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February is Psychology Month!

By | Events, News

February is Psychology Month in Canada!

Psychology Month is an initiative sponsored by the Canadian Psychological Association that began in 2005.  The goal is to raise Canadians’ awareness of the role that psychology plays in their lives and in their communities. To celebrate Psychology Month, the Manitoba Psychological Society has organized a variety of educational seminars for the public on a wide variety of psychology-related topics.

Please click button below for posters and schedule.

View Posters and Event Schedule (PDF)

Office Space Available

By | Advertisement, Mailings

Professional office space is available for rent in a homey, accessible building in the vibrant West Broadway neighbourhood.

Located between Wolseley and Downtown, West Broadway is a trendy commercial neighbourhood where you’ll find some of Winnipeg’s best independently-owned food, entertainment, fashion, and personal and professional services. It is also rich in culture, diversity, and community spirit, with its community gardens, free drop in art programs, street festivals, and other community offerings.

The building at 608 Broadway was a charming residence when it was built in 1900. It has retained its comfortable character since its conversion to commercial use, and is soon to be home to a busy private psychology practice. The building is adjacent other personal and professional services, including medical, legal, and financial. It is close to downtown and the University of Winnipeg, and is on several city bus routes.

Three windowed offices of approximately 105 square feet each, and one of approximately 80 square feet, are available for rent. Included in the rent are:

– unfurnished office space (main floor office is wheelchair accessible)
– part-time shared reception
– shared waiting area
– shared boardroom
– wireless internet, fax, shredding, and mail
– office cleaning
– shared kitchenette
– accessible main floor washroom
– heat and hydro
– alarm system

While the location and character of the building are a great fit for most professional activities, including legal or financial services, it would be an especially good fit for mental health care providers. For counsellors and psychotherapists who wish, the following are also included in the rent:

– electronic health record system
– payment processing and billing service

Designated parking is also available, at additional cost.

This is an ideal opportunity for mental health care providers, or other professional service providers, who are seeking to rent a comfortable character space, with administrative support, that will permit more time and attention to be devoted to service provision.

Viewings are possible after January 15th, 2018, with tenancies scheduled to begin February 1st, 2018. Queries should be directed to Dr. Michael Ellery, C.Psych., at 204-509-7412 or DrMichaelEllery@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone for your interest!

Career Opportunity

By | Employment

Macdonald Youth Services
Employment Opportunity

Internal/External

POSITION: Full Time Therapist – Alternative Parent Home Services

SUMMARY: Macdonald Youth Services requires an experienced Therapist within the Alternative Parent Home (APH) Service Area. The Therapist is responsible for providing direct client intervention, conducting assessments, developing intervention plans, consulting, providing therapeutic programming, and foster parent training. This position falls under the collective agreement.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
 of the Therapist include, but are not limited to:

Assessment:

  • Completes internal assessment documentation on all intakes
  • Completes relevant certification in all assessment tools required
  • Provides recommendations based on a thorough assessment of all new clients.

Care Planning:

  • Meets regularly with the Clinical Coordinator and CCM’s
  • Supports the development and implementation of care plans by the CCM’s
  • Assists the CCM’s by providing input to the clinical aspects of case management that involve therapeutic issues, such as intake, assessment, care plans, discharge planning, support requests and safety planning
  • Provides regularly scheduled consultation with the staff team by attending staff meetings
  • Assists the team in problem solving to address client issues

Direct Service and Inter-Agency Consultation:

  • Provides direct clinical services to clients as needed
  • Engages clients’ families in the treatment process, whenever possible
  • Provides consultation to collateral agencies such as child and family services, schools, and probation services

Staff Team Professional Development:

  • Facilitates topic-specific training sessions as needed to assist the staff team and foster parents in order to further develop identified areas of growth and learning
  • Actively participates in their own profession growth through relevant training

Continuity of Care:

  • Participates as a member of the APH team
  • Extends consultation whenever possible by sharing APH resources and information
  • Attends MYS staff meetings and contributes to the overall functioning of MYS by assuming appropriate additional responsibilities as needed
  • Represents the APH program both within and outside of MYS
  • Maintains appropriate documentation of all clinical activities
  • Maintains open communication within the agency and fulfills administrative duties as assigned
  • Maintains clinical/professional development through reading, attending workshops and peer and clinical consultation on a regular basis
  • Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree in applicable field of practice from an accredited university
  • Must have 5 years’ recent and relevant experience in a Supervised clinical setting
  • Must have minimum 4 years’ experience working directly with children/youth and families
  • Willingness to participate in agency required training
  • Ability to complete evidence based clinical assessments and make recommendations.
  • Knowledge of systems and attachment theory
  • Ability to develop and deliver relevant training
  • Trauma and Resiliency informed practice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and take initiative
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • Registration with accrediting body
  • Familiarization with Circle of Courage principles
  • ASIST, NVCI, and cultural competency training, or willingness to obtain
  • Ability to build effective work relationships as well as partnerships with external individuals/organizations

SALARY RANGE: $49,835.82 – $65,887.46 d.o.q. per annum. MYS offers a competitive benefit package and pension plan.

HOURS OF WORK: 35 hours per week – Monday to Friday

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants must demonstrate in their resume or cover letter how they meet the requirements of the position. Please indicate in the title of your email your full name and competition number.

COMPETITION NUMBER: 3016.01.18

CLOSING DATE: interested candidates are requested to submit a resume by 12:00 noon Jan 15/18 

Please forward a cover letter and resume (in word or PDF format) prior to the closing date, to:

Macdonald Youth Services – Human Resources
175 Mayfair Ave  Winnipeg  Manitoba   R3L0A1
Fax: 204.284.4431
Email: careers@mys.mb.ca
Online: http://www.mys.ca/join/types-of-opportunities

MYS is an equal opportunity employer, Aboriginal persons, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce.  All job offers are conditional upon providing the following satisfactory, and current (within 3 months) background checks: Child/Adult Abuse Registry Check; Prior Contact Check; and Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website www.mys.ca.

Career Opportunity

By | Employment, Mailings
The following is a paid advertisement. The Manitoba Psychological Society does not necessarily endorse any service or educational opportunity advertised.


We are a group of mental health professionals, and are looking to add to our Clinical Psychology team. If you are a Senior Registered Clinical Psychologist and are interested in maintaining a part-time practice where all you have to do is ‘show up’ and offer your pearls of wisdom, we can provide you with a space, a client base, and a positive group of professionals to work with.

If you are looking for more than a part-time commitment, or are not fully registered, we have a large referral base and could negotiate different types of working relationships. Salary would be commensurate with training and experience.

If you are would like more information about our Clinic, go to www.mindmattersclinic.ca. Please feel free to call Mind Matters Clinic at (204) 477-8555 and speak to either Dr. Cathy Moser or Dr. Jay Greenfeld if you have any questions. You may fax your CV and cover letter to (204) 487-4248 or email mindmattersclinic@gmail.com.

Improving Therapeutic Outcomes by Tracking Progress

By | Advertisement, Mailings
The following is a paid advertisement. The Manitoba Psychological Society does not necessarily endorse any service or educational opportunity advertised.

 

Hi Everyone,

As part of our commitment to the advancement of psychological education, research and training, we wanted to introduce our members to Greenspace, which is a clinical platform that helps psychologists measure and track client progress throughout the treatment process. Greenspace is free to use (for both psychologists and clients) and we encourage you to check out their website at www.grnspace.com. Here is a brief summary of what they do:

What is Greenspace?

Greenspace is a digital platform that makes it easy for psychologists to measure and monitor their clients’ mental health symptoms. Greenspace is a Canadian company, fully compliant with all privacy regulations, and is used by over 800 therapists in Canada. Research is clear that the ongoing measurement and display of client progress, increases client engagement and significantly improves therapy outcomes.


How it Works

  1. Selection: For each client, psychologists select from a list of 25+ evidence based assessments across a range of clinical areas (including depression, anxiety, addictions and functioning).
  2. Assessment: Clients can complete assessments either during session or remotely. No app or login is required when clients complete assessments remotely, and assessments can be easily completed on any device.
  3. Results: Assessment results and progress can be reviewed via secure login by both psychologist and client.

For Clinics and Organizations

For clinics and organizations, Greenspace provides access to a statistical displayof client outcomes across the organization, as well as a master list of clients, that lets clinical directors quickly identify any clients that are off track and in need of additional support.  Organizations have never had this much clarity on client progress or outcomes – allowing them to make better decisions, support funding (or marketing) efforts and more effectively evaluate programs.


Getting Started

  1. Visit www.grnspace.com and ‘Sign Up’ for free (seriously, there is no catch).
  2. If you have any questions or would like help getting started, contact info@grnspace.com or 416.953.2571

Career Opportunity

By | Employment, Mailings

Psychologist
Regular/Full-time
Manitoba Families/Community Service Delivery/Centralized Services and Resources
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Advertisement Number: 33282
Salary Range:  $82,158 – $103,663
Closing Date:  February 28, 2018

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, resumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Candidates who do not meet all essential criteria may be considered on an underfill basis at a commensurate rate of pay.

An eligibility list may be created for similar regular and term full-time positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

We also encourage applicants seeking part time employment to apply.

This posting has an extended closing date.  Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Qualifications:

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Registered or eligible for registration as a Psychologist (C.Psych) with Psychological Association of Manitoba
  • Must be a member in good standing with the current licensing body
  • Must have satisfactory Criminal Record Check (vulnerable sector search), Adult Abuse Registry Check, Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Must have valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and ability to travel throughout Manitoba

Essential:

  • A doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Psychology (Clinical or Applied Behavior Analysis) from an accredited graduate program
  • Experience working with individuals (children or adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or special needs) and/or their families/caregivers  
  • Experience administering and interpreting psychological assessments, including issues relevant to intellectual/cognitive assessment and diagnosis of intellectual and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience with providing clinical/behavioral intervention to children, adolescents, and/or adults
  • Knowledge of the theories of clinical supervision as it pertains to supervising other clinicians
  • Knowledge of the Vulnerable Persons Act
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment including developing relationships with specialists, clients, case managers, care providers, families and various service providers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Proficiency in using MS Office Software applications particularly Word, Excel and Outlook

Duties:

Reporting to the Senior Psychologist, Winnipeg Region, the Psychologist independently provides an advanced and broad range of psychological/behavioral supports (complex psychological evaluation/assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention), to a wide range of referred individuals identified as eligible within the mandate of Community Services Delivery in the Winnipeg Region (Adult Services, Children’s disABILITY Services, and Manitoba Early Learning & Child Care).


The Psychologist will supervise the work of clinical specialists within the Winnipeg Region and rural regions of Manitoba.  The clinician also provides public education and consultation to community groups and agencies in the area of behavioral/clinical applications for individuals with special needs.  The position provides clinical services within the general parameters and standards set by the Department, and according to the expectation of the Psychological Association of Manitoba (P.A.M.).

A complete copy of the position description is available upon request.

Apply to:

Advertisement No. 33282
Civil Service Commission
Human Resource Services
608-330 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0C4
Phone: 204-945-4394
Fax: 204-948-2193

Email: govjobs@gov.mb.ca

Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.
We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

June 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • The Canadian Psychological Association has releasedthe Fourth Edition of the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists. You can find more information about the newest revision of the Code and download an electronic version here: Code of Ethics (Fourth Edition)
 

2. MPS Updates from March 2017

  • MPS’ Social Action Committee is in the process of creating their operational guidelines and processes for addressing social issues. 
  • Dr. Pamela Holens attended the APA Council of Representatives meeting in February 2017. Highlights of the meeting included the passing of clinical practice guidelines for PTSD, discussion of entrance requirements to graduate programs in clinical psychology, and discussion of an upcoming policy statement from APA regarding registration of MA-level psychologists. Follow the link for meeting minutes: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/minutes-winter-2017.pdf

3. Articles of Interest

  • Therapist’s Guide for Preparing a Professional Will. The guide is intended to help therapists create an individualized professional will that is not only ethically, legally, and clinically sound but also clear, comprehensive, and practical. http://kspope.com/therapistas/will.php

4. Get to know a Manitoba Psychologist featuring Gillian Alcolado, Ph.D., C.Psych., Anxiety Disorders Program, Clinical Health Psychology, St. Boniface General Hospital 

What is the focus of your research program?

My research interests broadly include the etiology, mechanisms, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with a focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder. I am particularly interested in improving clinical outcomes in cognitive-behavioural therapy via better understanding and development of techniques that target underlying maladaptive thoughts and beliefs.

To this end, my research program to-date has specifically focused on testing a piece of the cognitive theory of compulsive checking (i.e., that maladaptive beliefs about memory ability contribute to and maintain the checking cycle). From these positive findings, I have turned to developing and testing a novel cognitive intervention for compulsive checking focused on altering these maladaptive beliefs. The aim is for patients to discover that their memory for checking may be better than they think it is, and that they therefore do not need to check as much.

What are some of the clinical or theoretical applications of your work?

The theoretical applications of my work are to determine whether the cognitive theory of compulsive checking is supported by experimental and clinical research findings.

Even more excitingly, if results continue to prove positive, the clinical application will be a novel and useful cognitive intervention that can be introduced flexibly as needed to enhance cognitive-behavioural therapy outcomes for individuals who suffer from compulsive checking.

May 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • It’s time to renew your professional liability insurance! BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. has officially launched its renewal process for members holding professional liability insurance through MPS. Members with policies expiring on June 1, 2017 can expect to receive an email from BMS Group within the next week with a unique link for online renewal. Members with both professional liability and business/clinic insurance policies should receive two emails.
    • Please note that there are some minor changes to the program this year. These include:
      • New Employment Practices Liability Coverage (see here)
      • A small increase in premiums for business coverage.
      • New enhanced Cyber Security and Privacy Liability (see here)
    • Visit psychology.bmsgroup.com for more information about the program.
  • April was proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month and announced by Minister Rochelle Squires. Coincidentally, a group of psychologists in Winnipeg had been working on creating a sexual abuse awareness week for May and provided the following information about their efforts to MPS:
    • The focus of the awareness month, according to our province’s press release (http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=41271) is to increase awareness about the frequency of sexual assault of women and girls, the fact that many assaults are not reported, and that, as a result, many are not receiving help following assaults.
    • The community psychologists involved in this effort would like to bring awareness to the sexual abuse of children (girls and boys). They would like the public to be aware that children are more likely than adults to be sexually abused (the prevalence is at least 1 in 6), most victims know their perpetrators, and child sexual abuse can occur to those in any demographic
    • For this year’s work on awareness, Drs. Rehman Abdulrehman and Kirsten Wirth are being hosted by CJOB at 2 pm on Wednesday May 3rd to discuss prevalence, protective factors, advocacy, and obtaining supports.
    • Drs. Abdulrehman and Wirth hope to prepare over the coming year for systems efforts towards awareness at all levels so that survivors may access appropriate supports, and on pursuing a bigger media plan for 2018.
  • After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is excited to bring important stories to the stage as part of Breaking Through. The play follows the stories of five Winnipeggers living with different mental health issues. This bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before. Writers Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore honour these stories with nuance, humour and unabashed honesty.
    • Breaking Through runs May 23-27 at 8pm, May 24 at 1pm and May 28 at 2pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre & Film (400 Colony Street, at the U of W). Please visit sarasvati.ca for complete information.


2. MPS Updates from April 2017

  • The MPS Annual Spring Workshop, The Pain Paradox: Mindfulness/Compassion-Based Approaches for Complex Trauma, with Dr. John Briere was held on April 21, 2017.The workshop was very well attended by 114 registrants.

3. Articles of Interest

  • This month we have also including a pdf copy of a summary of a document titled “The health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids: the current state of evidence and recommendations for research” by The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report provides a link to the full document which will provide more information regarding the findings. See here.

4. Get to know a Manitoba Psychologist, featuring Dr. Matthew Bailly

In your opinion, what are the most rewarding and challenging parts of being a clinical psychologist?

“For me, the most rewarding part of being a clinical psychologist is having the privilege of using my knowledge and experience to serve others each day.  I consider myself very fortunate to do what I enjoy for a living, but even more lucky to be able to use my skills to lessen the burden of emotional distress, particularly that often accompanying chronic illness.  In terms of challenges (which I may also find rewarding), I enjoy performing assessments and delivering treatments that appear to be the best fit for clients, coordinating services with other providers, and even completing day to day tasks associated with running a busy clinic.”

What do you think are the most exciting changes in the field of clinical psychology?

“I feel that this is a wonderful time to be a clinical psychologist, with some significant trends that I find quite exciting.  For me, these include the increasing use of acceptance-based strategies to treat a number of conditions, particularly chronic pain.  In addition, I’m very optimistic about more recently emerging technology, like telemedicine, to improve access for previously underserved populations or the use of virtual reality in exposure-based treatments.”

April 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • CPA is requesting psychologists to complete a survey on your views and experience on the recent change to the criminal code that allows for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). The goals of this survey are to determine psychologists’ views of current MAID legislation, the degree of their participation in MAID assessments, and their opinions regarding possible extensions of MAID to patient groups not covered under the current legislation. Click here to access the survey: http://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php/569993?lang=en


2. Upcoming Events

  • The MPS Annual Spring Workshop, The Pain Paradox: Mindfulness/Compassion-Based Approaches for Complex Trauma, with Dr. John Briere will be held on April 21, 2017. To register: http://mps.ca/spring17


3. MPS Updates from March 2017

  • Drs. Teresa Sztaba and Andrea Piotrowski attended the Practice Leadership Conference on March 4-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C., where attended a range of meetings, had opportunities to network with executives from other associations, and to present information about Manitoba and Canadian association activities to representatives of the APA Practice Organization.

  • The MPS Annual General Meeting was held on March 20, 2017 at the Inn at the Forks. In addition to the meeting, there was a student poster presentation, and Dr. Nigaan Sinclair spoke about “The Psychology of Reconciliation.”

    Reports from the AGM can be accessed here:
    http://mps.ca/agm-reports-2017/.

    You can also find a photo album here:
    http://mps.ca/agm-2017-photos/


4. Articles of Interest
  • American College of Physicians recommends CBT-I as first-line treatment for chronic insomnia: Click Here.