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COVID-19 and MPS Events Update

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Update:

MPS has recently updated its website to include two new pages:

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for the General Public.
COVID-19 Practice Resources for Psychologists (members only)

 

March 14 Update:

Dear MPS Members and Workshop Registrants

In light of the growing concerns regarding COVID-19 the MPS Board has voted to cancel our March 30, 2020 AGM.  Members who have already registered for this event will receive full refunds.  Annual reports will be sent out to our members later this month.

MPS has also decided to postpone our April 24 workshop entitled Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Civil and Forensic Contexts.  Those who have already registered for this event will receive a full refund.  We will provide an updated date as soon as it is available.

Please contact MPS Executive Director, Dr. Karen Dyck, C. Psych,, at executived@mps.ca if you should have any questions.

March 13 Update:

In consideration of the recent pandemic and potential concerns attendees may have regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Manitoba Psychological Society (MPS) would like to provide an update regarding the upcoming events planned for March 30 (MPS Members Annual General Meeting) and April 24 (Spring Workshop entitled Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Civil and Forensic Contexts).  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and adhere to recommendations from government and health authorities regarding travel and meetings.  We will notify MPS members and registrants of any changes to these planned events.

The well-being of our presenters and attendees is paramount and we have taken measures to ensure a safe environment.  We have contacted the venues and have been provided with detailed information about the steps they are taking in accordance with current recommended precautions.  We have also revised our cancellation policies for both of the aforementioned events in order to encourage registrants to make health conscious decisions that take into consideration their own health status and risk factors.  We ask that individuals who are feeling ill remain at home.  Individuals who cancel their registration up to 3 days prior to the event will receive a full refund and those who cancel with less than 3 days notice will receive a credit to be used at future MPS events.  These credits will not expire.  We will also be encouraging participants to practice good hand hygiene and utilize low risk greetings (e.g., elbow bumps, waves, versus handshakes and hugs). 

At the time of this email the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported the overall risk for the general population in Canada remains low.  Individuals are encouraged to visit the PHAC website for additional information regarding symptoms, preventative measures, as well as to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding the status of COVID-19 (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our upcoming events please contact the Dr. Karen Dyck, C. Psych, MPS Executive Director at executived@mps.ca.

February is Psychology Month

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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.

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Len Isleifson, MLA for Brandon East and Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living presents the Proclamation of Psychology Month to Dr. Jo Ann Unger, MPS President, during the MPS Psychology Month Reception at the Legislative building on February 5, 2020.

MPS reaches out to political party leaders

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MPS recently sent out letters to all the political party leaders requesting responses to some important questions.  The responses we receive will be posted on our website.  We hope to receive additional responses and encourage website visitors to check back for updates.     

Please note MPS does not endorse any particular party or candidate and that these responses are provided for informational purposes only.

August 15, 2019

The Manitoba Psychological Society (MPS) recognizes that your party has an important opportunity to improve the quality of life for all Manitobans; “without mental health, there can be no true physical health,” (Chisholm, 1954).  As such, our members and other fellow constituents look forward to your answers to the following questions, as they consider how they will vote in the upcoming election.

  • Two reviews regarding our health and mental health system have been completed in the last few years. Both contain specific and needed recommendations for increasing Manitobans’ access to mental health and addictions services. Which of the Peachey and Virgo recommendations regarding access to mental health and addictions services are priorities for your political party?
  • Manitoba has the smallest per capita rate of psychologists in the country (20 psychologists per 100,000 Manitobans compared to 51 psychologists per 100,000 Canadians; CIHI, 2017). This statistic is alarming from both a healthcare and fiscal perspective as the efficacy and cost savings associated with evidence-based psychological services have both been well documented (every $1.00 spend on psychology services yields a $5.00 savings on medical costs; Canadian Psychological Association, J. Hunsley, 2002).   Both the Peachey and Virgo reports recommend increasing the number of psychologists to be closer to the national average.  What is your party’s view on this recommendation?  What does your party plan to do to address this shortage?
  • How does your party plan to address the significant barriers that exist for Manitobans in accessing psychological and mental health services (e.g., developing new and effective models of mental and behavioural health provision)?

We look forward to posting the responses from all political parties on our website and Facebook page and emailing the responses to all our members.

We look forward to your responses.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Unger, C.Psych.                                       Dr. Karen Dyck, C.Psych.
President, MPS                                                           Executive Director, MPS

 

Response from Manitoba's NDP

February is Psychology Month!

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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 Poster and Event Schedule (PDF)

Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance

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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

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.

February is Psychology Month!

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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)

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