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 admin@apns.ca to pay by credit card, or send an e-transfer to admin@apns.ca . 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.

The number of psychologists using telepsychology have increased dramatically in the past five years. This panel brings together several psychologists from various areas of practice to discuss their experiences and issues with telepsychology in Nova Scotia today.  Below is a general outline of the topics we plan to address.  In addition to discussion among the panelists, we will open the floor to the audience for questions, comments and will organize discussion groups, both in person on on-line.

Outline:

1. Brief history and background on Telepsychology, with current evidence of efficacy.

2. CPA Telepsychology Guidelines (2023). Follow up Q & A.

3. New Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO) guidelines in process. (Guest: Dr Gordon Butler, Registrar) Follow up Q & A.

4. Teleassessment

5. Ethical considerations of Telepsychology. Addressing consent, confidentiality, & adapting therapeutic practices for virtual care.

6. Discussion – break-out groups. Each group will be asked to discuss and identify risks, benefits and ethical issues encountered when practicing telepsychology, then report back to the larger group for further discussion.

Audience:

This workshop is appropriate for registered psychologists and psychologists in training.