Career Opportunity (Behavioral Specialist)

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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.


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


  • 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)


  • 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


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

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

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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.

Office Space Available

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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 Thanks to everyone for your interest!

Improving Therapeutic Outcomes by Tracking Progress

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

June 2017 Update

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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:

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.

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

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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 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 ( 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 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

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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:

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:

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:

    You can also find a photo album here:

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

March 2017 Update

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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:

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

February 2017 Update

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1. Noteworthy items

  • The Ontario Psychological Association is running a video contest for Psychology Month. Access here.
  • Regarding taxation of health and dental benefits – during Question Period, the Prime Minister said the Liberals will not tax health and dental benefits. CPA and other national professional association partners advocated on this issue. See here

The province has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to recruit a consultant to assist in the development of a mental health strategy comprising mental health and addictions programs and services, with an emphasis on better co-ordination and access. Applicants have until Feb. 15 to submit a proposal, see here for details. 

  • On Tuesday Feb 14th at 6:50am, Dr. George Kaoukis will be interviewed on Global News Morning regarding heart health, following a press release that was sent out by the Manitoba Psychological Society. View here
  • Graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Manitoba have expressed interest in accessing psychological services in the community at sliding scale or pro-bono rates. MPS is still looking for additional members in private practice who would be willing to see clinical psychology graduate students on a sliding scale or pro-bono rates. This information will be sent to the Clinical Student Representatives, who will keep a list of the psychologists’ names and contact information. Upon each new academic year, the Clinical Student Representatives will email this list to the clinical psychology student body, who would then be individually responsible for arranging appointments. If you are interested in assisting in this endeavor, please email your name and preferred contact information to Maia Kredentser, MPS Student Representative, at
  • The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club have put together a special package for psychologists for the March 10th game at MTS Centre, with a ticket, hot dog, and drink for $25. See here for purchasing information.

2. Upcoming Events

  • The MPS 50th Anniversary Gala will be held the evening of February 24, 2017 at Mercedes Benz Winnipeg.  Dr. Robert (Bob) McIlwraith will be presented with the Distinguished Life Member Award and Dr. William (Bill) Davis will be presented with the 2017 President’s Award for exceptional service to MPS. There will a silent auction, with great prizes to be won! A portion of the profits will go to a non-profit organization whose initiatives fall under the mandate of MPS.
    To purchase tickets:
  • The MPS Annual General Meeting will be held on March 20, 2017. 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. 
  • 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. Registration information will be emailed to members and posted on the MPS website in the coming weeks.

3. MPS Updates from January 2017

  • Psychologists and Social Action – In May of 2016, MPS established a Social Action Committee. The aim of the committee is to respond to some of the most pressing social issues of the day in a manner that is (1) consistent with the MPS mission, (2) respectful of individual beliefs, and (3) directly related to the body of knowledge and skills that defines psychology. The Board supports the notion that our responsibility as a profession should include providing knowledge from our science, as well as values from our ethics, to contribute to public discourse on important social issues. 

There are many social issues that Manitoba psychologists are already addressing. MPS would like to know what its members are currently involved in, and what they would like to see the Board’s Social Action Committee focus on in the coming months. Please take a moment to fill out the following brief survey. Let us know about your passions, your concerns, and your willingness to help.

4. Article of Interest


5. Get to know a Manitoba Psychologist, featuring Dr. Chantal MacDonald

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

Using my knowledge of psychology to help people bring about meaningful change in their lives is for me the best part of my job.  However, change can be very painful and being a witness to that pain can be challenging at times.

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

I am excited by the increasing use of neuroimaging in outcome studies. This technology will help us to refine our understanding of the process and outcome of psychotherapy.