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.

Release of Nanos Survey on Access to Psychologists: Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists

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

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.

Nanos Research COVID-19 Survey

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.


Psychology Talks – November 17th

The Pandemic Echo: What This Means for Our Children & Families

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.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/123722879463

COVID and Back to School in Nova Scotia

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.