UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Today is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The 2024 theme is “A Decade of Recognition, Justice, and Development: Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent”.

Description from the UN site:

Humanity, not racism

The 2024 theme of the International Day is “A Decade of Recognition, Justice, and Development: Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent”.

Racial discrimination and the legacies of slavery and colonialism continue to destroy lives and curtail opportunities, preventing billions of people from enjoying their full human rights and freedoms.

This year’s theme is linked to the International Decade for People of African Descent, which spans the timeframe from 2015 to 2024. In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group, whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

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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.


  • 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

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

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.

Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre

POSITION: Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre
LOCATION: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre has operated as a busy multi-disciplinary health clinic in Halifax for the past 18 years. Our patient-centered, integrative approach to diagnosis, treatment and patient education has created longstanding, trusting practitioner-patient relationships from all corners of the province. We offer patients a variety of therapeutic options to help them achieve a healthy and active lifestyle. Our team of healthcare providers employ various hands-on techniques and therapeutic treatment modalities to ultimately help patients achieve their health goals quickly and with minimized risk of injury recurrence.

Read more “Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre”

Coastal Psychology Inc.

POSITION: Full-time or Part-time Psychologist
ORGANIZATION: Coastal Psychology Inc.
LOCATION: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Coastal Psychology, a leading private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is seeking a dedicated Psychologist to join our dynamic team on a full- or part-time basis. As a well-established high-demand mental health provider, Coastal Psychology is committed to delivering the highest-quality psychological services to our diverse clientele.

The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited program
  • Registered, Candidate Registered, or eligible for registration, with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
  • Proficiency in evidence-based assessment and treatment
Read more “Coastal Psychology Inc.”

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


  • 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.

Call for Executive Committee Nominations

This year the APNS Nominations and Elections Committee is asking the membership for nominations for the following positions on the APNS Executive: 






Download and complete the Executive Nomination Form. Submit the form to Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1, 2024.

The person elected to the President-elect position will serve for a three-year term, as President-elect, President and Past-president. The other positions are for a two-year term. Only registered psychologists may be nominated for the President-elect position, however registered and candidate psychologists are eligible for all other positions, and graduate students for the Student Rep. If more than one person is nominated for the same position, APNS is required to hold an election. If you know anyone who would be a good addition to the Executive please consider nominating them.

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.

Manitoba is Hiring Clinical Psychologists

POSITION: Full Time Permanent Doctoral Positions
Clinical Health Psychology
 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Psychologist services are expanding in the Manitoba health system through significant government investment! We are recruiting for newly funded full-time permanent doctoral positions, based primarily in Winnipeg hospitals and health centres, with opportunity for rural adult and lifespan practice as well.
Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) is both a provincially-led clinical service in Shared Health, responsible for psychological services throughout the Manitoba health system, and an academic department in the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. Our clinical psychologists are medical staff who work in interprofessional team-based care environments, enjoying well-established collaborations with physician, nursing, and allied health colleagues to provide innovative and effective care. Many also hold clinical faculty appointments. CHP psychologists connect regularly with each other, whether based in Winnipeg or in rural or northern health regions, and have a respectful and caring community of professional practice.
Opportunities include mental health and medical areas across the lifespan. We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, relocation support, clinical supervision until licensed for independent practice, ongoing professional development, professional license reimbursement; and opportunity for supervision of psychology residents and clinical research through integrated clinical/academic roles.
Current residents/interns, beginning career and established psychologists are welcome to apply.
Contact us to learn more; send your CV and cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest.
Dr. Lesley Graff, Provincial Specialty Lead, Shared Health & Department Head, University of Manitoba 1-204-787-5163 (admin)

◼ Doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from a CPA/APA-accredited program; completion of a CPA/APA-accredited internship/residency.
◼ Registered or eligible for registration as a Psychologist (C.Psych.) in Manitoba

Check out our web site for more information

The Nova Scotia Psychologist: CE Issue – Winter 2023-2024

Download The Nova Scotia Psychologist: CE Issue – Winter 2023-2024

What’s Inside:

  • President’s Report
  • Nominations for the Executive Committee
  • Nominations for Annual Awards
  • CPAP  Meeting Report
  • BMS Practitioner Insurance Program – Update
  • Psychology Month 2024
  • OpenThink Blog: Nicole MacKenzie
  • GeoView Initiative
  • CE Survey Results
  • CE Workshops 2023 & 2024
  • Town Hall Meeting #2 Government Pilot Project
  • Government Advocacy Timeline – Fall 2023
  • Notices
  • Acknowledgements
  • Advertisements
  • Committees and Representatives

Serene View Ranch Psychological Services

POSITION: Full Time Registered Psychologist Position
Serene View Ranch Psychological Services
 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Immediate Opening and Rare Opportunity
Join the multi-disciplinary team of mental health providers in a fee-for-service private psychotherapy practice in beautiful Prince Edward Island. Serene View Ranch Psychological Services has been in operation since 2014 and provides individual, couple, and family therapy to youth and adults. The major focus of our practice is serving Veterans, First Responders, RCMP and all citizens of PEI. We also provide psychological assessments, including child and adult psycho- educational assessment, return to work assessments and Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits Assessments. We are seeking a psychologist who wants to be a part of this incredible team and expand the supports for trauma and PTSD clients from Prince Edward Island and neighbouring provinces.

Read more “Serene View Ranch Psychological Services”