The Nova Scotia Psychologist: Annual Report Issue – May 2024

The Nova Scotia Psychologist: Annual Report Issue – May 2024 V36(2) is now available here.

What’s Inside:

  • President’s Report
  • AGM Agenda 2024
  • Last Year’s AGM Minutes 2023
  • Nominations & Awards 2024
  • Treasurer’s Report 2024
  • Proposed Budget 2024-2025
  • New Executive Director: Claire Halpern
  • Committees Reports 2023-2024
  • Developing an EDI Strategy
  • Strategic Management Report
  • Advocacy Report
  • Post Disaster Committee Report
  • Private Practice Report
  • Cultural Diversity Committee Report
  • Continuing Education Report
  • APA Practice Leadership Conference
  • Dal OpenThink Student Blog
  • Acknowledgements
  • Advertisements
  • Committees and Representatives

The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence

A full-day on-line video presentation – Friday, July 5, 2024 – 9 am – 5 pm Zoom

Through our partnership with the APA, we have been given access to these videos featuring American Pain and Opioid experts. The videos are hosted by Jared L Skillings, PhD, ABPP, Chief of Professional Practice, APA. The 3 speakers are David Bruns, PsyD, FAPA, Jennifer F Kelly, PhD, ABPP and Ravi Prasad, PhD. In addition, APNS member Dr Frank Fedde, with a specialty in pain will be available to provide context and answer questions from the attendees. 

The 5 videos deal with various issues as described below. They will be presented by Zoom on Friday July 5th – 9 am to 5 pm.

Download the registration brochure here.

For more info about this workshop please contact:

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Telepsychology: Managing the Challenges

A half-day, hybrid panel discussion and Q&A

Dalhousie University, McCain Bldg., Room 2130, Halifax (or by Zoom)

Friday, May 31 – 9 am to 12:30 pm

Fee: $150 for APNS members; $25 for students.

Download the registration brochure here.

Contact to pay by credit card, or send an e-transfer to . Deadline for registration is Wednesday May29th at noon.

The Panel Discussion is followed by the APNS Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony; participants are invited to stay for lunch.

Panel: Dr. Marcie Balch, Dr. Elizabeth Church, Dr Natalie Stratton, Carlye Smith-Burke; Moderated by Dr. Robin McGee, Chair NSBEP and Tracy-Whittaker-Taggart, V. Chair, NSBEP.

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APNS Annual General Meeting, Award Ceremonies and Retirement Reception

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting in  person on Friday, May 31st 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

At Dalhousie University, McCain Bldg., Room 2132, 6135 University Ave, Halifax

In addition to the annual business meeting we will be awarding the annual APNS awards. Immediately following the AGM we will have a retirement reception of Executive Director Susan Marsh, which you are invited to join.

To attend the AGM and/or the Reception please RSVP to

This year our in-person AGM is combined with a half day panel discussion on:

Telepsychology: Managing the Challenges, A half-day, hybrid panel discussion and Q&A.

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The Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health and the Greenberg Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy Presents 20 Skills to Work with Emotion in Psychotherapy with Dr. Leslie Greenberg. 

Learn skills to help you assess specific emotional issues and apply targeted interventions to address them.

Dates: July 11 and 12, 2024 

Times: 11:00AM to 3:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

Format: Online via Zoom 

If you register and are no longer available to attend the live workshop, a recording will be available for a period of time.


Do you ever feel unsure about how to effectively work with emotions in your therapy sessions? Do you struggle to access, regulate, or deepen your clients’ emotional experience? Do you have trouble helping your clients process emotions productively?

Working with emotion is an essential component of psychotherapy, and therapists can encounter challenging emotional processes during treatment. For example, clients often present with secondary symptoms which are frequently mistaken for the main problem. These secondary symptoms obscure the deeper emotional issues that require focused attention and intervention. To address these and other emotional issues in psychotherapy, therapists require training to learn specific skills and techniques.

In this workshop, you will learn 20 evidence-based skills to help you assess specific emotional issues and apply targeted interventions to address them. These skills draw on decades of research on emotions from multiple perspectives, including evolutionary biology and neuroscience, and can be integrated into any psychotherapeutic approaches and used with any client population. Video recordings of real therapy sessions will be used to illustrate client processes and interventions.


Early Registration Rate – $215 CAD (+ taxes)

(Early Registration ends 11:59pm June 13, 2024)

Regular Admission – $250 CAD (+ taxes)

Student Rate – $150 CAD (+ taxes)

Please email for the Student Promo Code

We are offering APNS members a 10% discount. Please use APNS10 upon checkout on Eventbrite 


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 2-Day Therapeutic Retreat for Mental Health Practitioners

*Wolfville Location*
August 9 – 10, 2024 9:30AM – 5:00PM

Facilitated by: Jacqueline Milner, Clinical Psychologist and Certified Mindfulness and Mindful Self-CompassionTeacher

Renew, Reflect, Reconnect: An opportunity to nourish your spirit, strengthen your resilience and rediscover the joy in your calling. Prioritize your wellness as we explore mindfulness and nurturing practices tailored specifically for those who dedicate their lives to supporting others’ mental health. 

This Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive Retreat is offered specifically for Mental Health Practitioners who face unique challenges which make them vulnerable to experiencing fatigue and burnout in their professional roles. Growing research is showing that self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional resilience. Self-compassion skills are trainable and build your capacity to handle stressful challenges.

The 2-Day MSC Intensive Therapeutic Retreat is an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion Short Course which originates from the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program. This intensive is designed to begin cultivating and experiencing the skills of self-compassion combined with mindfulness while spending quiet, restful time with yourself and other practitioners with shared experiences.

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with clients and colleagues.  As a participant of the program you can learn tools to use throughout the day to: 

  • Care for yourself while caring for others
  • Be able to listen with compassion 
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reconnect to the values that give your life and work meaning

What to expect

Participants will meet as a group over the course of 2-days.  The activities of the MSC intensive will include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, mindful movement, group discussions and home practices. There will be a silent retreat during the morning session of the second day.

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the main components of self-compassion and mindfulness and how they may be integrated into their role as healthcare professionals.
  • Explain the difference between empathy and compassion and utilize strategies to avoid emotional exhaustion.
  • Demonstrate strategies they can use on the job to regulate difficult emotions while caring for others in pain.
  • Apply at least one skill from each session to help them regulate emotions and care for themselves emotionally while caring for others who are experiencing difficulty.

Daily Schedule

  • 9:15 – 9:30 am: Sign-In
  • 9:30 – 12:30: Morning Session (with a 10-minute break, light nutrition and refreshments provided)
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break (participants can bring their own lunch or take advantage of any one of the lovely eateries in Wolfville)
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session (with a 10-minute break, light nutrition and refreshments provided)

 Who is this intensive for?

This 2-day intensive retreat is being offered exclusively for mental health practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and clinical therapists) who wish to begin integrating the core skills and principles of mindfulness into their work and/or are in much need of an opportunity to simply care for themselves.

Meditation experience is not required.

Fee: $350 (hst included)

** Most private health insurance covers the cost of this program. Please contact your insurance provider to determine whether therapeutic group sessions (in-person or online) offered by a Registered Psychologist are covered. The fee of this program for Mental Health Practitioners can also be claimed as a continuing education tax expense.

Limited space available.

REGISTER @ Should you have difficulty registering online or would like further information, contact

Liability Insurance Program Renewal (BMS)

Dear Members,

Very shortly you will receive the 2024-2025 CPA/CPAP* Liability Insurance Program renewal, directly from the program’s broker, BMS. If you want to participate in the program for the first time, or if you haven’t received your renewal notice, please contact BMS at Note that the policy renews on June 1st, 2024.

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Child and Adolescent Psychology Interest Group (CAP-I) Meetings in 2024

Earlier this year, we let you know that we would be resuming Child and Adolescent Psychology Interest Group (CAP-I) Meetings in 2024. 

We are pleased to share that we have scheduled the first official meeting for:

 Saturday, June 15th at 10 to 11:30 am

3rd Floor, Room 301, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS B3J 1E9)

This first meeting will be a relatively informal, ‘meet-and-greet’ after a couple of year hiatus.  Incoming chairs, Lindsay Bates and Rachel Panton, will provide a brief overview of CAP-I (history and future), and then there will be some discussion around potential speakers and topics for the 2024/2025 year.  The initial overview will be streamed via video conferencing – allowing greater CAP-I meeting access to psychologists from across the province.     

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a potluck brunch item to share (e.g., muffins, timbits, fruits, etc.). 

 If you are interested in receiving information around future CAP-I meetings, please contct admin@apns,ca and you will be added to our new CAP-I group email.  All NS psychologists are welcome.

Panel Discussion: Educating psychologists about government plans to increase access to mental health services

Where are we going and how do we get there? A half-day, virtual panel discussion with those who have been there.

Friday, May 10th, 1 to 4 pm by Zoom

All psychologists are welcome, but there are only 100 spaces available. E-mail now and register to receive your Zoom link.

Why are we holding this forum?

The Nova Scotia government has declared its intention to make mental-health care universally available through private services. Government’s role in the private sector of mental-health services may have significant, unforeseen consequences for providers, for public-sector professionals, and for the public. Psychologists have to be prepared for the potential impacts of government’s decisions and anticipate the challenges and opportunities. We seek to understand more about the mechanisms of this change so that we can better navigate our way forward. What do we psychologists need to know in order to play a proactive role in ensuring the wellbeing of the profession and those we serve?

Panel members

David M Clark, CBE is Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He is well-known for his pioneering work on the understanding and psychological treatment of anxiety disorders. Since 2005 he has also focused on how to disseminate effective psychological treatments within the NHS and international healthcare systems. He is an architect of the English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, and continues to advise NHS England. He has received Distinguished Scientist / Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British, Canadian and American Psychological Associations. The latter described his work as “pure genius with a real-world application.”

David Peachey is a Principal of Health Intelligence Inc., a Halifax-based healthcare consulting firm with clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to establishing the consulting firm in 1995, he was the Director of Professional Affairs at the Ontario Medical Association for ten years. His clinical experience spanned 40 years, including comprehensive family medicine, emergency medicine, and urgent care. Consulting work has focused on physician compensation and funding models, provider workforce and clinical services planning, fee schedule modernization, clinical governance, compensation database development and analysis, physician accountability, and measurement of clinical performance. In addition to successfully completing provincial workforce and clinical services plans, he has presented workshops on physician compensation models and performance measures, consulted on the reforming of medical services, and advised governments on delivery and funding models for medical care. He has been the lead consultant on number of projects analyzing physician compensation models and trends, drafting revisions to fee schedules and preambles, and conducting inter-provincial fee and benefit schedule comparisons, and clinical scenario analyses. Clients have included federal, provincial, and territorial governments, professional associations and societies, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Pierre L.-J. Ritchie is Professor Emeritus in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He has extensive leadership experience in the governance and management of national and international organizations as well as in health policy. In North America, Dr. Ritchie served as CEO of the Canadian Psychological Association and as Executive Director of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. He was twice President of the Ontario Psychological Association and has collaborated with many provincial associations on advocacy for the profession, health care and health policy as well as on regulatory matters. Internationally, Dr. Ritchie served as the Main Representative (Psychology) to the World Health Organization (1997-2016). He was closely involved in the revision of the classification of mental, behavioural, and neurodevelopmental disorders for the Eleventh Revision of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He is Co-Editor of the just published A Psychological Approach to Diagnosis: Using the ICD-11 as a Framework. He was Secretary-General of the International Union of Psychological Science (1996-2012). At the International Council for Science, he instrumental in the establishment of the multidisciplinary Urban Health and Well-being Programme for which he was a member and chair of its Science Committee.

Moderator, Ron Sherrard attended the University of King’s College in Halifax and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). He worked for CBC Radio as a reporter and producer in Halifax for 12 years. Then worked in Nova Scotia politics and government for 15 years in communications and outreach, including four years as government/caucus liaison helping individuals and community groups work with government to better communicate their needs and achieve their goals.

BMS Insurance – Tailored Insurance Solutions for APNS Members

CPA/CPAP’s insurance program, in partnership with BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS), is tailored to meet the needs of psychology practitioners. APNS members have access to comprehensive insurance coverage that meets the unique practice risk needs of psychological practitioners, including:

• Professional liability Insurance (PLI) and Commercial General Liability (CGL)
• Business Professional Liability Insurance
• Business Commercial General Liability
• Contents/Crime/Business Interruption coverage
• Business Package Insurance
• Cyber Security & Privacy Liability
• Employment Practices Liability
• Legal Services Package
• Personal Legal Solutions
• Business Legal Solutions
• 24 Hour Accident Coverage
• And more

Why the CPA/CPAP Program is Right for You

To learn more about the insurance products available to APNS members or to purchase coverage, please visit, or contact a BMS broker at 1-855-318-6038 or by email at

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Lifemark Looking for Virtual Psychologist

POSITION: Psychologist (Part-time and Full Time)
ORGANIZATION: Lifemark Health Group, Provincial Mental Health Programs & Services
LOCATION: Fully Remote with Home Clinic at Greenwood Physiotherapy pt Health

Lifemark Health Group is always looking for talented Psychologists and other healthcare professionals to continue our goal of promoting movement to a better life. Whether it’s a role at one of our clinics across the country, a hybrid or fully remote role or in our corporate office, you can join a passionate team working to improve the health and well-being of Canadians.

Salaried and fee-for-service options (part-time and full-time) English and French services are offered. Proficiency in French is a strong asset.

Are you a passionate psychologist looking to belong to a supportive, collaborative community to implement our bold vision to optimize the benefit of mental health services to diverse audiences from prevention to intervention? If so, join Lifemark Health Group and grow with us as we build provincial teams in support of our national mental health strategy.

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Affinity Specialized Developmental Group Inc.

Seeking collaborative, developmentally-focused, enthusiastic psychologists for our growing multidisciplinary private practice.

The Affinity Specialized Developmental Group Inc. (aka Affinity Group or ASD Group) is a newly created multidisciplinary private practice in Halifax where families can access a range of assessment and intervention services in the context of a single office. Current ASD Group team members include highly skilled and passionate professionals – including psychology, behaviour therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and learning coaching.

Our goal is to provide an evidence-based, continuum of care to our clients – supporting the development of the cognitive, behavioural, physical, emotional, and social selves.

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