Call for Nominations: APNS Honours, Awards and Bursaries

The APNS Nomination & Elections Committee encourages you to submit nominations for the following awards. To submit please download and complete the appropriate form and email to: The deadline for all nominations is April 1, 2024.


  • APNS Fellow – This designation honours those members who have made significant and enduring contributions to APNS and have helped shape the Association and have contributed to the development of psychology in Nova Scotia.
  • Dr. J.A. Charles Hayes Lifetime Contribution Award honours Dr Charles Hayes, a respected Psychologist whose career may be said to be a model of lifetime commitment. This award recognizes depth and engagement of long-term service and recognizes those who have spent a significant part of their professional lifetime supporting APNS, its member psychologists, and the profession of psychology at the provincial, national and international level.
  • APNS Outstanding Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Award highlights the challenges of being an ECP, those in the first 10 years of their  psychology career, after graduation from a professional post-graduate psychology program. The recipient is an APNS member who has actively participated in APNS at the committee or Executive level, has used the services of APNS to advance their career in psychology, and who plans to continue a career in psychology in NS.
  • APNS Excellence in Psychology Award focuses on excellence in the profession of Psychology. The recipient of this award is an APNS member who is in mid-career (~11 to 30 years) who has demonstrated excellence in their professional activities or in their volunteer activities while acting as a Psychologist. The award may be given for work relating to: 1) area of practice (health, forensic, neuropsychology, addictions, assessment); 2) work setting (school, hospital, private practice, teaching, research); 3) population (child, teen, geriatric, couple, diverse groups, first responders, marginalized populations); 4) treatment area (PTSD, pain, grief, workplace, etc.); and 5) peer-related (supervision, mentoring, peer support, consultation, collaboration).
  • APNS Outstanding Psychology Student Award highlights the challenges of preparing for a career in psychology at the Masters or Doctoral level. The recipient is an APNS student member who has not previously won this award, has participated in APNS at the committee or Executive level, has actively used the services of APNS and who hopes to pursue a career in psychology in Nova Scotia.
  • APNS Community Service Award for Psychologists recognizes the contributions of psychologists who do outstanding volunteer service in the community beyond their role as a psychologist. It acknowledges and raises awareness of the important contributions that psychologists make to the greater community. These contributions may include on-going volunteer work or commitment to a specific community or cause, e.g., fostering inclusion, promoting sensitivity and understanding of marginalized populations, poverty and health promotion initiatives.
  • APNS Community Service Award in Mental Health recognizes the contributions of non-psychologists who have made valuable contributions to the community in a health and wellness setting or through other activities that touch and benefit the greater community by raising awareness or advocating for mental health or wellness issues. Recipients are individuals who work on their own or as part of an organization, or organizations for their programs or initiatives.
  • APNS Diversity in Psychology Bursary – This $1,000 Bursary assists Psychology students who identify as being from a diverse population and are in pursuit of post-secondary education in Psychology with a long-term goal of having a more diverse profession. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applications on three factors — financial need, community involvement and career goals. Although all are important, financial need is considered the primary factor, followed by community involvement and career goals.

APNS strives to foster a sense of community among all who identify with psychology by supporting inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity. We welcome nominees who indicate that they identify as Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities and genders in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.

Submitted on behalf of the APNS Nominations & Elections Committee.

Call for Executive Committee Nominations

This year the APNS Nominations and Elections Committee is asking the membership for nominations for the following positions on the APNS Executive: 






Download and complete the Executive Nomination Form. Submit the form to Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1, 2024.

The person elected to the President-elect position will serve for a three-year term, as President-elect, President and Past-president. The other positions are for a two-year term. Only registered psychologists may be nominated for the President-elect position, however registered and candidate psychologists are eligible for all other positions, and graduate students for the Student Rep. If more than one person is nominated for the same position, APNS is required to hold an election. If you know anyone who would be a good addition to the Executive please consider nominating them.

APNS strives to foster a sense of community among all who identify with psychology by supporting inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity. We welcome nominees who indicate that they identify as Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities and genders in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.

Submitted on behalf of the APNS Nominations & Elections Committee.

4-Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy 

Date: May 8-11, 2024

Place: In-Person, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Presenter: Robert Allan –

Join ICEEFT trainer Robert Allan in Halifax for a 4-day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy. A 4-day externship includes presentations of theory, clinical techniques and skills, training exercises, video recordings, observation of live sessions, and discussion of specific cases and clinical issues.  Along with didactic presentation, this training will incorporate participant role plays in small group settings to practice this experiential model.  The externship is a pre-requisite for Master classes and advanced Core Skills training in EFT. More info and registration via the following link: 

Job Opportunity at APNS

POSITION: Executive Director
ORGANIZATION: Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia
LOCATION: Halifax, Nova Scotia

As you may know APNS is looking for a new Executive Director. This is a full-time, 35-hour/week position, located in Halifax and starting in early 2024. If you know someone who has the relevant skills, please encourage them to apply by submitting a cover letter referencing their skills as their pertain to the below job description, along with their resume to Susan Marsh at:
Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Description of the Position
Oversees and manages APNS activities, programs, and services; facilitates communication among the Executive Committee, volunteers and the membership; interacts with external organizations and individuals to develop relationships and discuss shared interests.

Experience Required
• Experience in not-for-profit and volunteer management.
• Experience in financial management and budgeting.
• Experience in a related managerial occupation, e.g., healthcare, private practice
• Knowledge of promotion and marketing.
• Knowledge of professional ethics; particularly in dealing with secure, confidential or sensitive information.

Skills Required
• Leadership, supervisory and interpersonal skills.
• Organizational and prioritization skills.
• Verbal and written communication skills.
• Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
• Ability to work independently and to coordinate with others in a team environment.

Download the full job description.

Full-day, in-person Workshop: Current Topics in Professional Ethics

Friday, September 29, 2023 – 9 am – 4:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University, McCain Centre, Room 105/106
Presented by Dr. Natalie Stratton

Workshop Overview:

Psychologists have a duty to make ethical choices that promote the welfare of society and its members. Respect for individuals and their rights as well as practicing non-discrimination are central components to ethical psychological care. In this 1-day skills-focused and interactive workshop, participants will review the Canadian Code of the Ethics for Psychologists, professional standards for psychologists, and relevant provincial and federal legislations.

Participants will learn and practice, step-by-step, how to apply the 10-step ethical decision-making process to current issues related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in psychology. Participants will also learn and practice strategies to identify and evaluate personal biases related to current topics in professional ethics.

Download the brochure for more information and to register.

Full-day, in-person workshop: Understanding Paramedic & Crown Attorney Culture & the Impact of Trauma

Friday, October 27, 2023 – 9 am – 6:00 pm
Maritime Express Cider Co., 325 Main St., Kentville, N.S.

Facilitated by Dr. Dion Goodland, R.Psych; with Katherine Houde, ACP, Carla Ball & Mark Heerema, Crown Attorneys

This workshop is a collaboration between EMC, the NS Public Prosecution Service (PPS) and APNS, in response to a need for psychologists across Nova Scotia, who are trained and skilled in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, as well as having an awareness of the culture of paramedics and Crown Attorneys. The goal of this particular workshop is to develop a Registered Roster of Service Providers for referral by EMC and PPS in the Annapolis Valley and SouthWest Nova area. The program will be divided into four sections:

1. A review of the culture facilitated by paramedics and Crown Attorneys. Also, participants will be able to have an experiential experience in the paramedic and legal environment.
2. Assessing and Diagnosing PTSD
3. Treatment of PTSD
4. Vicarious Traumatization

Download the brochure for more information and to register.

Please note there are a limited number of spaces available for this workshop.

The CPAP Dr. Rhonda Matters Memorial Award – Deadline September 30th  

The Council of Provincial Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) created this award as a memorial to honour long-time CPAP member from P.E.I., Dr. Rhonda Matters.
Dr. Matters was a well-respected Psychologist whose career modelled a lifetime commitment to the profession. The award recognizes long-term involvement and engagement in one’s professional association and significant or sustained contribution to the profession of psychology at the provincial, territorial, national, and international levels. This is an annual national award, which invites members of the provincial and territorial associations across Canada to nominate one person. Last year’s inaugural award was presented to Nova Scotia’s Dr. David Pilon.

Please download the nominations form. See more about Dr Rhonda Matters.

Announcing the 2023 APNS Award Recipients

APNS is pleased to announce the APNS Award recipients for 2023. These awards were presented at the Annual General Meeting on Friday June 9th.

More information about the awards.

Fellow of the Association honours those individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to APNS. They are psychologists who have helped shape the Association and have contributed to the development of psychology in Nova Scotia.  

Read more “Announcing the 2023 APNS Award Recipients”

GET 20% Off Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) Online Courses

APNS has entered into an agreement with the PAA that allows APNS members to have access to PAA Learning Products at a discounted rate!

Courses include:

  • Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy
  • Effective Advocacy
  • What’s New inThe DSM-5-TR?

For PAA in person workshops and live webinars visit:

Find PAA’s asynchronous trainings by visiting our course portal: PAA’s Course Portal (

Use the coupon code* ASPN20 when checking out to claim your discount.

*Coupon code discounts can only be applied before purchase, no partial refunds are available, PAA refund and cancellation policies apply, PAA member rates apply to PAA members.

Are you an APNS member in Private Practice? You can save money on Credit and Debit Card Processing

APNS is pleased to announce that we have added a new member benefit.

We have entered into an agreement with TD Merchant Solutions to provide a preferred pricing program for APNS members. APNS has been a client of TD Bank and TD Merchant Solutions for many years, and we expect that this agreement will offer significant savings on credit and debit card processing fees to those members in private practice.

For more information please see the advertisement here.

If you are interested in participating please contact our TD Representative: Manoj Chauhan at

For information about eligibility contact Susan at

Culturally Informed Practice with Indigenous Youth

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Mushquash, HBSc., M.A., Ph.D., C.Psych.

Time: Monday, June 26, 2023 – 9 am-4:30 pm
Location: Cineplex Auditorium, IWK Health

This workshop is presented by IWK Psychology & the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, as part of the Dr. G. Wayne MacDonald Professional Lecture Series.

For more information and to register please download the brochure or the fillable registration form.