)

CAMIMH is a non-profit organization comprised of health care providers as well as organizations which represent individuals with lived experience of mental illness. The Canadian Psychological Association is a proud member of CAMIMH.

Established in 1998, CAMIMH is a volunteer run organization that provides mental health education to the public. A fundamental objective of CAMIMH is to engage Canadians in a national conversation about mental illness. By starting this conversation, CAMIMH hopes to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and provide insight into the services and support available to those living with mental illness. Click here for more information.

Light Up Purple – October 10, 2014

Amanda Todd Legacy with support from the World Federation of Mental Health invites you to: ‘Light Up Purple’ for World Mental Health Day. Click here for details.

Empathy Resources for Therapists & Counselors

50 Articles Published in 2013-2014. Click here to access the articles.

Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 5 – 11, 2014.

For more information, click here.

Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada

The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention is pleased to announce the release of the report Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada. This report is a synthesis of information resulting from the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC), which was the most comprehensive study of neurological conditions ever to be conducted in Canada.

2nd Annual National Correctional Services Healthcare Conference

November 27 – 28, 2014

Addressing the gaps, promoting multidisciplinary care and improving the continuum of care into the community.

Location: Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa, ON
Website: http://www.healthcareconferences.ca/healthcare-conference-events/national-correctional-services-healthcare-conference

International Indigenous Health Conference 2014

The International Network in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) in partnership with Manitoba Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) are proud to host the upcoming International Indigenous Health Conference in 2014. For more information, visit inihkd2014-neahr2014.com.



August 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th, 2014. For more information, please visit www.iasp.info/wspd. Be part of the connectedness of World Suicide Prevention Day this year. On September 10th, join with others around the globe who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Together, we can shine a spotlight on this major public health problem and ensure that it receives the policy attention that it warrants.



July 2014

Antipsychotic Medications:

39 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2013-14.

The TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology

The TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology honours a living internationally-recognized scholar in Psychology or a closely-related field who has made an exceptional contribution to the field anywhere in the world. The Prize will be bestowed with a frequency announced by the TANG Foundation. The final decision will be made by a panel of faculty members of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in consultation with the founder of the TANG Foundation, Dr. Fay Tang. Call For Nominations: The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is now accepting applications for the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2014. Applications are to be submitted electronically to tangprize@psych.utoronto.ca. Please see below for more details. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Further information is available at: http://psych.utoronto.ca/tangprize/.



June 2014

Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit

The latest resource toolkit from the Centre for Suicide Prevention is now available. Download the Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit by clicking here..

Call for Abstracts: Canadian Health Human Resources Network (CHHRN)

Canadian Health Human Resources Network (CHHRN) is now accepting abstract submissions for the Canadian Health Workforce Conference. Click here for details.

Psychological Aspects of Coronary Heart Disease: 126 Studies Published in 2012-2014

Recent Studies (2012-2014) of Psychological Aspects of Heart Disease (Causes, Treatments, and Recovery). Click here here for the Citations and Excerpts.

May 2014

Nominations for the Faces of Mental Illness Campaign are now open!

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is seeking nominations from the public for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. The campaign selects five individuals and provides avenues for them to share their experiences of living with mental illnesses, and finding recovery. These stories are shared through the dissemination of hundreds of thousands of pieces of promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. Self-nominations are welcome!

To nominate a Face of Mental Illness, please visit camimh.ca for details. Submissions will be accepted until May 29th, 2014 (5:00 pm EST)

48 recent studies on assessing violence risk; citations and excerpts.

Click here to view the citations and excerpts.

Defeat Depression Campaign

On May 10th, 2014 the Defeat Depression Campaign will take place in Ottawa. Friends, family, neighbours and communities will join together to support mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and promote discussion around depression and other mood disorders. Click here for more information.

Funding opportunities: Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease

The Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) invites eligible organizations to submit "Letters of Intent" for the Healthy Living and Injury Surveillance for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative. The Agency is seeking applications that will explore new tools and channels to collect, analyse, and disseminate timely surveillance information, which includes exploring new partnerships.

Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations, for profit organizations, unincorporated groups, provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies, organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.), and individuals deemed capable of conducting population health activities are encouraged to submit letters of intent to ESCDP-PSAMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca

The above information is simply an overview and does not contain all of the information contained in the full announcement.

lease refer to the Agency website at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fo-fc/loi-2015-eng.php for additional information.

Please share this invitation with other organizations who might be interested applying for this funding opportunity.



April 2014

Right Honourable Herb Gray Passes Away

The CPA was saddened to hear of the recent passing of the Right Honourable Herb Gray. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Chasing Jane: Women's pursuit of mental health care in Canada.

Imagine that you are a woman with a history of complex trauma, like so many others. You find yourself sobbing and unable to function. You have panic attacks. You are hyper-vigilant and easily startled. You are triggered more and more. You realize that you need help, although until now you have been resilient. You are a feminist and want to talk to someone who will show empathy and compassion and treat you with respect. You are searching for someone to talk to, who will listen. You don't want to be dismissed. You have spent your career critiquing medicine and over-uses of psychopharmacology. You aren't comfortable with the insanity of past psychiatric practices. You know what you don't want for your care. But what help is there? Where do you go?

Fast-forward a few years. Maybe you found a team of mental health care providers who listened and advocated. You were able to find a psychiatrist, Jane, who is a feminist psychotherapist. She gets it. She teaches you to breathe and refers you to a private clinic to learn mindfulness meditation. She is attuned to you. She encourages you to practice yoga to keep your emotions from running the show. You are resilient, you have the financial resources. You are fortunate. You wish that all women had their own equivalent of a "Jane."

But what if you weren't so fortunate? What if you didn't have that team or the resources - for most women don't - and your psychiatrist sees you for twenty minutes every six months to adjust your medication? Or maybe you had Jane and then lost her, for whatever reason. Nobody is talking to you about trauma. You have deteriorated. You are now feeling hopeless and your current doctor has panicked, phoned the police who handcuffed you and brought you to a locked psychiatric ward. A danger to yourself, they say. You are powerless, re-traumatized. You talk to the social workers on the ward and they admit that the hospital isn't therapeutic. What is the state of the art care for women with mental health issues? What do you do if you are searching for an elusive feminist caregiver, a Jane who doesn't exist?

Women who work in the mental health field are invited to submit chapters for this collaborative book (narrative essays/prose; feminist critiques of psychiatry and medicine; social science, clinical psychology and medical research studies; literature reviews; etc).

What have we done in the past two decades to uniquely address women's mental health care issues? Do the issues or approaches in psychiatry and psychology/other allied health fields differ? What is our current approach to of psychopharmacology and how are women affected? How/where do we address complex trauma and sexual abuse in our health care system? Do changes in the DSM V bear any specific significance for women? Where in psychiatry or medical training do we offer an understanding of mental illness through a feminist lens? How does our public/private divide of mental health services affect the quality of care available to the average Canadian woman?

This is a sequel, of sorts, to Women Who Care, co-edited by Dr Nili Kaplan-Myrth.

Please send submissions and enquiries to drkaplanmyrth@gmail.com

Former Finance Minister James Flaherty has Passed Away

The CPA was saddened to hear of the recent passing of former Finance Minister James Flaherty. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Announcing the CPA approved sponsors of Continuing Education activities for 2014

Please click here for more details.

Frontline Psychology - Issue 2

Psychologists in Family Health Teams present their second issue, Frontline Psychology. Click here to read the issue.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients

(April 1, 2014). The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially announced the winners of the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2014. The annual Champions Awards celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year. This year, new categories were introduced to recognize youth and workplace mental health initiatives to offer a broader range of opportunities for recognition.

Each year a gala is held in Ottawa to honour the recipients. The gala will be held May 5th, 2014 at the Château Laurier. The winners of the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards are:

Community Organization:   Artbeat Studio Inc.
Community Individual:   Mr. Brett Batten
Media:   Ms. Mary Walsh
Parliamentarian:   Dr. Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga
Workplace Mental Health:   Mrs. Barbara Campbell, Men at Risk Program
Youth:   Samantha-Maria Figueroa, Simarjeet Gill, Jennifer Pazdor and Stephanie Zabar (Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Save Our Minds Project)

The Champions of Mental Health Awards are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Bell Let’s Talk, Lundbeck Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). To purchase tickets for the awards please visit camimh.ca.

2014 SSHRC Impact Awards

SSHRC has launched the 2014 Impact Awards competition. Announced last year, SSHRC’s Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and students and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for the following awards:

  • Gold Medal ($100,000)
  • Talent Award ($50,000)
  • Insight Award ($50,000)
  • Connection Award ($50,000)
  • Partnership Award ($50,000)

The deadline to submit nominations is May 9, 2014. Finalists and winners will be announced in the fall of 2014.

For additional information:



March 2014

Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll in support of Canadian mental health

March 4, 2014 - Bell today announced the countdown to the start of Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk on March 14. In 10 days, Clara will set out on her epic journey around Canada in support of mental health from Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, ultimately riding 12,000 kilometres through every province and territory before concluding her ride on Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Click here to read the entire press release.



February 2014

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada: Call for abstracts for upcoming conference and Call for proposals

Call for Abstracts: Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada is hosting a conference September 23-24, 2014 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The theme for this year’s conference is Partners in Recovery: Uncovering Potential. Call for abstracts is now open (submission deadline is April 1, 2014). Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals: In addition, Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada has a call out for proposals. The RFP is a Phase I request for proposals to prepare a Phase II plan/request for grant funding to develop a PSR Recovery practitioner registry as well as the education program required to meet registry competency requirements and maintain membership.

The total estimated value of this contract shall not exceed $10,000, will run from March 8, 2014 to April 30, 2014, (term negotiable) and must include all professional costs and expenses, including travel.

All proposals must be submitted by email to dmilina@fcmhas.ca no later than 5PM EST on March 7, 2014. Click here for more information

Nominate a Champion for Mental Health

The Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is accepting nominations for its annual Champions Awards. These are awards to recognize the work of individuals and communities who have advanced the cause of mental health. There are number of award categories at the individual and community levels, inclusive of research. Psychologist Dr. Marty Antony was awarded Champion in the research category in 2011. Click here to make a nomination or for more information. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014.

CCR Responds to Industry 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 CCR, of which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is the Chair, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.[CCR_STConsultation_7Feb2014]



January 2014

Fire at Seniors Residence in Quebec: Coping Resources.


New Alzheimer’s resources for Clinicians, Patients and Families

The resources are in 4 sets:

  1. Full citations for 121 recent (published in 2009-2014) journal articles on psychological interventions for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia;
  2. Full citations for 55 journal articles on the effects of exercise on Alzheimer's and other dementias;
  3. 18 helpful books; and
  4. Links to 20 websites that provide information and support.

This collection of resources is at: http://bit.ly/KenPopeAlzheimersResources



On January 28, let's talk.


One of the key pillars of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative is anti-stigma. As part of Bell’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign has already begun to engage Canadians in the dialogue around mental health.

Once again, with Olympian Clara Hughes front and centre, the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign will feature a national multi-media campaign that culminates on January 28, 2014. Joining Clara as spokespeople for Bell Let’s Talk Day and to help grow the dialogue on mental health this year are composer and performer Stefie Shock, actor-comedian Michel Mpambara and award-winning journalist Seamus O’Regan.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will contribute $.05 for every text message and long distance call sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers to mental health related initiatives. In addition to phone and text, people will be encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health through social media and access information about the Bell Let’s Talk at bell.ca/letstalk.

Recognizing that simply talking makes a significant impact in breaking down the barriers to mental health, the campaign encourages people to “start the conversation” about mental health and engage in dialogue with friends, family and co-workers.

Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:

  • Text message sent
  • Long-distance call made
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk image

Visit letstalk.bell.ca for campaign details.


Telepsychology & Internet-Based Therapy: Links to State Laws & Professional Guidelines; Citations for 177 Recent Articles

The most recent issue of American Psychologist includes the American Psychological Association's "Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology."

On January 4, 2014,, Ken Pope updated and expanded a web page of resources for telepsychology and internet-based therapy, which includes links to the APA's and other professional guidelines.

This collection of resources is intended to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving professional guidelines, research, treatments, legal standards, innovations, and practices in the areas of telepsychology, telehealth, and internet-based therapy.

The resources are divided into 3 sections:

  1. Links to 18 sets of professional guidelines that focus on telepsychology, online counseling, internet-based therapy, etc.
  2. Citations for 177 recent (i.e., published in 2011, 2012, or 2013) articles
  3. State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws, Regulations, Policies, & Opinions (compiled with the assistance of Dr. Kenneth R. Drude).

Click here to view the resources.




December 2013

Front Line Psychology

A group of psychologists in Family Health Teams in Ontario put together a newsletter that will be released every three months called Front Line Psychology. Click here to view the newsletter.



November 2013

Outstanding up-and-coming researchers honoured at 3rd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception

News Release: Five students from universities across Canada were recognized on Tuesday night for their significant research achievements which are advancing industry innovation, creating new products and services and transforming the lives of Canadians.

Each of the students received an award at the 3rd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception, held to honour the amazing contributions of these emerging researchers, who have participated in Mitacs programs aimed at fostering research and innovation, as well as forging stronger bonds between academia and businesses across Canada.

Winners at a glance

  • Mitacs & NRC-IRAP Award for Commercialization: Adam Metherel from the University of Waterloo for a research project with Certo Labs
  • Mitacs Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Innovation: Liang Feng, hosted in the summer of 2013 by the University of Ottawa
  • Mitacs Master’s Award for Outstanding Innovation: Emily Morris from the University of British Columbia for a research project with the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute
  • Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation: Andre Bezanson from Dalhousie University for a research project with Daxsonics Ultrasound
  • Mitacs Post-Doctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation: Cindy Chamberland from Université Laval for a research project with Ubisoft

Click here for details.


Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) Research Priorities Survey

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) is conducting a study sponsored by the University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The study is to rank-order psychotherapy research priorities that were generated by focus groups comprised of 100 psychotherapists and researchers. Your input will be extremely valuable in defining future psychotherapy practice-based research. The survey will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. In a few months you will receive a very short follow-up survey to rank order the top 10 priorities as rated by you and your colleagues. Click here to complete the survey.



October 2013

Antipsychotic Medications: 32 Meta-Analytic Studies Published in 2013.

Click here for details.

The Graham Boeckh Foundation is delighted to announce that applications for the 2014 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research are now being accepted.

The Dr. Samarthji Lal award recognizes a Canadian researcher focusing on major mental health disorders. The candidate must be mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field. To learn more about the award and eligibility requirements, please visit the award’s official website.

From Awareness to Action: Moving Forward for Mental Health

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week on Parliament Hill. Click here to read the press release.

CAMIMH will hold a news conference on Parliament Hill during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to celebrate the Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 and to engage Parliamentarians in the critical conversation about the need for services and support for mental health in Canada.

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

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

Click here to read the Maclean’s article.

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

Click here to see the letter to the editor.

CPA Call for Submissions for the 2014 Convention

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

New York Times article "Psychotherapy’s Image Problem"

Click here for the article and CPA's response.



September 2013

Survey: Predictive Validity of the Revised GRE. Click here to access the survey .


Provider Survey from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and Canadian Forces (CF). Click here for more information and to access the survey

Medavie Blue Cross, on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Canadian Forces (CF), is seeking to gather feedback from psychologists about the administration of the VAC program. The on-line survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and is available in both official languages.

Correctional Services Healthcare Conference: November 28-29, 2013 (Novotel: Ottawa, ON)

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CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium: New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention.

April 8 - 11, 2014
Delta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, ON

Conference Overview
This fifth Pan-Canadian integrated chronic disease prevention conference builds on the previous conferences, and with a particular focus on the theme of “New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention” and how individuals, organizations, strategies and sectors can act collaboratively to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease in Canada. The greatest gains in the health status of Canadians will require continued and amplified action to reduce the risk factors and inequities that give rise to chronic diseases.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is an alliance of national organizations sharing a common vision for an integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs for maintaining health and preventing chronic disease in Canada.Alliance representatives provide strategic direction and oversight to CDPAC’s shared priorities for action on chronic disease prevention. Working primarily at the national level, CDPAC’s key areas of focus are knowledge development and exchange, and advocacy to support evidence informed policies, practice and research as relates to integrated chronic disease prevention.

Important Dates

    Call for Abstracts Opens: September 16, 2013
    Call for Abstracts Closes: November 15, 2013
    Registration Opens: November 15, 2013
    Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014

Call for Abstracts (Now Open!)
You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, rapid fire poster presentation and workshop at the 2014 CDPAC Pan-Canadian Symposium. Submit your abstract here!

The online process will collect contact information for the presenter, sources of funding and whether the submission represents a student project. Abstracts accepted may be presented in one of the forms outlined below.

    Oral Presentation
    Oral presentations will focus on issues related to research, practice and policy. Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length followed by a 5-minute discussion period. Sessions will be grouped together by theme.

    Rapid Fire Poster Presentation (New!)
    In an effort to bring more attention to posters at the conference, CDPAC is introducing Rapid Fire Poster Presentations. Rather than the more traditional poster presentation session, numerous presenters will have their “poster” put up on the screen and be given 3 minutes to provide an overview of their work to the conference participants. Following the session, at scheduled times throughout the conference, there will be an opportunity for participants to interact with the poster presenters and allow for Q&A in various rooms with their “poster” on the screen. No printed posters will be required.

    Workshops (New!)
    Workshops will focus on a more collaborative approach to the session, where the participants will walk away with new tools and learnings related to the theme being presented. Workshops will be a half or full day session and will run either on the pre-conference day (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) or concurrently during the various concurrent sessions in the program.


Press Release: New data confirms that the mental health needs of Canadians are not being met - September 18, 2013

New data confirms that the mental health needs of Canadians are not being met: The Canadian Psychological Association calls for greater access to service. Click here to view the press release.

Train-Bus Collision in Ottawa, ON.

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent train-bus collision in Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts and condolences to those affected by the collision.

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/

Psychological Interventions for Pain: 28 Studies Published in 2013

This resource, compiled by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., contains “citations and excerpts to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians who wish to keep abreast of research studies investigating psychological interventions for pain.” Click here to access the resource.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Each year on the 10th day of September, a commitment to saving lives brings together communities from across Canada and around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is also an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on those who died by suicide and to support those bereaved because of it.

Did you know? :

  • Last year, more than 3,500 Canadians died by suicide
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34
  • A significant portion of those contemplating suicide are experiencing anxiety, depression, hopelessness and lack of connection

Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day by visiting www.suicideprevention.ca



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

Server Maintenance:

Beginning Sunday September 15 at 10pm (EST) to Monday September 16th at 6am (EST), CPA’s servers will be shut down for maintenance. During this time, CPA’s website, email and programs/applications will not be accessible. The shutdown will occur at night so as to minimize any disruptions. A list of CPA’s staff and their extensions can be found here: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/contactus/ should you need/want to leave any of us a telephone-message during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Represent Canadian Psychology to the World: Call for Nominations for a Canadian Delegate To the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is responsible for managing Canada’s membership in the International Union of Psychological Science (www.iupsys.org). IUPsyS is the international body dedicated to the advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science around the world. The Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS (CNC/IUPsyS) is the CPA committee charged with the work.

Among the members of the CNC/IUPsyS are two delegates to the General Assembly of IUPsyS. These are the individuals who attend the formal meetings of IUPsyS (held every two years) and who vote for Canada at these meetings. CPA and the National Research Council of Canada contribute to the travel costs for the delegates to attend these meetings. The next meeting will take place in Paris, France, in July 2014 (in conjunction with the International Congress of Applied Psychology).

Each delegate holds the position for an 8-year term (or four General Assembly meetings). At this time, we seek nominations for ONE delegate, to serve a term from 2014-2022.

Nominees must be Members/Fellows in good standing of CPA. Preference will be given to psychologists who have been involved in national or international organizations in psychology and whose major professional activity involves research and teaching, and whose CVs are judged by the CNC/IUPsyS to meet these criteria.

The name of the preferred nominee will be submitted to the CPA Board of Directors for approval and appointment. The term will begin at the CPA Convention in 2014.

Each nomination shall consist of:

  • a letter from the nominator that states the position for which the candidate is being nominated, expresses support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination;
  • a current curriculum vitae of the candidate (including educational background, present and former positions, research and professional activities, organization membership and involvement, and international congress participation); and
  • two supporting letters from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions.


The deadline to submit nominations is December 31, 2013. For more information, or to submit nominations and supporting documents, send an e-mail to the Chair of the CNC/IUPsyS, Jennifer Veitch, at jennifer.veitch@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Understanding the DSM-5 and the ICD: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has undergone substantial revision across its sixty years of evolution, with the latest version (DSM-5) continuing that tradition in substantial ways. The discontinuation of the multi-axial system, the addition and deletion of specific disorders, the regrouping and reclassification of familiar disorders, and significant changes in the names, nature and criteria associated with various disorders all mark the fifth edition of the DSM as a substantial, and controversial, revision of the diagnostic system. These and many other changes are described and discussed in relation to other critical, conceptual shifts in the DSM. Participants will also gain experience in utilizing some new inclusions in the DSM-5 including the new cross-cutting diagnostic dimensions which offer considerable clinical utility.

Webcast Only
Date: September 7, 2013
Time: 1-5 pm ET
Fee: $95 APA member
$115 Non-member
Enter the Discount code (DSM20) and receive a $20 discount. Click here to enroll.

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine – Canada’s Psychology Magazine.

The Winter 2014 issue will focus on Criminal Justice and Mental Health. Deadline is December 2nd, 2013. Click here for details.



August 2013

Fellowship/Training Opportunity: CIHR Training Grant in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research - “TUTOR‐PHC” (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research– Primary Health Care).

Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/applications/applicationforms.html (Note: if you have visited our website before, you may have to refresh your browser to see the website updates)

Who should apply?

  • Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
  • Post‐doctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research

*Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Clinicians admitted to the program are usually accepted or enrolled in graduate studies or post-doctoral fellowships. Please see our website for more information.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2013 (program runs from May 2014 to April 2015).


Canadian Psychological Association Foundation (CPAF) Awards for 2013-14.

In 2013-14 the CPA Foundation intends to issue a call for applications for small grants to fund innovative psychological services initiatives. Details will be available in late October. The CPA Foundation has alternated in the past between funding student research and funding innovative initiatives for access to psychological services in order to fulfill its mandate with limited resources. Student research awards were made in 2012-13.

Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists. This updated guide is designed to encourage psychologists toward greater political participation and provides the basic tools and guidance needed for bringing issues forward to government. This new version includes expanded appendices with the tools you will need to craft letters and meet with elected representatives.

Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists (2013) – 28 pages; $4.50.
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Psynopsis Magazine Summer Issue: eHealth

The Summer 2013 Issue of Psynopsis Magazine is available online, by clicking here.

Call for Submissions to Psynopsis Magazine

The Fall 2013 issue will focus on Military and Veterans Mental Health. Visit the Psynopsis webpage for previous issues and to learn more about our submission and editorial policies. Deadline is September 2nd, 2013. Click here for details.