January 5, 2021 (Halifax) – Canada and countries throughout the world increasingly recognize the importance of mental health to the success of their citizens, economies and societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on our mental health and wellbeing, making the need for timely access to mental health care even more urgent.Read more “Release of Nanos Survey on Access to Psychologists: Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists”
Guidelines for the Use of Social Media by Psychologists in Practice and by Psychology Regulatory Bodies
Please note the following message from NSBEP:
At this time, NSBEP is providing a resource document regarding the use of social media by psychologists developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. This document may be helpful in highlighting some of the issues that arise when working with social media. Please note that NSBEP has NOT yet approved these as official NSBEP guidelines as they will require thorough review. As is always the case, following NSBEP Standards and the Code of Ethics will take precedence over any resource document or set of guidelines.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is the alliance of state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. The ASPPB Social Media Task Force has developed Guidelines for the Use of Social Media by Psychologists in Practice and by Psychology Regulatory Bodies are now accessible on the ASPPB webpage at, https://www.asppb.net/page/SMGuidelines. These social media Guidelines were developed for use by psychology regulatory bodies in their efforts to ensure that their publics are being well-served and to provide guidance to the profession when using social media, and to inform them about regulatory expectations for that use.
APNS has joined with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) on a Nanos Research survey to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on Canadians ability to access mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the APNS media release, the Nanos Nova Scotia specific results and link to the CPA Nanos national results.
Registered psychologist Dr. Ayala Gorodzinsky presented on Sleep in Childhood as part of APNS Psychology Talks. We have posted the webinar on our You Tube channel for those who were unable to attend.
APNS would like to commend the PC Party of Nova Scotia for the progressive work they have done on plans for improving the mental health and addiction system in Nova Scotia. Please see our Open Letter to PC Party Leader Tim Houston. For more information on APNS’ position please see the Briefing to Party Caucuses.
Tue, Nov 17, 2020 – 12:00 PM – on-line
All of us have experienced the impact of COVID19 in some shape or form. Dr. Kiran Pure and Ms. Kathleen Smith will discuss the psychological impact COVID19 has had on children, youth, and families. It is evident that the pandemic experience has been difficult and could lead to trauma-related mental health diagnoses and long term emotional, behavioural and psychological issues. Dr. Pure and Ms. Smith will highlight steps that can be taken to build adaptability and resilience in uncertain times and how to move forward to address some of these issues in our children, youth, and families.
Back to school is a stressful time for both parents and children. This year COVID has made it even more so. The Nova Scotia government has provided its Back to School Plan to support students. However, Psychologists are hearing from parents with concerns about increased stress and anxiety as their children prepare for school. The following link provides some resources for families. https://psychologyfoundation.org/Content/COVID-19.aspx
For more help with mental health issues, School Psychologists work as part of the school team to provide support within the school environment and Private Practice Psychologists are available through our Find a Psychologist referral.
Please see the APNS letter to the Honourable Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development on this subject.
APNS membership runs from September 1st to August 31st. It is now time to renew your APNS Membership for 2020-2021.
We have also changed the renewal time for the Private Practice Directory (PPD) to September. You can renew or get a new listing at the same time as you renew your membership.
Below are links for the membership form and the PPD form (hard copy and website)
The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia announced its annual 2020 Award Winners on Friday June 26th.Read more “2020 Award Winners”
Read our latest publication of the Nova Scotia Psychologist published by APNS.Read more “Nova Scotia Psychologist – Spring 2020”
During this difficult time there is even more need for the services of Psychologists. Many registered Psychologists in Nova Scotia are continuing to provide services to clients using telepsychology.Read more “COVID-19 RESPONSE: Updated Clientele Protocol”
Read our latest publication of the Nova Scotia Psychologist published by APNS.Read more “Nova Scotia Psychologist – Winter 2020”