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March 2018

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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 2018

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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

January 2018

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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. 

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: 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

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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 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

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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: 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: https://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:
    https://mps.ca/agm-reports-2017/.

    You can also find a photo album here:
    https://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. 

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: 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

February 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

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 umkreden@myumanitoba.ca.
  • 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: http://members.mps.ca/event-2426151.
  • 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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZCQKM89

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.  

January 2017 Update

By | Mailings, Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has partnered with a number of health organizations to denounce the government’s proposed plan to tax the premiums of supplemental health benefits. The website http://donttaxmyhealthbenefits.ca/ has been developed to inform Canadians about this issue and to allow them to send letters to their MPs.

    Please access a letter sent to the Minister of Finance, Mr. William Morneau by CPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Karen Cohen regarding this issue here.   

  • Graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Manitoba have expressed interest in accessing psychological services in the community. MPS is sending this notice to inquire about private practice psychologists who would be willing to see clinical psychology graduate students at 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 participating in this endeavor, please email your name and preferred contact information to Maia Kredentser, MPS Student Representative, at umkreden@myumanitoba.ca.

2. Upcoming Events

  • The MPS 50th Anniversary Gala will be held on the evening of February 24, 2017 at Mercedes Benz Winnipeg. Please save the date and join us for a night of fun, food, and live music. Details regarding the event and ticket purchasing will be emailed to membership shortly.
  • The MPS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on March 20, 2016 at Inn at the Forks. The AGM will be an after-work event, with dinner, a business meeting and a speaker. Meetings of Psychology associations and presentations about topics relevant to psychology can be used toward continuing education credits. More information to come.

3. Articles of Interest

  • The article for this month is titled “Why Psychology? An Investigation of the Training in Psychological Literacy in Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Counselling Psychology, and Clinical Psychology” by D. Murdoch, A. Gregory and J. Eggleton from Mount Royal University.  You can view it here

4. Get to know a Manitoba Psychology Researcher, featuring Dr. Ed Johnson, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

What is the focus of your research program?

I have two: 

1. How people respond to ego threat
2. Clinical supervision

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

Re #1, My students and I are examining the clinical utility of two constructs that have roots in social psychology and offer different ways of mitigating threat, namely self-compassion and self-affirmation.

Self-compassion involves learning to respond to negative experiences in life that might ordinarily invoke self-criticism and shame with self-kindness, normalizing, and mindfulness. The research in my lab has shown that writing about painful events self-compassionately can reduce symptoms of depression and shame proneness (Johnson & O’Brien, 2013). Because self-criticism and shame are trans-diagnostic vulnerabilities I believe this work has broad relevance to many clients seen by clinical psychologists. Self-affirmation, in contrast, does not address threatening experiences directly, but rather invites people to consider their most important values and how they behave in ways that fulfill those values. Doing so seems to remind people that they are connected to others in important ways. Research suggests self-affirmation is especially helpful for protecting marginalized persons from becoming socially isolated through dropout and avoidance of engaging with others. Research in my lab is currently examining whether and how self-affirmation may benefit persons who are prone to social anxiety, narcissism, or are obsessively passionate about academic studies. Early findings suggest self-affirmation may help people with social anxiety act on recommendations to be more socially active and involved and may reduce feelings of envy in narcissistic persons. 

Re #2. This research examines how novice supervisors learn the craft of supervision and become fully competent. This research informs, and is informed by, my own practice of supervision as well as my teaching clinical supervision and a guide book I am writing on supervision.

It is important to say is that I am deeply grateful to my students and collaborators for their enormous contributions to this research.