Nova Scotia Psychologist Spring 2022: Annual Report Issue

The Nova Scotia Psychologist Spring 2021-22 is now available.  This is our Annual Report Issue which will provide the documents that will be addressed at our AGM on Friday May 27th 12 noon.

Please select this link to download.

What’s Inside:

President’s Report

Last Year’s AGM Minutes

Honours, Awards & Bursaries 2022

APA Council Report

APNS New Staff

Committees & Volunteers:

  • Strategic Planning Report
  • CPAP Report
  • Committee Reports

Continuing Education

Acknowledgements

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Committees & Representatives

Canada’s National Nature Prescription Program launches in the Maritimes

The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia is pleased to support PaRx along with many other professional health organizations across Canada. This aligns well with the APNS initiative begun in 2017 partnering with communities across Nova Scotia to install “Sit and Chat Benches” in parks to encourage personal interaction and enhance mental and physical health. Read the full media release.

Canada’s National Nature Prescription Program launches in the Maritimes

Nature prescriptions were named one of the top 8 global wellness trends in 2019. And it’s no surprise—research shows that kids and adults who spend more time in nature are happier and healthier. Starting with a BC launch in November 2020, and subsequent launches in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, PaRx is proud to be recognized worldwide as Canada’s national, evidence-based nature prescription program. 

On April 22nd, PaRx officially launched across the Maritimes. Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature simple, fun and effective. And thanks to the program’s collaboration with Parks Canada, registered prescribers can prescribe one free Parks Canada Discovery Pass per month to patients, prioritizing those who live close to Parks Canada administered sites, and for whom the cost of a pass would be a barrier to access.

As part of the Maritimes launch, and out of gratitude to health-care workers, the BC Parks Foundation is offering free remote nature therapy sessions led by certified nature therapy guides to all prescribers so they can experience the stress-relieving benefits of nature themselves. 

Check out www.parkprescriptions.ca for more information on nature prescriptions and to register to become a prescriber. 

Call for Nominations: APNS Honours, Awards and Bursaries 2022

The APNS Nomination & Elections Committee encourages you to submit nominations for the following awards. To submit please download, complete the appropriate form and email to: apns@apns.ca The deadline for all nominations is April 18, 2022 at 5 pm.

Read more “Call for Nominations: APNS Honours, Awards and Bursaries 2022”

Call for Nominations – APNS Executive Committee

The APNS Nomination and Elections Committee requests that the membership consider submitting nominations for the following positions on the APNS Executive. The dealine for all nominations is April 18, 2022 at 5 pm.

  • President-Elect
  • Member-at-Large (Human Resources)
  • Member-at-Large
  • Treasurer
  • Student Representative

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 Secretary and Member-at-large, and graduate student for the Student Rep. If more than one person is nominated for the same position, APNS will hold an election.

If you know anyone who would be a good addition to the Executive please consider nominating them. Download the Executive Nomination Form.

For more information please contact Shelley Goodwin, Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee at slgoodwin@eastlink.ca or apns@apns.ca


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.

Psychology Month 2021 starts Monday February 1st

  • Since the public libraries are not available for our regular presentations, we will be presenting selected webinars on the APNS website.
  • APNS will be kicking off a Public Awareness Campaign about Psychology and Psychologists. This is a social media-based initiative that will present facts and provide answers to some of the common questions we get about Psychology.

What can you do to help us celebrate Psychology Month?

1. Contact us If you want to present a webinar or have a presentation that you would like us to promote.

2. Watch the APNS website and read the group email notices with Psychology Month updates.

https://apns.ca/Publications/news/

3. Follow us on social media. We encourage you to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Here are the links.

https://www.facebook.com/AssociationofPsychologistsofNovaScotia

https://twitter.com/apnsPsych

https://www.instagram.com/apnspsych/?hl=en

https://www.linkedin.com/company/association-of-psychologists-of-nova-scotia/?viewAsMember=true

4. We need you to help get the message out to the public, please share our messages.

NOVA SCOTIA MASS SHOOTING: Psychological Support Services

Please be advised that as of October 1st APNS has closed it free services for those affected by this event. APNS and its member psychologists were gratified to be able to provide the support. If you have any questions regarding the standard APNS referral service do not hesitate to apns@apns.ca

APNS is providing psychological support for those affected by the tragic events of April 18 and 19 in Nova Scotia. See NSHAAPNS Psychologist Collaboration Media Release.

Read more “NOVA SCOTIA MASS SHOOTING: Psychological Support Services”