Student Research and Leadership Development BMS Scholarship

Sponsored by BMS, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychology (CPAP) wish to support student research and leadership/training/practice development in all areas of psychology. 

For 2023:

•             Up to two (2) awards will be dispersed per project for research-based submissions, at amounts up to $2,500.00 per application.

•             Up to five (5) awards will be dispersed to individuals wishing to pursue training, either practice or leadership focused, at amounts up to $500.00 per application.

For more information on the BMS Scholarship download here.

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: apns@apns.ca.
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.

Job Opportunity at Lorelei Walsh Park & Associates

POSITION: Permanent Part-time Position (hybrid position so could work full-time hours splitting time between in person and virtual work)
ORGANIZATION: Lorelei Walsh Park & Associates
LOCATION: Oromocto, New Brunswick

A group of two experienced clinical psychologists, one experienced licensed counselling therapist and an experienced psychometrist in private practice in Oromocto, New Brunswick.  The practice has been open in Oromocto, New Brunswick since 2004 and has a well-established referral and client base.  We offer evidence-based orientations of psychotherapy and provide psychodiagnostic and cognitive assessment to a mostly adult population ranging in age from young adult to seniors.

Job description:

Lorelei Walsh Park & Associates is offering a permanent part- time employment opportunity (could work full -time splitting time between in person and virtual work) for a Clinical Psychologist with a competitive hourly rate depending on experience and licensing status, a retention bonus ranging from $5000 to $10,000 and up to $5000 of relocation assistance.  Consideration will also be given to candidates interested in exploring contract opportunities although no retention bonus or relocation assistance will be offered for a contract position and a number of employment perks and benefits listed below will not be offered.

Why join us:

Working for Lorelei Walsh Park & Associates gives you considerable flexibility in your career working in-person in a well-appointed office location as well as virtually from your already established home office space, an east coast lifestyle and the chance to work with an interesting, challenging and motivated population consisting of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, police and emergency services workers and their families. Administration and billing support is provided from virtual locations allowing for complete confidentiality for clients and their families.  Files can be kept digitally through a central portal but the option to keep a paper file is available as well.  Training allowances and financial support for continuing education and pursuit of opportunities for professional growth are provided to a yearly limit should you choose to sign an employment contract and there is no need to worry about paying your licensing or practice insurance fees as we cover those as well (through direct and timely reimbursement to you) for part-time (pro-rated) and full-time employees.

Lorelei Walsh Park & Associates is an equal opportunity employer. We have been dedicated to providing the highest quality evidence-based psychological services for almost 20 years in Oromocto, New Brunswick. 

Your Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible to be licensed as a Psychologist under the New Brunswick College of Psychologists Act. Interim Members who are seeking employment will be provided with College supervision free of charge with one of our licensed psychologists.
  • A degree in clinical psychology from a university accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association or the American Psychological Association.
  • If a recent graduate or recently licensed (in the last 6 months) you should be able to demonstrate that you have two years of full time equivalent experience under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and within the last five years you should have considerable experience in completing psychodiagnostic assessments as well as cognitive assessments, including differential diagnosis, and providing cognitive behavioural therapy (at a minimum) and trauma processing therapy (i.e. CPT, EMDR) for adults with PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders and other various mental health concerns.
  • Written and spoken competence in English is required.  Written and spoken competence in French is an asset.

Additional Requirements:

A vulnerable sector screening is required for this position.

Your duties and responsibilities:

The qualified candidate will be able to conduct a thorough clinical interview, administer (in person and virtually when appropriate) a variety of objective psychological assessment protocols, score and produce a comprehensive psychological assessment report (including referral question, background history, measures administered, results presentation and interpretation, diagnosis, summary and recommendations) addressing a variety of psychological, personality, and some neuropsychological and academic concerns to clients from high-risk occupations (military, first responders, police services) and veterans with a variety of psychological and cognitive presentations.   The qualified candidate will be competent in the provision of a number of evidence-based orientations of psychotherapy including CBT, CPT, and ACT.  Competence in providing EMDR would be an asset.

The qualified candidate has excellent observational skills and report writing skills. The qualified candidate participates and works cooperatively and respectfully with the clinical director, business director, other clinical staff, support staff and all clients and their families.

The qualified candidate may, at times have the opportunity to provide supervision to students from local universities and interim members of CPNB.

The qualified candidate will complete assessment reports for assessments conducted, progress reports and discharge summaries in a timely manner.

The qualified candidate should be able to work from a seated position for extended periods of time for the purpose of assessing concerns of a behavioral, psychological, and or neurocognitive nature and may at times work with client’s family members as well.   The qualified candidate should be able to lift 20 pounds and reach into deep filing cabinets (as low as 2 feet from the floor and as high as 5 feet from the floor) for files and testing materials.

The qualified candidate should be comfortable using multiple digital platforms (testing programs, digital file system, email, e-fax system) and in maintaining and closing a physical and digital client assessment or therapy file.

The qualified candidate should be comfortable in contacting clients to reschedule missed appointments or cancelled appointments when required.

The qualified candidate should be comfortable in coordinating their work pace to meet referral source expectations and be sensitive to the schedules of our two part-time virtual support staff and other clinical staff.

The qualified candidate will communicate hours worked on a weekly basis to the billing clerk as needed and maintain a spreadsheet of hours worked and duties performed for each client. The qualified candidate will provide a bi-weekly timesheet to the business director for review prior to their payroll being released by the accounting staff.

Other perks and benefits:

Retention bonus ranging from $5000 to $10,000 for those interested in an employment contract

Assistance with relocation expenses up to $5,000 for those interested in an employment contract

Paid license and insurance fees for those interested in an employment contract

Paid training and continuing education of interest up to a yearly limit for those interested in an employment contract

Support of research interests

Opportunity to supervise graduate students

Yearly bonuses for those interested in an employment contract

Regular pay increases for those interested in an employment contract

Provided with 4% vacation pay for those interested in an employment contract

Set your own hours as your life and family expectations change over time

No overhead or fees to set up a business and maintain your own staff

High quality care for clients

Supervision, either College or peer, provided free of charge

Motivated client population

Diverse and challenging presenting issues

Easy access to therapy and assessment resources and general practice supplies

Willing to purchase new materials/books/manuals that you already use but we don’t currently own

SARS-CoV2 safe and aware office location providing CO2 monitoring and high quality air filtration/all required PPE provided

Interested or have questions: Please contact or submit your CV to Dr. Lorelei Walsh Park at lwp1069@hotmail.com to apply

Job Opportunities at Sunnyside Psychological Services

POSITION: Registered or Candidate Registered Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: Sunnyside Psychological Services
LOCATION: Bedford, Nova Scotia

We are seeking a Psychologist to join our growing practice. Over the past 5 years we have strived to create a professional, relaxed, welcoming atmosphere for our clients and clinicians, alike. At Sunnyside Psychological Services clinicians have the autonomy to set their schedule to suit the needs of themselves and their clients. As a clinician in our practice you may provide individualized services to clients, but have the added benefit of being part of a collaborative team of experienced clinicians. We offer a comfortable and inviting workspace with a reception area, fully furnished offices, and a separate exit for a private client departure. Virtual treatment is also optional.

Read more “Job Opportunities at Sunnyside Psychological Services”

The Nova Scotia Psychologist: Member Recognition Issue – August 2023

Download The Nova Scotia Psychologist: Member Recognition Issue – August 2023.

What’s Inside:

  • President’s Report
  • AGM Report
  • APA Council of Representative Report
  • CPAP Meeting Highlights
  • Awards & Honours 2023
  • Profile Student Awards
  • Profile Student Bursaries
  • Member Research: Dr. Emily Orr
  • Member Research: Dr. John J. Whelan
  • Sit & Chat Bench Unveiling
  • CE Workshops
  • Community: Mentoring Plus Strategy
  • N.S. Health Geoview Project
  • Advertisements
  • Acknowledgements
  • Committees and Representatives

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.”

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: https://psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/events/category/workshop/

Find PAA’s asynchronous trainings by visiting our course portal: PAA’s Course Portal (mypaacourses.ca)

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 Manoj.Chauhan@td.com

For information about eligibility contact Susan at apns@apns.ca.