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Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance

By | News

UPDATE (April 20, 2018):

BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. has officially launched its renewal process for members holding professional liability insurance through the Manitoba Psychological Society Members with policies expiring on June 1, 2018 can expect to receive an email from BMS Group with a unique link for online renewal. Members with both professional liability and business/clinic insurance policies should receive two emails.

Please note that professional liability insurance premiums have increased this year for the first time in four years due to a continued rise in the frequency of claims across the program, particularly in relation to regulatory complaints and investigations.

Visit www.mps.ca or www.psychology.bmsgroup.com for more information about the program.


A program for the Profession by the Profession.

We are pleased to announce that members of the provincial/territorial associations and CPA have access to the liability insurance program, brokered by BMS Group Inc.

The Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance Program offers a full range of coverage specifically designed to meet your practice risk needs. Coverage options include protection for professional liability, commercial general liability and clinic-related exposures. BMS brings a member-centric perspective to the design and delivery of the psychology insurance program, including significant immediate and long-term benefits to policy holders.

Click here for a summary of the new program:
www.cpa.ca/insurance

Click here for details on the new liability insurance program:
psychology.bmsgroup.com

Career Opportunity (Behavioral Specialist)

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

Behavioral Specialist
Regular/Full-Time and Regular Part-Time
Manitoba Families/Community Service Delivery/Centralized Services and Resources,    Winnipeg, Manitoba
Advertisement Number: 33913
Salary Range: $65,326 – $82,196 annually/$34.54 – $43.46 hourly
Closing Date: April 30, 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. 

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. 

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

Qualifications:

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Registered or Eligibility to register with Psychological Association of Manitoba
  • Must be a member in good standing with the current licensing body
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (vulnerable sector search), Adult Abuse Registry Check, Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and ability to travel on government business within the Province of Manitoba

Essential:

  • A masters degree (MA) in Psychology (Clinical or Applied Behavior Analysis) from an accredited graduate program
  • Experience working with individuals (children or adults) and/or their families/caregivers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or special needs
  • Experience with providing clinical/behavioral intervention to children, adolescents, and/or adults
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment including developing relationships with supervisors, clients, case managers, care providers, families and various service providers
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks in a complex, high volume work environment with competing demands
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)

   Desired:

  • Experience administering and interpreting psychological assessments, including issues relevant to intellectual/cognitive assessment and diagnosis of intellectual and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience or training in Motivational Interviewing

Duties:

The incumbent is a member of a multi-discipline service team within the Region and reports directly to the regional program manager.  The incumbent provides a broad range of clinical psychological/ behavioral services to referred children, adolescents and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities identified as eligible within the mandate of Community Service Delivery.  The clinician also provides public education and consultation to community groups and agencies on clinical issues related to individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. The position provides services within the general parameters and standards set by the Department and receives clinical support/direction from a Registered Psychologist with the division.

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

Apply to:

Advertisement No. 33913

Manitoba 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.

Employment Equity is a factor in selection. Applicants are requested to indicate in their covering letter, resumé and/or application if they are from any of the following groups: women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with a disability.

Cyber Breach: a very real risk in healthcare

By | Mailings, News

If you have data, you have risk

Cyber Liability is one of the fastest growing areas of risk, according to Beazley plc (Beazley), a leading provider of data breach response insurance. Anyone who maintains or transmits client information electronically (on computers, laptops, portable electronic devices or other electronic media) is vulnerable to a cyber breach.

As a participant in the CPAP insurance program you have access to specialized coverage to protect against cyber and privacy risks. Learn more about cyber and privacy breaches in healthcare and how to protect yourself here.

March 2018

By | Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • In collaboration with the University of Manitoba, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba will be offering a 6-session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness Group, called the Turning Pages Program, geared toward adults ages 50-70 years who are experiencing challenges with life transitions. The first group will start in February 2018, with upcoming groups beginning in the spring, summer, and fall. We are looking for retired psychologists who may be interested in volunteer facilitation for the spring group or future group offerings. Please contact Tara Brousseau-Snider at taras@mooddisordersmanitoba.ca  if you would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail. 
  • Dr. Jen Theule was interviewed on CJOB on Feb 7, 2018 about youth mental health, behavioural issues, and the media
  • Dr. Teresa Sztaba was interviewed by the Brandon Sun at the end of February about the effect of technology and social media on the brain, well-being, and relationships
  • MPS members have been busy writing books! Below are some of the recent publications by our members:
  • Moira Somers: Advice That Sticks: How to Give Financial Advice That People Will Follow 
  • Olga Heath and Maxine Holmqvist: Developing Interprofessional Competencies in Professional Psychology 
  • Edward Johnson: Working Together in Clinical Supervision: A Guide for Supervisors and Supervisees 
  • Andrea Piotrowski: Translating Training into Leadership: The Reasons Psychologists Make Effective Leaders
2. Upcoming Events
 
  • Monday, March 19, 2018: Want an opportunity for learning, fun, camaraderie, and great food? Join us at the MPS Annual General Meeting and Conference. Continuing education presentations will be held in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Annual General Meeting. Details and registration: https://mps.ca/agm2018/ 

3. MPS Updates

  • The Social Action Committee needs you to bring psychology’s insights to bear on pressing social problems. One of the ways for this to happen is for MPS members to use Facebook to Like and to re-post items that appear on the MPS Facebook page. It’s a small step, but it’s an increasingly important way to communicate our knowledge and our value. 
  • Representatives from MPS arranged a meeting recently with the Minister of Education and his executive to discuss ways in which psychologists might resource government in their job.  The focus was on hearing the struggles of representatives and their staff along with building skills for dealing with distressed constituents.  The presentation went well and participants were interested and involved.  The hope is that this may develop into a series of presentations to help government do their job more effectively and to highlight the skills that psychology brings to the table.

4. Articles of Interest

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)

February 2018

By | Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • Video launch: MPS has launched a commercial with the support of CPA, which can be viewed through our Facebook link above
  • The APA has created a new initiative to recognize psychologists for leadership and commitment to their communities. The APA Citizen Psychologist initiative invites self or other nominations for a presidential citation related to such leadership. More information and nomination materials can be found here: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/citizen-psychologist/
2. Upcoming Events
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 5-8 PM: MPS will be offering a free media training workshop to all members, facilitated by Judith Cameron. The workshop will focus on navigating the interview (strategies for interview success within a variety of modalities), communicating with media in crisis situations, and more. Please send an email to Dr. Kristin Reynolds (kristin.reynolds@umanitoba.ca) if you are interested in attending the workshop. 
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 3-4:30 PM: Clinical Health Psychology 3rd annual Robert M. Martin Memorial Lecture with featured speaker Mr. André Picard, Health Columnist, Globe and Mail, who will present on Building a Healthier Health System taking place in Theatre B, Basic Medical Sciences Building,  
  • Monday, March 19, 2018: Want an opportunity for learning, fun, camaraderie, and great food? Join us at the MPS Annual General Meeting and Conference. Continuing education presentations will be held in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Annual General Meeting (keynote speaker to be determined).
    • Student Poster Competition – we will be holding our bi-annual Student Poster Competition at the MPS AGM on March 19, 2018. Interested students should submit the title of their poster to Maia Kredentser by February 19, 2018 (posters presented at other conferences may be used). The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and recognition at the AGM. More details will be sent to presenters closer to the date.
  • February is Psychology Month! Information about events will be forthcoming through email and on our Facebook page.

3. MPS Updates

  • The MPS Social Action Committee decided to support comments made in a Winnipeg Free Press Op. Ed. piece by Dr. Jim Silver, about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health.  As this is an area with well-documented research and with social significance, the committee sent a letter to the editor supporting Dr. Silver’s points and highlighting their relevance to mental health.  The letter was published on January 23, 2018.

4. Articles of Interest

5. Get to know an MPS Board Member

Featuring Dr. Jo Ann Unger, Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

What are your initiatives with the board?

I am currently involved in a number of ways with the MPS board. For the past year and a half or so, and under the mentorship of Dr. Len Greenwood, I have been MPS’s Membership Director. This involves a number of things including reviewing membership requests and sending out all of those lovely membership renewal reminders. I am also currently President-Elect and have been enjoying watching Dr. Piotrowski closely to learn about the President role which I will take on in June, 2018. I will be passing along the Membership Director role to another board member in the next few months; stay tuned.  

Another MPS initiative I am involved in is a proposal for a Mental Health and Addictions Community Advocacy Network.  The purpose of the network is to increase communication between groups that do advocacy in this area and to potentially create partnerships for specific advocacy efforts. A number of other board members and I are currently in the process of reaching out to community agencies and other professional associations to get their input and feedback on the creation of such a network. We have enlisted a number of students to help us compile this interview data and will use it to fine tune the original proposal. We hope to have a network established and host a meet-and-greet event in June.

What do you enjoy about being on the board? 

What drew me most to being a part of the MPS board was the opportunity to do advocacy work on behalf of the people who require psychological services and cannot gain access. There is such a shortage of psychologists in this province and the need is so great. Now that I have been a part of the board for a couple of years, I greatly enjoy getting to know and working with such a wonderful group of psychologists.  I look forward to our thought-provoking discussions, our collaboration on projects and informal conversations. I am looking forward to what the next few years at MPS will bring and am grateful for the ongoing mentorship of Dr. Piotrowski

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!

January 2018

By | Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

2. Upcoming Events

  • MPS will be offering a free media training workshop to all members, facilitated by Judith Cameron. The workshop will focus on navigating the interview (strategies for interview success within a variety of modalities), communicating with media in crisis situations, and more.The workshop is tentatively scheduled for Monday February 5th from 5-8pm.Please send an email to Dr. Kristin Reynolds (kristin.reynolds@umanitoba.ca) if you are interested in attending the workshop.
  • Want an opportunity for learning, fun, camaraderie, and great food? The MPS Annual General Meeting and Conference is being planned for Monday, March 19, 2018. Continuing education presentations will be held in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Annual General Meeting (keynote speaker to be determined).
  • Student Poster Competition – we will be holding our bi-annual Student Poster Competition at the MPS AGM on March 19, 2018. Interested students should submit the title of their poster to Maia Kredentser by February 19, 2018 (posters presented at other conferences may be used). The winner will receive a cash prize and recognition at the AGM. More details will be sent to presenters closer to the date.
  • February is Psychology Month! Information about events will be forthcoming through email and on our Facebook page.

3. MPS Updates 

  • As Manitoba Psychological Society does not have an office, records from 50 years have been stored in boxes and files in the homes of various MPS officers, past and present. Thanks to receipt of an APA Organizational Grant, MPS can fund a project to digitize most of our records, which will make access easier for administration and clear some basement and home office space!  We are fortunate to have our student representative, Maia Kredentser, organizing assistance with this project and we also will be using a professional service. If there are any more MPS records lurking in basements somewhere in the city, please do contact Maia at umkreden@myumanitoba.ca or our Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Sztaba at executived@mps.ca and we will gladly retrieve them for this new posterity project.

4. Articles of Interest

5. Get to know an MPS Board Member, featuring Dr. Kristin Reynolds, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (Clinical Area), University of Manitoba

What are your initiatives with the board? I eagerly joined the MPS Board in the fall of 2016. One of my main roles within the board is Communications Director. This involves preparing press releases, connecting media with clinical psychologists who have particular areas of expertise, and organizing media-related events such as the upcoming media training workshop (mark your calendars for Monday February 5th 5-8pm and see details above)! 

I am also a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Advocacy Committee within the MPS Board. This newly-formed committee is in the process of bringing together a network of community agencies and professional associations who are involved in the advocacy of mental health and addictions services and treatment, in order to coordinate advocacy efforts.

What do you enjoy about being on the board? I am passionate about clinical psychology and the advancement of science and practice. Being on the MPS Board provides ample opportunities to become involved in initiatives that help to shape the future of psychology in our great province. MPS initiatives include those focused on mobilizing advocacy efforts, transferring psychological knowledge to the public, and collaborating with psychologists and organizations completing important work in the area of mental health. As a new investigator and early career professional, being on the MPS Board has also been a wonderful way to meet clinical psychologists who work in a range of professional settings. 

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