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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.

Career Opportunity

By | Employment, Mailings

University Counsellor 

The University of Manitoba Student Counselling Centre invites applications for two full-time probationary appointments at the rank of Instructor I. These positions are expected to begin July 1, 2017 depending on availability of successful candidate.

The successful candidate will provide counselling services for university students experiencing personal, social, educational, and career concerns. They will also be involved in a combination of other activities, including program development, outreach, crisis intervention, supervision of counselling students in training, consultation to faculty, staff, and students, and university and community service. The successful candidate will work at both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus locations of the Student Counselling Centre.

A doctoral degree in Counselling or Clinical Psychology is preferred, although candidates with a Master’s degree in a Counselling Profession (e.g., Social Work, Counselling, etc.) will also be considered. The preferred candidates must have a minimum of two years of supervised counselling experience with adults. Counselling experience with students attending a postsecondary institution is preferred. Assets include experience with cases involving acute and complex trauma, experience in crisis response, psychological assessment, familiarity with diversity (e.g., Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, international populations), knowledge of professional health sciences training programs, and experience providing community outreach. A commitment to the promotion of a positive campus community, including the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary service delivery environment, with a richly diverse population of students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and administrators is important.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.   

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).  Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references no later than  June 5, 2017 to:

Prof. David Ness
Director, Student Counselling Centre
474 University Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2
David_Ness@UManitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-8619, Fax (204) 474-7558

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.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST – Wellness Institute General Clinical Practice and Work Injury Management/Rehabilitation

Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital

The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital invites applications for a part-time, contract, female, psychologist to work with the multi-disciplinary Work Injury Management rehabilitation team and to provide individual psychological services on a fee-for-service basis. A growing portion of this work focuses on individuals (self-referring) who are requiring the services of a more broadly focused psychology practice, including individuals with general anxiety and depression, relationship and family issues, PTSD, and stress/mental health management.  The successful applicant will provide assessment and treatment of psychological issues related to a broad range of psychological issues and conditions, chronic injury, chronic pain, prolonged disability and underemployment, supporting individual psychological health and wellness, active recovery and rehabilitation, with return to work and restoration of function as the primary focus particularly when working with rehabilitation clients.  The work with rehabilitation clients will be done in consultation with other experienced rehabilitation professionals within the Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Clinic, as well as in close working relationship with the third party payers, and other professionals within the community

Position Responsibilities:

  • Psychological assessment, evaluation and treatment of psychological issues related to chronic injury, chronic pain, prolonged disability and underemployment
  • Provide psychological services to individuals on a fee-for-service basis
  • Supportive psychological intervention focusing on health and wellness, active recovery, return to work and restoration of function
  • Effective and timely report generation
  • Psychological consultation to other health professionals
  • Psychological consultation and collaboration with the multi-disciplinary Work Injury Management Team
  • Close communication and working relationship with third party payers
  • Support and develop an active network of referral sources

  Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from a CPA accredited training program
  • Completion of a CPA accredited Internship / Residency. 
  • Eligibility for registration as a Clinical Psychologist by the Psychological Association of Manitoba 
  • Specialized education, training and experience with administration and interpretation of evidence-based psychological tests and measures related to pain, injury and disability.
  • Specialized education, training and experience with evidence-based psychological interventions for chronic pain and injury
  • Clinical experience in the areas of disability and rehabilitation would be an asset.
  • Satisfactory results of pre-employment criminal records, vulnerable persons and child abuse registry checks
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and inter-professional teamwork skills

Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • This is a part-time contract position based on a fee-for-service practice.
  • Gym access at the Wellness Institute is included.

     

For more information about the Wellness Institute, visit our website at www.wellnessinstitute.ca   

All qualified candidates should apply in writing, including curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Laura Hertzog,
Administrative Assistant
Wellness Institute, Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Clinic
1075 Leila Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2P 2W7
204-632-3906

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba).  Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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.

Career Opportunity For a Registered Clinical Psychologist or a Clinical Psychology Candidate

Are you interested in joining an innovative and growing practice? Peace of Mind Therapy and Consultation is currently looking to strengthen and expand our team by seeking full-time or part-time associates.

Click here for details 

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. 

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.

Permanent full-time PSYCHOLOGIST POSTING

McMaster Children’s Hospital is the regional academic centre for pediatric acute care, rehabilitation, developmental and mental health services. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service (ASD) is comprised of MCYS-funded community-based services for individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of autism (up to the age of 18), their parents/caregivers and community service providers. The ASD Service supports a culture of innovation, family centered services and evidenced based interventions, and will be moving into a state-of-the-art purpose built building in the fall of 2015. Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Children’s Hospital is the regional lead agency and Hamilton service provider agency for the Autism Intervention Program, the ASD School Support Program, the Applied Behaviour Analysis Services and Supports and other ambulatory services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These services have strong links with McMaster University’s Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and the Offord Centre for Child Studies, an internationally acclaimed research centre focused on children with emotional and behavioural problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Please apply to: www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca and then go to our careers section, open it and it Requisition # 59625.

March 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club have put together a special package for psychologists for the Friday March 10th game at MTS Centre, with a ticket, hot dog, and drink for $25. See here for purchasing information.
  • The Ethics Resource Service (ERS) is a proactive education and consultation service which is available to MPS members for use at their discretion. The ERS is intended to help members respond appropriately to current and anticipated ethical dilemmas in their professional practice. The sole mandate of the ERS is to promote a high standard of ethical decision-making and professional practice among members. Please access more information about the ERS at this link: http://members.mps.ca/ers

2. MPS Updates from February 2017

  • The MPS 50th Anniversary Gala, held on February 24, 2017 at Mercedes Benz Winnipeg, was a great success. MPS presented awards to two of our esteemed colleagues, Dr. Robert McIlwraith (Distinguished Life Member) and Dr. Bill Davis (President’s Award). More information about each award recipient is available below. 

Award winners honoured at the Gala, Dr. Robert McIlwraith (Distinguished Life Member) and Dr. Bill Davis (President’s Award).  

  • Dr. Davis was born in Morden, Manitoba and has been married to Judith since 1965, has two married daughters and five grandchildren. He attended the University of Manitoba for his undergraduate training. He received his Ph. D. from and completed his internship at the University of Missouri in 1970. Dr. Davis’s employment history is impressive. He taught at the University of British Columbia (1970-1977); developed and implemented The City of Winnipeg Employee Assistance Program and held position of Staff Psychologist (1977-1983); he was Manager of the Employee Occupational Safety and Health Division with the City of Winnipeg (1983-1991); and he developed psychological programs for the Winnipeg Police Service and held the position of Manager of the Behavioral Health Services / Police Psychologist (1991-2004). Following his retirement in 2004, he maintained a small private practice. Dr. Davis has represented the field of psychology well by serving as a non-physician member on the council of The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1985-1994), worked with the Canadian Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and served on several committees of the Psychological Association of Manitoba. He was also the team leader for the Winnipeg Police Service Critical Incident Stress Management Team that went to New York to conduct trauma debriefing sessions with members of the City of New York Police Department who were first responders to the World Trade Center’s after Sept. 11th, 2001. He continues to be a learned colleague and respected advocate for increasing access to specialized psychological services for Winnipeg Police Service, the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service, and the RCMP. 
  • Dr. McIlwraith grew up in Marathon, Ontario and is married to Dr. Wendy Josephson.  Together they have one son and daughter-in-law with their first grandchild on the way.  Dr. McIlwraith attended the University of Winnipeg for his undergraduate training and Acadia University for his Master’s Degree. He completed his internship at the Kitchener-Waterloo General Hospital in 1980 and received his Ph. D. from the University of Manitoba in 1981. Dr. McIlwraith spent his career providing service and leadership within the academic and public health domains.  He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Clinical Psychologist with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 1981.  In 1987 he was promoted to Associate Professor and became Director of Education and Training for the Internship in Psychology program in 1989.  After much persistence and hard work, Dr. McIlwraith established the Rural and Northern Psychology Program in 1996.  His dedication and hard work was rewarded in 1999 with a promotion to full Professor.  In 2005, Dr. McIlwraith became Acting Head and then Head of the Department of Clinical Health Psychology from 2006 until his retirement in 2015.  During his career he has served tirelessly as member and chair of various committees at the university and national level.  In particular, he was one of the founding members and past chair of the CPA Section of Psychologists in Hospitals.  He has also published and presented extensively in the areas of psychology training and accreditation, rural psychology, advocacy and the effects of television media.  Dr. McIlwraith has previously been acknowledged for his dedication to the profession of psychology.  In 2004, Dr. McIlwraith was awarded the Clifford J. Robson Award for distinguished contribution to psychology in Manitoba by the Manitoba Psychological Society and in 2014 he was awarded Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

3. Upcoming Events

  • The MPS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on March 20, 2017 at Inn at the Forks. We are honoured to have Dr. Niigaan Sinclair as our speaker at this event. Dr. Sinclair is Associate Professor/Acting Department Head, Native Studies, University of Manitoba, award winning author and editor, and regular commentator on indigenous issues for CTV, CBC, and APTN.
    Click here for additional information and registration
  • 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.
    Click here for additional information and registration

4. Articles of Interest