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 apns@apns.ca 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.

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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.

Read more “Lifemark Looking for Virtual Psychologist”

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.

Read more “Affinity Specialized Developmental Group Inc.”

One to One Wellness Centre

POSITION: Full or Part-time Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: 
Independent Contractor
LOCATION:
 Virtual, Nova Scotia

Are you a psychologist looking to join an experienced interdisciplinary team?

Our locally owned and operated health clinic in downtown Halifax is looking for an enthusiastic and passionate psychologist to join our team. Hours of work is flexible and will be delivered virtually.

Using a patient-centered approached inspired by pain science, therapeutic relationship, trauma-informed care, and behaviour change, One to One delivers high quality patient care to thousands of Nova Scotians who are experiencing pain and/or complex health conditions. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary health team that consists of experienced physiotherapists, psychologists, manual osteopathic practitioners, and massage therapists. Our team meets virtually bi-monthly to collaborate on patient care or for education sessions.

The ideal candidate will have a:

  • Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited program
  • Registered Psychologist in good standing with NSBEP
  • Minimum $1million Professional Liability Insurance
  • Cleared Criminal and Vulnerable Sector Checks
  • Experience or interest in trauma, chronic pain, and complex health conditions is considered and asset
  • Experience in an interdisciplinary team is considered an asset

What you can expect from One to One Wellness Centre:

  • Flexible scheduling and hours
  • Bi-Monthly Collaboration meetings (Attendance Optional but encouraged)
  • Private and secure scheduling and telehealth platform (Jane)
  • Full Administrative Support (scheduling, billing, general inquiries) and access to marketing services
  • Direct billing of all major insurance companies including VAC, MVA, and CAF. No WCB patients.
  • Commission based on invoiced billings (Must adhere to clinic policies and procedures for treatment approvals).
  • Potential to offer group courses as part of our Pain Self-Management Program (In-person or virtual)

 If you are interested in this position please email: Tyler Dillman (PT/Owner) tyler@121wellness.ca

Looking For A Psychologist within Law Enforcement Settings

POSITION: Staff Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: Calian Health Services
LOCATION: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Join Calian in Shaping the Future of Psychological Services: At Calian, we take pride in being one of Canada’s largest providers of pre-employment psychological services for federal, provincial, and municipal law enforcement agencies and departments. Trusted by clients nationwide, we conduct assessments ranging from selection services to suitability to carry a firearm and return to work. Our comprehensive psychological services extend across both public and private sectors, ensuring that our clients’ teams are equipped with the right individuals for high-risk scenarios. Calian is thrilled to announce the expansion of our operations in the Greater Toronto Area. We are actively seeking a dedicated Staff Psychologist to join our team.

Your Impact in Law Enforcement Settings: We are looking for a psychologist with a genuine interest in the complexities of human behavior within law enforcement settings. If you’re drawn to the challenges of assessing candidates for high-stakes roles and are eager to contribute to public safety, this opportunity is for you. Our ideal candidate values collaboration, possesses a strong understanding of psychological principles and is committed to ensuring the well-being and readiness of individuals entering and working in law enforcement and related fields.

Benefits Package, Work-Life Balance & Growth Opportunities:

  • Full-time role, 40 hours per week commitment.
  • Flexible scheduling options available, including weekdays, weekends, and evenings.
  • Hybrid working environment with opportunities for remote work.
  • Competitive base salary range with a generous allotment of paid vacation days.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including group medical and dental coverage.
  • Access to professional development fund for attending conferences, workshops, and training sessions.

Staff Psychologist Duties and Contributions

  • Conduct comprehensive psychological assessments tailored for law enforcement and policing roles, to determine psychological suitability for employment in high-risk occupations.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment tools including the MMPI-3, 16PF, and other psychometric measures to evaluate personality traits, psychopathology, and psychological readiness.
  • Review pre-interview questionnaires and administer structured stress interviews and clinical interviews to further assess psychological readiness and suitability for careers involving law enforcement.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Clinical Psychologist to lead consultations on challenging cases, providing guidance on additional testing and interviews required for making final determinations on psychological suitability.
  • Prepare comprehensive evaluation reports outlining psychological suitability for prospective employers, ensuring clarity and adherence to professional standards.
  • Provide feedback to candidates on individual assessment results as requested, offering insight and guidance based on psychological evaluations.
  • Conduct psychological assessments following the removal of duty firearms, addressing concerns such as substance abuse, recovery, and sobriety management.
  • Perform psychological assessments for re-arming, utilizing tools such as the MAST, DAST, and DSM-V, and conducting clinical interviews to ensure readiness to resume full duties.
  • Assess psychological readiness for resuming or continuing full duties following involvement in critical incidents, providing support and guidance as needed.
  • Conduct quality assurance (QA) reviews of assessment reports, ensuring adherence to accuracy and established standards specific to law enforcement and policing requirements.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and enhancement of assessment programs for law enforcement and policing roles, including the design and refinement of assessment protocols based on research and industry best practices in this field.

Qualifications

  • Doctoral-level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Psychology is preferred.
  • Candidates with a Master’s Degree in Psychology will be considered, provided they have relevant experience and expertise in conducting psychological assessments, particularly in law enforcement or related fields.
  • Licensed for autonomous practice with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  • A minimum of 2 years of recent experience working for public entities (federal, provincial, or municipal).
  • Must have completed 50 assessments for psychological readiness of candidates for high-risk employment requiring the issuance of duty defensive equipment in the last 10 years.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Government Security Clearance at the Reliability level.
  • Bilingualism in English and French is a strong asset.

Interested in Learning More: Contact Amy Robillard, our Talent Acquisition Team Lead at Calian Health Services, via email at amy.robillard@calian.com.

Dr C. K. Perrier & Associates

POSITION: Psychologist Positions and office space
ORGANIZATION: Dr. C.K. Perrier & Associates
LOCATION: Bedford, Nova Scotia

We are currently recruiting psychologists to join our team as part-time or full-time associates, working out of offices in Bedford. We offer comfortable, accessible, and welcoming office space with free parking. We offer complete administrative support and use encrypted and secure web-based practice management software for managing client scheduling and clinical records. As an associate with our team, you will be compensated at a rate well above industry standards. Work-life balance is prioritized and associates have flexibility in creating their own schedule and limiting or expanding therapy hours, as well as choosing to provide treatment in-person or via telehealth.

If you are interested in joining our team as an associate, please submit a cover letter with CV to info@PerrierWellness.ca

Alternatively, if you are interested in renting office space rather than joining a practice, we have a welcoming environment with multiple rooms available to rent on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, including a large group room. Rates are very reasonable and negotiable.

Full-day, in-person workshop: Your Professional Will – A Facilitated Workshop

Friday, April 12, 2024 – 9 am to 4:00 pm.
Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Building, Don MacNeil Room #401,
Presented by Kim O’Connor, R.Psych., with Special Guest, Tanya L. Butler, Touchstone Legal.

Workshop Overview:

Although we may not like to think about it, life circumstances can happen to any of us at any time which can impact our ability to act to ensure the best interests of our clients. 

The purpose of a professional will for a psychologist is to ensure that their clients receive appropriate care and support even if the psychologist is unable to continue their practice due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, disability, or death. At the basic level, it is a document that gives instructions to a designated individual regarding your psychology practice as well as the authority to act on your behalf in the event of your death or incapacitation. The goal of this workshop is to provide information and examples about professional wills for psychologists on how to devise the plan and create such a document.  Bring your laptop – this is a facilitated workshop designed to have participants start to create a draft document that day!

Download the brochure for more information and to register.

Crossroads Counselling & Psychological Services is hiring a new Associate Psychologist.

POSITION: Associate Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: Crossroads Counselling & Psychological Services
LOCATION: Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Are you looking for a psychological career home where you are valued? Crossroads is hiring an Associate Psychologist to join our team. If you are looking for an industry leading revenue share, a great team and an amazing new wellness centre environment designed for client confidentiality, this is the opportunity for you.

Crossroads is a psychological practice in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. It was founded in 2018 by Amy Wiens. As practice leader, Amy brings over 14 years of clinical experience. Our team is comprised of registered psychologists offering caring, authentic services grounded in evidence-based treatments. Since that time the team has grown and our presence within the Hammonds Plains, Bedford, Sackville, Halifax and Dartmouth areas has grown. We are committed to the well-being of our clients and the professional growth of each of our team members.

Crossroads will be moving into our new home in Spring 2024. This new facility, dedicated to providing an inviting and confidential environment, will enable Crossroads’ psychologists to serve clients in a best-in-class setting. The location, in the Kingswood area of Hammonds Plains, is convenient for all to get to, with included parking, without the hassles of travelling downtown.

Who You Are

  • You have a Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited program
  • You are a Registered or Candidate Registered Psychologist in good standing with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP)
  • You have experience providing evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and/or treatment to adults, adolescents, children, couples and/or families
  • You are willing to learn/utilize Jane Practice Management Software
  • You demonstrate professionalism, excellent communication skills, a client-centered approach and effective case management skills (e.g., timely reports)
  • You possess or are willing to possess professional liability insurance
  • You are a Permanent Resident or have Citizen status in Canada
  • Perhaps you live outside of Nova Scotia but are looking to move to the area. This could be a great opportunity for you to connect and get established within a healthy, growing practice.

At Crossroads we value our team and each team member. We offer:

  • A comfortable and professional work environment so you can feel great about meeting your clients
  • Best-in-class revenue sharing providing great opportunities to grow
  • Supportive work arrangements so you can focus more on your client care and less on administration
  • Flexible scheduling because we understand that everyone’s life situation is unique
  • Effective marketing so potential clients can get connected with you
  • Staff parties and socials to enjoy each other’s company, outside of work

Application Process:

The application process is straightforward and relaxed. If you choose to apply below, Amy will contact you to request your CV and set up a time for an in person meeting or a call. You’ll discuss your interest, professional and personal goals and areas of focus in your professional interest. If there is interest on both sides and it appears to be a great fit the next steps, including contract, onboarding and initial setup will be relaxed and pressure free. You’ll be promoted by the practice meaning you will have a growing list of clients in no time.

If you are interested in professional mentorship/supervisory opportunities, Crossroads works with psychological studies students, at times, to ensure we are investing in the positive development of the profession.

Are you a psychologist interested in joining the Crossroads team? Introduce yourself. We would love to hear from you.

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: apns@apns.ca The deadline for all nominations is April 1, 2024.

AWARD DESCRIPTION

  • 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.