Call for Nominations: APNS Honours, Awards and Bursaries 2023

The APNS Nomination & Elections Committee encourages you to submit nominations for the following awards. To submit please download, complete the appropriate form and email to: The deadline for all nominations is April 10, 2023.

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WORKSHOP: When you dread your next session: Applying DBT principles to therapy

Friday, June 9, 2023 – 9 am to 4:30 pm

Venue: Dalhousie University, Room 1009, the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Ave. Halifax

Presented by: Dr. Jacquie Cohen and Dr. Marie-Eve Couture.

We all work with clients who test our capacity to connect with them, feel compassionate, and act competently. Clients may present as relentlessly hopeless, passive, and incapable. They may direct their anger toward us or accuse us of being ineffective. Or they may be especially high-risk, causing us to worry that they will harm themselves or someone else, and that we will face professional or legal consequences.

Download the registration brochure here.

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The Nova Scotia Psychologist Winter 2022-2023

The Nova Scotia Psychologist Winter 2022-2023: Continuing Education for 2023 is now available.

What’s Inside

• President’s Report
• Coming in Early 2023: Awards Nominations Time
• Coming in Early 2023: Executive Nominations Time
• Coming in Early 2023: Psychology Month & Diversity Resources
• APNS Awards Presentations: In-Person
• Highlighting APNS Member Research: Chimène Jewer
• CE Upcoming 2023
• CE Review: Creating a Culturally Safe Space in Clinical Practice
• CE Webinar 2023: The Minds, Lives and Motivations of Mass Attackers
• CE Workshop 2023: Building Intercultural Competence
• Continuing Education 2023: When You Dread Your Next Session
• Reminders
• Acknowledgements
• Advertisements
• Committees and Representatives

Mental Health Care for Canadian Children and Youth: The Role of School Psychologists

This Position Paper has been developed by the Canadian Psychological Association

Mental health and wellbeing which include the range of social, emotional, intellectual and behavioural functions upon which we all rely day to day, are critical to the success of people and the places in which they live, work, learn, and play. This is especially true for children, for whom mental health services and supports bring the biggest return on investment. School psychologists play an essential role in the mental and cognitive health and wellbeing of students in school and non-school settings, particularly, as we continue to live with the impacts of far-reaching societal events, like the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Click Here to read the Position Paper.

Workshop: Building Intercultural Competence

Friday, January 20, 2023 – 9 am to 4 pm

Venue: Dalhousie Student Union Building, 2nd Fl., 6136 University Ave, Halifax

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. (ISANS).

Presented by: Colleen Belle, M.A., Coordinator, Welcoming Communities Program, ISANS.

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The Nova Scotia Psychologist Fall 2022

The Nova Scotia Psychologist Fall 2022: Member Recognition is now available.

What’s Inside

  • President’s Report
  • AGM Report
  • AGM Treasurer’s Report
  • AGM Budget 2022-23 & Projected to 2025
  • APA Council of Representatives Report
  • Awards & Honours 2022
  • Profile Student Award: Tiberiu Mahu
  • Profile Student Bursary: Andy Kim
  • Profile Fellow: Dr Richard MacGillivray
  • Profile: Dr Richard Braha
  • CE Workshop
  • Advertisements & Acknowledgements
  • Committees & Representatives

WORKSHOP: Creating a Culturally Safe Space in Clinical Practice

DATE: Friday, October 14, 2022 – 9 am – 5 pm.


Creating a Culturally Safe Space in Clinical Practice: An Introduction to Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, and Culturally Informed Therapeutic Care – presented by Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo, Ph.D.

Location: Admiral Room, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax

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WEBINAR: Don’t Let the “TR” Fool You: The DSM-5-TR is Far More Than a Text Revision

Date:  Friday, August 26, 2022 – 3 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time by Zoom

This workshop is presented by APNS and a coalition of over 35 State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations of APA.

Registration Fee

$95 Cdn for APNS members; $25 for APNS student members.

May be paid by Visa, MasterCard or etransfer to

Space is limited to please register early. Deadline is August 22nd. For more information please download the brochure or contact


This workshop overviews the key diagnostic developments and departures of the DSM-5-TR in relation to its predecessor, the DSM-5.  Critical diagnostic developments in the Text Revision include the return of Mood Disorders, the inclusion of ICD-10 codes for Suicidal Behavior and Non-suicidal Self-Injury, and the addition of Prolonged Grief Disorder, among others. These inclusions are joined by diagnostic revisions or clarifications to dozens of additional disorders, in addition to more comprehensive attention to issues of race, equity, and discrimination.

Workshop Overview

I.   The new DSM-5-TR: Who, What, When, Where and Why (now)?

II.   Dual/Dueling Diagnostic Systems: The ICD and the DSM

III.  New Disorders in the DSM-5-TR

  • Prolonged Grief Disorder and Differential Diagnosis
  • Unspecified Mood Disorders
  • Suicidal Behavior and Non-suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)
  • Gender Dysphoria

IV.  Criteriological Changes to Disorders

V.   Revisions in Assessment Tools

VI.  Culturally Sensitive and Affirming Revisions

VII. “To Infinity and Beyond”- Future Developments in the DSM and the ICD.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify at least three new inclusions in the DSM-5-TR

2. Discuss the rationale for at least three of the diagnostic manual’s novel inclusions or revisions.

3. Distinguish grief from depression.

4. Describe the prevalence and criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder.

5. Explain the rationale for the change from Gender Identity Disorder to Gender Dysphoria.

6. Compare and contrast the DSM-5-TR with the DSM-5 and the ICD-11.


Dr. Greg Neimeyer is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, where he served as Director of Training and Graduate Coordinator of the doctoral training programs and taught courses on the DSM, the ICD, and psychopathology.  A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Neimeyer is also the recipient of its Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career and Personality Research.  Dr. Neimeyer was invited by the American Psychiatric Association to serve as one of two psychologists originally trained on the DSM-5, and subsequently has provided hundreds of professional trainings on the DSM and ICD both nationally and internationally. The author of more than 200 scholarly articles and 10 books, Dr. Neimeyer is a lifetime inductee into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.  He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. 

Presentation of the 2022 APNS Awards

APNS presented the 2022 Awards to the following recipients at its AGM on May 27th.
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.  Recipient – Dr. Richard MacGillivray

The Dr. Charles J.A. Hayes Lifetime Contribution Award recognizes those psychologists who have spent a significant part of their professional lifetime supporting the profession of psychology at the provincial, national and international level. The name of the Award serves to honour Dr. Charles J.A. Hayes, a well-respected Psychologist and long-time APNS member.  Recipient – Dr. Victor Day

The APNS Excellence in Psychology Award recognizes those mid-career psychologists who have demonstrated excellence in their professional activities. The award may be given for work in a particular area of practice, work setting, specific population or treatment approach, or in respect to their peers.  Recipient – Dr. Erica Baker

The Outstanding APNS Early Career Psychologist Award recognizes those in the first 10 years of their career who have actively participated in APNS and in so doing have advanced their career in psychology. Recipient –  no nominations for 2022

The Outstanding APNS Student Award addresses the challenges of preparing for a career in psychology at the Masters or Doctoral level, and recognizes those who have participated in APNS and who plan to pursue a career in psychology in Nova Scotia.  Recipient – no nominations for 2022

The APNS Community Service Award for Psychologists recognizes the contributions of psychologists who do outstanding volunteer service beyond their role as a psychologist, including on-going volunteer work for a specific community or cause, fostering inclusion, promoting understanding or health promotion initiatives. Recipient – Kay Jenson

The APNS Community Service Award in Mental Health recognizes non-psychologists who have made valuable contributions to the community in a health and wellness setting or through activities that raise awareness or advocate on mental health issues. Recipient – no nominations for 2022

The APNS Diversity in Psychology Bursary assists diverse Psychology students who are in need of support while pursuing a post-secondary education in Psychology.  There were two recipients this year.  Recipients – Noemie Bergeron-Germain, Acadia and Andy Kim, Dalhousie

The Gerald Gordon Memorial Prize for Psychology is awarded for outstanding undergraduate achievement in Psychology in Nova Scotia. It is named for Dr. Gerald Gordon to honour the contribution he made to APNS. Recipient – Jillian Taylor, St. Mary’s

The Brian Dufton Memorial Prize for Psychology is awarded for outstanding graduate achievement in Psychology in Nova Scotia. It is named for Dr. Brian Dufton to honour the contribution he made to the education of Psychology students.            Recipient – Ioan Tiberiu Mahu, Dalhousie