APNS Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination


This publication contains references to racism and discrimination—which may bring up past experiences of discomfort, anxiety, and or trauma. Please engage with this content only when you feel prepared.

If you feel you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on one or more of the grounds protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act – including race, national or ethnic origin, colour and religion – you may be able to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) would like to add our voice in solidarity with others committing to stand against the legacy of systemic racism and injustice that continues to impact Black people living in Canada.

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APNS – COVID-19 Letter to the Chief Medical Officer

Dear Dr. Strang:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction provided by the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act, most psychologists are no longer conducting in-person appointments other than those determined to be of an urgent nature. To ensure that their existing clients and new clients who need support during the pandemic receive the necessary treatment, many psychologists have moved to a telepsychology delivery model, relying on phone or secure online technology for “face-to-face” contact with clients.

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CPACPAP – COVID-19 Letter to Insurers

Dear Mr. Lord,

We write to you given the unprecedented times in which we live. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on how we are all living our lives. Its impact is biological, psychological, social and economic. The demands of healthcare providers are significant and will require them to interact and care for their patients and clients in different and innovative ways.

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WEBINAR: Therapy for Older Adults

This workshop is intended to have both didactic and experiential/interactive components. It will therefore be a participatory event where delegates engage and interact with each other. Led by a presenter with clinical and research experience related to mental health in later life, this workshop should provide participants with at least 3 tangible perspectives, skills, and/or techniques (i.e., learning outcomes). If this workshop works as planned it should be innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative, developmental, provocative, logistically sound, and provide both novice and experienced psychologists with an opportunity to continue their professional development.

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Understanding Paramedic and Crown Attorney Culture and the Impact of Trauma

APNS continues its partnership with Emergency Medical Care Inc. (EMC) and the NS Public Prosecution Services (PPS) 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. With each workshop we add to the Registered Roster of Service Providers for referral by EMC and PPS. We are now offering a format that combines both paramedics and attorneys.

When you Dread your Next Session: Applying DBT principles to therapy with clients that leave you feeling helpless, demoralized, and resentful

We all work with clients who test our capacity to connect with them, feel compassionate, and act competently.

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